Christmas this year is quickly approaching and often this can result in us buying lots of prezzie's that we don't need, want or that go to waste. These items often end up being clutter or just thrown away. So please be mindful when buying presents this year.
This blog post was inspired by a talk I went to at D&AD this year. It was a talk by Pentagram, within Pentagram they have a scheme called 'Do the Green Thing' which is a design for good campaign to inspire people to think more green and ways they can make small differences.
Ungifted is a concept where, instead of giving useless plastic Secret Santa gifts, you 'un-gift' them. and 'spare them, and the planet, from vast piles of needlessness.'
On the Ungifted website, you can send a lovely email explaining why you have decided to not buy a random and un-meaningful gift such as... a bath bomb, a novelty tie, pair of socks, scented candle or bar of soap.
The email explains how the 'Ungifter' is saving you from the 'mass produced junk and needless waste' and replacing that with a an activity that you can enjoy together such as the cinema, a walk around the park, an Instagrammable night out, a visit to your favourite gallery.
So please think about what you're when giving Christmas gifts that might end up being piles of plastic. In exchange you could give people something that they'll definitely use/ need, or choose to spend time with the person or even donate money to charity on their behalf!
But apart from all that, please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year people! :)
Link to Pentagram's Do the Green Thing website
I am a Graphic Designer and graduate from Nottingham Trent University. This blog is to document my work, inspiration and general things that interest me.