The world is constantly evolving, and it may feel like we wake up to something new every day. Significant events such as mental health issues, strikes, and wildfires cause us to pause and consider them in the context of our daily lives. These occurrences often put our personal desires into perspective, reminding us that our outlook on the world is constantly our outlook on the planet is continually changing.
At least the one thing that never seems to change is the love we give to – and get from! – our pets. When I hit a pause in my work life, Sasha, my faithful companion, stepped in as more than just a pet. She gave me a reason to get involved with all the fantastic activities for dog training, offering a sense of purpose and daily goals. Today, even beyond those challenging times, Sasha remains my constant source of motivation, making every day brighter and more fulfilling. 🐾✨ Our pets help keep us grounded and remind us what truly matters: our connection with other living beings and our planet.
My sister’s visit this fall, and our night out at American Fish with Sasha.
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to think about how to spread joy and love through gift-giving. While we all love watching friends and family unwrap presents that they can use or wear, it’s worth considering that many people already have enough stuff. However, they’ll still smile just as brightly over thoughtful gifts that have an impact beyond their personal space. So, I’ve compiled a little resource of meaningful presents that spread love and kindness far beyond our lives. I’m confident that the animal lovers on your gift list will be thrilled when they receive them!
1. Help people climb out of poverty or recover from disasters
Oxfam rallies against the injustice of poverty. They work on projects like food and water and disaster relief.
You can gift a monetary donation to support whatever mission speaks to your or the receiver’s heart! It is a meaningful way to make a lasting impact, especially for that animal-and-community-focused friend who says, “You don’t need to get me anything.”
2. ‘Adopt’ a wild elephant, panda, tiger, polar bear, or other endangered animal
I would be so thrilled if someone from the World Wildlife Fund sponsored an endangered animal in my name. Adopt a member of one of these wild species in a friend’s name. You can also opt into bonuses like a cuddly stuffed animal or a welcome pack.
A CUDDLY You get:
3 ADOPTION UPDATES EACH YEAR,
AN ADOPTION CERTIFICATION,
A VIDEO CALL BACKGROUND WITH THE ANIMAL YOU ADOPT
This makes an excellent gift for kids, too. Not only do they get a stuffed animal to cuddle, but they see how gifts can also help animals or their habitat globally.
3. A subscription box that helps pets in need
Do you know someone who would prefer their subscription box to be all about their pet? The Rescue Box will send them a box packed with paw-lickin’s good treats, toys, and chews, and you can choose small, medium, or large dogs or cats! “With each purchase, you’re providing meals for 60 shelter animals, making a tangible difference in their lives.” Any pet lover can feel good giving or receiving one of these boxes!
4. Home, bath, and body products that provide sanctuary and healing for women survivors
Thistle Farms is a nonprofit that supports recovery for women healing from addiction, prostitution, and trafficking. They sell everything from candles to hand soap to coffee. Check out their website for all the wonderful products they’re making. Like how a good belly rub is essential for a happy pup, trees play a crucial role for our Earth by providing oxygen, shade for fetch games, and the perfect backdrop for those tail-wagging adventures! 🌳🐾
5. Cozy, sustainable goods for trees
Backpacks, socks, and beanies, oh my! Snag some sustainable apparel from Tentree, and you’ll be gifting super cool pieces and joining the mission to plant a billion trees by 2030.
6. Help family tell their stories
Everyone has a lifetime of stories to tell, and when my family and I started to explore our family history, we discovered a wealth of information. I learned many new things about my Dad and his experiences during the war. With Storyworth, your loved ones can share their stories in a unique and lasting way - through a printed book.
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7. Gift an accessible indoor garden
Your friends who love cooking and gardening will surely appreciate a microgreen growing kit from Urban Leaf. This indoor garden is perfect for colder months or those with limited outdoor space. It’s a great way to exercise their green thumb and make sustainable food choices. You can find the kit at geturbanleaf.com.
Last Christmas, my amazing sister stumbled upon a real gem that brought us so much joy! Mike and I enjoyed fresh herbs all winter, and it was an absolute blast!
8. Southport Pups
Our products and services are more than just gifts; they are experiences that leave a lasting impact. With a focus on personalization, we tailor our dog training programs for better pup parents and fitness enthusiasts, ensuring that every journey is unique and rewarding. By choosing our services, you’re investing in your furry friend’s well-being and contributing to a community that values giving back and supporting local initiatives. Gift an experience that transcends the ordinary – because every tail wag and every fitness goal achieved celebrates the special bond we share with our canine companions. Ready to give the gift of joy, fitness, and companionship? Explore our offerings today! 🎁🐕
9. Support an independent artist locally or on Etsy
’Tis the season to give the gift of art! Whether you choose a pre-made masterpiece or a custom creation, it’s always a beautiful investment. And by selecting the “handmade” filter, you’ll be giving a gift and spreading holiday cheer to independent artists. From customized animal frames to cozy throws, there’s something for everyone on your nice list!
Don’t forget our local photography mentioned above!
10. Buy goods from artisans in emerging countries
During the holiday season, it’s important to remember that our dollars can make a significant impact on the lives of others. By supporting international artisans, we not only provide them with much-needed income, but we also help to fight against supply chain exploitation. This year, consider giving a gift that truly makes a difference. Check out the beautiful selection of jewelry, home goods, and more at Discovered. Your purchase will bring joy to your loved ones and the artisans who created them.
The holiday season is all about spreading joy and gratitude, and what better way to do that than by giving gifts that give back? These thoughtful and beautiful presents bring joy to your loved ones and make a real difference in the lives of others.
I’ve gifted these meaningful presents to many friends and family members, along with a heartfelt note to let them know how their purchase is helping others. So, what’s on your holiday gift-buying list? Let’s double the joy this season by sharing our gratitude with those we love through gifts that truly make a difference.
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