If you are dating or married to a health enthusiast, or if you are one, you know that the typical box of chocolates just won’t cut it for Valentine’s Day (or any other holiday for that matter)! The average consumer will spend over $125 on their Valentine..That amounts to a large amount of unhealthy food and flowers that won’t be around for too long.
Valentine’s day can be a great reminder to tell loved ones how much they mean to you, however, we should remember to appreciate and love those close to us all year.
If you’re up for some out-of-the-box suggestions this Valentine’s day, here are some gift ideas that will bring lasting health and happiness, not just a temporary sugar rush:
A Creative Date: Anything that gets you out of the house and breaks up the norm can be fun. One fun example: create a scavenger hunt for your loved one, where you give one clue when they get into their car after work, and have each clue lead them to a new clue until they finally get to the date place. In the long run, it will be the creative dates and the time spent together that they’ll remember.
Beeswax Candles: Regular paraffin candles are petroleum derived and can release chemicals like benzene, toluene, soot and other chemicals into the air. These types of candles do more harm than good for indoor air quality and should be avoided.
Pure Beeswax Candles on the other hand burn with almost no smoke or scent and clean the air by releasing negative ions into the air. These negative ions can bind with toxins and help remove them from the air.
Beeswax candles are often especially helpful for those with asthma or allergies and they are effective at removing common allergens like dust and dander from the air. Beeswax candles also burn more slowly than paraffin candles so they last much longer.
Lotion Bars: Lotion Bars are a great gift idea for Valentine’s Day. They are completely natural and can be customized for men or women. They are easy to use (apply to dry skin) and less messy than regular lotion. They can also be made in silicon molds in any shape, so you could create a bouquet of lotion bar flowers or stick with a simple bar for guys.
Salt Lamp: Salt lamps clean the air and create a relaxing orange glow. Use them to purify the air and to light up your hallways at night. Salt lamps are also a unique and novel gift that can be useful all year instead of pretty for a day.
Time Together: Uninterrupted time together. Make an effort to do activities together; such as, a martial arts class, cooking class, go for a run together, or head to the gym!
Seed Kits or Gardening Tools: Rather than flowers, why not give a complete garden-in-a-can seed kit or gardening tools. Your loved one can grow fresh, organic, non-GMO vegetables and herbs… Romantic, right?
You could even make a “bouquet” by sticking some paper or styrofoam in the bottom of a clay pot, taping the seed packets to bamboo skewers and sticking them in as the “flowers” and throwing in some small garden tools for filler!
A Sauna: These portable units can collapse, store under a bed or behind a door and they heat up much faster than traditional saunas. The infrared versions supposedly heat the body more than traditional saunas and are great for detoxification.
Immersion Blender: It chops, blends and mixes. Since it’s stainless, it can even be used to stir boiling tomato soup without worries about it leeching plastic into your food! If your love is a healthy-foodie who doesn’t have an immersion blender, this might be a perfect Valentine’s gift…