Your sweetie is demanding, and wants only the best -- which is one of the reasons you love them! Obviously they put that good taste to use when they picked you, right? But it makes gift-buying tough, and Valentine's Day is almost here and you're present-less.
No need to stress. If our coverage of love-inspiring gifties, including lingerie, candles and chocolates, doesn't strike quite the right tone for your finicky amore, check these uber-luxurious (but still planet-friendly) gifts. One of them will surely have your lover planting a well-deserved smooch on your expectant cheek.
Ingle and Rhode
Ingle and Rhode make super modern, chic jewelry like these sterling silver and 18ct gold earrings. Not only do they look great, they are people- and planet-friendly. That's because all their metals and jewels are ethically sourced and created by artisans paid a fair wage. Gold is fairly traded and mined without the use of cyanide or mercury (these chemicals add to the toxin load of local water resources) and diamonds are guaranteed conflict-free. Ten percent of Ingle and Rhode's profits fund "health, education and development projects" in the countries with which they trade.
The Green Glass Company makes exceptionally gorgeous glasses in a rainbow of shades; and if you look closely you'll see they have a unique shape. That's because they're made from used wine bottles. The old vino keepers are recycled into wine glasses and tumblers that your love will want to keep around for a long time to come -- just like you.
Wilshire Regency Mirror
Show your lovely lady how gorgeous she is every day with a Wilshire Regency Mirror for her entryway or bedroom. Made with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and low-VOC paint, a mirror creates space in even the smallest room and adds a lovely decorative element to boot. This is the kind of thing she'll never buy for herself; it's your job to indulge her.
Monogram a sheet set from Anna Sova's luxury line of organic cotton Italian linens (available online and at ABC Carpet and Home), and he'll think of you every time he climbs into bed. Choose traditional initials or get cheeky with stitching like "Dr. Luv" or "Kumar The Magnificent."
Entermodal's bags and wallets are classically designed and meticulously made, so they'll never go out of style and will last forever. That means they're lighter on the Earth than disposable accessories. The leather used for these manly totes is vegetable tanned, formaldehyde and heavy-metal free, and tannins (which come from trees) are sustainably harvested. Metal snaps are made from recyclable aluminum. The bag can be deconstructed after use and reworked into new wallets and other accessories.
The Organic Wine Company
A gift that can be savored with the giver always places high on my list. A sampler of organic wines, like the "Royal Reds" from The Organic Wine Company include a Chianti, a Bordeaux, a Cab Sav and three more. You'll have some to enjoy Valentine's eve, and for wintry nights to come.
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