2020 Christmas gift giving guide

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We’re not here to tell you you need to purchase the latest Airpods, Dyson vacuum or Play Station 5 for your loved ones, we actually have a few other neat ideas you may like to ponder before making those transactions.

As cliche as the words ‘turbulent’ and ‘uncertainty’ are in relation to COVID-19 communications, it really has been a turbulent year with still much uncertainty for the future.

The year has been a kick in the guts for many who have lost their employment and struggle to make ends meet weekly, let alone adding in guilt leading up to Christmas about not being able to provide the basics for their families.

It’s important to recognise charity organisations like the Salvation Army or Tauranga City Mission that are vital in helping support communities with essentials like food and clothing.  Why not consider donating to a community organisation in lieu of client Christmas gifts this year?

Our tourism and hospitality friends have suffered the most and will continue to be impacted as they change their value offerings for the domestic market – why not gift a voucher for a local attraction or eatery this year to help support local?

And last but certainly not least, let’s think and act sustainably this Christmas. Ditch the metallic gift wrap which cannot actually be recycled, give thoughtfully, purchase quality or second-hand items and if you’re really stuck for an idea, gift a native tree as the perfect waste-free gift that makes a small change towards a greener Aotearoa.

Trees That Count – a $10 native tree to create a greener Aotearoa, while the gift recipient receives a gift certificate and message of the contribution).

Christmas Box – provides food essentials and treats to families in need.

Shoebox Christmas – delivers Christmas gifts, wrapped in a shoebox, to children in low decile schools.

Chuffed Gifts – contains a number of extraordinary experiences from different regions throughout New Zealand.