Conscious Celebrations

Springtime is here! Along with it, are several occasions that are worthy of celebrations – like graduation, Mother’s Day and later in the season, Father’s Day. As the season of growth and renewal, it’s also the perfect time to pause and reflect on how we can take action to effect social change. So why not take a fresh perspective on your spring celebrations with a socially-conscious twist?

Below are some ideas of how you can celebrate while making a positive impact. For additional inspiration, our Gifts for Good Guide provides a selection of socially conscious gifts and experiences curated by the Morgan Stanley Philanthropy Management Team.

Activewear for women

Gift from sustainable companies.

Earth Day also falls in spring, marking a day of awareness and action in support of the planet. By focusing your spending on businesses that support sustainable initiatives, you are positively effecting change on the environment.

Enjoy 20% off Athleta’s activewear for women, made by women. The company values people and the planet, and as a certified B Corp, are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact. They focus on sustainability to achieve climate neutrality, reduce waste and empower millions of women and girls across their global supply chain.

Nontraditional gifts: services, experiences and investments products.

Instead of giving more “stuff”, consider gifting services, experiences and even investment products like contributions to 529 plans. Reserved Living & Giving members can access several options at a discount, such as an annual golf membership, tickets to concerts and sporting events or a subscription to streaming service BroadwayHD.

Go green when planning your next gathering.

Make your next celebration eco-friendly by reusing, reducing and recycling. Save paper (and money) by sending digital invitations. Bonus: you can easily track attendees and send out updates to your guests. Get creative with party decor using materials you might have on hand like mason jars and tea lights. Plants and flowers make great centerpieces and emphasize the eco and spring theme. Receive 20% off OnlyRoses roses, a great option as they can last years without water. Or get 20% off when you order your blossoming decor from H.Bloom. Avoid waste by having the decor do double duty by gifting them as party favors for your guests.

Shop at women- or diverse-owned businesses.

Support businesses that empower underrepresented communities and help close societal gaps. When shopping at these businesses, either for gifting purposes or for your hosting needs, you can make a positive economic impact on these communities and help promote diversity.

As the name implies, Matriarca (Matriarch in Spanish), is all about women empowerment and leadership. The brand was founded in 2013 and produces sustainable goods directly from indigenous women's work in the Gran Chaco communities of Argentina. Reserved Living & Giving members get a 20% discount on handmade bags, apparel and home decor.

Small actions add up. The way we approach each aspect of our lives including how we celebrate, consume and gift can have a big impact on the causes we care about and the world around us.


Gifts for Good

For a selection of socially conscious gifts, visit our 2023 Spring Gifts for Good guide curated by the Morgan Stanley Philanthropy Management Team. These gifts benefit a range of causes and represent organizations that are both regionally and mission diverse, making the world a better place.

CRC 5538184 04/23