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Alternative Gift Registry Promises More Fun, Less Stuff

SoKind gift registryFor a refreshing break from the traditional approach to gift giving in our overly-consumptive culture, an alternative gift registry focuses on experiences over goods, homemade over mass produced, and donations over purchases.

SoKind, which is a project from The Center for a New American Dream, offers a different take on our culture’s mindless addiction to giving gifts for life events. Instead of assuming that everyone needs (or wants) a new set of pots and pans, or any other type of commonly gifted item in a box, SoKind enables easy giving, outside the box.

“Want to plan a joyful and meaningful event that reflects your lifestyle and values? SoKind is a registry service that encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, day-of-event help, and more. Here’s to more fun and less stuff!”

“Today’s gift-giving culture has become ever more commercialized, fueled by ads, fads, and glitz. Here at SoKind, we know that your favorite gifts don’t always fit in a box. SoKind allows you to create a registry focused less on stuff and more on family, fun, and friends.”

SoKind allows its users to customize their registry to truly reflect what they’d like to receive from their friends and relatives, from learning new skills to charity donations to locally made products to secondhand items.

SoKind lets users send personalized announcements to their guests, and like other gift registries, the service keeps track of which items have been spoken for, delivers email notifications, and allows the recipients to easily send thank you notes, in the form of e-cards.

If you are planning a big life event, such as a wedding, a birth, or graduation, and would like to bring back the fun and leave the pointless stuff aside, go to SoKind and start your registry now.

[Images: SoKind]

Written by Derek Markham

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

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