Valentine’s Day gifts traditionally involve chocolate, flowers, jewelry, or some combination of the three. Though there are many mass-market options available, especially when it comes to candy, most contain dairy products or other ingredients unsuitable for your vegan sweetheart.
Never fear! More and more vegan-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts are appearing every day. From classic candy boxes to chocolate-dipped vegan marshmallows, there are no shortage of ways to say “I love you” without animal ingredients.
Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates
If you want to go the truly traditional romantic route but haven’t been able to find a 100% vegan chocolate assortment, search no more! Sweet Earth Chocolates are organic, fair trade, and happen to be made in the USA. Several beautiful vegan options are available, including a large, 24-count box of chocolate hearts, miniature dark chocolate hearts, and chocolate candy “cups” filled with a variety of delicious flavors like peppermint and ginger.
Sweet & Sara Vegan Marshmallows
Regular marshmallows contain gelatin, which isn’t vegan. But the handmade marshmallows from Sweet & Sara help you bypass that problem. Their large, 2oz. chocolate-dipped vanilla marshmallow hearts are 100% veganand can be personalized with your sweetheart’s initials. The sugar used in Sweet & Sara marshmallows is guaranteed vegan, meaning that no animal products or by-products were used in the refining process. With one half dipped in organic dark chocolate and the other left plain, these Valentine’s delights are a sweet gift for both new and seasoned vegans.
Natural Candy Store
Vegan options abound at the Natural Candy Store. This site brings together dozens upon dozens of allergen-free candies suitable for vegans, gluten-free diets, lactose intolerance, and those who wish to avoid artificial ingredients. Their extensive vegan Valentine’s Day selection includes everything from fair-trade dark chocolate hearts wrapped in red foil to heart-shaped lollipops to natural mulled wine hard candies. It’s a great place to dig up vegan versions of old favorites to surprise your sweetheart on February 14th.
VegWeb Valentine’s Day Goodies
Do you prefer to give handmade gifts? Then check out VegWeb’s Valentine’s Day recipe section for delicious vegan treats to bake and give away! There are brownies, tarts, mousses and tortes, candies, cupcakes, and so much more. Make a Valentine’s Day cake to share after your romantic dinner or bake a bunch of brownies and wrap them up in a decorative bow. The great thing about making your own goodies as gifts is the ability to customize the presentation, so have fun with it!
Instead of buying a physical gift for the vegan in your life, consider making a donation to a place like Farm Sanctuary . Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused animals from factory farms and gives them a new chance at life. Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary now has two shelters for rescued animals: 175 acres in upstate NY and 300 acres in CA. Animals rescued from inhumane or critical conditions are brought to these shelters and given care and rehabilitation so that they may live healthily and happily in the way that nature intended. Many vegans are staunch animal advocates, and if that’s the case with your significant other, a donation makes a great Valentine’s Day gift.
So if your valentine is a vegan, don’t worry! These and many other great cruelty-free gifts are available right at your fingertips. Making Valentine’s Day romantic while keeping it vegan has never been easier.