Valentine’s Day Gifts Handmade with Love
February 7th, 2020
By Kristen LaRocque, Coordinator of the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre
Here at GreenUP we like to encourage folks to tone down over-consumptive holidays. Reclaim authentic sentiments from mass-produced messaging and products that all too soon end up in the landfill. (If you want to learn more about the wasteful impacts of Valentine’s Day, click here to read our blog about “The Origins and Impacts of Valentine’s Day.”)
There’s room to green-up Valentine’s Day. I’m not saying we need to boycott the day of love. Let the hopeless romantic in you shine! GreenUP has your ultimate guide to a green Valentine’s Day, so that you can spread the love and leave the guilt behind.
If you’re not the crafty type, why not buy your significant other a gift that gives back? You can support local business and artisans with handmade jewellery, soap, or art.
Peterborough is full of options. The GreenUP Store carries goods from over forty local artisans and crafters. If it’s jewellery you’re looking for, look for sustainable options. The manufacturing of an average gold ring creates more than twenty tons of mining waste. Be eco-conscious and look for options made from recycled materials.
Chayle earrings (on right in the above photo) are inspired by nature and hand-crafted using recycled precious metals. The necklace in the above photo is by local artist Lucya Almeida (Earth Magic), whose jewellery is made from copper, semi-precious stones, and often features old coins.
If you’re looking for sweets for your sweetie, consider locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested honey or maple syrup. Naturally sweet OtonaBEE Apiary honey is the perfect treat for a loved one. Liquid and creamed clover and buckwheat honey are available in various sized jars and it’s all 100% pure, just as the bees make it!
Golden Treasure Maple Syrup is from Trout Creek Ontario and has been in operation since 1994. They’ve grown over the years to over 16,000 taps and over 300 acres of maple bush in the heart of Northern Ontario. Pour it over heart-shaped pancakes for Valentine’s Day breakfast, or over vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert after a romantic dinner.
Bath and beauty products are also a popular choice to pamper your valentine. The GreenUP Store carries bath salts, handmade soaps, and a variety of locally made, natural beauty products by Simply Natural Canada , Free to Be, Babar Too and many more.
Don’t’ forget to set the mood, and save energy, by dimming the lights and lighting some candles. Conventional candles are made with paraffin wax, which is a petroleum byproduct, and some wicks contain traces of heavy metals. Instead, choose soy or beeswax and avoid candles with synthetic fragrances.
This Old Flame is a locally made beeswax option that comes to you with zero packaging. This gift is easy to love and will also be sure to light up the heart of your eco-conscious Valentine.
Remember that time and attention are the most precious gifts of all. When you choose experiences over material gifts you can make memories and avoid purchasing more stuff. If you’re looking for a low-key yet romantic option to surprise your loved one, why not get outside this Valentine’s Day and enjoy nature with a hike or get out in the snow and go skiing. Visit a local park or nature area and then snuggle up afterwards and get warm with some hot chocolate. Get ideas from Otonabee Conservation, Kawartha Nordic, Ontario Parks, or contact the experts at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism if you want some recommendations for workshops and other experiences.