Sunday, February 12, 2012

Give and Give Back

Some people are totally into Valentine's Day. My husband and I aren't formal about it. When V-Day falls on a weekend, we do our regular Friday or Saturday dinner out. We exchange a card and a small gift. No fuss, no muss.

Image courtesy of Vintage Feedsacks

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day BIG time, or just give it a passing acknowledgment, you might consider choosing a Valentine gift that gives back.

Earth911 shares some ideas for shopping with retailers--on-line and local--that give a portion of each sale to charitable organizations. Other suggestions from Earth911 are to buy local or fair trade or make a donation in a loved one's name.  offers an extensive selection of items whose purchase supports artisans, the environment, animals and specific non-profits. Each item carries a "good print" rating that indicates the positive impact its purchase makes as well as the category of "good" it supports.

And, of course, you shouldn't overlook the positive impact of reclaiming, recycling and repurposing when choosing a gift. A redo of a simple box, picture frame or a small trinket can make a meaningful and special present--and may help keep the original item out of the landfill.

These are just a sampling of the ways gift giving can have a positive residual reach.

This Valentine's Day--and on every occasion that calls for a gift--consider giving while giving back.

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Make it a great day!


  1. I love this linky party. I can't believe I have missed out on so many great yours. I'm now following on Linky, so follow back and we can stay connected. Lori

  2. Hi Ann,

    We don't fuss much about Vday either! :) Although I do enjoy doing crafts for the month of February (hearts and roses are so much fun). :) Wishing you a most wonderful Valentine's Day - enjoy!


  3. Found your adorable blog via the Linky Blog Hop! I'm following you, now! Hope you can come visit my blog at Thanks!

  4. Hi Ann,
    I love this idea! I'm not a huge fan of VDAY - we pretty much share the same idea about it. I do like the idea of a token that gives back. :)
    Thanks so much for visiting Revisionary Life - I'll be posting Gestalt #2 on Thursday. I'm cogitating about #3...
    I'm following you back!

  5. We are the no fuss, no muss types also. Everyday we share together is special.. and the occasional out of the blue gifts are always more fun..

    Have a wonderful week. hugs, Cherry

  6. I'm a new linky follower, and thanks for joining cowgirl up. I hope you come back next week.


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