LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Valentine's Day is upon us, and it's a celebration that many of us have mixed feelings about. Should we embrace the romance and go all out on roses, chocolates and candlelit dinners? Or shun the whole thing, which is nothing more than a capitalist ploy to make us spend money?


We sit somewhere between the two camps - obviously we love a bit of romance (and hey, any excuse for presents, right?) but the whole thing can feel a bit fake and tacky. Not to mention there's nothing worse than a restaurant on Valentine's Day, even if you are coupled up. Seriously, M&S Dine in for Two is the only way to go on V-Day night.


If you do want to splash out on a little Valentine's Day present for your loved one (or yourself) then why not consider a gift that gives something back? As you know, charity is at the heart of The Wedding A-List - we give money from every sale of our wedding planning packages to the brilliant Solace Women's Aid, who support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. So this Valentine's Day, why not spread the love even further? We've rounded up our favourite gifts which all help amazing charities. If there was ever a reason for a little shopping spree, this is it!


Personalised Share A Hug Ring, Posh Totty Designs, £25


We absolutely love these gorgeous Share A Hug rings from Posh Totty Designs. Handcrafted in sterling silver, with optional 9ct gold plating, you can even have have them personalised with a hand-stamped message. £10 of the proceeds of each ring go to Women for Women International, who help women survivors of war rebuild their lives.




Charity Pot, Lush, £13.95 for 240g pot


You can't go wrong with a great body lotion, and 100% of proceeds (except taxes) from Lush's Charity Pot go to small, grassroots organisations working in environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

Jack Valentine Sweatshirt, Patria, £120


One for the man in your life, this is the limited edition Valentine's Day sweatshirt from Patria. 10% of all Patria's net profits go to three major British Armed Forces Charities, to support veterans and their families.


La Flamme Marie Claire Candle, L'Occitane, £9


This lovely floral scented candle has notes of freesia, red berries, rose, jasmine and amber, and comes in a very Valentine's Day appropriate pink tin. 100% of the profits from the sale of each candle are donated to three charities - Rosa, Toutes A L'Ecole and Entreprenurs du Monde in order to help transform the lives of thousands of women and girls around the world.


Refuge Nightsky Flannel Pyjama Set, Hush, £60


These A-MA-ZING pyjamas from Hush are made from gorgeously cosy flannel and even come with a matching eye mask! For every set sold, Hush will donate £52 to Refuge - that's the equivalent of one night in a refuge for a woman and her child, including essential practical and emotional support.


The Grey & Gold Wonder Woman 80s Classic Tee, The FMLY Store, £30


The perfect grey slogan tee, made from 85% organic cotton and Fair Wear certified, which means it was made by people who have good working conditions and are paid a fair wage. £5 from the sale of every t-shirt goes to Women for Women International to help women in eight war-torn areas rebuild their lives through training programmes which give them the skills and resources to create positive, sustainable change for themselves, their families and their communities.


Valentine's Wonder Worms, Oxfam, £14


What could be more romantic than a pile of wriggly worms?! We love this idea - for just £14 you can donate a special tiger worm toilet to a family around the world. The worms live in the toilet and transform waste into organic manure - helping families to grow better crops, earn a decent living and make poverty a thing of the past.


Help Refugees Choose Love T-Shirt in White, ASOS, £19


A twist on the 80s classic, this tee is a collaboration between Help Refugees and Katharine Hamnett. 100% of profits help to raise funds and awareness for people caught up in the refugee crisis. Why not be super-cute and get one each?!


Bee Lovely Body Butter, Neal's Yard Remedies, £23


This luxurious, organic body butter is made from shea butter, fair trade honey and Italian and Mexican oranges. 3% of sales from the Bee Lovely range go to charities supported by the Save the Bees campaign.


Boob Sweater, Never Fully Dressed, £42


Never Fully Dressed's Boob motif has become a cult favourite, and £5 from every sale of this awesome sweatshirt goes to CHILD.ORG, a charity that believes every child deserves an equal opportunity.


Viva Glam Sia, MAC, £17.50


The perfect matte red for Valentine's Day, the full price of MAC's Viva Glam range (minus VAT) goes towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.


What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments!

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