5 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Before you go ahead and make a mental note of the cards, flowers and candy you need to pick up up before Valentine’s Day, consider what you can do to make your gifts as eco-friendly as possible. Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t quite as intense as some of the other big holidays,†it’s easier than you might think to get sucked into all the love-themed consumerism that often leads to unnecessary waste.

An eco-friendly Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean giving gifts that are less impressive than some of the more extravagant gifts that are typically given on this day. In fact, your eco-friendly gift will almost certainly be†far more unique than the typical bouquet of flowers or heart-shaped box of chocolates because of the†extra research,†planning and creativity that went into choosing it.

Here are just seven heartwarming Valentine’s Day†gifts that say, “I love you” and “I also love this planet.”

1. DIY Cards Made from Recycled Materials

Greeting cards are incredibly popular for Valentine’s Day, and while they can be wonderful upon receiving, the said truth is that they often eventually end up in the recycling or the trash at some point in the future. Instead of spending an unnecessary $5 or so on the perfect card, try rummaging through your own recycling bin, junk drawers, craft bucket and anywhere else you keep extra things to make your own DIY cards. Chances are if you make a beautiful card†that visibly shows off the time and effort you put into its creation, your recipient will be far more likely to treasure it and far less likely to toss it.

2. Flowering Houseplants

Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is a big day for flower shops, but you’ll be lucky if that expensive bouquet of roses you plan to buy lasts up to a week. As an alternative, go for a beautiful flowering houseplant. They last longer, and many varieties are easy to care for. African violets and flowering maples are two examples of houseplants that bloom almost constantly. Some flowering plants, like peace lilies and orchids, are also known for†being excellent indoor air purifiers ó another big eco-friendly bonus.

3. Ethical and Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Jewelry is definitely one of the glitzier†types of gifts commonly given on Valentine’s Day, but that diamond necklace or pair of earrings you’ve been thinking about getting your sweetie isn’t necessarily eco-friendly ó even though the stones and metals they’re made of came from the†ground.†Do some research on fair trade and eco-friendly jewelry rather than simply going for the shiniest, sparkliest thing you can afford. Novica is the largest online collection of handmade eco-friendly jewelry, but there are many more out there. You can even do a search for “eco-friendly jewelry” on Etsy to see†lots of products, both new and vintage,†to browse through.

4. Eco-Certified Wine

Rather than picking up an old favorite bottle of wine for Valentine’s Day, go for organic or biodynamic wine. Organic wine is made from organic grapes, has no sulfates added to it and is government eco-certified. Biodynamic wine provides†everything that organic wine has to offer while also taking the entire natural environment into account during the production process. Eco-friendly wines are often cheaper than their not-so-eco-friendly counterparts, and if that’s not enough to convince you, it turns out that UCLA researchers found eco-friendly wines to be better tasting.

5. Fair Trade, Organic, Vegan Chocolates

It can be a bit tricky to find a brand of chocolate that hits all three standards of eco-friendliness (fair trade, organic, vegan),†but it’s not impossible if you take the time to look around and scope out what’s available to order online if you can’t find anything at your local health food store. As a suggestion, you could check out Pascha Chocolate, which is not only vegan, but also†USDA organic certified and fair trade certified.

With these eco-friendly Valentine gift ideas, you’ll be sure to impress your Valentine while simultaneously doing your part to help and protect the planet.

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129 comments

Sonia M
Sonia M18 days ago

Good ideas thanks for sharing.

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Jim V
Jim V8 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago

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Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus8 months ago

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Leo C
Leo C9 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Marie W
Marie W10 months ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill10 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S10 months ago

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Jim V
Jim V10 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla10 months ago

I don't celebrate it, but these are good ones

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