Alternative Valentine’s Day Gifts

Expressing one’s love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine’s Day; whereby sweethearts, family members and friends present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection.  Need some gifting inspiration?  Take a look at some of the awesome craft/food/gift suggestions floating around on some of our favorite blogs and websites!

1)  Homemade Chocolate!

Tofu Choco = a match made in heaven? Tasty and healthier than your normal truffle.  Plus you can play the “what’s this made out of?” game.

Tofu and chocolate - a match made in heaven?  Apparently so!

Tofu and chocolate - a match made in heaven? Apparently so!

Or maybe you’d like to try this delicious looking homemade green tea chocolate recipe instead?  For the white chocolate lover.

Bitter green tea and sweet chocolate make a surprisingly good combination.

Bitter green tea and sweet chocolate make a surprisingly good combination.

2)  Print out your own cute card from the awesome blog, Cottage Industrialist.

CottageIndustrialist has got some adorable ones!

CottageIndustrialist has got some adorable ones! Blast your valentine to the moon...

Or hog-tie them and drag them home!

Or hog-tie them and drag them home!

I wish I could speak Dino.

I wish I could speak Dino.

3)  A basket of heart-shaped seed bombs for a beloved gardener!

An example of a "seed bomb" from Heavy Petal.

An example of a "seed bomb" from Heavy Petal.

I just recently learned about “seed bombs.”  They’re essentially little balls of clay and compost that are packed full of wildflower or herb seeds.  They’re a staple for the “guerrilla gardener” who might chuck them over fences into abandoned lots or onto median strips in the middle of a highway.  The balls hold up well in any weather and provide starting nutrients for the baby plants.  Heavy Petal has a wonderful series of posts about them -  including how to make them, and seed bombs in action!  Wouldn’t it be fun to whip up a bunch of these in heart shapes, full of wildflower seeds for your friends for Valentine’s day?

4)  Share the love with Mother Earth!  Flowers are a traditional gift for your valentine.  How about sending some eco-friendly flowers?  Organic Bouquet supplies flowers that are sustainably grown while using sustainable, biodegradable, green packaging.

Classic Red Roses

5)  For something a little different try the organic and soy-based hand-crafted products of Vermont-based Way Out Wax.  Give the gift of spiritual love with a Beeswax Buddha.

Meditating Beeswax Buddha Candle

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