Fair Trade Certified Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Share the Love on Valentine's Day with these gifts that give back.
Feb 1, 2012 1:30 PM ET
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Fair Trade Certified Valentine's Day Gift Guide


Looking to give a meaningful gift this Valentine’s Day?  One that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face and benefit farming communities around the world at the same time?  Support workers' rights, protect the environment and share the love by choosing Fair Trade with these can’t-fail Valentine’s Day gift ideas.


Americans will buy more than 189 million stems of roses this Valentine's Day, the majority of which will travel all the way from Ecuador and Colombia before they’re sold to doting beaus.  You can make sure that your long-stemmed symbols of love positively impact the lives of farm workers (many of whom are women) by looking for bouquets bearing the Fair Trade Certified logo. 

Fair Trade Certified roses can be found in-store at Whole Foods Market. Just look for the big, beautiful blossoms and vivid colors with the green Whole Trade Guarantee sticker in the floral department. Before you hand over these special roses, make sure to read up on the farm they came from to add a sweet story to the gift.

If you are sending flowers to loved ones, you can order online from One World Flowers and schedule the delivery of beautiful Ecuadorian roses. In addition to traditional red and pink roses, you can select themed bouquets like “Helping Haiti” and “Honoring Japan” that support much-needed relief efforts in those countries.  Remember to order early: Fair Trade Certified roses tend to sell out during this season. Use the coupon code FairTrade5 to get $5 off your order.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified roses.


Even though Americans spend $16 billion a year on decadent cocoa products, cocoa farmers face tremendous instability. Fair Trade certification ensures that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their harvest, creates direct trade links between farmer-owned cooperatives and buyers, and provides access to affordable credit.  Fair Trade also strictly prohibits slave and child labor. This Valentine’s Day, support a better life for cocoa farmers by sharing your favorite Fair Trade Certified confection with your friends and family.  There are plenty of delicious options to help you achieve this goal, including Sweet Earth Chocolates Classic Red Velvet BoxSjaak’s dark chocolate with raspberry barChocoDream SpreadsKopali Chocolate Covered Cacao NibsTCHO "My Heart's Desire" Adigard 12-Bar SamplerAlter Eco Dark Velvet Chocolate and sweetriot riotous riotBar gift set.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified cocoa.


Start the day off right by brewing a hot pot of Fair Trade Certified coffee or tea for your special someone. When it comes to coffee, look for a special blend with a good story, like Weaver's Astral Blend (supports Breast Cancer Research), Grounds for Change Cafe Famenino Peru (promotes women's empowerment) or Green Mountain Coffee Golden French Toast(it's just fun!).  If you prefer tea, there are plenty of Valentine-approved blends available like the Rishi Tea Pu-erh Gift SetChoice Organic Tea Rooibos ChaiArt of Tea Vanilla Berry Truffle or Zhena's Gypsy Tea Pomegranate Rose.

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