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Last Minute "Green" Valentine's Gifts

By Mary Ripley on  February 13, 2017

When you're in a pinch for that perfect Valentine's Day gift, you might think your options are pretty limited. This year, don't feel like you have to be stuck buying a greeting card, flowers or balloons that will just end up in the trash within a couple weeks. Here's some eco-friendly ideas for last minute Valentine's Day gifts that will leave an impact on your loved one's heart, but won't leave an impact in our landfills.

THE WAY TO THE HEART

Young happy couple celebrating Valentine's day with a dinner at home drinking wine, cheers.

They say the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach. Instead of trying to get a last minute reservation and spending 100s of dollars on a Valentine's dinner at a restaurant, have a romantic evening at home. Cooking your sweetie a meal at home shows that you're making the effort to keep them happy, and we all know there is nothing more romantic than that. Just imagine some shrimp scampi pasta and red wine for dinner that your Valentine whipped up by themselves. Top this off with some homemade heart-shaped brownies or red velvet cupcakes for dessert, and you have the perfect recipe for a romantic Valentine's Day. Here are some great recipes to get you started for your Valentine's dinner, appetizers and even dessert. And don't forget to set the mood with your meal, too...save on some electricity by enjoying your dinner by candlelight! When dinner is over, instead of giving your Valentine a commercially bought gift that's impersonal and disposable, show your love with a wonderful gift from the heart like:

couple volunteering

1) Donating your time and money. Use Valentine's Day to strengthen your love as a couple by pledging to spend a free weekend or two volunteering at a local homeless shelter or food kitchen. Not only will you both feel good about helping out, you will strengthen your bond by showing your commitment as a couple to making your community a better place to live.

2) Keeping your love growing. Plant your sweetie's favorite flower, herb or plant in a jar to symbolize your love, and watch it grow! To do this, just line a wide mouth jar or pot with coffee beans or pebbles, add some topsoil and sprinkle in seeds of your Valentine's favorite plant. Attach a cute little saying like “wanna be startin' something” or “till the end of thyme”.

3) Making a jar of love. Get a decorative jar, glass or other container that you think your sweetie will like. Cut strips of thick paper and write on each one a reason that you love them. Put the reasons in the jar and close with either a lid or tied piece of burlap. They will have a gift that reminds them each time they look inside why you were meant to be together.

Jewelry red gift box

4) Buying vintage jewelry. We know that jewelry is a staple of Valentine's Day. But there's no need to spend tons of money on a brand new piece of jewelry that you'll pay premium dollar for. Go to your local, non-franchised jewelry store. Ask to see what they have available in estate or vintage jewelry. Not only will these pieces be cheaper, they are unique. You can get a pair of dapper cuff-links from the 1940s or a gorgeous bombshell necklace from the 1950s. The best part is that your Valentine will never be able to find these gifts on anyone else. It's truly a gift that's as unique and special as they are.

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