Thinking about a traditional St Valentine’s Day present for your loved one? Perhaps a hand-made card, box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers?
How much of it then gets thrown away – the envelope, cellophane wrapping, chocolate box, chocolate wrappers, ribbon, wrapping papers – the list could go on!
Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend your time and money on a gift that keeps giving and which doesn’t involve most of your money going in the bin.
‘There are a range of alternative ideas for St Valentine’s Day that will still say how much you care,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘The day itself is the perfect occasion to spread your love not just for your sweetheart but also for the environment and your pocket. Pre-oved can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition. Our love is pre-loved and we hope that yours can be too.’
Stuck for ideas? Check out a few below to get you started.
Buy a pre-loved gift.
Many of our membership organisations sell fabulous collections of pre-loved items including shoes, bags, jewellery, gifts and much more. To find a member near you click the search box to the right.
Make a personal pledge
This is something that is free to do and will come from the heart! Pledge to do a chore such as put out the recycling for a month, vacuuming the house, cleaning the bathroom, clearing the loft out and selling the contents, or repairing those items you didn’t get around to fixing. Doing this for a period of time is bound to put you in your loved one’s good books and will show them that you really love them.
Different ways to say I Love You
There are many different ways to say ‘I Love You’ on Valentine’s Day. For example
- Use the alphabet magnets on the fridge door to spell out your Valentine’s message.
- Get a personalised card with pictures that can be framed as a permanent reminder for you both.
- Choose a postcard (you could give a holiday or a weekend break for a present)
- Send an e-Valentine
If you’ve found the perfect card, make sure it gets recycled if it ever becomes unwanted.
You don’t have to say it with flowers
Buy a house plant instead. It will stay alive for ages and is a great reminder of you over and over again. Don’t just buy strawberries, buy strawberry plants – so in the summer you can have lots and lots of fresh strawberries whenever you want. If you don’t like strawberries, choose a different fruit plant or buy vegetables instead.
If you do want to buy flowers, ask for them to be wrapped in paper which can be recycled. Then, when the flowers wilt, put them in your compost bin.
A Chocalicious and special treat
Make your own chocolate truffles. Not only do they taste better but they have your personal touch and, best of all, they significantly reduce the amount of packaging over the more expensive, shop bought, variety. Use up any leftover chocolate (if there is such a thing) to make chocolate brownies.
Gifts from the heart
If you’ve had enough of the cold and wet weather this year, why not stay at home in the dry and cook up something special for you loved one? You can spend the day together, shop local and try to avoid any over packaged food items where possible. Repair or fix any items that your other half loves – you could replace their watch battery, or get a new heel or sole put on those comfortable shoes they always wear.
Let there be Love this Valentine’s Day and preferably pre-loved. And if you would like to share a little love with CRNS please donate HERE.