Readers are always shocked by the wide world of registries that opens up to you once you choose an alternative registry – from honeymoons to homes, there’s no reason to stick to blenders, toasters, and towels! Incorporating charitable donations into your gift list is a fantastic way to give back by taking advantage of a modern registry.
Take a Charitable Honeymoon
Why not spend your time off giving back? This could be an amazing opportunity for the newlyweds to grow as a couple, just as this couple did. They chose to spend part of their traditional, relaxing honeymoon as a volunteer vacation.
Donate to a Cause
If you’ve already got all the linens and appliances you need, ask your guests to instead give their gifts to a charity of your choosing. Check out this couple, who chose to give to those without a home, instead of adding to their own already complete household
Give Your Guests Options
Of course, you can always refer guests to donate directly, but if you include your charities of choice as directly on your registry, it allows them to combine a charitable gift in your honor with a gift for you — something that I often find guests want to do.
Even if the best gift is their presence, most guests just prefer to give you something that you will keep and remember them by. Weaving charitable giving into a regular gift registry is a fun and rewarding compromise to share what matters to you and get guests involved in making it happen!
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and these days, late-in-life weddings have become very common. Older couples are typically already established financially and are combining households, which means they probably don’t need any more stuff. Guests might be at a loss for what to get the newlyweds, but there are still tons of options to put on your registry — especially if you go the alterna-route!
Hobbies and Experiences
You might already have all the stuff you need, but you can never have enough experiences! Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill together by signing up for cooking classes, golf lessons, or yoga.
Just because you’ve got everything you need doesn’t mean you don’t want to take a honeymoon! Let your guests contribute to one of the most exciting parts of a new marriage like this couple did.
When you’ve already got everything you need, why not ask guests to contribute to those who don’t? Check out this couple, who chose to give to those without a home, instead of adding to their own already complete household. There’s no reason you can’t go in more than one direction with your registry like this couple that created a registry for charitable donations and a hybrid honeymoon of volunteer tourism.
There’s no need to leave guests guessing when you’ve already got the stuff you need. These ideas for a registry can let guests contribute to your new life together in really special ways!
We’re back with another installment of Ask Dana! And this time it’s all about the kids! It’s something I hear all the time: How else can I take advantage of my Deposit a Gift Registry? Well DAG is certainly not limited to weddings and baby showers – It’s perfect for birthdays, especially kids’, and it’s so easy to set it up to be successful.
It’s All About Experience
Your child’s friends and relatives want to know that their gifts are going to go to something special. Put their donations towards a fun vacation or a trip that the birthday boy or girl has always dreamed about. Friends and family will be ecstatic knowing they can bring so much fun on this special day. And after all – what better way to celebrate another year of life than with new experiences?
Think about the Future
If a fun vacation isn’t exactly what your family wants right now, opt to put gifts into a college fund instead. Loved ones will be thrilled to provide towards something so hugely important. Secure your child’s educational and financial future and know that there will be many more happy birthdays to come!
Lend a Helping Hand
Maybe you’re set with toys, vacations, and your future already – in that case, why not help someone else out? Let guests know that DAG gifts will all be contributed to a charity of your child’s choice. Check out this great idea here!
If more toys and trinkets aren’t exactly what your kids need, these registry ideas can help you and your family contribute to a bigger trip or secure your future. And that’s a gift that both you and your child can get behind!
Though we love a good wedding as much as anyone and it feels like we’re often singing the Wedding March around here, the truth is that people use Deposit a Gift for a lot of reason beyond weddings. A biggie is everything kids: baby showers, birthday gifts, college savings funds, graduation presents and even school fundraisers…Yup! Super multi-faceted
Which is why we’re so excited to share that we are in the June 2011 issue of Parents magazine!
We’re one of their pg.88 “Money Solutions” for all of life’s moments where gifts are involved and cash is appreciated. Maybe you’re saving up for college, going green and want to skip the gift wrap, maybe you’d like your child to enjoy the gift of experiences for this next birthday or use it as an opportunity to give back and collect charitable donations in honor of their special day.
Look out for us on page 88 and go grab your copy of Parents this month! Click the image below to get a closer look — we’re near the bottom of the page!
Cheers to the kiddos that rock our lil daggie world!
There’s an awesome article on Slate that we’re psyched to be a part of all about Online Gift Registries: Are they crass, thoughtful or both? If you’re one of our many happy users, we already know what you think!
Here’s what they said about Deposit a Gift: It allows brides, grooms, and anyone else to register not just for goods and services, but experiences. Want to buy a happy couple dinner and a movie? Go ahead and pay for it, and cross it off on the digital list. The couple will receive the cash to purchase said experience and can tell you all about it later.
We always think it’s fun to send a photo of you enjoying the gift, or invite guests over for a housewarming to see what they helped bring to life! These are great ways to enhance the gift-giving for guests and really bring the experience full circle.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and everyone’s getting in on the charitable action, from yogurt to the NFL. Couples planning their weddings can also get in the groove: Brides Against Breast Cancer is a great organization to check out if you’d like to donate your gown or include The Pink Envelope Project in your wedding.
