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Go Fairtrade for Valentines and Mother's Day gifts

With Valentine's Day imminent, and Mother's Day not long after, you've got more choice than ever to make your gifts for loved ones Fairtrade gifts ...

With Valentine's Day imminent, and Mother's Day not long after, you've got more choice than ever to make your gifts for loved ones Fairtrade gifts ...

Valentine's Day embraces a time of year associated with expressing, and celebrating, our love with others. By buying a Fairtrade gift for your Valentine, your gesture of love can go a lot further than you think.
 
From chocolate hearts created by Divine, the only chocolate company in the world to be 45% owned by its farmer suppliers, to rich red roses found in a local Co-op, Fairtrade products can make a wonderful Valentine gift – beautiful, elegant, and fair.

For every purchase made, you can make a real difference to the lives, and futures, of over 1.4 million farmers and producers in developing countries. Here are a selection to choose from:
 
FLOWERS
 
Arena’s Dozen Red Fairtrade Roses, £27.99
Beautiful red roses (above) are synonymous with true love and romance throughout the year, but never more than on Valentine’s Day. This bouquet of 12 red roses does more than demonstrate your feelings for someone special; as it contains hand-picked Fairtrade roses and raises money that will directly benefit farm workers and their local communities in Kenya, http://www.arenaflowers.com.
 
Loved By Us Fairtrade Dozen Red Roses, £10
A great value option from the Co-operative, the Loved By Us Red Roses, available as bunches and single stems, are all sourced from Fairtrade-certified growers in Kenya, from suppliers Finlays and JZ Flowers.
 
Fairtrade Valentine’s Single Rose from Co-op, £2 (until 14 February).

Fairtrade Mother's Day Hand-tied Roses from Keith Butters
This beautiful Fairtrade bouquet (right) is perfect for a very special Mum. It features an array of pretty roses in cerise, pink and cream, and hand-tied with alstroemeria and delicate gypsophila to create a magical display. It is available in three different sizes – regular, large and extra-large, from www.interflora.co.uk; £34.99, £44.99, £54.99.

Fairtrade Rose Gift Bag from Keith Butters
If Mum loves roses, she’ll adore this gorgeous gift bag as her Mother’s Day surprise. It includes a mix of golden peach and sweet pink shades, complemented with soft creamy white and haze of tiny gypsophila as the finishing touch. From www.interflora.co.uk; £34.99.
 
CHOCOLATES       

Divine Love Heart Range 100g £5.00
Divine’s little chocolate hearts come in three flavours; rich 70% dark chocolate, smooth milk chocolate, and the sublime combination of creamy white chocolate with strawberries.  All individually foil wrapped in red, gold or silver foil.
 
White Chocolate with Strawberries 100g £2.20
Smooth white chocolate made from the creamiest cocoa butter with crunchy pieces of real strawberry crisp.
 
70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberry 100g £2.20
Divine’s rich 70% dark chocolate (right) is studded with the fruity tartness of real raspberries.

All available from Oxfam, the Divine Online shop and independent retailers nationwide www.divinechocolate.com.
                                           
Fairtrade Marks & Spencer Milk Chocolate with Sicilian Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate with Salted Buttersquash; £2.
 
WINE
                    
Fairtrade Co-op Malbec Rose Argentina £5.49

Light and attractive pale pink with salmon pink hues, featuring raspberry and strawberry aromas with soft floral notes. This Rosé (right) is fresh and fruity with a well-balanced finish, ideal to drink at any time.
 
Fairtrade Marks & Spencer Peacock Tail Sauvignon Blanc £7.99
Vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, with zingy grapefruit notes and a delicious savoury warmth that builds to herbs, lime and mouthwatering acidity on the finish.

JEWELLERY
 
If you decide to pop the question and propose to your beloved on Valentine’s Day, you can find a range of Fairtrade gold engagement and wedding rings at www.fairtrade.org.uk/IDO, and you'll find some great pendants and jewellery at www.credjewellery.com.
 
The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide. To find out more about Valentine Fairtrade products and to enter a special Valentine’s Day competition visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/valentines

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