The SoKind Blog

6 Ways I’m Having a More Wildlife-Friendly Wedding

by Sarah Baillie   |   February 7, 2019

A wildlife lover uses her passion for the planet—and SoKind registry—to personalize her nuptials.

Expecting a Baby? Embrace the Gift of Community Supported Postpartum (CSP)

by Kerry Ingram   |   January 10, 2019

When someone you know is about to welcome a new baby into their family, offer them the gift of a supportive community through CSP.

SoKind Registry Supporting Flood Relief Efforts

by Lauren Bradley   |   September 5, 2018

New Dreamer Lauren Bradley shares her experience using our alternative gift registry platform, SoKind, as a tool to help with flood relief in her Pittsburgh community.

Real Celebration: Nature Brings Surprises to a Montana Wedding

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.

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?

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? 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.