By Amy Van Es
1/11
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This year, reclaim Valentine’s Day as an occasion to love and give back; share an act of kindness with a stranger or, if going the traditional gifting route, choose a product with world changing effects. Inside, we’ve got you shoppers/do-gooders covered with a roundup of the best Valentine’s gift from ME to WE, as well as suggestions for acts of kindness to whip out come the big day. Remember, when it comes to showing you care, actions speak just as loud as a box with a bow on it.
2/11
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Give Impact: Health & wellness Rafiki series | For those who are always there for you, gift an exclusive Valentine’s day Rafiki. (“Rafiki” does, after all, mean “friend” in Swahili.) With three fresh new styles to choose from, these accessories are a cute way to show your favourite people you care. Bonus: Rafikis can be worn as either a bracelet or necklace—versatile!
3/11
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Be Kind: Help your parents… and change the world. | Show your parents some love! Lend a helping hand around the house—without being asked. After you finish with the broom and mop, why not invite mom/dad to bake with you—yes bake! Valentine’s day and sweets go hand-in-hand, plus there’s WE Bake for Change. What’s that? A tasty fundraising that uses bake sale proceeds to fight food insecurity!
4/11
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Give Impact: ME to WE Chocolate | Gift your sweetie a Valentine’s Day classic… with a charitable twist. ME to WE Chocolate is made by farmers in Ecuador using a cacao bean indigenous to the land called Fino de Aroma. Truly made with love, every purchase goes back to education, health and food programs in the country. For connoisseurs, put a bow on a Dark Chocolate + Goldenberries bar, while traditionalists will appreciate unwrapping milk and dark chocolate flavor options.
5/11
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Be Kind: Treat a stranger. | Start a chain of paying-it-forward by picking up the bill for the person in line behind you at your local coffee shop or get soup-to-go for a homeless community member you pass on your daily commute. You never know how one act of kindness could inspire others to pass on the love.
6/11
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Give Impact: A Shuka & ME to WE Coffee | Make cuddle time special by gifting your Valentine a Shuka. A traditional handmade garment worn by Maasai warriors in Kenya, it doubles as a cozy and stylish blanket. Offered in an assortment of shades and patterns, we recommend going red this time of year. Before closing your gift box, add a bag of ME to WE Coffee and support local coffee growers in Ecuador. Nothing goes better with a snuggle than a warm cup of joe—available in dark and medium roast or whole beans for purists.
7/11
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Be Kind: Get an early start on spring cleaning and donate old gems. | If you’re feeling super grateful for what you have this season of love, think about sharing that feeling with others in your community—adults and children with needs that extend beyond this day. Clear out your closets in the name of proactive spring cleaning and box up clothing, toys and books that have gone unused for donation at a local shelter. Get the whole family involved!
8/11
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Give Impact: Scratch and Sniff Valentine’s Day Card Set | Send a sweet message to friends, co-workers and classmates with ME to WE’s illustrated Valentine’s cards (available online or at your local Mastermind Toys). Cute and dressed with the added bonus of scratch and sniff graphics—like yummy cupcakes, gumdrops and popsicles—a single box of 30 cards gives school supplies to an entire class of students in an overseas WE Village community.
9/11
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Be Kind: Put down your phone and listen to your grandparents’ stories. | You might not realize it, but quality time with the ones you love is a gift in it of itself. This Valentine’s Day, make time for family members. Something as simple as asking a grandparent to tell you a story can be the difference between a great day and an average one for them. (You might even learn a thing or two about where you came from or a funny story about your parents.) Now go bond!
10/11
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Give Impact: #Girllove Rafiki 2.0 + Pin Set | Not into romance this year? We get it. Ditch cupid and celebrate Galentine’s Day with your besties instead. First, pick up the latest #GirlLove Rafiki for your crew and help girls in Kenya go to school. Back with an all-new rose-gold design collab with Lilly Singh, this bracelet is all about girls building other girls up and achieving amazing things together. If this sound like you and friends, the #Girllove Rafiki 2.0 is a gift you’ll want to give.
11/11
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Be Kind: Love yourself. | Perhaps most important of all, practice self-love this month. What’s that thing people say: you can't help others if you don't help yourself? It’s true. If you choose to fly solo this Valentine’s Day, why not take some extra time to find a new yoga routine, make a hot bevvy and crack open a new book or sit down with your journal and reflect on how you can turn your strengths and passion into a positive action plan to help others. That’s the kind of gift with no expiry date.
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