Last Minute, Sustainable Valentine Gift Ideas!

There are so many ways to reduce waste on Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to gifts. Although it may not be traditional, it doesn’t mean the gift or experience will be worth any less! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t figured out what to gift your loved one(s), here are some last minute sustainable and thoughtful gift ideas.

Ways to give back

  • Sponsor a child’s education, or plant a tree in the name of your loved one; or donate to a non-profit organization or shelter.
  • Register a star for your loved one.

DIY

All of these products require minimal ingredients, most of which you can find around your house already.

Experiences

  • Instead of buying flowers, cards, or chocolate, gifting experiences is a great way to spend quality time with your loved one(s). Signing up for a couples massage, going to see a favorite band, taking a painting class, or renting an AirBnB for a weekend escape are great gift alternatives compared to the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts.   

Flowers

Chocolate

  • If you’re going to spend money on chocolate, make sure it’s worth your buck by purchasing Fair Trade chocolate.This means purchasing ethically sourced products that do not compromise the well-being of their workers for profit. Although Fair Trade may be a little more expensive than non-Fair Trade, knowing the ethical components of where your dollar is going should be enough to want to make sure your significant other is getting the highest quality chocolate they deserve on this special day.
  • Here is a great list of resources on Fair Trade Certified brands.

Dinner

  • If you plan on going out to dinner, refuse straws and single-use disposables, and think about bringing your own to-go containers (using a mason jar is a nice alternative to Tupperware, if you’re going somewhere fancy) to take home leftovers.

Kids

  • Instead of getting your child the same old classic heart-shaped valentine chocolate box or toy, a great and simple alternative is to purchase bulk candy or any other sweet treat and place them in several small mason jars. If your local supermarket does not have a bulk section, purchase candies that are already in paper boxes like Milk Duds, Nerds, etc.
  • This gift is visually pleasing, requires little effort, and can provide a fun, yummy, and sustainable option for your child.

Cards

  • Make Valentine’s cards from items you already have in your homes such as recycled materials, magazines, calendars, and even cardboard.

Whether you plan a romantic getaway weekend or plant a tree in the name of your loved one(s), any of these options are thoughtful, personable, and sustainable. Good luck!

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