Holidays can be filled with cheesy gifts and high expectations + you can easily spend way too much money trying to show your love. There are so many ways you can make this holiday way more sustainable.
My husband and I really don’t do much for the holiday, its just not our thing! We never think to plan and make a reservation well in advanced so we most likely just end up making a meal at home and watching The Office for the millionth time.
If you are one that loves the holiday, hey there is nothing wrong with that! Here are some ideas on how you can have a sustainable valentines and save money doing it!:
Give meaningful gifts
Skip the expensive roses, balloons, jewelry, and stuffed animals
Instead gift a simple bouquet from a local florist, or gift a house plant like these. Plants are not only pretty but help they can clean the air in your home! Now how romantic is that!
*Be mindful if they have pets! Some plants are toxic to pets, check this article here that tells you which plants to look out for for pet owners.
Give the gift that doesn’t clutter! Like a bar of fair trade chocolates or visit you local chocolatier and grab a few homemade treats. Or a fancy bag of coffee from a local coffee roaster. Imagine them thinking of you over a warm cup of coffee!!
Or skip the cheesy gifts all together, and opt for an adventure instead
Bowling (I use to be on a league in middle school!)
Indoor rock climbing (all the cool kids are doing it)
a brewery tour
go hiking, biking, skiing or whatever other outdoor activity you can do locally
Netflix + chill with a homemade meal
Fondue night with all your favorites
movie + dinner (try supporting a locally owned restaurant)
Axe throwing?? yes these spots are starting to pop up everywhere!
make your own card with scrap paper
Instead of heading straight for the store to pick out a card why not make one! I like to use paper bags and draw a cute picture with a hand written letter. You can even bust out your poetry writing skills to win them over.
Can’t write? Draw them a picture! Take your dusty watercolors out of hiding and paint something for that special someone in your life!
get crafty and whip up a themed cocktail
For this easy festive recipe I bought the tiniest beet I could find. Then I cut it in half and let it infuse in a mason jar full of gin (or any clear liquor) overnight. It turned super bright red and will turn an ordinary Gin & Tonic into a themed cocktail!
Valentine gin & tonic
1 oz. gin (beet colored)
1/2 oz lime juice + fresh lime for garnish
dash of bitters
8 oz of your fav tonic
In a 12-16 oz cup add your ice, then add gin, lime juice, bitters, and tonic and give it a little stir. Garnish with a lime and enjoy! The beet adds and unexpected a yummy flavor!
Don’t have a beet?
You could also use cranberry juice, cherry juice, or even pomegranate juice. Or any other red juice that I forgot to mention! Use whatever you have on hand.
A homemade meal
Do something fun and out of the ordinary like a fondue night! Gather you favorite veggies and pair them with a classic cheese fondue. For dessert finish with fresh fruit and melted chocolate!
For those that work in an office or with a lot of coworkers bring a treat to share. A simple batch of brownies or cookies goes a long way in showing your coworkers some love! You could even bake up you significant others favorite treat and surprise them with it the day of!