Eco-Conscious Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Chicago Edition


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A Local Guide to Chicago for Valentine's Day

In this Chicago based gift guide, you'll get a few ideas for an eco-friendly Valentine's Day for lovers and friends. Buying local is a great way to have a smaller impact on the environment. This local gift guide will give you some alternative Valentine's Day gift ideas! 

Gift ideas for the plant lover

A small plant shop in Andersonville, Foyer Shop, is located at 1480 W Berwyn Ave. Stop by to pick up a custom flower bouquet, or for the non-traditionalist, a notepad and pen, plant illustration, or ceramic plant holder. They even have a Plant Clinic, where you can bring your plant for checkups or repotting. You can also bring "something neat that isn't technically a planter" and they'll drill holes in it for you!

three plants peaking out of square fabric waxed canvas holders

Photo by Bliss Joy Bull. Some plants from Foyer Shop

Gift ideas for the friend who just wants to be pampered, or a great group gift idea!

Scratch Goods, located at 847 W Randolph St, is a food-grade skin care line. Book your friend, yourself, or a group of friends for a class at the Mask Bar. You'll be guided through a full facial. Or, send your friend a care package from their online shop. My favorites include their charcoal face mask and lemon charcoal sugar body scrub!

woman with their eyes closed getting a face mask brushed on by another person

Photo by John Tekeridis from Pexels

For the person who travels a lot

Your traveling friend will love these spacious toiletry bags from Bliss Joy Bull. We are an eco-conscious clothing, bag, and accessory company based in Chicago. Our waxed canvas bags are waxed with 100% beeswax. We strive to create minimal waste in our designs. We even use leftover scrap materials and thread in smaller accessories, like our leather bow earrings

yellow patterned toiletry bag with contact solution bottle, contact case, and glasses case next to them on a wood floor

Photo by Bliss Joy Bull. Large toiletry bag in Peach Pineapple waxed cotton!  

Gift ideas for the pie lover

Gift your friend or love with the skill of pie making. You'll benefit too! Haha. Take an apple pie or key lime pie making class with your sweetie at Bang Bang Pie! Note that their apple pie class is not vegetarian friendly (the crust is made with lard). But vegetarians can request a cream cheese dough at checkout. Their classes sell out quickly. Or, take your sweetheart to either of their locations for an easy date of pie and coffee. They also have amazing biscuits! Bang Bang Pie is located in Logan Square (2051 N California Ave) and Ravenswood (4947 N Damen Ave).

baked apple pie with spiral pattern made from apples, fresh whole apples on the side

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst
I hope you found some alternative Valentine's Day gift ideas! Either way, be sure to give yourself a hug and take care. From my heart to yours, Happy Valentine's Day from Bliss Joy Bull!