It’s always a season of meaning for us – celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s in style. We look for more ways to make our gifts count, and to choose gifts that help us with our journey to do just that. We have a big family and a lot of people to think about when gifting. It has grown slightly more complicated since I got married and had children. I used to make a list for my Secret Santa sibling and my parents and friends. Then it grew to include my husband and kids. Then there are the conversations about which presents are from “Santa” and which are from us for our kids. Then there are my siblings’ kids, my kids’ teachers and all the wonderful people we work with all year long. There are pets. There are stockings too.
In recent years, as my kids grow older, we added a new item to our lists – for our benefit, for their benefit, and for the benefit of the world. And that’s how much we’re going to donate to charity, and how to spread it. Who, what, where, when, why and HOW. We usually take two angel ornaments off of the Salvation Army Christmas tree at the mall, one for each kid, and we buy everything (and sometimes more) off of their wish lists. Then we look for something creative and beneficial.
This year we discovered Cool Effect.
There is a lot to talk about here, so I’ll just dive in. As you know from our big holiday lists, it can be hard to shop for that loved one who has EVERYTHING, and with Cool Effect? You can give a planet saving gift at the click of a button. And since the holiday season is a hugely popular time of year for air travel, then consider offsetting someone’s travel with a Cool Effect gift! Cool Effect is a non-profit that empowers individuals to take TANGIBLE action to fight climate change.
We love Charles Winter. He’s the “Climate Correspondent” for Cool Effect this year. It’s a wonderful way to get entire families involved with Cool Effect’s mission, because the kids can’t help but love this snowman. In fact, he’s one of the ways to help! Here are the ways we’re exploring by gifting the gift of Cool Effect for loved ones this holiday season, and beyond:
Give a Planet Saving Gift with Cool Effect this Holiday Season:
1 – Check out all of Cool Effect’s holiday gifts. They have a wide variety of unique gifts – and no matter which you choose – your efforts will lower carbon emissions, help the Earth, and bring festive joy to holiday texting! Link here.
2 – Check out the Snowman Gift! As one of the amazing pre-packaged gift bundles that Cool Effect has, this one is fun and seasonal, and comes with a downloadable snowman sticker pack. Money donated will go to support some of the world’s best carbon reduction projects – supporting efforts like renewable wind power in Costa Rica and efficient cookstoves in Honduras.
3 – And as mentioned, give the gift of travel offset, for yourself or to wipe away the carbon for someone special. Climate change is real, and it’s putting the heat on everything we love about winter.
Check out the gift center landing page where you can read all about Cool Effect and their passions/projects/holiday bundles. You can choose one, or many, to gift to your loved ones this holiday season. Over 90% of each contribution goes directly to these projects. Please share my post because I really think this is an AMAZING holiday gift idea for anyone.