15 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Spread The Love

By:: 
Celine Asril

 Socially conscious Valentine's Day Personalised Love Heart shaped Keyring 740 x 396

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is socially conscious. OH YES. Check out Asia for Good's socially conscious gift guide for a Valentine's Day present with a great big heart.

 

This February 14th spread the love far and wide and all across Asia. These gifts, all from social enterprises across the region, will send love to your special someone but also help children in East Timor, disadvantaged youth in Vietnam, women in India, and even people fighting terminal illness. 

So let the Asia For Good team play cupid and matchmake you with a socially responsible Valentine’s Day gift. From flowers to chocolates and even that conflict-free engagement ring – we have you and your good hearts covered. 

[Prices calculated without taxes and delivery fees]

 

1.    Local Alike Lisu Lodge Hilltribe Adventure

 Local Alike Lisu Lodge Hilltribe Adventure

 A couple that travels together, stays together. Pick from a variety of experiences on Local Alike, a community-based tourism platform that connects visitors to locals who provide responsible travel options that are environmental, social and culturally sustainable. Regardless of which adventure you choose (hiking for social good in Chiang Rai, maybe?), the fees go towards causes like improving these locals’ infrastructure and providing basic education.

 2.     Apriki Cooperative Drop Pearl Earrings 

Apiriki Collective Drop Pearl earrings

 

These exotic Meniran drop pearl earrings empower small handicraft producers. In addition Apriki trains, provides financial support and supports environmental conservation projects.

 Price: USD50

 3. Seedlings - Romantic Meal in Hoi An

Seedlings Restaurant Laguna Lang Co Hoi An

 There is nothing sexier than a good meal with a cause: benefit disadvantaged youths with a full-flavoured set meal at Seedlings Hoi An (Vietnam). Launched as The Banyan Tree's first social enterprise, Seedlings is a training restaurant where Hoi An youths work and learn in the kitchen or front of house. After 18 months of employment they graduate from Seedlings’ programs and have a transferable skill that will give them opportunities in the hospitality industry. Banyan Tree also operates a Seedlings in Phuket

Price: From VND250,000 per person (approximately USD12)

4. Zahara Jade Bliss L.O.V.E Wrap Bracelet

 Zahara Jade - BlissWrap - 2 - credit Matcha 5 website

How sexy is this upcycled vegan suede bracelet with a vintage bullet scroll? It's sold by Matcha 5 - a wonderful e-shop that curates hand-crafted beauties (like this). Products on Matcha 5 benefit and empower rural and underprivileged artisans.

Price: USD145

 5.     Mata Traders Gold Athena Cuff

Mata Traders - bracelet_athenacuff_gold

 Handcrafted by a fairtrade artisan co-operative in India, this regal gold-plated brass cuff was created to celebrate a woman’s originality and empower them. You’ll not just be providing fair wages, health care, paid maternity leave, retirement pensions, and daycare for women in India, you’ll also support a company that gives the women a voice and helps build their self-esteem.

Price: USD28

 6. Kakoa Chocolate Gift Set

 Kakoa - Box set - credit Kakoa Facebook

We featured this in our ’Wallet-Friendly Christmas Gift Guide’, but this one is so yum it just had to mentioned again. Kakoa is an Indonesian bean-to-bar chocolate company that works to improve the livelihood of Indonesian cocoa farmers. The gift set is the way to go, but we’d recommend starting with the chilli chocolate to get your temperatures rising.

 Price: IDR239,000 (approximately USD18)

 

 7. Melville Fine Jewellery Engagement Rings

 Melville Fine Jewellery Rings The Deco, The Delicate and the Classic Conflict-free, fair-trade gems

Ready to pop the question? Do it with an engagement ring which uses fair-trade gold and conflict-free gems. (If you don't know why this is important, you clearly haven't watched Blood Diamond) Melville Fine Jewellery in Hong Kong can design a bespoke ring to suit your beloved. 

 

 8. Hello Flowers Bouquet

 Hello Flowers bouquet whimsical 

Set up by a trained social worker, Hello Flowers marries the therapeutic effect of flower arrangement with a flexible work schedule. This accommodates individuals (like those from families with violence) who cannot commit to full-time work. The result: delicate, ethereal bouquets put together with an intention of peace and love. 

