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It’s nearly that time of year again when we express our undying love for each other. The most common way we do this is by giving gifts and cards. In 2017 UK consumers were set to spend nearly £1 billion on Valentine’s time day gifts. That’s a lot of money!
Personally, we don’t tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We both dislike the idea that we ‘must’ tell each other how we feel on one particular day. It also encourages consumerism of single use items that ultimately end up in landfill; helium-filled heart balloons anyone!
It appears we’re not alone in this as a recent survey revealed over 81% of the participants that took part felt that Valentine’s Day is now too commercial. Also, over 52% felt that Valentines Day was a waste of money.
Not only can it be a waste of money but it also generates a lot of waste!
- Over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold
- 190 million roses grown
- 1 billion cards bought and sent (source)
However, after saying all of that and putting a real downer on the whole day, I do appreciate that others do wish to celebrate it. So I’ve put together a list of 10 zero waste Valentines gifts for the conscious consumers among you.
10 Zero Waste Valentines Gifts
Plants in pots are a great way of giving flowers that don’t need to be thrown away after a few days. If like me, the receiver is rubbish at keeping them alive then opt for an ‘easy’ plant-like succulents.
Reasons I Love you Jar
I made one of these a few years ago for the other half. They are pretty simple to do and use up items that you already have in your home.
All you need is an empty glass jar and some scrap paper. You need to cut the scrap paper into little strips and write one reason why you love your partner on it. Then simply fill the jar. It’s a thrifty and thoughtful gift to give.
Give an Experience
Experience giving is my favourite type of zero waste gift and there are so many different types out there now.
Here are some examples of ones suitable for Valentine’s day gifts…
This one may sound a little boring but for any serious zero wasters out there soap is a must! They can also be pretty expensive for a decent *all natural soap so giving one as a gift should be well received.
My Mother bought me soap for Christmas and I was very happy with it!
A Meal Out
I guess this one could go under the ‘give an experience’ category but I felt it needed it’s own section as you could combine an experience with a meal out.
Plant a Tree Gift
Donate to your Partners Favourite Charity
There are hundreds of different charities out there that allow you to donate money as a gift for someone. Some good examples are…
- Unicef where you can buy polio vaccines for 100 kids.
- Save The Children you can buy mosquito nets.
- Oxfam you can buy a goat for a family.
- Water Aid you can help to pay for a toilet
There is a really handy list of charity gifts over on the Money Saving Expert blog. It’s definitely worth checking out.
This really is a lovely zero waste Valentines gifts idea as not only are you not producing any waste but you are also helping others in need.
Food gifts make great zero waste presents especially if they are homemade. You can present them in leftover glass jars.
This could be anything from a reusable coffee mug, a stainless steel water bottle, reusable bags and other reusable products for the home.
For even more ideas check out my Zero Waste Gift Guide post.
So what about you? Would you consider getting any of the above zero waste Valentines gifts for your loved one this year?
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About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.