In addition to producing less waste, research has shown that people are happier to receive gifts tied to experiences such as a massage or tickets to an event, than material items they may not want or need. CURC supports the Simplify the Holidays campaign by New Dream to encourage giving experiences people will remember long after most material gifts have been consigned to closets or the landfill.
Spread the Word
Consider promoting the message to your campus, along with a commitment pledge to avoid gifting “stuff”.
To better understand the potential to influence gift-giving behavior, University of South Florida grad student, Kelley Dennings is conducting a survey of people’s attitudes and perceived barriers and benefits to changing gifting practices. We encourage you to share the survey and related pledge with your campus. View sample newsletter and social media content to adapt for your campus outreach here.
Check out a promo example from the Medical University of South Carolina below.