 Price: SGD85 to SGD125 (Approximately USD60 to USD88)

 

 9. Shokay Men’s Winter Scarf

 Shokay - cables-stables-scarfcloud - credit Shokay

This is more than just a classic winter scarf. It's made of 75 per cent shokay (“yak down”) which is sourced directly from Tibetan communities in the Qinghai region, and hand-combed from the Himalayan yaks. (Whoa!) The other 25 per cent is made from bamboo - a sustainable plant that environmentalists favour.This transparent supply chain ensures excellent quality and extra income (by 10 to 30 per cent) for the Tibetan herders. 

Price: USD106

 10. Saught Engraved Ring

Saught - Light bar gold ring - credit Saught website

 Inspired by the signet ring that ancient kings worn to seal documents, this engraved ring (pick from ‘Loved’, ‘Peace’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Patience’ or customize it) is more than just a token of love for your partner: Saught is a wonderful Singapore-based social enterprise that works closely with NGOs to advocate freedom from war and poverty. They also help with the re-building of war-torn areas and countries hit by natural disasters.

Price: USD68 

 11. Human Nature Massage oil

 Human Nature - massage oil - credit Human Nature website

Give your beau a little something something with these 100 per cent natural massage oils that are sourced directly from farming communities in The Philippines. The lemongrass in the Calming Massage Oil is harvested by farmers in Cauayan and Negros Occidental.

 Price: PHP199 (approximately USD5)

 12. ​Socialgiver Social Gift Card For A Hotel Stay

Socialgiver Social Gift Card For A Hotel Stay This Thailand-based service is a triple whammy: buy a social gift card for a stay, a meal at a restaurant, or an activity at a price that is lower than usual; enjoy the experience; and give back by creating impact and sustainability for causes you care about most. Up on the site now: a tranquil getaway at the Sampran Riverside worth 4,800 baht (approximately USD135) – proceeds go to the ‘Finding You Voice Through Lens’ project. Price: 2,800 baht (approximately USD79)  2.	Apriki Cooperative Drop Pearl Earrings  These exotic Meniran drop pearl earrings goes towards enabling 40 artisan groups in Indonesia fair trade conditions, and empowering micro and small and micro handifcraft producers. Apriki trains, provides financial support and supports environmental projects that aid in the conservation of vital resources.  Price: USD50  3.	Mata Traders Gold Athena Cuff Handcrafted by a fairtrade artisan cooperative in India, this regal gold-plated brass cuff was created to celebrate a woman’s originality and gift them empowerment: you’ll not just be providing fair wages, health care, paid maternity leave, retirement pensions, and daycare for women in India, you’ll also be giving the women a voice and build their confidence.  Price: USD28  4. Kakoa Chocolate Gift Set We featured this in our ’17 Wallet-friendly Christmas Gifts That Give Back’ story, and thought it had to be in this too: Kakoa is an Indonesian bean-to-bar chocolate company that works to improve the livelihood of Indonesian cocoa farmers. The gift set is the way to go, but we’d recommend starting with the chilli chocolate toyou’re your temperatures rising.  Price: IDR239,000 (approximately USD18)   5. Melville Engagement Ring Ready to pop the question? Do it with an engagement ring that uses fairtrade gold that benefits miners, their families and communities directly. Melville Fine Jewellery in Hong Kong can design a bespoke vintage, luxurious, avant garde or classic style ring to suit your beloved. Did we mention the gems are conflict-free, too? Price: Variable  6. Hello Flowers Bouquet of Flowers Set up by a trained social worker, Hello Flowers marries the therapeutic effect of flowers and nature with a flexible work schedule to accommodate individuals (like those from families with violence) who cannot commit to full-time work. The result: delicate, ethereal bouquets put together with peace and love.   Price: SGD85 to SGD125 (Approximately USD60 to USD88)  7. Shokay Men’s Winter Scarf This is more than just a classic winter scarf: the 75 per cent shokay (“yak down”; the rest is bamboo) are sourced directly from Tibetan communities in the Qinghai region, and hand-combed from the Himalayan yaks. This transparent supply chain ensures excellent quality and extra income (by 10 to 30 per cent) for the Tibetan herders.  Price: USD106  8. Saught Engraved Ring Inspired by the signet ring that ancient kings worn to seal documents, this engraved ring (pick from ‘Loved’, ‘Peace’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Patience’ or customize it) is more than just a token of love for your partner: Saught works closely with NGOs to advocate freedom from war and poverty, and helps with the re-building of wartorn areas and countries hit by natural disasters.  Price: USD68  9. Heart Human Nature Massage oil Take out the knots this Valentine’s Day with these 100 per cent natural massage oils that are sourced directly from farming communities in The Philippines. The lemongrass in the Calming Massage Oil is harvested by farmers in Cauayan and Negros Occidental.  Price: PHP199 (approximately USD5)  10. Personalised Love Keychain, Luggage Tag or iPad holders The seven artisans at Personalised Love are special needs youth who create beautifully-embroidered luggage tags, keychain accessories and iPad holders. This Singapore-based artisan studio believes that through embracing each of the teenagers’ talents, the youths can be nurtured into professional craftsmen.  Price: TK (they don’t have a phone number – let me get back to you)  11. Tastes of Yunnan Magnetic Photo Frames Frame this: a photo of you and your partner in the embroidered magnetic photo frame produced by China’s only World Fair Trade Organization member, Danyun. As a member of WTFO, the Yunnan-based company promises payment of a fair price, gender equality and no child or forced labour, among other promises laid to improve the livelihood and well-being of disadvantaged people in developing countries.  Price: USD5  12. Ugly Cake Shop Cupcakes and Cakes This Singapore-based cake shop is so-named because owner Lisa Tan does not believe in using artificial colouring, artificial flavours, fondant or gum paste. Part of the shop’s profits goes towards the nutritional fund at Shallom School in Timor-Leste, Indonesia. For this sensuous occasion, pick the Big Daddy super chocolate-y cupcakes with Nutella and Valrhona. Order three days in advance. Price: S$38 (approximately USD27)  13. Seedlings - Romantic Meal There is nothing sexier than a good meal with a cause: benefit disadvantaged youths with a full-flavoured set meal at Seedlings Hoi An (Vietnam) or Seedlings Phuket (Thailand). The Banyan Tree provides each town’s local youths with training and job opportunities in the kitchen and front of house so that they will be equipped with transferable skills when they graduate from Seedlings’ 18-month programs. Price: From VND250,000 per person (approximately USD12)  14. Matcha 5 Bliss L.O.V.E Wrap Bracelet Through Matcha 5 in Thailand, you’ll connect directly with Zahara Jade, the company who works with artisans who make this upcycled vegan suede bracelet with a vintage bullet scroll. Zahara Jade in Northern Thailand teaches the terminally ill and their caretakers how to make jewellery to sell so they have enough to pay to maintain good care facilities.  Price: USD145  15. Local Alike Bangkok Experiences A couple that travels together, stays together. Pick from a variety of experiences on Local Alike, a community-based tourism platform that connects visitors to locals who provide environmental, social and culturally sustainable services. Regardless of which adventure you choose (hiking for social good in Chiang Rai, maybe?), the fees go towards causes like improving these locals’ infrastructure and providing basic education.  Price: From 1,200baht per person (approximately US

