How to choose eco-friendly Valentines Day gifts
Make the thought count with these eco-friendly products and handmade gifts .
Not everyone has a knack for making things, but here are some green gifts ideas that don’t have to cost a lot of money, and simple ideas for handmade gifts.
Eco-gifts to buy
My Eco Store – has some great ideas for gifts ‘for him’ and ‘for her’ which start from less than £5 for cute love tokens and go up to landmark gift prices if it suits your budget. Romantic gifts include bamboo candles that can be harvested whilst letting the plant continue to grow. Green gadgets for the man in your life? Why not try a water-powered clock or funky recycled circuit board cuff links.
Ethical Superstore – offers a wide range of gift ideas for green living in home and garden, for friends and family of all ages. We especially like the pampering section including gorgeous organic bath and shower lotions scented with lavender, chocolate, or aloe vera and ylang ylang.
Love Eco – sells fun, colourful gifts and homeware including ‘his and hers’ pants and knickers made from Fairtrade, ‘green’ cotton and emblazoned with the message ‘pants to poverty’. Great fun.
Eco-friendly gifts to make yourself
‘You and me’ scrapbook – choose a lovely sketchbook from your local supermarket or stationers and decorate or cover the outside with a sheet of gorgeous wrapping paper, then mount photos inside that reflect your time together (early dates, first holidays, your wedding and family holiday snaps). If you can, write in the dates the pictures were taken – it always brings back lovely memories.
Framed wedding tokens – whether you still have the invitation or service sheet, or even your wedding certificate, why not put it in a lovely old frame? Look in secondhand shops for great old-fashioned styles for that vintage touch and add a scattering of confetti for decoration.
Our songs CD – create a playlist of songs that you both love, especially ones that remind you of favourite times. Make a CD case out of a cute old Valentine’s card.
Patchwork quilt – if you’re handy with needle and thread, make a new quilt for your bed or a couple of his and hers cushions, made from scraps of old shirts of his that you like, and old dresses or skirts of yours that your other half always thought you looked great in.
Valentines Day isn’t just about buying gifts, spending time together is far more important. From projects you can start together to making the most of nights when the kids are on sleepover, check out our tips on how to Spend quality time with your other half.
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