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Simplify the Holidays


Want your holidays wrapped in more meaning—and less stuff?

From Valentine's Day to the pre-Christmas frenzy, are you tired of the commercialization of your most cherished holiday celebrations?
Do you want more of what matters—not just more stuff?

With our Simplify the Holidays campaign, New Dream is here to help you get started.


Overcoming Party Pressure: SoKind Tips for a “Good Enough” Birthday Party

Last month, SoKind celebrated a big milestone — its one-year anniversary! As a gift to you, we've gathered our favorite tips for hosting birthday celebrations that focus on more fun and less stuff...more joy and less stress...and more love and less waste. Read on for celebration inspiration and practical tips.


Why Give Up Chocolate for Lent When You Can Give Up Plastic?

It may seem impossible to stop using plastic. But with perseverance and a little creativity, it can be done.


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

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


Easter, Naturally

As one of the most important celebrations on the Christian calendar, Easter is about more than plastic eggs and cellophane grass.


Have a More Fun, Less Stuff Easter

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


How to Host an Unforgettable Party

Learn how one Charlottesville resident organized an unforgettable party around soup, designed to celebrate, honor, and support the diverse strands of her community.


How to Create a Zero Waste Easter Basket

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


The Activist Roots of Mother's Day

The ways in which we’ve chosen to celebrate are not only hyper-commercialized and impersonal, but a far cry from the values underlying the origins of the day.


GUIDE: Family Celebrations: A More Fun, Less Stuff Guide to Life's Joyful Events

Our newest guide provides inspiration and practical tips for you to plan special celebrations that reduce waste and expense, emphasize meaning over material goods, and strengthen relationships. With specific sections on: The Year-End Holidays, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, and Community-Building Celebrations.


CATALOG: More Fun Less Stuff Gift Catalog – 100s of fun, low-cost, non- material gift ideas you can use today!

An alternative gift catalog for those who want to wrap their holidays in more of what matters—meaning, connection, and joy—and less of what doesn’t (stuff, stress, and waste). Categories include gifts for kids, spouses/partners, parents/grandparents, young adults, new parents, and the whole family.


SoKind – the "alternative" gift registry

SoKind allows you to create fully customizable wish lists focused less on "stuff" and more on family, fun, and friends. Or, create a GiveList—rather than requesting gifts, you can offer loved ones meaningful gifts that align with your values and skills!


COUPON BOOK: New Dream's Printable Coupon Book – a template for giving customized coupons to family & friends

Give gifts of time, experience, and memories—not more stuff! New Dream's Printable Coupon Book is an easy-to-use template that you can print out, customize, and give to family and friends of all ages.


This Holiday, Opt for Giving Over Receiving

Rather than making a typical wish list of items to receive this holiday, why not create a list of gifts you want to give to your family and friends? We've made it easy for you to create your own "GiveList" on SoKind, our alternative gift registry!


The Gift of Connecting with the Past

New Dreamer Moira Silva shares the experience of creating a truly meaningful gift for her family: the gift of interviewing her great aunt.


ACTION KIT: Alternative Gift Fairs 101

Alternative Gift Fairs are a way to promote the gift-giving tradition of the holiday season without the wastefulness and commercialization of conventional shopping. Our resources include a step-by-step guide (including a timeline) to hosting a meaningful event that celebrates your values and supports important charities this holiday season.

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