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13 Awesome Gifts To Give On Valentine’s Day Instead Of Flowers

Roses wilt, which is a huge bummer. Here are some tokens of love that will stand the test of time and stuff.

1. A sassy tote that also gives back.

 

These totes from bottledBrooklyn would make cute gifts for your (newly, maybe) unattached friends. A portion of every product sold is donated to World Food Program USA.

2. A random act of kindness.

Feb. 10-16 (this week!) is Random Acts of Kindness Week, which encourages you to “step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week.” Pay it forward to strangers — and your partner. Here are some ideas for RAKs if you need help getting started.

3. Show some love for endangered animals.

Your gift recipient will be able to redeem your generous donation for any $50 symbolic species adoption. Tigers! Polar bears! Pandas! Plus, you can send it via email, for us procastinators.

4. Donate to V-Day.

V-Day is a “virtual organization” that grew out of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” and works to educate millions about the issues of violence against women and girls.

5. Run a charity race together.

Cupid’s Undie Run, which benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation, takes place in cities all over the world and has participants dash through the cold in their undies for a mile. Festivities start this year on Feb. 15th. Fitness AND philanthropy (and undies)? Hip hip hooray!

6. This cute Valentine’s Day print.

For $20, this so-sweet print, made in Southern California, can be yours. $7 from the purchase of each item offered on sevenly.org is donated to the cause of the week. (This week it’s Mercy Ships, which “brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion,” and a sponsor will match your donation, bringing it up to $14.)

7. Give the gift of an animal through Heifer International.

With gifts starting at only $10, Heifer International lets you purchase sustainable resources to help children and families around the world become self-reliant.

8. Go with fair-trade chocolate.

Like these milk & dark chocolate hearts, $6.99.

9. Plant a tree in their name. (Well, someone plants it for you. Even better.)

The Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a national forest in honor of your loved one. The best part? It’s only $5.95!

10. Support shelter animals.

3% of gifts bought from the ASPCA online store (like these heart paw pewter earrings, $19.99) goes toward supporting the ASPCA. And if you’re in the position of considering getting your own pet, show your love by adopting an adorable rescue animal from a shelter.

11. Make a different kind of wedding registry.

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The I Do Foundation lets you register for charitable donations instead of grapefruit spoons and bath towels. They’ll also make placecards letting guests know you’ve made a donation in their name to use for your wedding favors.

12. Let him or her donate to a charity of choice — for free.

Charity Choice is a gift card that lets you be the donor and the recipient choose the charity. Best of all, they can be sent through email (or Facebook).

13. And if all else fails, get drunk for a good cause.

One Hope Wines donates half of its profits to a different cause for each varietal of wine sold. Charities include the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, the ASPCA, American Forests, Keep a Child Alive and others. Toast to your loved one with a glass full of goodwill!

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