The Gift That Shares

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In our last 2 articles we talked about giving charitable and experiential gifts.  We love those ideas and think they should top everyone’s gift giving list, but we also are realistic and know that there will be “stuff” to be given, too.  We all like getting something special under the tree, but how much better would we feel if we about giving that special gift if we knew that we had purchased it from a company that cares?  A company that has pledged to give back to people and causes that make a difference.  The list of companies that do just that is actually quite larger than you might think!  Do a search on “Companies that give back” and you will be delighted to see the amazing number of companies doing their part to make the world a better place!  Here are a few of our favourites:

10 Tree – The plant 10 tree’s every time you make a purchase!

Roots – Roots has an unbelievably long list of non-profits they give to, you can check out that list here.

Aldo – One of the first Canadian companies to support AIDS research, Aldo also donates to War Child, which supports children affected by war, the Canadian Cancer Society and many other charities.

Canada Goose – A portion of  every item from their PBI collection goes to support the conservation of polar bear habitats.

Toms – What started as a buy a pair/we’ll give a pair charity, has turned into so much more.  Learn more here.

Better World Books – Buy a book from BWB and they will donate a book to Books for Africa.  And BONUS – FREE SHIPPING!

Patagonia – We can’t even.  Did you see what they did on Black Friday?  ICYMI, Patagonia donated 100% of their Black Friday sales to their charitable partners.  They were expecting 2 million in sales…the did 10.  10 million dollars to charity in 1 day.  Every other day of the year they are members of 1% for the Planet, which translates into them donating 1% of their annual sales to grassroots environmental causes.

The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

christmasblogsdec2Stuff.  It’s everywhere.  I talk about it on a regular basis with kids throughout the Peace Region.  In North America, where only 7% of the world’s population lives, we use 1/3 of the “stuff” on the planet.  Owning that stuff also means we use 1/3 of the natural resources on our planet because that iPhone didn’t just appear from nothing.  We own and use so much stuff in North America that it has been said, by many scientists, that if the whole world consumed “stuff” the way we do we would need 5 planets to produce enough resources to make that stuff.  Anyone know of any other inhabitable planets?

Why bring this up?  Because as amazing as the season of giving is, it can also lead us to acquire too much stuff.  So, as you begin to cross items off of your holiday To-Do List, and you try to figure out what gift to buy the special someone or someone’s in your life, we want you to stop and consider buying them an experience instead of more “stuff”as a present.  A weekend away, a spa day, tickets to a concert or play, a ski pass for the season, cooking lessons, art lessons, music lessons… the list of experiences is only as limited as your imagination or the person your buying for’s interests.

There’s science behind experiential gifting, too.  Over the past decade, quite a bit of psychological research has found that experiences have brought people much more happiness than possessions.  Think back to Christmas past.  What do you remember?  Is it every present you ever got, or do memories of family, friends, happiness and joy come to mind?  Are you more satisfied opening a present or does it bring you more excitement to look forward to a special trip or learning a new skill?  Still not convinced?  Ask your kids.  In 10 years they won’t remember the exact present you gave them in 2016, but they’ll remember the family trip you took to (Fill in your favourite holiday destination).  They’ll love making memories for a lifetime.