Finding the perfect gift for your significant other for Valentine’s Day is not always easy but your loved one is sure to appreciate a gift that has sustainability in mind. Here are some ideas for green gifts from local shops across Arizona that support Arizona’s economy and environment.
Jewelry: Give jewelry with a past. These locally owned businesses repurpose materials to make unique pieces that all will love.
Christy Fisher, Cottonwood: Fisher uses recycled glass, sea glass and aluminum cans to create beautiful earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Jewelsmith, Tempe: Vintage jewelry gives the wearer a stylish connection to the past, and Jewelsmith has some beautiful pieces for gift giving.
Pop Cycle, Tucson: This unique shop focuses on upcycled everything, including beer bottle cap bracelets, earrings made from postage stamps and much more.
Chocolates: Skip the box of generic confections and give local chocolates made with attention to ingredients.
Black Mesa Ranch, Snowflake: Raising goats isn’t the only thing that Black Mesa Ranch is good at. Check out their chocolate truffles, caramels, mints and other sweets.
Wei of Chocolate, Phoenix: Chocolate maker Lisa Reinhardt’s creations are made from organic, vegan and GMO free ingredients that include flower essences.
Chocoláte, Bisbee: Makers of artisan chocolates that use regional ingredients, no chemicals, preservatives or artificial flavors. For a kick, try the spicy truffles made from Arizona chiltepin peppers.
Books: Who needs a new book when you can buy used? Used books come with a lower price tag (so you can buy more) and they keep the written word from ending up in the landfill.
The Old Sage Bookshop, Prescott: Whiskey Row is home to this shop selling collectible books, including first editions and collections that avid readers will love.
Friends of Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix: Not only can you find used books at this online bookstore, your purchases provide funds to local libraries and nonprofit organizations.
Bookmans, Tucson: With locations across Arizona, Bookmans provides readers with a large selection of used books from novels to cookbooks.
Fragrances: Show your special someone you really care by skipping perfumes and colognes laden with unpronounceable ingredients and gifting them with fragrances made from natural ingredients.
Flagstaff Soap Company, Flagstaff: This hip soap shop has a line of body oil in scents including lavender, lemon rosemary, grapefruit and more.
Lotus Wei, Phoenix: Founder Katie Hess makes transformative perfumes that utilize flower essences and organic ingredients, with scents that change moods and inspire action.
Kate’s Magik, Tucson: These vegan, cruelty free body perfume oils are created in the tradition of Egyptian perfume making, with no GMOs, parabens or synthetic chemicals.
Plants and Succulents: Head to a local plant nursery to find desert friendly plants and succulents that your gift recipient can enjoy year round. Find a list of local nurseries on the LFA website here.