Love is in the air! Although you may still be recovering from New Year’s Day celebrations, Valentine’s Day is less than a few weeks away. This year, why not think outside the box?

It seems as though the 14th of February has turned into day of thoughtless consumerism, instead of truly showing the love of your life how much you care. Chocolates on any other day of the year shows you love them, but chocolates on Valentine’s Day demonstrates you’ve simply read the multiple sale signs at the supermarket!

Ditch the chocolates, avoid the tacky balloons, and opt for wholesome gifts and experiences on the day we love to celebrate love.

  1. Re-enact your first date

Show your Valentine you treasure your memories together, by re-enacting the first time you went on a date. Especially if you and your loved one have been together for several years, this will be a sweet, and perhaps hilarious, walk down memory lane.

Set up the date as a surprise. Tell your Valentine that you’re going out for dinner together, and take them to the location of your first date instead.

2. Buy a locally grown bouquet of flowers

If you’re a hopeless romantic and simply cannot help but hand over a bunch of flowers on the 14th of February, choose locally grown, spray free flowers, wrapped in paper or not wrapped at all. Flowers are often shipped from overseas, or grown with the help of harsh chemicals that damage the environment around them, not to mention; why would you want to gift your lover chemicals? Flowers wrapped with recyclable or compostable materials, grown close by, free from the chemical nasties, will turn a cliche gift into a meaningful gesture that respects the planet too.