There’s one week left to Christmas and if you’re like me, you’ve made arrangements with your loved ones to a) not exchange presents; or b) buy small, yet meaningful gifts for each other. For the rest of you with long shopping lists, here’s a suggestion – give the gift of nature.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) runs alternative gift-giving programs to help alleviate holiday stress, while conserving nature at the same time. They’ve just launched Gifts of Canadian Nature and you can complete your holiday shopping with a few clicks of your mouse. You can shop for your friends, relatives and co-workers from the comfort of your own home, even whilst wearing pajamas (or whatever you wear when you’re surfing the web, that’s your own business.)
It works like this – for $40 to $160, your gift donation helps the NCC work to preserve and protect ecologically significant land in Canada. At the same time, the recipient of your gift receives: a full-colour certificate highlighting your contribution, which can be personalized and is suitable for framing; a lovely calendar with wonderful photos of landscapes and wildlife from across Canada; and a thank-you letter from John Lounds, NCC president and CEO.
See? Everybody wins.
This is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, or is hard to buy for. In this age of rampant consumerism, where we get stuff that we don’t need to store in spaces we don’t have, isn’t it time we started thinking a little differently?
For more details on, and to order, Gifts of Canadian Nature, click here.
And check out the social media release on the NCC’s Forces of Nature campaign, featuring Ryan Reynolds (with his shirt on, unfortunately), Denise Donlon and Jason Priestly.
And if someone doesn’t appreciate your gift of nature, then they’re a greedy, nature-hating grinch who should be crossed off your list.
(Disclosure: my friend and colleague, Andy Donovan, works on behalf of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. I also do some consulting for his company, Donovan Consulting Group. So this post is hugely biased. Which is okay, because it really is a great gift idea.)