Valentine’s Day is meant to spread love and devotion to those around you. So when you are choosing what to give your sweetie or loved one, think about the energy that was put into the product you buy. Purchasing something ethical, such as fair trade goods, will be made with love that you can pass on to your recipient. We enjoy buying ethically and are excited to choose Fair Trade for our Valentine’s Day needs. We have done a few gift guides for Fair Trade Valentine’s over the years, but this year we decided to choose our favorite Fair Trade V-Day gifts! Sending our fair love to you.

Sweet Earth Chocolates Heart Box

1) Sweet Earth Chocolates Heart Box: Who doesn’t love a good box of chocolates? We love Sweet Earth Chocolate’s Red or God Heart Box which are filled with 11 heart shaped chocolates. We prefer the Gold Box, filled with an assortment of vegan chocolates. All their sweets are Fair Trade and organic. Plus the traditional red and gold heart shaped box gives an old school feel to your Valentine’s Day. Also, you can’t beat the price, coming in around $22.50 for organic, fair trade, and gourmet chocolates.

 

Organic Style Crown Majesty Roses

2) Organic Style Crown Majesty Roses: Not usually a fan of pink, but this beautiful light pink rose bouquet is one of our favorites. Organic Style is a great eco and socially conscious flower company that we have used on many occasions. These beautiful, antique looking roses are Fair Trade and have high labor standards. On top of that, the flowers are EcoBlooms certified, certified sustainable, the vase is made from recycled glass, all packaging is recycled, and shipping is green using carbon offsets. All around this bouquet and many like it on Organic Style’s website is all around ethical!

Ten Thousand Villages Valentine Banner Card

3) Ten Thousand Villages Be Mine Banner: If you are looking to make a big statement this Valentine’s Day, consider Ten Thousand Villages Be Mine Banner Card. The card states “Be Mine, I’m Yours” on a handmade Fair Trade card from Bangladesh. The red and pink card is made from Water Hyacinth paper and comes with it’s own envelope. You could give it as a card or hang it as a banner to spice things up! Plus you can’t beat the price at $7.00!

 

Ten Thousand Villages Hearts Afloat Candles

4) Ten Thousand Villages Hearts Afloat Candles: Spice up your night with these lovely floating Fair Trade candles. These lovely candles are handmade in India and would really get the romantic vibe right in a bath for two or set the tone for dinner by floating in a centerpiece. They come in a nice box which states “Melt My Heart” so they are already gift wrapped for those on the go.  You can’t miss with these thoughtful and sweet Fair Trade candles.

 

World of Good Cupcake Set

5) World of Good Cupcake Set: If you want to show your cupcake just what you think of her, here is the perfect gift! The matching handmade and Fair Trade cupcake earrings and necklace are made in Mexico. This adorable set is perfect for any cupcake in your life including your daughter, friend, wife, girlfriend, or even mother. We love the simple and cutesy look of this set and would be proud to wear it ourselves.

 

Autonomie Project Fair Trade Jewelry Sale

6) Last But Not Least:  We couldn’t help but take the time to announce our own lovely Fair Trade Valentine’s Gifts at Autonomie.While some of our items are unconventional gifts such as red sneakers and flip flops, we do have beautiful Fair Trade Jewelry from our friends at Proxy Apparel.  And just because we love our customers so much, we have a Valentine’s Sale going now of up to 50% off and an additional 15% off when you purchase two pairs of sneakers.

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My birthday is in December and to my delight one of my good friends, Andrea, made me amazing homemade vegan peanut butter cups and mailed them from NY to CA. After opening my package, I was amazed to sink my teeth into these delightful desserts and had to share them with my friends. After I devoured my treats, I soon craved more. I wrote Andrea asking for the recipe and to my delight, she quickly emailed the recipe. As it turns out, she got the recipe from Alicia Silverstone, who just wrote the vegan book the Kind Diet. Since, she sent me the recipe, I had to try it myself and pass it on to my lovely blog readers. Trust us, this easy and fun recipe is worth the two-hour wait! They also make a nice present, especially with Valentine’s Day fast approaching.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups 

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes    Cool Time: 2.5 hours

1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

3/4 Cup Organic Crunch Peanut Butter

3/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbles

1/2 Cup Organic Earth Balance

1/4 Cup Organic Evaporated Cane Juice or other sweetener

1/4 Cup Soy Milk

1/4 Cup Organic Chopped Peanuts

In a small muffin tin, line the muffin circles with preferably recycled or eco-friendly muffin liners and set aside. Melt the Earth Balance in a small saucepan and stir in the peanut butter, graham crackers, and evaporated cane juice. Remove from heat and with a spoon, put the peanut butter mixture into the liners at about halfway or 2 tbsp per cup. In another sauce pan, heat up the soy milk and add in the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter in the lining until they are filled. Sprinkle the peanuts on top. Place the tray in the fridge for 2.5 hours and serve or wrap as a gift!

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