This Thailand-based service is a triple whammy: buy a social gift card for a stay, meal or activity at a discounted price; enjoy the experience; and then give back to the causes you care about most. Up on the site now: a tranquil getaway at the Sampran Riverside worth 4,800 baht (approximately USD135).

 Price: 2,800 baht (approximately USD79)

13. Personalised Love Keychain

Personalised love - keychain - credit Personalised love website

 The seven artisans at Personalised Love are special-needs youth who create beautifully embroidered luggage tags, keychain accessories and iPad holders. This Singapore-based artisan studio believes that through embracing each of the teenagers’ talents, the youths can be nurtured into professional craftsmen.

 14. Tastes of Yunnan Magnetic Photo Frames

Tastes of Yunnan - Magnetic Photo Frame - credit - Danyun Fair Trade website

Frame this: a photo of you and your partner in the embroidered magnetic photo frame produced by China’s only World Fair Trade Organization member, Danyun. As a member of WTFO, the Yunnan-based company promises payment of a fair price, gender equality and no child or forced labour.

Price: USD5

15. Ugly Cake Shop Cupcakes and Cakes

Ugly Cake Shop - Big Daddy juniors - credit Ugly Cake Shop Facebook

This Singapore-based cake shop is so-named because owner Lisa Tan does not believe in using artificial colouring, artificial flavours, fondant or gum paste. Some believe leaving out those chemicals makes cakes "ugly", but we think it makes them awesome! Part of the shop’s profits goes towards the nutritional fund at Shallom School in Timor-Leste, Indonesia. For this sensuous occasion, pick the Big Daddy super chocolate-y cupcakes with Nutella and Valrhona. Order three days in advance.

Price: S$38 (approximately USD27)

 

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