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.
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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.
Worldofgood.com 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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