Have an eco and wallet friendly Valentines Day

How do you stay green and celebrate a holiday that is as artificially created as cubic zirconia? I’ve been asking myself this question for a couple of weeks prompted by facebook posts and tweets about Valentines Day gifts. I’ve fielded questions from people asking what my boyfriend and I are doing for Valentines Day or even worse what I’m planning on buying him…which by the way, I am clueless and have no answer for…or do I?!

Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of romance—when it’s genuine, heartfelt and thoughtful. Romantic gifts do not include a teddy bear wearing an ugly heart shaped necklace—unfortunately large advertising jewelry stores will lead thousands of men and women to believe that it does by cramming poorly acted commercials conveying so down TV viewers throats every five minutes…but wait it comes in an extra fugly jewelry box!

While the greenest way to celebrate Valentine’s Day would be to stay in, cook a meal made from fresh locally caught fish, grass fed beef and produce from within 250 miles of your home, I do realize that there are folks out there who still like to shower their significant other in gifts.

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas (which are in no way hints for my boyfriend, thankfully he is 100% competent in his gift giving abilities) that I also think are affordable, green and cool!


The Green Glass Company makes beautiful tumblers, vases and even candle holders out of re-used glass bottles of all types.

If you live in a state where you can actually by wine in the mail (boo to Rhode Island for not allowing it…) there are a few Organic Wine Companies that do wine of the month clubs. This would be a great way to make Valentines Day last all year!

Any of you absolutely dread or even loathe the greeting card section of any store like me… Well how about shopping online for a gorgeously handmade card that is crafted with love like those found at Designs by Becca at my favorite online store of all time Etsy.com. What about those that aren’t quite “In Love” with their Valentine but in a serious state of liking…even adoration…? These cute witty cards from UpUp Creative can help you express yourself in a non-dramatic over the top kind of way.

Chocolate is always a great idea, how about putting a little extra effort in and make them at home…they’ll be fresh, local and your Valentine will adore you for making them by hand.

Instead of over-priced roses, how about a small rose plant—or if you know your Valentines favorite flower, shrub, fruit tree, etc. how about buying a baby one that they can plant outside in the warmer months?

Of course for those of us who are great procrastinators it may be too late for this year, but you get the idea…you don’t have to spend a ton of money, or buy useless senseless things to show your Valentine you care. Instead make wise choices that are not only eco friendly…but are wallet friendly too!

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