SAVE (Gifts under $25)
Floral Cut-Out Picture Frame – $20.00 – This fair-trade photo frame is made using cast-off remnants from garment factories to produce the paper. Insert a photo of you and your sweetheart. Have a family? Consider supporting a local photographer and have some family portraits taken in the new year.
SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)
Grounds for Change: Coffee of the Month Club – $59.95 (3 month, 1lb.) – If you and your loved one both love a good cup of joe, consider becoming a “Coffee Explorer” with this fair-trade and organic cofffees.
America the Beautiful – National Parks Annual Pass – $80.00 – For those who love the outdoors, this annual pass is a great way to see all that our national parks have to offer. Great for families too!
A Romantic (and Local) Dinner for Two – Prices Vary – Take your sweetheart out to dinner at a restaurant that uses local ingredients. Look for one in your city at LocalHarvest.org or SustainableTable.com.
SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)
Vers 2X Sound System – $179.00 – The Vers 2X is a compact, all-in-one system with full-size sound and is the most sustainable iPod speakers around. Choose from bamboo or fast-growth eucalyptus, the Vers uses screws vs. toxic glues, uses no formaldehyde in the wood bonding, and they’ve have eliminated all plastic except where necessary or required. And the adapter and amplifier use up to 70% less energy than traditional speakers.
Volunteer Vacations – Prices Vary – Gear your next trip towards one that not only will help out a charitable cause of your choice, but will also leave you with more than just a tan when your return.
Time Together – Priceless – Skip the gifts and the wrapping and pick a day, evening or weekend to spend some time together. Consider supporting a local business and pick an activity you would enjoy to do together. From yoga to golf lessons to a weekend away (or in town!) at a Bed & Breakfast, time spent together is most often the best gift of all!
Need more ideas? Check out our list from last year.