Are you someone who hopes to shop a little less this year, to save money, to refocus on meaningful gifts, or to make the holidays more environmentally sustainable? For those who are trying to gift differently, we wanted to share a few of our favorite gift giving strategies for making a difference this holiday season!
#Giving Tuesday - make a donation to a nonprofit organization in honor of your loved one and let them know by email or in a holiday card. For example, Engage Globally would love your help with building a new, environmentally themed learning center in rural Northern Ghana! Donate here -- Engage Globally – and we will email you this gift card insert for your loved one!
Gift outdoor conservation – We love to support nature and to spend time outdoors with our friends and family. One of our favorite gifts is the Annual National Parks Pass, which comes with great educational information about U.S. Parks. If you already have national park passes, consider a state or local park pass.
Gift time together – The last two years have been a challenging reminder of how valuable time with our loved ones is. Gifts that share time and experiences can be especially meaningful (and helpful to local arts, culture, and businesses). Many of these gifts support local arts, historical preservation, and community-building.
Create your gifts – remember when you were little and you handmade cards, pictures, and other gifts for your family? Personally created gifts never go out of style. Some ‘adult’ versions include:
Look for gifts to reuse or upcycle – secondhand stores, yard sales, and online resale sites are all great ways to select a personal and meaningful gift for a loved one. You can save money, reduce environmental impacts, and have lots of fun exploring these treasures. For more ideas see this great article from the New York Times.
Need a gift for a child? These are some of our favorites
Need a gift for a teen? We love 4Ocean’s upcycled plastic water bottles, bracelets and other products. Purchase of each item funds removal of plastic from beaches and oceans.
We hope you found these suggestions useful. Please let us know if you used any of these ideas below. And, if you have other sustainable gift giving suggestions, we would love to hear them!
Engage blogs are written by Heather Heckel with support of interns, Board members, and suggestions from the Engage community.