What to give the person who doesn’t want anything? No, seriously – no waste, no plastic, no chemicals, no unfair labour, no ‘unknowns’. This year, with Christmas slated to be unlike any we’ve had before, it feels timely to share a roundup of gifting ideas from the Provenance team that allows you to give with a more positive impact.
Every day, we’ll be adding to this list a new gift to feel good about. Follow us on Instagram and let us know your tips. We’ll be sharing more of our favourites in our stories there.
DAY 1: A TREE FOR LIFE
“A few years ago I set up a grove with Trees for Life – they are a rewilding project based in Dundreggan up in Scotland and each Christmas I plant trees instead of giving physical/material gifts. I’ve found people are generally quite moved when you plant a tree dedicated to them, and of course I don’t need to wax lyrical about rewilding to you all, so if you’re struggling for sustainable gift ideas and you can’t bring yourself to give someone another bamboo cup or metal straw, plant a tree for them instead! Fun fact: this is also the project we support with a Provenance Grove where we plant trees to celebrate people’s work anniversaries.”
– Beth Thayne, Product Manager
DAY 2: CHOOSE LOVE
“Happy 2nd of December! Here are my Christmas giving ideas, whether you want to donate gifts or your time:
- Charitable giving: Buy a gift for someone in need at Choose.Love – an NGO focused on giving items needed for refugees fleeing war, persecution & climate change.
- Donate your time: Offer to pick up friends’ things to take to charity or ask people in need directly if they would like whatever you have collected (+ hot drink)”
– Alissa Brueckner, Finance & Operations Executive
DAY 3: DAILY MOTIVATION
“Happy 3rd of December! As a child, one of favourite presents was a ‘Perpetual Calendar’. It was a little source of inspiration and reminder on general ‘life truths’ that somehow kept me grounded. Over the years I’ve forgotten how helpful they were to me and this activity has led me to try and rekindle this daily practice! Alternatives today: this looks like the most popular one on the App Store. Also sharing a quote that has always stayed with me: ‘Three things that never come back; the spent arrow, the spoken word and the lost opportunity.'”
– Astrid Chang, CFO/COO
DAY 4: FIX WITH FRIENDS
“This is something I started doing a couple of years ago, and it might sound a bit strange but it’s about the simple things. Every year for Christmas I go around to friends’ houses and I fix things. We all have something that’s broken that we can’t bear to throw away or a button that’s missing on our favourite shirt. So I show up with a needle & thread, some super glue and a bottle of wine. We chat, have a laugh and I mend the broken things. This is what I’ll be taking to my friend’s house this week-end.” (see image above 😍)
– Aurore Flaceliere, Transparency & Impact Manager
DAY 5: ZERO-WASTE CHRISTMAS SNACKS
DAY 9: THE WRAP
“I stopped buying store-bought gift wrapping many years ago now and instead opts for any material that’s lying around the house. Here are some ideas that might be helpful alternatives:
- Old newspapers
- Old posters
- Repurpose old scarfs or tea towels (for a fancier version, try the Japanese Furoshiki fabric wraps)
- Re-use packaging that comes with store-bought flowers
- Re-purpose jars and tins for gifting food
- Re-purpose shredded paper, tissue or box that comes with your online parcel deliveries.”
– Harini Manivannan, Customer Success Manager
DAY 10: SPECIAL DAYS
“Meet my Nieces & Nephews. They are a delightful little crew… and are incredibly fortunate to have all they really need taken care of by their parents. They absolutely don’t need any more stuff!
So Aunty Louise tends to give swimming lessons, because that is a useful thing and makes family holidays much more fun/less stressful for everybody. I’m also keen to adopt the idea of ‘Special Days’…where each kid individually gets a ‘special day out’ with something educational/fun to do together! But COVID really muddled with my grand plans in 2020, so will try again in 2021!!
– Louise Garvin, Head of Enterprise
DAY 11: ARTS & CRAFTS
“I recently came across ‘Art from Crisis’. It’s from the Crisis charity and so your donation supports ending homeless in the UK. You can sign up for a subscription and every month they’ll send you a unique A5 art card. Each one comes with a compelling insight into how the artwork was created, from someone who is experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It’s a beautiful, heartwarming gift to receive every month in the post – and for a cause that’s so very close to home.”
– Sarah Fulton Vachon, Marketing
DAY 24: THE GIFT OF REFLECTION
“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” – Maya Angelou
“The end of the year is a great time to look back at the past year and forwards to the next. Sometimes I make a little booklet for friends, family and my myself with tools for reflecting and setting intentions. My favourite format is free thanks to the team at Year Compass. You can download it here and share with friends: https://yearcompass.com/booklet/en-US-YearCompass-booklet-A5-printable.pdf
It’s been shown that writing things down enhances them in your memory, improving your ability to learn.
It can be fun to think of things you’d like to do and become in the year ahead. What mountain will you climb? What will you make? What friend do you want to make time for? How will you help others? What book will you read? (…And then you revisit your intentions a year later and see that you did 5 times more puzzles and 5 less mountain climbs).”
– Jessi Baker, founder & CEO