Shopping for purposeful presents extends the spirit of giving across your community, our country, and the world

Exchanging gifts during the holidays is a heartwarming tradition. We give gifts to express our gratitude and love, and it’s true that the more you give, the more you receive. Whether you’re sharing handmade goods, thoughtful presents or donating your time and energy this year, giving with intention can amplify your impact: it’s a way to show your appreciation for the people in your life while helping to make the world around them a better place. Here are some tips for approaching your holiday giving thoughtfully to help you make the most of this season:

  1. Craft your list with care.

Be generous when making your shopping list and checking it twice. Consider your personal relationships, professional connections and everyone else who has had an impact on your life this year. Remember that the act of giving is always more important than the gift itself.

  1. Shop with your values in mind.

During the holidays, it can feel like our spending is stretched between special events, travel, charitable contributions and gifts. Aligning your holiday purchases with your personal goals will magnify your impact this season. A Packed with Purpose gift box exemplifies this philosophy: as a present, it’s a delight to receive, packed with treasures like hand-poured candles, gourmet baked goods and hand-crafted accessories. As a charitable gift, know that each purchase directly helps fund social enterprises like Fair Anita, Aspire CoffeeWorks and many more that do tremendous good nationally and globally.

  1. Choose high-quality, well-made gifts that will last.

It can be easy to get caught up in flashy holiday giving trends, but many popular trinkets are produced in exploitative ways, and their popularity fades fast. Instead, support craftsmanship by choosing handmade, quality goods, like stationery designed by Chicago youth in the Marwen arts program or sustainable baby gear made with 100% organic cotton from Finn + Emma.

  1. Give back in your own backyard.

In today’s interconnected world, we have unlimited opportunities to give, and sometimes our own neighbors are overlooked. Many of the handicrafts in Packed with Purpose gift boxes are created through programs that provide life-changing opportunities to their makers, like The Floured Apron, which provides women in underserved communities with career opportunities as bakers, changing their lives in measurable ways.

Gift-giving connects us because it reflects how much we care about the people in our lives. The simple act of choosing a purposeful gift shows your gratitude and helps make the world we all share a better place — truly the greatest gift of all. Spread joy this season by giving gifts with purpose.