The SoKind Blog


February 6, 2018

SoKind user Holly C. offers some lessons from her recent wedding experience, including that “keeping it simple” can be harder than expected.


Outside-the-Box Experiential Gift Ideas

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 13, 2017

Ready to give more fun, less stuff this holiday season? New Dream Fellow Kelley Dennings provides us with a list of experiential gift ideas designed to help you give a personal, unique, and fun gift to your friends and family that won’t break the bank, regardless of where you live.


Tools, Tips, and Technology for Giving and Receiving Experiential Gifts

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 13, 2017

This holiday season, New Dream has embarked on a pilot campaign to promote experiential gift giving and receiving as a way to increase happiness and well-being. Check out the variety of resources we've created to help make giving and receiving experiential gifts easy and fun.


Experiences Increase Happiness and Well-Being, Research Shows

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 12, 2017

Need some more convincing that experiences increase happiness and well-being? New Dream's Behavior and Social Change Fellow, Kelley Dennings, brings us the research to back up the claim.


Real Celebration: Ashley and Kenny’s Chic-Macabre Hallowedding on a Budget

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 10, 2017

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how a couple of wine-loving DC professionals managed to pull off an amazing and meaningful wedding celebration without spending a fortune.


The One Question to Ask Yourself When Wedding Planning

by Caitlin Frauton   |   February 10, 2017

DIY Wedding Mentor's Caitlin Frauton has discovered the most important question you can ask yourself when you're at a crossroads in your wedding planning.


Six Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding Has a Positive Impact

by Caitlin Frauton   |   March 16, 2016

Looking for some ways to have an eco-friendly wedding?  You're not alone — more and more couples are thinking about the impact of their weddings. It makes sense given that so many couples getting married today have been raised to recycle anything and everything, are aware of the the impact of their purchasing decisions, and have grown up witnessing the effects of climate change on the environment. Caitlin Frauton from DIY Wedding Mentor shares six tips to help you throw a meaningful celebration that positively impacts the environment and your community.


Why Gift At All? Top 3 Reasons Why People Should Still Use Registries

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 25, 2016

A few years ago, when the New Dream staff started tossing around the idea of creating an alternative gift registry, we weren’t all on board. Most of us had an “ick” sort of feeling when it came to registries. Traditional registries can sometimes come across as a bit tacky or even greedy. Plus, New Dream is an organization dedicated to shifting the ways that people consume—so why were we jumping into an industry dominated by big-box stores hawking more stuff? Wouldn’t we be encouraging people to create more waste and clutter? Read on to learn the top three reasons we were convinced that registries (and gifting) are still important.


Real Celebration: Emet’s Meaningful Coming of Age Story

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 3, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how one family used SoKind to provide long-distance family and friends the opportunity to not only participate in their son's Bar Mitzvah, but to also express themselves through their gifts.


Real Celebration: Marcie and Brian's Bed and Breakfast Weekend Wedding Getaway

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how Marcie and Brian planned a wedding that allowed them to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.


How a Gift Registry Is Being Used to Build Relationships and Strengthen Communities

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

Who knew that a gift registry could be used to sponsor a refugee family, create support systems for those suffering from illness, and get teachers the supplies they need? Our SoKind users continue to amaze us with the ways in which they're using SoKind to strengthen their communities and build relationships. Read on for inspiration!


Real Celebration: Toronto Neighbors Rally Together to Sponsor A Syrian Refugee Family

by Edna Rienzi   |   December 9, 2015

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how a group of strangers in Toronto are using SoKind to support a refugee family and strengthen their neighborhood community along the way.


How to Ask for the Gifts You Really Want This Holiday Season

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 23, 2015

Do you feel overwhelmed with your family's holiday gift-giving traditions? Check out three ideas for a more meaningful celebration. Here's to more fun and less stuff!


Give What Matters—Your Loved Ones Will Appreciate It

by Edna Rienzi   |   September 2, 2015

Read an excerpt from Rachel Macy Stafford's (also know as the Hands Free Mama) beautifully written new book, and learn how her daughter Natalie taught her to let go of societal expectations and her perfectionist tendencies and give the gifts that really matter in life.


Introduction to the SoKind Celebration Series

by Edna Rienzi   |   June 1, 2015

Welcome to the first installment of the SoKind Celebration Guide, which we will bring to you as a weekly blog series. This series is designed to serve as a resource for you regardless of whether you’re planning a wedding, a baby shower, a birthday party, a holiday celebration, a graduation picnic, or a backyard barbecue. Although we have focused on weddings, baby showers, and birthday parties throughout the series, most of the ideas and tips can be easily adapted for any type of celebration.


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