Fair Trade Gifts for Valentine's Day

From Ecuador to Côte d’Ivoire, your love can go the distance.

We see Valentine’s Day as the perfect occasion to spread the love, here, there, and everywhere. While different cultures around the world have their own unique ways of celebrating Valentine's Day, gifts of chocolate and flowers are pretty much accepted as the universal language of love. In the Czech republic, for example, couples believe a kiss beneath a blossoming cherry tree will bring good luck for the year. In Japan, the women traditionally give chocolate, saving only the best homemade chocolate ("Honmei-choco") for their love interests. And Ghana, one of the world's leading producers of cocoa, has gone so far as to governmentally declare February 14 National Chocolate Day.

Borrowing some of this inspiration, we're here to help you come up with your own fresh take on the classics this Valentine's Day, whether that’s flowers and chocolate or something else, to show your Valentine your love is anything but cookie-cutter. However you choose to express your love, you can't go wrong with a Fair Trade Certified gift because it says you not only care about them, but also that you care about the planet, the lives behind the product, and the impact of your purchase. These gifts, and all Fair Trade Certified products for that matter, go straight to work on community development in places like Ecuador and Côte d’Ivoire.

For more Valentine's Day ideas, check out our guide to Fair Trade chocolate, 3 ways to use Fair Trade roses, or visit our recipe section for romantic meal ideas.