Instead of buying a card, make your own unique cards using photos or other reusable or recyclable items around your home. You could also send an e-card instead of a paper card.
Choose Flowers that Last
Rather than giving cut flowers that last only a few days, opt for giving a potted plant or flowers that can be planted outside in the Spring (like tulips or hydrangeas). Or plant a new tree together and watch it grow over the years.
Make Homemade Goodies
Instead of buying a box of chocolates, make your own homemade sweets. If you want valentine packaging, find a reusable container or decorate a shoebox.
Involve our Children
Encourage homemade gifts using recycled/upcycled materials. Valentine crafts can also be made from recycled materials you already have at home.