Sustainable Local Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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.

Christy Fisher necklace

Christy Fisher necklace

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.

Wei of Chocolate

Wei of Chocolate

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.

Bookmans

Bookmans

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.

Kate's Magik

Kate's Magik

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.

Dig It Nursery

Dig It Nursery

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.