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Countdown to Valentine's Day: Send a Valentine for Good

By February 5, 2013

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10 Year Anniversary Pin for Go Red for Women

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to give a gift for good.

Follow through on your good intentions with these four ways to celebrate our favorite holiday. Pass up the indulgences and do a bit of good with/for/in honor of your one and only.

  • What could be more suitable for Valentine's Day than helping an actual heart? The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women has been celebrated all through February for 10 years. You can surprise your Valentine with a gift from the ShopHeart website.

  • To stay green, sustainable, and environmentally friendly, buy traditional Valentine gifts that protect the earth and its people.

    Try fair trade-certified flowers from One World Flowers, look for chocolates from companies such as Sunspire, Sweet Earth, or Endangered Species Chocolate, or find a retail store that stocks Madecasse Chocolates, which supports sustainability and fair labor practices.

    If you give a diamond, make sure it is "conflict free." One company that has built its reputation on "ethical" diamonds is Brilliant Earth.

  • Give Charity Water's "We have enough stuff" gift card, which could be perfect for your valentine this year. Donate, print out the card and give with a hug and a kiss.

  • Give a charitable gift in honor of your honey through the gift catalogs at World Vision; select a card or gifts that will help a child at UNICEF; or give an "alt" gift at Heifer, where you can buy chickens, a cow, or goats to help a family become independent.

Do you have ideas for a do-good Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments.

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