Last year, the NYC office of Z Plus Partners in DUMBO (located down under the Brooklyn Bridge) was inundated with holiday gift baskets.
While they definitely enjoyed the treats, it got them thinking-- there is a lot of cost associated with sending these items -- money that could be more meaningfully spent.
So they came up with a website for the holiday season that offers up some gift alternatives: NoBasketsPlease.com.
The site includes items chosen to promote sustainability and social responsibility:
For your literary friends... Worldchanging: a Users Guide for the 21st CenturyZ Plus also commisioned a song for the season, specially written by official Pop!Tech bard, Ethan Lipton, aptly titled "Gift Basket". You can download it for free from the Z+ Blog.
For the chocoholic in your life... greenandblacks.com
For those who want to green the earth... self.org
For communities across the globe... heifer.org
And if you must send a gift basket, why not send one to support our troops in Iraq... ecarepackage.com