Valentine's Day is the holiday all about love. Unfortunately love is not always shown to some of the workers producing the Valentine's gifts we buy. Most Valentine chocolate contains cocoa from West Africa which can be tainted with child slavery. And Valentine flowers are often cut using child labor. Even Valentine jewelry may be guilty of exploiting children. But you can show love this year not just to your Valentine, but also to the artisans who created the handmade and fair trade Valentine's Day gifts below.
(NOTES: Prices and availability may change without notice. If you buy through some of these links, a small amount will come back to help support our mission.)
"A Fair Trade Federation member and a faith-based nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines to create, produce and sell some of the world's finest quality handwoven friendship goods.” They offer friendship bracelets.
Prices: $2 - $14
Vi Bella Jewelry
Their mission is "providing a path out of poverty" for their artisans. They offer a beautiful collection of jewelry, handmade by artisans in Mexico and Haiti.
Prices: $9 - $48
Donates 100% of profits to charities believing that "together we can make a difference, one piece of jewelry at a time." They sell
"Born out of a vision to give the people of Haiti opportunities to earn money through honest and dignified work." Check out their unique handmade jewelry and their "Belbelle Kids" collection or purchase a gift card for Valentine's Day.
"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell handmade fair trade gifts for Valentine's Day, including Valentine's Day cards, heart decorations, girl's heart purses and heart coasters.
"Beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking." Their amazingjewelry collection makes great Valentine's Day gifts or purchase a gift card and let her choose her favorite.
Prices: $20 - $81
"Creative Christian apparel & lifestyle products." 10% of sales go to fight human trafficking. They sell ethically-made jewelry inspired by Scripture, with deep meaning behind each piece and it comes packaged perfect for giving as Valentine's gifts.
Prices: $15 - $28
Helps rural Azerbaijani women “earn much needed additional income and provides deeper purpose and hope in their lives.” They sell fun couple's gloves or buy your Valentine hand-knitted slipper socks, to keep their feet cozy.
Their mission is "to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business." They sell great food gifts that give back and beautiful jewelry for Valentine's Day.
A social enterprise of Global Child Advocates, which allows young women on the Thai-Myanmar border "to earn extra income while discovering their immense value." They sell gorgeous handmade jewelry
for Valentine's Day
Prices: $14 - $28
HUGG Mission Market
Provides a "hand up" instead of a "hand out" to young men transitioning out of orphanages in Haiti. They sell fun heart mugs and their macrame bracelets would be a perfect Valentine gift for kids to give to their classmates.
Prices: $5 - $24
"Every purchase goes to support widows in Africa." They sell fun Valentine's Day cards and beautiful handmade soapstone hearts.
(Use the code: ShopWithLeeAnne for 10% off your entire order.)
Prices: $8 - $55
WorldCrafts"develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They offer meaningful fair trade Valentine's gifts and a free downloadable Valentine's Day card to go with them.
Prices: $17 - $55
"Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage." They sell fun fair trade Valentine's Day gifts as well as Valentine jewelry, all handmade in Haiti.
Prices: $7 - $32
“Together with women rescued from human trafficking, we create jewelry that carries their stories.” They sell beautiful jewelry, which shines with the beauty of those stories. They also offer jewelry for men.
Prices: $16 - $32
Works with Haitians "to end poverty through job creation, education and empowerment." She sells Valentine gift sets with a heart pouch, bracelet and essential oil.
Grain of Rice Project
“A non-profit ministry, which empowers Kenyan people with the love of Christ by training and selling their handcrafted products.” They sell fun fair trade heart ornaments, perfect for Valentine's Day gifts.
"Restores hope to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia." They have so much incredible jewelry to choose from, or buy a gift card and let her pick. (My Starfish Project bracelet came adorably packaged!)
Prices: $20 - $37
Education and More
"Strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages." They offer fair trade friendship bracelets and bracelet sets, which give back to educate disadvantaged children.
"A fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty." They sell an adorable fair trade, felted wool monkey with a heart, perfect for a Valentine gift.
Anchored in Hope
Their mission is "to empower Haitian artisans to provide for their families with dignity." Their hammered metal "love" key chains would make a fun Valentine gift.
Dunitz & Company
For more fair trade Valentine gifts, check out this blog post from Dunitz & Company:
They trade directly with cocoa farmers, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans. Their award-winning dark chocolate would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the gourmet chocolate lover.
"Goods sourced ethically, traded fairly, and selected artfully.” They sell beautiful formal wear for your Valentine's date night. Also check out their "Gifts for Her" and "Gifts for Him" Valentine guides.
Prices: $24 - $425
Shop With a Mission
On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."
"An ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions." They offer gorgeous Valentine's Day gifts, including 14K gold jewelry, Valentine's Day cards and beautiful journaling Bibles.
Prices: $5 - $70
Gifts With a Cause
Their mission is "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries." They sell a whole collection of unique fair trade Valentine's Day gifts, Each product comes with the artisan's picture and story.
Prices: $4 - $56
She sells products from the Noonday Collection. They "design and sell an inspired collection of
jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe." They offer gorgeous, fair trade heart-themed jewelry for Valentine's Day.
Prices: $36 - $52
Creating a "market for beautiful, fairly made goods." Their beautiful velvet dresses would be perfect to wear on a date with your sweetheart (I love the Elegance Restored dress I bought for last Valentine's Day!)
Prices: $24 - $36
Partners for Just Trade
“Building global partnerships through a just marketplace.” They sell beautiful fair trade silver heart jewelry, perfect for Valentine's Day gifts.