Trying to come up with gift ideas for Valentine’s Day can be a little difficult, but if you are trying to come up with something sustainable as well it can be even more so. Here is a short list of ideas that may come in handy this Valentine’s Day for those looking to keep it green:
Trying to come up with gift ideas for Valentine’s Day can be a little difficult, but if you are trying to come up with something sustainable as well it can be even more so. Here is a short list of ideas that may come in handy this Valentine’s Day for those of us looking to keep it green:
- Do it yourself gifts are the first that come to mind. Some of the easier ideas might be a handmade card or hand written letter. Another simple idea is to fill mason jars with the organic candy of your choice and then decorate and label it with a creative message. There are many websites out there that can give you ideas or even step by step instructions on how to create some of these.
- For that special someone that enjoys getting flowers for Valentine’s Day, a new approach may be to forgo the precut flowers. Instead, look into purchasing a plant that will continue to grow and last much longer than the precut. A visit to your local nursery would be the best place to start. Suggestions on what is good to grow indoors or out, what is easy to care for, what requires simple maintenance are all questions a knowledgeable florist would be able to help with.
- Last but not least is jewelry. The trick is what makes your diamonds or jewelry sustainable and that can be answered in a few ways. One of the important issues are the sourcing of diamonds. Are they conflict diamonds or are they purchased through an ethical source? Another issue has to do with the other materials for the jewelry, be it gold or silver, are the materials mined or recycled, etc. These are good questions to keep in mind when looking for sustainable jewelry.
Hopefully this provides you with a good starting point for thinking about a more sustainable approach to Valentine’s Day. Handmade gifts are always a nice way to go. They show that you care; you took the time and wanted it to be special. If jewelry is what you are looking for, it is good to know that there is a better source out there. And of course there are flowers. But remember, rather than buy the precut, soon to wilt away flowers; you should grow your own, because as plant that grows so does your love.