|valentine’s day simplify your holiday (from New Dream.org)|
Change the Way We Celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Every year, do you think to yourself, “I really want to get ny loved ones something special for Valentine’s Day, but I’m tired of the same old consumer junk?” Why not treat your loved ones to really special gifts this year? Give Valentines from the heart. Choose something that makes you feel good inside. For example, why not plant a tree in your loved one’s honor? Visit the Arbor Day Foundation for the gift of a tree. Or, perhaps you could give a donation in your loved one’s name to one of the many Haiti relief efforts, like Mercy Corps, my personal favorite. If you feel like you want to put something more tangible into your loved one’s hands, try fair trade, organic chocolates and/or flowers. Earth’s Sweet Pleasures makes delicious organic, fair trade fudge. Visit It’s Only Natural Gifts and Kate’s Caring Gifts for all natural, fair trade gift baskets. Try Organic Bouquet for delivered flowers, or Google a local organic flower grower. You can also visit websites such as TransFair, Rainforest Alliance and New Dream for more ideas. These sites will lead you to ever more information on sustainable gift giving and continue to open your horizons to a new way of being.