Read up on ways to give back this holiday season, then enter our Giving TEAsday giveaway at the bottom of this blog for a chance to win.
The holiday season is a time for togetherness, giving, joy, and love… but it can also be a vehicle for excess consumption. Holiday marketing adds to the pressure we feel to make the season all about stuff. Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, and serves as a sort of counter-event to Black Friday, seeking to set a different tone, kicking off the holiday season by encouraging all of us to focus on giving of our time and resources in a way that will have a significant impact on others. The holidays are a beautiful time to reflect on all of the good things that are present in our lives, and to participate in acts of love and generosity toward others!
This Giving Tuesday, here are 5 ways to give back throughout the holiday season.
1. Donate in lieu of a gift
Let’s face it — many of us already have everything that we need. Gifts made to charitable organizations in the name of a loved one are a great way to honor the special people in your life and give them something meaningful.
2. Volunteer with family and friends
The holiday season offers an opportunity to focus on physically serving others around you. Spend time with those you love and give back together.
3. Give gifts to fill a need
If shopping is an activity that you look forward to during the holiday season, why not allocate a portion of your holiday budget to shopping for the needs of a local program that provides services to the people in your community? Domestic violence or youth shelters often have lists of household goods like bedding or kitchenware, clothing, or other items that are needed to create a home-like environment for clients.
4. Give the gift of quality time to loved ones
When I think of my Grandmother, I don’t think about the presents she bought me throughout my childhood, I think of the time I spent with her. The blueberry muffins she made us when we slept over at her home. The hours she spent teaching me to weave and make crafts. Gifts are a lovely gesture and have their own sentiment attached to them… but nothing can replace making memories with the people you love.
5. Open your home
If there is someone in your community who may not be able to go home to be with loved ones over the holidays, consider extending an invitation to join your festivities. You may be able to make the holiday season less lonely for a long distance student or refugee family!
Bonus: Celebrate those who give
In the spirit of the season, help us celebrate others who are making a positive change in the world by nominating them for our Giving TEAsday giveaway below!
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVING TEASDAY GIVEAWAY
- NOMINATE A CHANGE-MAKING LOVED ONE IN THE COMMENTS. Include the first name of the person you’re nominating and tell us how your nominee is having a positive impact.
- SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION. Log in to the nomination widget (just above the comments section), selecting “Leave a blog post comment” and clicking the “I commented” button. Then select one or more of the (optional) bonus entry options to increase your odds of winning the grand prize drawing.
Complete these two steps to be eligible for a chance to win (prize details below), then share your nomination with friends—including the nominee! The winning nominee will receive our Grand Prize Self-Care Package and their nominator will receive a runner up prize. Two runner-up nominees and their nominators will receive a runner up prize.
After caring for others, focus inward on caring for yourself. Our Grand Prize Self-Care package (retail value of $150) allows you to:
#SteepUp with Numi Holistic Wellness teas, plus an etched glass Numi mug, honey spoons, and handmade artisan tea coasters)
Rejuvenate with Annmarie Skin Care’s Coconut Body Oil
Comfort with an Honest Co. Aromatic Soy Candle
Embrace gratitude with a Marquet Fair Trade Scarf
Soothe with a set of Eco Lips Lip Balms
Grand Prize Winner: “Audra is one of the most giving, selfless, fun and amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to know. No matter what this life throws at her, she’s still right there loving people in every way imaginable. She has been my rock through one of the hardest ordeals of my life and without her love and support, I may have failed. The world needs more Audra’s!!!I recently spent 30 days in a women’s shelter with my 2 year old son. When I got there, we only had the clothes on our backs. Audra brought me underwear, a big bag of essential oils, toiletries and brought my son cloth diapers, lactose-free milk for his allergy, and a bag of all sorts of clothes and shoes. She kept in close communication with my sister-in-law and my mother while I was there and got me on my feet by helping me with resources and allowing me to have mail delivered to her home which she then brought to me. She’s been available at a moment’s notice to help with my son who loves her to the moon and back! Audra has always answered her phone whenever I needed her and has been the warm, open arms I’ve needed countless times to sob into to feel love and comfort. Without Audra, I may still have been in the shelter and I may not have the confidence and drive I do right now. Audra has never once made me feel judged by my circumstances, my weaknesses, or my choices. I often feel like Audra is my #1 fan, cheering me on and believing in me, that I can do something to better this world like I feel deep in my soul.She was my rock and during all this, she helped countless others, namely her 9 year old son with a painfully fresh Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. This Mom of 4 deserves far more recognition than I could ever leave in a blog comment.” (Linaia D.)
Runner Up Winner 1: “I nominate my mom, Ronnie. She is the most selfless, sweet, kind, and strong individual I’ve ever met. She hasn’t had the easiest life but it’s never stopped her from being considerate of others and helping out in any way she can. She’s always putting others before herself, even in the toughest of times. She has the biggest heart especially when it comes to animals. She single-handedly takes care of our family and is the heart that keeps us alive. She’s truly beautiful inside and out.” (Kayleigh)
Runner Up Winner 2:”I’d like to nominate my mama. She does everything for everyone always without question or feeling annoyed. She volunteers and just deserves some self love. Meo.” (Cortney)