meaningful-gift-768x768Instead of flowers, chocolates, and jewellery, why not give a more meaningful gift?

Valentine’s Day is a profitable industry, with sales of flowers, chocolates, and jewellery going through the roof in the frenzied run-up to the big day. But it’s also a day for romantics to celebrate love.

And what demonstrates love for someone better than a truly meaningful gift (that won’t break the family budget so soon after the festive season)?

In the United States alone, more than $13 million is spent on gifts, 180 million cards are exchanged, and about two million roses are produced especially for Valentine’s Day, annually.

Forget the expensive gifts and  give a meaningful gift this Valentine’s Day…

Do, don’t say

Give your partner – and yourself by default – an experience! Give the gift of your time and undivided attention. Go to that new restaurant you’ve been talking about, take them somewhere they’ve always wanted to go, or try some crazy adventurous activity together. Whatever you do, the memories will be worth more than any bunch of flowers.


Give back to many

Support a cause you love by buying a stack of 10 bracelets from R450 from the Relate Bracelets website. Relate Bracelets is a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise which makes and sells hand-beaded bracelets in support of more than 90 causes – including the Amy Foundation, Shine Literacy, Ikamva Labantu, the Rotary SafeWater Project, and many more.

By buying Relate Bracelets, you support your chosen cause and the seniors and young adults who make the bracelets, you contribute towards a skills fund for the young adults to receive training for their chosen careers beyond Relate, and you fund the many enterprise development projects that Relate supports.


Give them space

Does your partner work a lot? Are they stressed? Do they have children, admin, and endless tasks to manage all day? Give them a break. Offer to take on all the chores and tasks for a day so that they can enjoy some serious time to themselves. They’ll love you for it!

This article was first published online by Your Family on 2 February 2017.