Looking to buy gifts for a loved one but don’t want to fall into the trap of consumerism? Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or not, we have compiled a list of 12 experiences and causes to enjoy and support this season that supports local sustainable businesses and rally your nearest and dearest for a good cause.
1. Prepare a home-cooked Xmas meal with TreeDots
Photo : @thetreedots on Instagram
TreeDots is a social enterprise on a mission to tackle food and packaging waste. With their online platform, tonnes of food that are nearing the expiry date or slightly blemished are saved from being thrown away. There are amazing deals and each day new products are listed. Prepare your Christmas homecooked meal for your family with ingredients from them and save your money and the environment at the same time!
2. Bollywood Veggies
Photo: Bollywood Veggies
Enjoy a lovely meal of farm-to-table food at the Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies! Here is a sample of the food you can expect, depending on the seasons:
Discover how a retired couple started their own farm in the rustic environment northwest of Kranji Countryside. Purchase chemical-free bananas, papayas, kedondong, edible leaves and flowers, and other seasonal produce at their Earth Shop.
3. Join Pasir Ris Green Volunteers
Photo: The Green Volunteers on Facebook
Spend this season with your loved ones gardening with The Green Volunteers! Founded by Grant Pereira in 1997, its goal is to increase public participation in environmental protection by providing a range of hands-on activities and programmes to turn awareness into action. Get ready to create a special soil blend, plant fruit and mangrove trees and learn more about plants from Grant.
4. Drop off a Gift Wrapped Present for our Migrant Worker Community
Itsrainingraincoats is a simple initiative to spread kindness to migrant workers in Singapore. This Christmas, they are asking Singaporeans to provide small tokens of appreciation to our migrant workers in the form of gift-wrapped presents. Given the challenges the migrant worker community has faced this year, there is an even bigger need to make it special for them!
Some gift ideas they suggested are: Towels, Power Banks, Headphones, Water Kettles, Top-up Data Cards, Tiger Balm, Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo), Umbrellas, Raincoats, Sunglasses, Caps, Backpacks, Waterbottles, TShirts, Dental Kits, Slippers and Gift Vouchers (NTUC Fairprice, Mustafa or Sheng Siong)
They are accepting gifts until 30 December. You can even choose to sponsor some Christmas treats for them, be a Christmas Santa by driving over the gifts to the workers or donate to their Ray of Hope campaign. More information found here.
5. Show your support for Mental Health Discussions at ThisConnect: Threading Worlds exhibition
Photo: Arts Republic
ThisConnect is a platform to raise awareness and spark more conscious and forwarding dialogues on mental health and emotional wellness through art.
Through the documentation of performative, instructional and participatory art, the artists and participants individually and collectively came together to share, discuss, feel and heal. It was through a group effort that safe spaces were created for them to look inwards into their selves, where they could confront their personal truths and difficult emotions.
Enjoy a day out and start some meaningful conversations with your loved ones at their exhibition “Threading Words” running at 1 Neil Road from now until 30 January 2021.
6. Experience Earth Alive @ The Science Centre
Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Bring your kids or loved ones for a fun day out at The Science Centre where you get to learn about all things earth sciences through interactive, engaging displays.
“The exhibits are organised into spheres that reflect Earth sciences and systems – Geosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. Each of these spheres looks at how Earth changes can manifest in the environment, causing phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, mountain-building and rock strata, and volcanic eruptions. A fourth section, the Human Sphere, places people into the picture to highlight how Earth changes impact our lives in critical ways and how we can affect the Earth and respond to such changes.”
How cool is that? Book your tickets now!
7. Adopt a pet with your loved one
Photo: Singapore OFW
If you are fully prepared to do so, what better way to spread some holiday cheer than to give a furry creature a home? You can even donate to an animal shelter in your loved one’s name if they are an advocate of animal welfare.
Some animal shelters you can check out are Keepcats, SPCA, Love Kuching Project, Action for Singapore Dogs, Animal Lovers League, Mutts ‘n’ Mittens, Causes for Animals Singapore, Cat Welfare Society or House Rabbit Society Singapore.
8. Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Trail
Photo: Desmond Foo Straits Times
Work off those Christmas calories with friends and family as you trudge a 36km hike that spans across Singapore’s nature parks. The trail starts off with Jurong Lake Gardens in the West, moving to the new Lornie Nature Corridor near the centre and ending with the Coney Island Park in the northeast.
Even more exciting is the new AR-enabled C2C Mobile App that provides an interactive walking experience specially curated to help you learn about our native biodiversity along the way. Check out the NParks website for more details.