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Top His & Her Eco-Valentine's gifts

Green Lifestyle

Surprise the apple of your eye with a thoughtful green gift this Valentine's Day.

love-scrub

Credit: Caitlin Howlett

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Hers:

Love Scrub
Give your lover's body a romantic retreat with nature's most invigorating exfoliator, ocean salt. The Vanessa Megan Love Scrub is sprinkled with certified organic rose petals and a sensual, uplifting blend of essential oils that leave behind a warm, sweet, citrus scent that will linger long after it's rinsed away.
$34.95, www.vanessamegan.com

Secret heart impressions
Cinnamon Lee is one of Australia's top gold and silversmiths, not only because of her ability to combine traditional and computer-driven techniques, but because of her ability to create an intimate relationship with the wearer. On the outside, strong geometric shapes conceal tiny hidden hearts studded on the inside. When given, the ring becomes a private declaration; soft heart-shaped impressions are made on the wearer's skin, leaving brief traces of affection even after the piece is removed.
$610, www.egetal.com.au

Fairtrade, organic flowers
The eco-impact of the florist industry is enough to turn anyone off surprising someone with roses. But there are florists who sell some fairtrade, organic flowers – you can try requesting them from your local florist, or check out Instant Karma Roses in Melbourne, The Little Flower Farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, Lord Butler in Preston, Victoria, The Organic Florist based in Toowoomba, or opt for a potted plant from Growing Gifts.

His:

Antique world globe
Modern-day classic globes can be worth thousands new, so this is the opportunity to craft some e-bay skills and save an absolute fortune on a really memorable, classy gift.
From $20, www.ebay.com.au

An ethical wallet
While money can't buy happiness, ancient Feng Shui philosophy believes that the style, shape and colour of your wallet will help generate more wealth... it can't hurt, right? The Elk Hull wallet made from buffalo leather might be just the blessing your loved one wants.
$78, www.elkaccessories.com.au

Natural shaving care kit
That holiday beard has probably come clean now that it's back to work, but it shouldn't be a painful saga. The Weleda shaving cream has essential oils and goats milk to soothe irritated skin.
$13.95, www.weleda.com.au

Both:

You were made for lovin' me
This gorgeous gift could go either way, but the wooden pennant by ManualArtsDEpt on Etsy just had to be included. Plus, they offer free shipping across Australia!
$52, www.etsy.com/au

Still stuck? What about a nice jar of local honey, some ethical chocolate, potted plants, an organic wine subscription, a terrarium, or you could adopt an animal, or even make a good ol' fashioned mixed tape!

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If you're even just a little bit crafty, we've just done this super-easy, really lovely DIY plant box made from an upcycled fence post – check it out here. And keep an eye on our website next week for some great eco-friendly underwear and lingerie labels.