Whether it’s your own anniversary, that of your parents, or someone else you care about, a socially-conscious gift makes the occasion all the more special. You’ll find some great guides online for unique anniversary gifts as well as these seven suggestions to celebrate the socially-conscious couple.
“Wondering what gift to give
a socially-conscious couple
for their anniversary?”
1. Certified Fair Trade Gifts
Fair Trade Certified™ products meet rigorous economic, social and environmental standards. Certified products are produced in healthy and sustainable environments and improve the day-to-day lives of growers, farmers, workers and their communities.
A Fair Trade Certified designation ensures that the product, whether it’s coffee beans or wheat, is not sourced from genetically modified organisms (GMO), was grown under strict pesticide and fertilizer guidelines and where resources such as water and natural vegetation are sustained and protected.
Fair trade certified products include apparel, coffee, flowers and plants, honey, fruit, wine, spirits and personal care products. Fill a gift basket full of certified coffee, add a couple of certified mugs and you have the ideal gift. Or use a wine theme if that’s more your recipient’s style.
2.Make It Organic
Certified organic products are foods grown without the use of pesticides, sludge, synthetic fertilizers or GMOs. Gift baskets filled with organically certified products may include fruit and berries, as well as products made from organic ingredients, such as candy, jelly, jam, chips, cookies, peanut butter and cookies.
Create your own basket to perfectly match the tastes of your recipients.
3.Herb and Vegetable Garden Kits
Not everyone has room for a garden, but there is an herb or vegetable garden kit for every space.
If the anniversary couple has a yard, a raised garden kit is a wonderful eco-friendly gift to give. Kits come in a variety of sizes with a host of options including chemical free cedar panels, soil and seeds.
What if the anniversary couple lives in an apartment with no space for an outdoor garden? No problem. Herb garden kits come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles to fit even the smallest of spaces. Organic herbs the couple can grow include oregano, rosemary, basil, dill, thyme and parsley.
4.Celebrate with a Donation
Does the anniversary couple seem to already have everything they need? If there’s a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts, making a charitable donation in honor of their anniversary is a wonderful way to celebrate.
Donations can be made to any charitable group from animal rescues to health care organizations. Make sure you choose an organization you know they already have a relationship with or that matches their interests.
It may not sound like much of a gift, but the socially-conscious couple on your gift list might enjoy helping a cause close to their hearts. Why not organize a group of their friends to join the anniversary couple for a few hours of volunteering?
Perhaps Habitat for Humanity is building a home in the neighborhood. The local shelter might need help raising a fence. A family struggling with medical bills may need help with a fundraiser. Giving back is one of the greatest gifts of all.
6.A Class or Two
The gift of knowledge is one that lasts a lifetime. Check with your county’s extension service to see what kinds of classes they offer. Ecologically based classes such as learning to garden without chemicals or how to recycle and conserve rainwater may be just the thing.
7.Plant a Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation has the perfect gift for any socially-conscious couple. Make a donation in honor of the celebrants and the foundation plants a tree in a national forest or other natural setting. You’ll have the opportunity to download and print a certificate with the couple’s name, their years together and your name as the giver. You can also have a printed card mailed to them.
The anniversary gift you give doesn’t have to come in a shiny package or cost a fortune. In fact, for the socially-conscious couple, it shouldn’t. They know a gift that gives back means so much more than another new “thing” sitting on a shelf.
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