When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you may think staying green would be hard. Well, don’t worry your little eco-friendly heart. I have searched the web far and wide to bring you some amazing green Valentine’s Day tips that will leave not only your loved one feeling loved but Mother Nature feeling special as well. Whether it’s a day spent outside, or a handmade gift, here are 12 eco-friendly gifts for your loved ones.

  • Buy Local Flowers. Swing by your local farmer’s market for some organic grown plants or flowers. Plants last a lot longer than expensive flowers that will wilt soon after you buy them. Click here to find farmer’s markets near you.
  • Give a card. Nothing says I love you like an Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Card. Getting love notes on Valentine’s Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why not do it on recycled paper or send an E-card? The World Wildlife Fund has great E-cards if you love animal puns!
  • Stay in. Make a romantic, locally sourced, candle lit dinner at home. It’s cheaper and doesn’t come with the stress of reservations at a hectic restaurant. Also, it’s private!
  • Chocolates. Everyone loves chocolate and especially Valentine’s Day chocolate. This year opt for local, organic, fair trade, and/or vegan chocolates. They are healthier for the earth and its inhabitants!
  • Adopt an Animal. Instead of exchanging stuffed animals on February 14th, give the gift of adoption. Conservation Organizations , city zoos, Rescue Me, and ASPCA often have animal adoption campaigns during holidays. If your sweetie has a soft spot for animals, this is a perfect gift.
  • Volunteer! Grab your main squeeze and head down to a local organization that can use some volunteers. Make a date of helping out at an animal shelter or Habitat for Humanity. It feels great to help others.
  • Take a hike. Plan a hike to a nearby area. Pack a picnic and get out in nature. It’s a great way to enjoy a delicious meal with a stunning view.
  • Drink Organic or Local Wine. This year, splurge a little and buy a bottle of organic U.S. grown wine, or wine from a local vineyard. The cost isn’t that much more, and there are many wines grown and bottled in the U.S.
  • Sow the Seeds of Love. Spend the day planting a garden, or a tree. Not only will it be fun, you’ll also get to enjoy the health, eco and budget benefits!
  • Couple’s Massage. Sometimes the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day is to spend it relaxing together. Couple massages are the best way to do this. If your honey has been stressed out recently, give him or her, a gift certificate to a local massage therapist.
  • Give Homemade Gifts. Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift. Create a picture frame or wooden coasters, decorate a vase, or make homemade treats.
  • Spread love. What better way to celebrate the Day of Love than by spreading love to others. Share love through simple acts of kindness, consideration, and compassion.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Written by Emily Reynolds, UGA Senior. Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Child Life

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