Unique, compassionate Valentine's Day ideas

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and who better than the vegan community to represent love?! But if you’re looking to celebrate V-Day with more than just a box of chocolates, consider these unique, cruelty-free ideas for all the special people in your life.

Sponsor an animal through an animal rescue group. Check out Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, and The Gentle Barn, to name a few. Do a Google search on sanctuaries and rescues in your area. Petfinder.com can give you some ideas.

Spend some time at your local animal shelter, playing with the cats or walking the dogs or cleaning kennels and litter boxes. Animal shelters always need help, and the animals there always need love.

Spread the love through food! Prepare a special meal for the special someone(s) in your life, host a vegan potluck, or bring in special vegan treats to share with your co-workers or classmates. Check out vegweb.com and The Post-Punk Kitchen for ideas.

Make and drop some seed bombs! This is a fun activity to do with friends. Practice your stealth as you drop bombs of beauty in some drab parts of town.

Spread some love Operation Beautiful-style by leaving “You Are Beautiful” notes in random, unexpected places. Check out the site for some inspiration.

Print and distribute this sweet little tear-off poster from Kind Over Matter (and check out her other printables, too).

Host a “wine tasting” and have each guest bring a bottle of wine to share. Let Barnivore be your guide to finding vegan wines.

Kick it old school and create a mix tape or mix CD. Or, even better, create a youtube video or slideshow set to music. Then you can REALLY shout your love from the rooftops (of the Internet)!

Save a tree and send an e-card (or no card) instead. Or, get really creative and make a card out of recycled materials. (Here are some ideas.)

Buy local and organic when possible. Support artists and crafters (check out Vegan Etsy). And of course, remember to share love and show compassion every day, not just on February 14.

Amanda Just | Blog | Facebook
Tampa Bay, FL Amanda stopped eating meat in 1995, the moment she learned what meat was: dead animals. She was 11 years old. Her passion for vegetarianism and animals grew as she did and she eventually went vegan in 2004. Amanda blogs at Hungry Vegan Traveler, posting about vegan eats she encounters everywhere she goes, near and far. Amanda currently resides in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. She works full-time with at-risk youth and is also an active volunteer for animal and human causes.

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