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 February 6, 2013  Posted by  Expired
Chocolates

Hearts, chocolate, cards and flowers may be mainstay Valentine’s Day gifts, but that doesn’t mean going traditional has to be boring. We’ve scouted out several yummy options that not only say “I love you” to your sweetheart, but also convey how much you care to a population segment that could also use a little love in their day:

Wine

OneHope Wine offers a unique proposition: Buy from one of its participating vineyards (which include Darius Rucker’s signature series) and it will donate 50% of its profits to charity. Each bottle lists a set amount that will go to designated cause; you choose from among OneHope’s list of charities for the remaining monies. Over the past three years, the organization has become the socially conscious wine of choice at several hundred premier events, including the Grammys, the American Red Cross Gala,  Sundance Film Festival and VH1’s Save the Music event. To date, it has donated more than $1 million to groups working with autism, AIDS, children’s hospitals, veterans, environmental concerns and breast cancer.

Coffee

If spirits aren’t the right call for your celebration, caffeine is always a thoughtful move. Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee custom roasts its green beans imported from around the world after you place the order, so you are assured the aroma wafting from that sealed bag is fresh and was made just for you. Whether you choose Palheta’s Bouquet, Midnight Oil, Tanzanian Peaberry or another of Buona Caffe’s varieties, 50 cents of every 12-ounce bag goes to Children’s Safe Drinking Water, which provides water purification packets to groups like World Vision, CARE and USAID. The donation from two bags of coffee will provide someone with 50 days of safe drinking water.

Chocolate

Endangered Species knows how to claw its way into your heart: Its selections of dark chocolate bars (white and milk chocolate versions are also available) and covered confections automatically will pass 10% of net profits to African Wildlife Foundation in 2013.

Flowers

Opting for the colorful expression of your love? Consider comparing the prices at GiftBack.com, where 10% of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice. GiftBack’s ordering form provides a pulldown menu of more than 100 charity options that range from Special Olympics to the New York Public Library. The Charity Bouquet collection sends an additional donation to a specific cause above and beyond your 10%. GiftBack also offers baskets if you want to expand your horizons to fruit, spas and gourmet Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Julie Sturgeon

Julie Sturgeon is a serial entrepreneur, successfully working as a self-employed business journalist for 25 years. Today she owns Curing Cold Feet travel agency, and has been featured as a travel expert in Time magazine. She also runs social media management company CEOMarketer, where she has increased sales for companies that range from independent hotels to online retailers selling aftermarket parts for Nissans. Lastly, she works behind the scenes as a development editor at Crimson Romance. Julie doesn't sleep much, but she will drop work when IU is playing basketball. She owns and operates Indianapolis On The Cheap.

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