Valentine's Day is wonderful holiday to shower everyone with love: your teacher, neighbor, co-worker, child, significant other and the list goes on and on.
However, today, the pressure to buy wasteful gifts, such as cards, candy, and every other cliche gift you can think of, floods our TV commercials, magazines, and just about every other advertisement that we come across around this time of year.
Valentine’s Day became just another holiday that corporations can capitalize on our wasteful and consumerist behavior. You almost wonder if it’s taken some of the true meaning out of this special day. Luckily there is hope and some suggestions you may want to consider:
1. Coupon Books
These are so much fun! Whether it’s a gift to your spouse, to your kids, from your kids, or to other friends and family, you can get so creative with the services that you offer. Once the coupons are utilized, stick them in a scrapbook, recycle the paper, or compost them.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, take your sweetie to a park or a special place among nature and enjoy a picnic. I love picnics! Why has their popularity diminished? Make sure to leave your phones in the car so you can devote the afternoon staring into each others’ eyes. I know, that was probably a little too sappy. If you live in a colder climate, lay that picnic blanket on the living room floor and light some candles. It’s just as romantic! Utilize zero waste practices like using your own containers and buying in bulk when purchasing the food to make this waste free.
3. DIY Perfume
Or cologne. What better way to be constantly reminded of the one you love than wearing the scent they personally created for you! The scents can be made to showcase your favorite flower or favorite herb, and it’s toxic free! Check out this tutorial here, for instructions on how to make your own solid perfume. Pick up an antique glass container for your finished product to add another level of elegance! If you decide to purchase skincare or cosmetic products, make sure the packaging is recyclable, Rodan+Fields skincare line, created by Stamford trained dermatologists, has recyclable packaging.
4. Recreate your first date
Reliving that moment that when you first fell in love will bring back many special memories and remind each one of you the reasons you fell head over heels for each other, to begin with. Depending on what your first date was, you might have to utilize some of your new zero waste skills to avoid trash like bringing your zero waste kit. It will give a fun new spin on an old memory! Consider giving plants instead of flowers!
5. Special holiday photo/video.
Put together a memorable and special video tribute to your loved one. Include pictures and videos that highlight special moments in your relationship. Pair the movie with waste-free snacks and drinks to make this a cinema event your honey will never forget!
6. Play Lists
We always have those special songs that make us reminisce about special times in our lives. Surprise your loved one with a playlist of all of the songs that have a special meaning.
7. Experience Gifts
Check out your local offers to see what memorable experiences you can find for your loved ones. There is go-cart riding, horseback riding lessons, yoga lessons, massages, and even a way to get a scuba certification. Way better than a box of chocolates!
8. Prepare Romantic Dinner.
You can make this extra fun by giving your meal a theme, blindfolding your significant other while you feed them, filling the house with candles, or preparing something that you both have never tried before. You can really get creative with this! Prepare healthy meals with items you can get package free such as fresh produce, baked goods, meat/cheese from the butcher counters, and bulk items. Trust me, you will not be limited on meal ideas! If you want to see what I’m fixing for dessert this year check out my zero waste recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles!
Fill life with memories, not stuff! Valentine’s Day should be about expressing your love for someone with actions, not with meaningless purchases so, get creative, have fun, and don’t forget to keep it waste free!
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