11 Reasons to Gift a Tree for the Holidays

Meaghan Weeden + Kaylee Brzezinski | November 20, 2021 | 5 min read

11 Reasons to Gift a Tree for the Holidays

The season of giving is upon us! And while love and generosity are among the things that make the holidays so special, many of our beloved holiday traditions come with a hidden environmental cost. But not to worry, with a few simple adjustments and sustainable holiday tips, you'll be making sustainable Christmas memories to cherish for years to come!

Our favorite tip? As an eco-friendly alternative or complement to other gifts, you can make a donation to plant trees on behalf of someone you love! Your sustainable gift can come with a custom Tree Certificate or card, and you'll be able to rest easy knowing you've given a waste-free gift that will benefit nature for generations to come. 

11 reasons to gift a tree planted in nature for the holidays:

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1. Trees make a Unique Gift 

If you want to give something that's (literally) outside the box, planting trees is the perfect solution. Everyone has their own personal relationship with trees, but many have fond memories of enjoying the great outdoors.

Gift trees for your best friend, your grandma, the person who has everything, or the nature-lover on your list. They will love the thoughtful gesture!

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2. trees are Good for the Environment 

From cleaning the air we breathe to filtering the water we drink, trees provide many benefits over their lifetimes — much more so than whatever last minute gift you're able to find.

And since everything is conducted digitally, planting trees for someone will reduce your holiday carbon footprint since you won't need to have it shipped! 

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3. trees Last a Lifetime 

When it comes to providing a lifetime of benefits, trees truly are the gift that keeps on giving. Every year, your loved one can look back and smile as they think about how their tree is growing and helping wildlife, ecosystems, local communities and the climate.

Once the planting project has been completed, you'll receive a donor update so you can learn more about the impact of your gift!

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4. Trees Give Animals a Home

80% of the world's known terrestrial plant and animal species can be found in forests. This means that one tree alone can be home to hundreds of living things!

Just think about all the birds, insects, and mammals that will have a place to live thanks to your awesome holiday gift.

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5. Trees Clean the Air 

Trees help clean the air by absorbing carbon, releasing breathable oxygen and filtering harmful particulate pollution through their leaves.

The World Health organization says that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants, which can trigger new cases of asthma, exacerbate existing respiratory illness, lead to chronic illness, and more. Planting trees helps protect ecological and human health!

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6. Trees Benefit Future Generations 

As evidenced by the growing youth climate protest movements across the globe, young people today are increasingly concerned about how our changing climate will affect their future.

By planting trees, you'll help to ensure that future generations will have a livable climate and environment.

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7. Trees Help End Hunger 

Trees produce nutritious food and income for people in need. They also help restore degraded land so that farmers can gradually increase crop yields, reduce damaging erosion and landslides, and help the ground retain more water so that crops can grow and thrive.

With healthier food systems as a result of trees, communities also enjoy improved health, jobs, and economic stability. 

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8. Trees Keep People Safe 

Trees offer a lot of protection when natural disasters like flooding and landslides occur. Their intricate root systems act like filters and slow the water’s absorption into the ground.

according to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 liters of water every year. But don't worry, they don't keep it all for themselves! Trees redistribute up to 95% of the water they absorb.

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9. Planting trees is an affordable gift

Planting a tree with One Tree Planted costs just $1 per tree!

You can plant as many as you'd like, whether it's a single tree or a small forest.

Regardless of your holiday gift budget, you can rest assured that the tree or trees you gift will have a powerful impact for generations to come. 

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Think of all the time and money you'll save by not having to wrap a bunch of presents!

By planting trees on behalf of everyone on your holiday shopping list, you'll help ensure that your family's holiday celebrations are more sustainable this year.

Not ready to give up completely on physical gifts? Try switching to reused material: if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! 

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Many gifts get thrown away within a year. That adds up to a lot of waste and lost value —some 5 billion pounds of returned goods end up in landfills, equivalent to the trash produced by 5 million Americans.

The returns process itself accounts for 1.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and 15 million metric tons of CO2 each year. By gifting trees, you can avoid the hassle of holiday returns and rest assured that your gift isn't going to add to the waste stream!

Fnally, by planting trees for the holidays, you will contribute to a positive impact for nature, local communities, and native wildlife. This year, we've selected 3 awesome reforestation projects to be supported by your Treecember gift:

  • In Guatemala, we will plant fruit trees and native legumes which help with soil conservation. Planting these types of trees will also promote locals to adopt agroforestry systems.
  • We will plant fruit trees in Bhutan to provide food security for local communities, while also helping in the conservation of bird and insect species within the area.
  • In Montana, we will plant trees that are resistant to damage from insects, disease, and fire. These tree species have been decimated since the early 1900s.

So what do you say? Ready to gift some trees and get your sustainable holiday shopping over with? Fill in the form below to gift a tree for the holidays today!

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Gifting a tree in someone's name is a heartfelt and everlasting way to show your appreciation. Make someone smile with delight knowing they are helping to create a healthier planet! Choose an image below, write your message, and gift a tree. Learn more

By gifting a tree, you will help to:

  • Reforest areas affected by environmental disasters
  • Restore native biodiversity to protect holistic ecosystems
  • Boost the liveliness of local communities
  • Trees play a very important role in our lives; they clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to more than 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Not to mention, forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
  • The trees you are helping to plant will create an incredibly positive impact on nature, people, and wildlife. Since the need for reforestation is global and always changing, we will distribute your donation to a project where funding is most needed now.
  • Both you and the giftee will receive a personalized tree certificate (see gallery) with the recipient's name to thank you for your donation. The giftee will get a custom e-card created by you on your date of choice. We will also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • In order to maximize the impact of your donation across our multiple projects, we will plant a variety of tree species native to the area that we are reforesting. For example, we plant Polylepsis trees in the Andes since they have adapted to the extremely high altitude. We sometimes plant fruit trees in Africa for agroforestry in order to generate long-term benefits for local communities. In India, Avicennia alba mangroves are planted along the coast as they are resistant to the impact of lower tidal currents.

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