Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, if you haven’t thought about what to give your sweetheart yet then it is time to get ready. On top of picking out the perfect gifts to give, you also have to consider just how green your Valentine’s Days gifts are. From chocolates to flowers there are environmentally friendly gift alternatives to help you add a little green to cupid’s arrow. Here are the top 5 green Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you to give.
- Fair trade chocolate. Mmmm, chocolate. Who doesn’t love a big heart shaped box full of various chocolates to enjoy? Even better when those chocolates come from fair trade farms. Try shops like Global Exchange and SERRV for a huge selection of delicious fair trade chocolate.
- Organic flowers. Roses are the cliche Valentine’s Day gift. This year make them a little more special by choosing ones that were grown organically. Skip the pesticides and fertilizers that gt dumped into the ground and choose flowers with a more natural beauty. One place to check out is Organic Bouquet, a floral shop that partners with The Nature Conservancy to educate people on sustainably grown organic flowers.
- Jewelry for a good cause. Jewelry doesn’t have to just look good, it can be good too. Sites such as Ten Thousand Villages and Taraluna offer hand crafted jewelry from artisans all over the world. The jewelry is fair trade and often a main source of income for families in poorer areas. Go ahead and buy several pieces!
- Plant a tree. It might not seem romantic at first, but having a tree planted in your sweetheart’s name can be a beautiful gift. Sell it with “as the tree grows so does our love” and you have the makings of an incredibly romantic gift that also helps the earth. You can buy a tree from a local nursery to plant yourself and tie it off with a green bow. If you don’t have a green thumb yourself Tree Givers plants trees in the name of whomever you want. You can order a special tree be planted for your Valentine and receive a Certificate of planting to give.
- Make it yourself. Of course the best gift you could give is something that you made yourself. Skip all the fancy packaging and put something together with your own two hands. Try making a basket of homemade soaps or make your own candles. Making the gift yourself not only makes it extra special, it often makes it the more eco-friendly option.
What green gifts are you planning to give this Valentine’s Day?
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