Share the Love

I’ve celebrated Valentines Day many ways – from quiet nights at home with take-out and chick-flicks, to roses and fancy dinners with reservations made weeks in advance. Most years I felt a twinge of regret after the flowers wilted and the dinner bill was paid.

So last year I gave homemade gifts. From heart-shaped cat nip pouches to conversation heart cookies, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Living is my go-to site for fun and thoughtful gifts for all the Valentines on my list.

 

This year I’m taking it up a notch with personal gestures of love that last longer and make a bigger impact. For my animal-loving sister, I’m giving a gift collection, with donations to four charities dedicated to animal rescue and protection. For my Mom, who is new to philanthropy and loves discovering local charities, I’ll select a GiveNow charity gift card that lets her choose and make a difference for one of them.

 

For my friends getting married this year, I’ll remind them that the I Do Foundation has many ways to share the love! From creating a gift registry with stores like Target and Macys, where a percentage of purchases benefit their favorite charities, to choosing charitable favors with customized cards for their guests, there are many creative and budget-friendly ways to include charity in their special day. If you or someone you know is interested in creating an eco-friendly celebration with style, check out several great ways to Celebrate Green at I Do Foundation too.

 

Not only is February 14th Valentines Day, it’s also the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week! This site is full of simple sharing-the-love ideas for at home, at work, and at school – like donating used books to a library, making care packs for the homeless or offering to babysit for a family member.

 

Tell a friend about JustGive. Then jump over to Facebook and Twitter to tell us your thoughtful and creative plans for sharing the love this month.

3 thoughts on “Share the Love

  1. This is a very thoughtful and worthwhile idea! Certain yearly events become corrupted by the need to sell obsolete items, all in the name of consumerism. This new idea is pioneering!! Katie and William will be opting for donations rather than gifts for their nuptials in the summer, its a truly modern way to ‘pay it forward’! Yoga based jewellery brand ‘Satya’ also believe in supporting brilliant causes and donate money from their sales to many worthy charities!

    • On the 10th of February Satya of Covent Garden are generously hosting a sale in honour of The Special Yoga Centre, giving you the opportunity to purchase stunning jewellery and raise funds for our charitable cause simultaneously. All full price stock has 15% off, as well as selection of sale items with a whooping 50% off!Thank You x

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