Supporting organizations we care about is something many of us endeavor to think about year round, though admittedly it can be hard because we often get caught up in our own daily lives. This is why so many organizations try to mark remembrance of their cause with a special day, month or yearly event. Good or bad, we often do better when we have an occasion to remind us to go that extra mile for someone else — a wedding is the perfect occasion to give back in the name of gratitude for finding our true love.
From adding a charitable gift to your Deposit a Gift registry list, to donating your centerpieces or leftover food, there really are so many options. Just another way to personalize your wedding and make it a reflection of you. Cheers!
A lot of parents today dread birthdays, not because they can’t wait to celebrate another year of their child’s life, but because they know what’s coming: an influx of ‘stuff’ their kids don’t need, that will clutter their homes, not to mention the growing expense of parties driven by the latest fads — it’s enough to make any parent completely opt-out, and that’s no fun for anyone!
Our goal is to motivate today’s busy parents to re-imagine birthdays with the modern twist of being green and giving back…and to know that they can do it without creating another headache for themselves!
Yes, we all love presents and having our day be about us, but there is something nice about honoring someone’s birthday by sharing with others. It’s a great opportunity to let the kids be creative while also reinforcing positive social values.
True Story: Recently 3 moms used Deposit a Gift to throw an 8 year old birthday party for their sons with an “almost no gifts” policy. They created a gift list with us that let guests donate to charity instead of buying them a physical gift. Each child got to keep a small amount to buy 1 present and the rest was donated. It was fantastic!! Read their testimonial in the middle of this page: Click here.
I love the idea of doing a creative birthday party activity with a theme that is connected to charity. It’s great if the charity is local so the child can have the gratifying experience of presenting their gift.
Here are some ideas for party themes and activities:
- Planting a garden or making pizza with fresh garden veggies. The donations could go to a food shelter.
- Puppet show or storytime guest for imagination and reading fun. Donations go towards buying kids supplies for a low-income library or a homeless shelter with children.
- Creating a treasure chest of dress-up clothes for the birthday kid (parents can get rid of unwanted clothes, so the values of recycling and promoting imaginative playtime is incorporated too!) and then doing dress-up improv games. The donations could go towards organizations that provide clothes for people in need.
- A music activity like a song leader or concert. Donations go towards helping fund the arts in school or bringing performances to an old age home.
Deposit a Gift is an effortless way to turn an ordinary birthday into something extra-special with a giving component. Our free personal websites are an easy way to communicate the party details with the donation mechanism built in….It’s as if Evite and your favorite charity got together and had a baby! Guests will be grateful too for the opportunity to do good and to not have to run around town looking for the perfect gift. We promise!
Yesterday I blogged about how to use a non-traditional gift registry for a traditional celebration like a wedding or baby shower. It’s a common question when people register for non-stuff like photo sessions, home ownership, or experiences. Since the focus of the post was on how to make it fun for gift-givers to bring a non-traditional gift to a shower, I didn’t delve too deeply into all the possibilities for the kinds of gifts. Specifically, I didn’t talk at all about all that can be done for charity with a Deposit a Gift registry and how that can be tied into a shower theme, a growing trend amongst our users who want to give back amidst all the joy the are receiving.
Today’s Inspiration? Giving Back!
So what does this have to do with today’s post? Well, I’ve been searching all day for my blogging inspiration (as evidenced by this PM post!), and luckily it found me in the form of two wonderful blogs: The Thirty Something Bride and Ashley’s Bride Guide. They teamed-up to share an experience visiting Thistle Farms, a Nashville non-profit business that makes bath and body products created by the residents of Magdalene, a community for women recovering and changing their lives after battles with prostitution and addiction. I was very moved and had to share. This is a perfect example of an amazing organization that offers so many opportunities to be part of major life celebration and gifting events.
Not only can you do the obvious and facilitate donations by including a charitable gift on your registry, but you can also:
- Incorporate their products into your celebration as guest favors or gifts for the shower-throwers.
- Donate your time and volunteer! Your shower could even be themed around this with volunteer time as a component complementing the socializing, munching and gift opening.
- Go beyond the shower and incorporate it in your wedding day:
- In lieu of favors make a monetary donation or, after the party donate elements like your centerpieces or food to those in need.
- Include a charity close to your heart into your ceremony.
*We donated to the Central Asia Institute, who you may recognize from the bestselling book ‘Three Cups of Tea,’ that builds schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The donation certificate was the “thing of value” that we used for our exchange under the Chuppah — kinda hard to see but it’s what my groom is holding up in the air.
Of course, you can always refer guests to donate directly, but if you include your charities of choice as line-items on your Deposit a Gift registry, everything is in one place and simpler for guests, PLUS it allows them to combine a charitable gift in your honor with a gift for you — something that we find guests often want to do. Even if to you the best present is their presence, most guests just can’t stick to that rule and want to give you something that you will keep and remember them by. This is a fun and rewarding compromise!
We’d love to know, how are you including charity in your celebration? Please comment and share!