If the every day life is in your way to show how much you love someone, this day will come once a year to remind you. People I talk to either love this day or hate it completely, each for their reasons.
I used to hate it because I did not feel that love should be shown with gifts. I also felt that the meaning of that day was lost under the crazy marketing efforts of the large companies to sell more.
Since I start my zero waste journey, I place more emphasis on experiences with loved ones and less on gifting them.
Slowly, with the whining parade of gifts, I could discover, once again, the meaning of this day; showing my appreciation to others, loving myself, loving my partner, my kids and appreciating those around me who support and help me in the journey of life.
Some would like to express their love on that day by exchanging small gifts, and romantic messages. However you choose to celebrate, the experience with your partner and the warm feelings that come with your celebration are the memories that should last.
I think everyone can agree that holiday themed junk destined for the landfill isn't the greatest gift. But, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate and gift others! You can still have so much fun without cheaply made chutchkies.
Gifting your significant Other:
Home Cooked Meal
How hard it is to find a restaurant that will have room and not cost you arm and leg on Valentin'e night? Very hard.
Staying at home and cooking a meal is much more romantic. Yes, the whole kitch- candles on the table, home made cooking smell in the air, music in the background and a short trip to bed...
A shared Experience
Because spending time together creating memories is what it is all about.
- Sip wine and paint
- Couple's massage
- Sporting event
- Take a dancing class
- Go see a band
- Go to a play
Buy a plant over a bouquet of roses.
Green your valentine's day
To your Friends, Co- Workers and Teachers
Home Made treats
Homemade sweets are ALWAYS a big hit and you can gift them to anyone, even to your secret crush. Here are couple of ideas for tasty treats that can be wrapped zero waste:
Chocolate chips cookie mix in glass jar
Take a clean mason Jar and layer the following ingredients, press firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
(Recipe from Very Best Baking by Nestle)
Both functional and personal, handcrafted soap comes in endless colors and smells. When giving a bar of handmade soap, you’re opening up a whole new world of skincare! Time and time again people have gone from liquid soap to solid bars after seeing the handmade soap’s effect on the skin, and your friend, coworker or family member will be sure to appreciate this gift.
Eco friendly valentines for kids
Candy in a Mason Jar
This is a fun project to do with your kids as little V-Day gifts for their class mates. Buy some candy from the store (Pink, red and white M&M's, pink candy corn or any other candy) or better yet, aim for a bulk store that sells candy without wrappers. Place candy in small mason jar and decorate. It is that simple.
Make a Seed Paper Valentine's card from with your kids
If this is the first time you hear about it, seed paper is recycled paper that has been embedded with seeds. Once planted in soil and watered, the seeds will sprout, using the recycled paper as compost and growing into pretty flowers (or whatever seeds you chose.)
Making seed paper can be made easily at home with just a few ingredients and are the perfect fun activity with your kids that will also cover a quick science lesson.
Download a Seed Paper tutorial here
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