February 2, 2024
What good is a Valentine's Day gift if it harms the planet?! At least, that's how we think about V-Day gifts! That said, finding a good gift that also supports the planet can be easier said than done. Which is why we rounded up some ideas. For the friends and lovers who prefer to live life more low-waste, here are some gift options that show them you love them, without leaving behind a trace.
Adopt a Coral
Coral reefs are often referred to as the "rainforests of the sea" due to their high biodiversity. Despite covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, they support about 25% of all marine species. This diversity is essential for the health and stability of marine ecosystems. Despite their importance, coral reefs face numerous threats, including climate change, overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. Adopt a coral in your Valentine's name through an organization like Coral Gardeners who are working to restore coral reefs.
Buy a Membership to a Local Natural Preserve
Nature preserves serve as protected areas where natural habitats are conserved. They also provide spaces for recreational activities such as hiking, bird-watching, and nature walks. Access to green spaces has been linked to improved mental health, reduced stress, and enhanced overall well-being. But they need our support to be maintained which is why making a donation or buying a membership is a great gift idea. Supporting local nature preserves is an investment in the well-being of future generations. Find a local nature preserve.
Plant a Tree
Who needs a bouquet of flowers when you can give them a whole tree?! But seriously, gifting a tree (if they have the space, of course) is such a beautiful way to commemorate a big moment or a partnership as you can continue to watch it grow together. However, if you don't have the space, consider adopting a tree in your Valentine's name that will help contribute to the rebuilding of forests.
Surprise them with an Experience
Memories last much longer than something that takes up space in their home. Rather than a tangible item, think about an experience you could give them. This could be as big as a trip or as small as visiting a new park for a picnic. Some other ideas: Cooking class, dancing lessons, concert.
Subscribe them to a Local Farm Share
Many local flower and vegetable farms offer yearly flower or produce shares where you can opt in for a certain amount at the beginning of the year and then receive their bounty throughout their growing season (often the summer months). Not only do you get beautiful, locally sourced flowers or produce, you also support the farmer.
Buy them a Gift Card to a Thrift Store
A gift card to your local vintage or thrift store still gives the joy of shopping and getting some new items without adding more to the planet! Plus you get to support your local store.