Delight your loved ones with meaningful presents that make our world a better place

The holidays are a time for giving, and each colorful package you exchange is an opportunity to show how much you care. If you’re looking to brighten the lives of those you love and the world around you this year, here are three easy ways to make this season more meaningful:

  1. Be generous with your time

It’s easy to conflate “giving” with “spending,” especially during the holiday season, but your time is especially valuable. Acts of philanthropy are personally enriching and can be gifts when you volunteer your time in the service of a cause that’s close to someone’s heart. Give to your community by collecting winter gear, toys or food for organizations in your neighborhood. Sponsor a child or family by buying items they need (and want!) to make this holiday special. While you’re motivated, make a long-term commitment to get involved in educational programs, wellness groups or environmental initiatives in your area.

  1. Give gifts that give back

Think of why you’re shopping for your family, friends and neighbors, your children’s teachers and everyone else you’re thinking of this year. Chances are, it’s because they’ve had a positive impact on your life. Choose gifts that honor the spirit that motivates you to give. Packed with Purpose gift boxes are curated to delight everyone on your list, from the generous hosts who open their homes to us, to the selfless friends and family who deserve a little spoiling, to the new parents and parents-to-be who invite us into their families and bring us so much joy. Just like the people who receive them, Packed with Purpose gift boxes are focused on making the world a better place.

  1. Make a donation on someone’s behalf

Sometimes the best gift isn’t a thing — it’s a meaningful action. Consider causes that matter to your recipient and make a donation in their name. Supporting a mission-driven organization goes further than a gift card or check: it’s an investment in social change that has immediate returns and a lasting legacy.

The warmth of the holiday season inspires us to find new ways to make a difference. This year, make that generosity last long past December: The need in our communities doesn’t disappear with our holiday decorations. End this year by making an effort to improve the world around you, and enter 2018 resolved to keep the spirit of giving alive all year long.