Environmentally Friendly And Sustainable Alternatives To Traditional Valentine’s Day Gifts
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and most stores are already stocking their shelves with traditional heart shaped boxes of chocolates, candy, and bouquets of flowers. But you, my friend, are going to think outside of the box this year. You are going to be unique—and kind to the environment all at the same time!
Valentine’s Day is a great holiday. The only problem that I have with it is the cliché gift options that are pushed onto consumers year after year. And these products produce a lot of waste. Did you know that helium filled balloons are in the same class as single use plastic bottles? They’re just not necessary, and it’s something I’ve stopped spending money on for a long time now.
With that said, I’ve come up with a short list of alternatives that are not only environmentally friendly and sustainable, but unique and sentimental as well. And I hope that they inspire you to think outside of the traditional norm. Let me know what you think of these in the comments!
I personally hate greeting cards. Not just because they’re a waste of paper, but because we I don’t have a use for them after I have read them. Are they nice to receive? Sure. But then I’m stuck with a stack of cards that only results in clutter. However, if you’re the opposite of me, and LOVE giving and receiving greeting cards (nothing wrong with that), then consider an eco-friendly version, such as cards made of sustainable bamboo, like the one below by HeartspaceCards.
Bamboo greeting cards are such a sustainable, eco-friendly and zero-waste gift idea. After all, bamboo is a sustainable resource and these cards also make for excellent home decor because they have a rustic vibe to them. They look awesome propped up on a floating shelf or within a shadow box. You can literally do so much with these even after Valentine’s Day.
Artificial LED Flower
Flowers are beautiful, and collectively, Americans are projected to spend a whopping 2 billion dollars on flowers this upcoming Valentine’s Day. There’s just one problem—these gorgeous bouquets leave a huge carbon footprint primarily due to shipping. Many flower shops and grocery stores purchase flowers that are grown outside of the United States because it’s a cheaper alternative.
Hence, this year, instead of buying a bouquet of flowers (which will eventually wither away and be tossed out), consider a sustainable alternative—a flower that will last pretty much an entire lifetime. LED roses like the one below by Beherr, have become insanely popular in the last year when it comes to gift giving. And can you blame them? They are extremely beautiful and mesmerizing to look at!
“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – William Shakespeare.
Wooden Music Box
If you’re looking to give your sweetheart something a little more unique, a wooden music box is a very eco-friendly and charming gift that you can give anyone for Valentine’s Day—or any other special occasion for that matter. It’s a unique alternative to traditional cards and flowers and shows that you really put some thought into your gift giving.
This wooden music box by Buildinest is one of many music boxes that have been trending in the last year. It’s a gift that is cherished for a very long time and also makes for wonderful home decor as a unique display piece. It plays a melody by Elvis Presley: “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”, and the title of the song is also laser engraved on the inside of the lid, making this gift appear very personalized and thoughtfully contemplated.
I used to think that flowers, cards and chocolates were the most purchased Valentine’s Day gifts, but it’s actually jewelry that tops the list. And there is nothing wrong with jewelry—in fact, jewelry is a an awesome gift idea! But did you know that instead of opting for traditional jewelry, you can purchase reclaimed and upcycled creations?
There is a ton of beautiful jewelry out there that’s made of recycled products such as glass beer bottles, mason jars, newspapers, magazines and even metal rulers—like the unique heart shaped earrings above, which are hand-made and sold on Amazon by an artisan called “Upcycling By Milo”. Upcycled jewelry is so much more unique and interesting than traditional jewelry.
A very sentimental gift that you can give anyone is a photo—a memory. That’s why I love this wooden plaque below by In Natural because it already has a message that states “I love you more” written on it, and you can further personalize it by adding your own photo. It’s a very rustic design that makes for wonderful home decor for a very long time. It’s simply a very sentimental, charming and thoughtful gift.
What are your thoughts on these alternatives? What’s your favorite eco-friendly gift to give someone on Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!