Valentines Gifts that Give Back
If you are like me, you will suddenly realize today that January is finished, the Confetti has settled at the Super Bowl, and February is in full swing. I woke up this morning realizing that I need to not only finish my Valentine’s shopping…I need to start it!
As I approach any holiday where gifts are involved, I look for gifts that my family will love. I adore my family and want them to know how very special they are to me and Valentines is the perfect holiday to share that love. But, I also want to give back. I consider myself and my family to be incredibly fortunate. Now, let me explain, we are not wealthy, we don’t have a huge home, we don’t have brand new cars. But, if you weigh our lives against so many others in the United States and abroad, we are incredibly fortunate. Because of that, I love for gift purchases to have double meaning and double impact. In other words, not only do I care about you, but together we care about others.
My List of Valentine’.s Gifts that Give Back
With this in mind, I would like to share with you this year’s list of Valentine’s Gifts That Give Back! Each Gift on this list is available through Amazon for ease in shopping. My Amazon Affiliate disclosure is below, and I will also disclose I don’t have a personal, romantic Valentine this year. And that is okay, I have still offered ideas for your Valentine! In our family we purchase Valentine’s cards and a little candy or gift for the whole family, so I have included some ideas for everyone on the list!
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Need a Valentine’s Gift for that Special Someone
Red.Org is in the fight to end AIDS and wants to partner with you do just that. Red.Org partners with some of my favorite companies to produce products specifically for the Red campaign which fights AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. I must admit that I don’t think about AIDS Charities as much as I should as it is still a devastating challenge in many countries of the world. According to HIV.Gov, over 1 million people died from AIDS related illnesses in 2016.
I recently read the book, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption , by Katie Davis about her time living and loving in Uganda. Throughout the book she shared about children who were born with AIDS in Uganda. It reminded me that this is still a very important global health issue. If you want more information about Kisses from Katie, you can read my blog post about the book here.
This brings me to the Red.Org website where you can find amazing products for shopping. Perfect for Valentines as they are RED (you get extra points for this), and of very high quality. My perfect Valentines Day would include receiving the Le Creuset (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection 3.5 QT. Enameled Cast Iron Chef’s Oven With Engraved Knob. It is a 3.5 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Chef’s Pot. It is stunning and perfect for cooking up lots of winter time love! Also featured is a beautiful Le Creuset (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection 22 OZ. Stoneware Teapot, perfect for Valentine’s Tea for Two!
For Your Sweet with a Sweet Tooth
Another way to show your Valentine, Special Someone or just your best friend that you think they are totally sweet, is to send them The (RED) 9 Piece Chocolate Collection from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. With flavors like Bourbon Caramel Bonbons, Black Salt Marshmallows, and Dulce de Leche Bonbons you will send a very sweet message!
Perfect for Teens and Kids
If you need a cushy place for your kids and teens to lounge, read, or hang out with their friends, I love the Fatboy Red Special Edition Junior Bean Bag. With each purchase the manufacturer will donate 10% to Red.Org and the fight against AIDS.
Valentine’s for your sweet little Bundle
If you are looking for the perfect gift for Baby this Valentine’s Day, choose the aden + anais classic muslin dream blanket – (SPONGEBOB)RED Special Edition which features a SpongeBob Silhouette. It is perfect for floor time with baby or to cuddle up with before bedtime. I also love that that it is Red and White which will give baby plenty to look at and explore. For each purchase, Aden + Anais will give 10% of the proceeds to Red.Org.
Did Someone Say Candle Light?
If you are looking for a Gift to set the mood, or just brighten up the evening, the Two Blind Brothers Blackout Candle is perfect! 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of the Blackout Candle go to pre clinical research for children with Stargardt’s disease. What a perfect way to set the mood for your special night, and give the light of day to children. Two Blind Brothers company is partnering with customers to help end blindness. 100% of the profits from purchases goes directly into funding hours of research. Last year, Two Blind Brothers and their customers funded over 30,000 hours of clinical studies per their website. The company as you may have guessed was founded by Two Blind Brothers.
The Perfect Gift for the Valentine who has it All and Wants to Really Give Back
So maybe you are looking for something for the person who has everything. Then the perfect gift is a flock of chickens from Heifer.Org. Don’t worry, I am not thinking that you should have a flock of live chicks sent to your true love, that is a little too Partridge in a Pear Tree for most people. But by donating $20.00 to Heifer.Org, a flock of chickens will be donated to a family in need, somewhere in the world. Heifer’s website shares that a chicken can lay approximately 200 eggs per year! That will keep a family well fed, and potentially help the family bring in additional income. I love eggs, and have loved purchasing gifts through Heifer.Org thru the years. To learn more about my great love for eggs, read this post.
What to get, when you don’t know what to give
Finally, you might be in the situation of having no idea what to get, do, say, or share with your Valentine this February 14th. Don’t worry, I have been there myself. A good read would be The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman. This book has been fundamental in helping my family know how to love each other, and even extended family and friends. It is a great help in knowing if your love would be moved by a big expensive, well thought out gift? Or, if a quiet evening spending time talking together would really be the dream gift. There are quite a few editions available such as Singles, Men’s, Women’s, Kids, and Teens. I have placed a link below to the original 5 love languages.
Whether you are planning a big Valentine’s Day Night Out, or a simple night at home, I hope that my list helps you to create the perfect day for loving! I personally am planning dinner with my family. Then we will take some time to share with each person the thing we love most about each other (always important when you have teens). Then we will finish the evening with a few sweet treats. I hope that your Valentine’s Day is filled with Love and Giving!