10 One-of-a-Kind Gifts for Everyone on Your Love List!
While February 14th is typically associated with romance, it's also the perfect time to show friends and family you love them too!
To help you sort through countless options on the web, we've pulled together favorite handmade global gifts for everyone on your "I love you" list.
Gifts for Friends
Finding the perfect gift for Galentine's Day on Feb 13, pets, and all those special someones in your life is easy when you shop fair trade!
You can't go wrong with this a classic gift, so why not give twice with fair trade chocolate! We have several flavors of Divine Chocolate, from rich dark chocolate with toffee and sea salt to creamy milk chocolate. For that serious chocolate lover (or if you have a lot of gifts to give), a case of artisan chocolate bars is perfect. Make their day with our Top Sellers Gift Box, filled with a variety of delicious chocolate flavors. When you give fair trade chocolate, you also support small-scale cocoa farmers in Ghana, who earn fair prices for their beans and can invest in projects to improve their communities.
2. Fair Trade Coffee & Ceramic Mugs
Know someone who can't live without their morning cup of coffee? Our organic coffees (paired with a ceramic mug from Vietnam or the West Bank) make the perfect sustainable gift! Handmade with natural clay, our mugs and other handmade kitchenware pieces are beautiful, eco-friendly additions to any cupboard. And our coffee is some of the most flavorful they'll have. Coffee not their beverage of choice? We have delightful loose-leaf teas from Kenya, too!
3. Eco-Friendly Pillows & Throws
Why not say 'I love you' to your favorite furry friend? Handmade from recycled, washed, and rewoven clothing, our eco-friendly Rethread Throws from India provide a cozy spot to sit for your couch-dwelling cat or pooch, and also provide a source of sustainable income for artisans. Pair with a matching pillow to complete the look!
Gifts for Her
4. Eco-Friendly Bouquets
Why not surprise the love of your life with a beautiful piece of home décor she can look at every day! SERRV has several handmade varieties of everlasting flowers, such as the beautiful Tropical Corn Husk Bouquet, crafted with love by artisans in the Philippines. Looking for a little less color? Our Sola Dahlia Bouquet will bring both a smile to her face and fair and vital wages to artisans in India. Put them in a handcrafted vase from India and pair with some artisan chocolates to make the typical gift anything but!
5. Stay-At-Home Spa Day
Gifting her some relaxation time? She'll fall in love with our bath salts. Made with real rose and genuine sea salt from the South African coast, our ethically-made Romance Bath Salts give her a chance to relax while giving artisans in South Africa vital employment where opportunities are few. Pair it with a silk robe and sleep mask from India hand-painted in cool shades of indigo, green, teal, and violet to complete the experience. (We'd also recommend a foot massage!)
6. Handmade JewelryYou can't beat a jewelry gift on Valentine's Day, and our handmade jewelry - whether a one-of-a-kind necklace or colorful earrings handmade are made by global artisans around the world. This year, check out our extra special collection from Peru. Our unique earrings feature colorful semi-precious stones, perfect for dressing up or down, and our gorgeous Clara Crystal Collection brings sparkle to any outfit. Even more, each piece of handmade jewelry supports a global artisan, ensuring opportunities for fair income and access to healthcare and education.
7. Artisan-Made Handbags
You know she can't go without a quality handbag, so why not get her one this Valentine's Day, and give twice? Artisans in Kolkata earn fair wages and gain access to skills training, and she gets a spacious genuine leather handbag with pockets aplenty. We have several colors and styles to choose from, from carry-all totes to compact clutches, so you'll definitely find one that suits her style. You can also check out our Vegan totes and bags from Bangladesh!
Gifts for Him
We know. Those special men in your life can be tough to shop for. That's why we did the hard work ahead of time, and found some perfect Valentine's Day gifts for boyfriends, husbands, dads and grandads.
8. African Spices & Sauces
Let him know he brings some spice into your life with a delightfully spicy sauce or all-natural African spices! Our delicious chili sauces from eSwatini and spices from South Africa are perfect for any time of year, whether it's seasoning savory soups and stews or conquering the grill. He'll love the seasonings even more when he learns they support small-scale farmers in Africa, helping them get a fair price for their crops.
9. Dopp Bags
For the on-the-go guy, we have handcrafted dopp bags, made with genuine leather in rich dark neutrals by artisans in Kolkata or bold denim with a touch of shine by women artisans in Bangladesh. Their durable construction helps them stand up to the toughest of travelers, and their shape means easy and efficient packing. Fill the bags with chocolate bars for an extra-sweet surprise!
10. Batik Animal Sculptures
For his artistic side, choose a hand-carved and batiked sengon wood sculpture from Indonesia. These unique home accents are perfect for the family room, bedroom, or home office. Choose from a stately bird or a majestic giraffe! He'll appreciate its rustic appeal, and you'll appreciate the incredible artistry behind each one-of-a-kind piece (see how they do it here!). Plus, artisans in Indonesia are able to preserve traditional crafting techniques with your fair trade gift.
Need more ideas for Valentine's Day? You can find hundreds of handmade global gifts on serrv.org. If you're still stumped, let them choose with a SERRV gift card! Plus, you'll give knowing that a Valentines' Day gift from SERRV will make a difference in more ways than one-- bringing joy to your loved ones, and a fair and vital income to a small-scale artisan or farmer.