Every year I hear the same line, from men and women alike (though mostly men):
“Valentine’s Day is just a commercial holiday.”
Huh. It’s not that I disagree entirely; it’s just that I think there is a small bit of merit to celebrating the holiday. Sure, it’s sad that as a society we need to take one day out of the year to let our significant others know how much we love them. But life is busy. We forget to say “I love you.” We forget to make the people, especially the most special person, in our lives feel special. So there’s one day on the calendar reserved for that.
I’ve never been one for stuffed animals and chocolate hearts. I’m not even really that psyched about flowers. I’m not a fan of roses. Send me carnations and that’s a sure sign I will never speak to you ever again. Ever.
I’ve actually been pretty lucky in the Valentine’s Day gift department. One year I got two sets of skull earrings that made my heart flutter. The next year I got an iPod. Score!
Last year, well, I got nothing. My lack of a gift made the paper mache human heart I’d painstakingly spent days crafting for my sweetie feel like all the work was in vain. But to be honest, I would have rather received nothing at all than a Hallmark card and stuffed red bear from Walgreen’s.
Whatever you do, don’t be that Hallmark guy (or girl). You don’t have to spend a lot of money to avoid the cheesy route, either.
This year, you can show your Valentine your sweet side AND your green side, too. Super cool, green company Trees Instead will plant a tree in his or her honor for only $25. You can decide if you want the tree planted nearby (in your state) or even in places like Israel or the Amazon. Your special someone will get a Tree Certificate that boasts his or her name as well as yours and the number of the tree so they can read all about it online.
The trees will be planted by a reforestation organization. Most of these organizations plant trees in fire devastated forests. So in a way, your tree gift is a sign of burning love. Sorry, that one was too good to resist.
If you feel like going big this year – bigger than just planting one tree – you can plant half an acre for $60 or a full acre for $99. Want to go even bigger? Arrange for you and your sweetie to visit the tree in a few months’ time. You won’t be able to tell which one is your tree, but you can visit the National Forest in which the tree was planted and take a romantic walk through all the trees, hand-in-hand. Aw, sweet, sweet love.