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Reflecting on the Holidays

by New Dream   |    January 15, 2018


Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

November 28, 2017

In the amount of time it would have taken you to find a parking spot at the mall, you’ll get thoughtful ideas for everyone on your list.


How We Started a Holiday Share Faire to Build Local Resilience and Create Community

by Rani Jayakumar   |    November 17, 2017

Learn how one California group is boosting local resilience and strengthening community ties by sharing stuff, skills, memories, and stories.


Helping Your Kids Embrace a “More Fun, Less Stuff” Holiday

by Edna Rienzi   |    November 7, 2017

New Dream's Edna Rienzi shares six tips for how she gets her family on board with a simpler, yet more meaningful, holiday season.


This Holiday, Opt for Giving Over Receiving

by Edna Rienzi   |    October 19, 2017

Rather than making a typical wish list of items to receive, why not create a list of gifts you want to give to your loved ones?


Beyond the Lion’s Den: Mapping a More Meaningful Family Holiday

by Shara Drew   |    October 12, 2017

New Dream's Shara Drew describes her quest to create a different kind of holiday tradition for her family—one that has nothing to do with "stuff."


Tips for a Greener, Simpler Halloween

by Lisa Mastny   |    October 11, 2017

Halloween is big business. Avoid the hype and direct your energy, $$$, and creativity toward a greener, simpler holiday.


What Would It Take to Shift Our Gifting Away from "Stuff"?

by New Dream   |    October 9, 2017

Learn more about New Dream's research on the barriers and benefits to giving gifts of experience rather than "stuff."


Our 35 Favorite Gifts on SoKind Registry

by Edna Rienzi   |    July 16, 2017

At SoKind, you can register for anything you can imagine. Here are some of our favorite quirky and creative gift ideas from users.


Bringing Meaning Back

by Edna Rienzi   |    May 30, 2017

New Dream's SoKind registry enables registrants to request meaningful gifts from the heart.


Want to Encourage Gifts That Really Matter? Plan an Alternative Gift Fair!

by Jennifer Oehme Knepper   |    May 4, 2017

It's never too early to start planning an alternative gift fair. Here's one story about getting it done.


How to Create a Zero Waste Easter Basket

by New Dream   |    March 22, 2017

Challenge yourself to create an Easter basket that will produce no garbage that would be sent to landfill.


Have a More Fun, Less Stuff Easter

by Edna Rienzi   |    March 22, 2017

Easter doesn't have to be yet another commercialized, excessive celebration. You can still participate in all the fun without the waste and stress. 


You Don’t Have to Bake Your Own Matzo: Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Passover

by Evonne Marzouk   |    March 17, 2017

If you’ve been wondering how to do Passover in a more environmentally friendly way, here are six ideas that might help.


Christmas 2016: Not Made in China

by Anne G. Lliversidge   |    November 14, 2016

How one New Dreamer found meaning in finding and creating presents that reflect the true value of Christmas and family.


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