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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.

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 Create a Zero Waste Easter Basket

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

Batik Easter Eggs: Layers of Color and Symbolism

Decorating eggs with bright colors and patterns is simply fun to do, even if you don't celebrate Easter.

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!

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.

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.

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.

TIPS: 15 Tips for Commercial-Free, Fun-Filled Family Holidays

If you want to make this year’s holidays more meaningful, memorable, and rejuvenating for your family, these 15 tips will help you opt out of the commercial hype and create a truly special celebration for your kids. 

GUIDE: Simplify the Holidays – practical tips for having a holiday with more joy and less stuff

Simplify the Holidays offers practical tips for having a holiday with more joy and less stuff. The booklet contains guidance to help you set a budget, relieve stress, come up with new gift ideas, and make your holiday season more meaningful.

VIDEO: Simplify the Holidays – share this with your loved ones to kickstart a conversation (5 min.)

Looking for a friendly way to express your desire to simplify the holidays? Share this video with your loved ones to kickstart a conversation that doesn't leave you feeling like the Grinch.