Ideas for ethical valentines day gifts

By staff writers
June 26, 2009

The MakePovertyHistory campaign and similar initiatives during 2005 have focused many people's minds on relief of poverty, trade justice and the effects of over consumption.

Many will be considering a fairly-traded, more simple Valentines Day. Below is a short guide with a few links and sources of information that we've found useful for those who would like to have a more ethical valentines day - from getting valentines cards, to valentines gifts and valentines presents.

Charity Oxfam hit the headlines last year with their charity gifts scheme that enabled people to send a goat, sheep, camel or pig to Africa, as a gift on someone else's behalf. The charity then sends a card with a personalised message to the person on whose behalf the livestock has been despatched.

This year the scheme has been extended and expanded with an even bigger range of gifts including whole flocks of sheep and herds of goats, fish farms and even toilets!

You might also like to consider a host of fairtrade presents, including Fairtrade jewellery and scarves and wraps. For the more gadget-minded there are lots of fun, eco-friendly gadgets such as a clockwork radio, or a super can crusher for recycling your old cans and tins.

Organic cosmetics which haven't been tested on animals are another popular favourite. Scented Heaven have a vast collection of natural hand made soaps, bath bombs, fragrances, shower gels, candles, incense, potpourri and many other wonderfully scented things.

If you want a present that's going to be spread out for the coming year, you might consider giving a subscription to a magazine about justice. The New Internationalist is full of stunning writing and photography. It covers one key subject each month, from Terrorism to Poverty to Climate Change. Correspondents from around the globe provide a comprehensive world view and thought provoking, well reasoned editorials give a clear, untainted picture.

If you are into more cuddly presents, then why not give a real life Tiger, Panda or Monkey? There are now a number of schemes which allow you to adopt animals, or take part in feeding them - which can be quite exciting too when it comes to feeding the tigers or meeting meercats!

If none of these appeals, then check the menu on the right of this page for more ideas!

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