In this season of giving, we bring to you gift ideas that will go far beyond the holiday season. Share the joy, cheer and goodwill with these thoughtful gifts that will leave a lasting impact.

Sip on coffee for a good cause

Starbucks has collaborated with The Animal Project (TAP), a local social enterprise that celebrates, showcases and supports the abilities of people with special needs to bring to you their exclusive Christmas collection. This initiative supports Starbucks’ commitment to doing good and building an inclusive society, on the back of Starbucks’ 14-year long partnership with the Autism Resource Centre that provides meaningful employment and lifelong skills for people with autism. Artists earn royalties when you buy their art and products. 

This collection is designed by artist Tay Jun Yi, who brings his quirky and unique animal illustrations to life on the Starbucks x The Animal Project Espresso Cup & Saucer Set and reusable chopsticks (which you can carry in a handy pouch). 

Buy a hanky to save the environment

 

Remind us again: why did handkerchiefs ever go out of style? Let’s give up single use tissues for the reusable and useful handkerchief, and while you’re at it, why not take a look at Hanky Buddies, Singapore’s first online hanky retail store, with their mission to reduce tissue and plastic waste by making hankies cool again. From now until 31 December 2019, purchase any hanky from www.hankybuddies.com and they will pledge 5% of your purchase to the "Plant-A-Tree" program by the Singapore Environment Council and Garden City Fund. 

Priced between $9.95 and $12.95 per piece, each hanky is colour fast and machine washable, produced from 100% combed cotton for a softer feel, and make thoughtful and meaningful gifts for Christmas and every other occasion.

Capella Resorts & Hotels gives back this season

Want to get away this holiday season, but also want to do your bit for charity? Plan a getaway with Capella Resorts and Hotels that will not just be good for you and your family, but good for the community at large.

At the Capella Ubud in Bali, 1% of the revenue generated from all bookings made through its website from 1-31 December will be donated to Trash Hero Indonesia, the national chapter of Trash Hero World, a global voluntary movement that is made up of non-profit community-based organisations with the mission to bring communities together to clean the environment. 

Other Capella properties are also doing their bit for good, including Capella Shanghai Jianyeli, which will be working with World of Art Brut Culture, a local organisation that provides free art development courses for those with intellectual and mental disabilities; and Capella Breidenbacher Hof, Düsseldorf, which supports KIDsmiling, an organisation which offers meaningful experiences to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Flowers that last 

Give a beautiful gift that also saves our environment. Bloomback’s use preserved flowers in its products instead of fresh flowers reduces waste and preserves them into  beautiful display pieces that require little to no maintenance. The technology is 100% eco-certified, meaning it meets stringent international environmental standards. Despite looking just like fresh flowers, preserved flowers’ lifespan is up to three years and are suitable for everyone, since they are free of alcohol and allergens. 

Make this gift go further than just as a beautiful addition to your home, or the homes of your loved ones, as Bloomback also endeavours to empower individuals from marginalised communities. Why not do your part to make a positive impact on the community while soaking in the joyous mood and festive spirit? 

Their year-end campaign, Let Hope Blossom In Love, is an initiative to bring about awareness that every gift tells a story and every purchase makes a difference in someone’s life. They believe in the power of flowers and how a simple act of gifting flowers can give hope and empower individuals in the marginalised communities.