Presents with a purpose: Giving gifts that give back

It’s a new holiday trend that’s preventing some gift returns

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Something big, something small? Something sparkling or something practical? Have you asked for the special holiday gift yet? Do you know what you want?

Well… according to a survey in Oracle, it seems most people don’t really get what they want. Seventy-seven percent of consumers plan to return some of their gifts.

Nearly 20% expect to return more than half. But what if the gifts you get and the gifts you give had another purpose… to help someone else. Would you feel differently about the present? There’s a new trend and it’s giving gifts that give back.

Presents with purpose is the idea that the gifts you give, give back. One idea -- pandemic plants. Not only do they help the environment, but a study of more than 4,200 people also revealed houseplants brought emotional benefits.

Meanwhile, some companies promise to donate to charity every time you buy a gift. Bridgewater candle promises to donate three meals to a hungry child every time you buy one.

Out of Print uses totes and t-shirts as a way to remind everyone of the power that a good book holds. For each product sold, they donate a book to a community in need.

Globein empowers artisans to continue their craft and get paid for it. Sign up for $35 a month and a box is delivered to your door. So far, 11,000 artists have benefited.

Snack Nation donates meals to families in need for every box purchased. To date, more than 17 million meals have been donated.

Have a friend who wears crazy socks? Wrap up a pair of Bombas. For every one you purchase, one is donated to the homeless. So far, 50 million have been given.

If you are thinking of something more local, hold a holiday party where each guest is invited to bring two books, one for a guest, one for the local library or homeless shelter. The same goes for educational toys for children and dog toys for the shelter.

There are just so many ideas. But I love the idea that you can give a gift that makes twice the impact. Be sure to check for local businesses that donate locally with each purchase.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/03/most-consumers-expect-to-return-gifts-this-holiday-season.html#:~:text=The%20thought%20process%20behind%20purchasing,by%20Oracle%20of%2015%2C800%20consumers

https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-health-benefits-of-houseplants-5097479

https://bridgewatercandles.com/pages/light-a-candle-feed-a-child-main

https://outofprint.com/pages/our-story, https://globein.com

https://get.snacknation.com/wfh-agc/?Platform=Adwords&Campaign=WFH%20Adwords&Adset=Brand%20AGC&Ad=snack%20nation&MatchType=e&Keyword=snack%20nation&Placement=Amazon%20Gift%20Card&gclid=Cj0KCQjws4aKBhDPARIsAIWH0JVaxkcpuNNyyaLQlqCEmy8QIBcrK_5LOYhcKaezMjRMKxhPEU-p3UIaAvWFEALw_wcB, https://bombas.com/pages/about-us, https://knackshops.com/pages/ethos-gifts?gclid=Cj0KCQjws4aKBhDPARIsAIWH0JVKoQuOaTUwXfv77HcSTjndWFp6xGc1vd481B7jKe50y9jtXNBJ9VAaAusmEALw_wcB

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About the Author:

David Sears, a native San Antonian, has been at KSAT for more than 20 years.