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Colour Friday!

This year our 'Give Back Friday coincides with the wonderful Holly Tucker's 'Colour Friday' campaign, encouraging people to shop with small businesses on Black Friday, rather than with big companies who can afford to slash prices.

As you may know, for the past few years we have decided to donate a percentage of our sales from the Black Friday weekend to charity. This year we have chosen the very colourful Rainbow Trust who help families with seriously ill children.

From 8pm Thursday 25th - midnight Sunday 28th November, we will donate 10% of each order to Rainbow Trust - both online and in store. We will still be planting a tree for every order online and purchases over £10 in our bricks and mortar store Roam.

Thank you for all your support again this year and for helping us to help others - it's truly the greatest gift.

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International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day

This International Men’s Day we are celebrating the life of one of the most inspirational and beloved figures across the UK, Sir David Attenborough!

Here at The Drifting Bear we have always been inspired by Sir David Attenborough and feel that we are helping to promote his climate emergency message with our commitment to plant a tree for every order we receive.  Alongside this commitment we have also created two special designs to help promote our tree planting initiative, please check out our 'This Cup Of Tea Planted One Tree' Ceramic Mug and our 'A Tree for your Tree' Personalised Tree planting Decoration:

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Gift List : National Grandparents Day 2021

Gift List : National Grandparents Day 2021

Grandparents play such a vital role in society and this has been highlighted more than ever during the pandemic as families do the working from home/home schooling juggle! 

Thankfully, technology has meant that families are able to keep in touch with grandparents but sometimes it's nice to be able to reach out and show them just how much you care.  

So to help celebrate National Grandparents Day this year on 3rd October we have put together a gift list full of great present ideas for Nanny and Grandad...or Granma and Papa, whatever you call yours, we've got a fab gift for them covered!

Our Personalised Rainbow Hug Photo Print is a thoughtful gift for grandparents who have missed seeing young grandchildren.  A lovely way to display a treasured photo along with what became a symbol of lockdown for many families, a rainbow!

Send Nanny and Grandad a super soft hug with our Personalised 'Evergreen' Hug Cushion! We have a wide range of snuggly cushions, send yours with a personalised message or even pick one of our popular Hug Across The Miles designs to send a meaningful hug no matter the distance between you.

Our Personalised Solid Oak Wooden Photo Block is a lovely way to capture photo memories or moments that grandparents may have missed during lockdown.  Explore our range of wooden gifts for the perfect way to send your favourite photos to grandparents this year.

We have all been thinking more about our families during these unusual times and many of us have been looking back at happy memories and hoping to recreate them again.  If you have a collection of family photos our Personalised Vintage Photo Timeline Print is a fantastic way to collect them together and would make a thoughtful gift for grandparents.

Finally, perhaps you have been missing a simple chatter and a cup of tea with your granny.  Let her know that, wherever you both are, you are thinking of her while having a cuppa.  Our 'A great Big Hug from...' Your Location Ceramic Mug is a simple yet effective way to show you care.

 

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June - Tree Update

June - Tree Update

We can’t quite believe we’re half way through 2021 already! Where on earth have the past six months gone?! We hope you are all doing okay and enjoying the extra few slices of freedom we were given last month. 

If you are in need of a positivity boost today, you might like to know that throughout the month of June your orders will be replenishing the essential forests of Bore, in Kenya. As well as this, the local Kenyan farmers will be educated on finding ways to grow new food crops. This will reduce the stress on their existing tropical forest, and mean that the trees will be able to thrive and enhance the all important ecosystems.

Six different species of tree will be planted in the area, including Eucalyptus. Doing this will help squash the deforestation rates, and benefit the 5,000 strong community in a variety of other ways too.

If we do not act now and act fast, our world is going to overheat. We need to protect and conserve the planet’s tropical forests before it’s too late. We are hoping we will at least make a small difference this month, with the help of our reforestation partners and yourselves of course. 💚

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Gift List : Fifth Anniversary

Gift List : Fifth Anniversary
Celebrated traditionally with wood, our range of fifth anniversary gifts is sure to fit the bill for any couple and, for every order placed, we plant a tree so you can rest assured that your wooden gift is sustainable and making the world a better place! Continue reading

May - Tree Update

May - Tree Update

🌲 Madagascar May 🌲

Throughout this month, your lovely orders will be planting trees in Madagascar - the fourth largest island in the whole world! Heartbreakingly, it has suffered a severe loss of mangroves and forests over the last few years, meaning the endemic species have lost their habitats.

The island also needs trees to purify water sources, control flooding and erosion, and to help replenish the soil with nutrients for farming. Deforestation here has greatly impacted the farmers’ abilities to grow crops, so they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. They often have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive. 

This reforestation project is hiring the local villagers to plant the trees, giving them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. The project has also transformed how the people relate to their forests - they now look for protection and stewardship, rather than just wood for cooking and construction materials. 

As more and more trees are planted, the healthy forests begin to emerge once again, and all the negative effects of deforestation start to disappear. Replenishing the dry deciduous forests will also create habitats for many endangered species, such as the iconic ring-tailed lemurs (yes…King Julien!) 👑

Once again, we would just like to express our endless gratitude for you lovely lot. You are the ones who have made all of this possible, so THANK YOU! 💚

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Gift List : Second Anniversary

Gift List : Second Anniversary

Find the perfect item for a couple celebrating their second anniversary with our range of cotton gifts!

All gifts are hand crafted and designed to your specific requirements, why not add the personal touch by including a photo from the couple's happy day or by celebrating their possibly growing family!

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April - Tree Update

April - Tree Update

Happy April! We hope you all had a lovely Easter. April is also the dedicated month to celebrate Earth Day, and the theme for this year is ‘Restore Our Earth.’ One of the most effective ways we can do this, is by replenishing the world’s forests. 

This month your orders are helping to plant trees in India, specifically for the Adivasi Bhatra Tribe. This indigenous community heavily relies on forests for food security and livelihood. They use trees for medicines, fuel, firewood, food and drink, housing materials and food for livestock. The planting of trees in this area will boost the rural economy, and help bring some life back into the community. 

The trees being planted will also include fruit bearing native species. These will improve the overall habitat and fruit abundance for the wildlife, and enhance ecosystems. 

As well as this, a plantation of bamboo will be created, which will act as a bio-fence to guard the crop field, reducing human-wildlife conflict incidences. 

Although every day is Earth Day here at The Drifting Bear HQ, today is the perfect opportunity to really reflect, and make a conscious effort to protect this incredible big ball we all live on.

Little by little, we will help save this planet. 🌱🌎💚

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World Sleep Day 2021

World Sleep Day 2021

I think it's safe to say that we've all become a lot more aware of our own health recently and what we can do to help feel rested and relaxed.  The importance of sleep is such a key factor in keeping healthy that we thought we'd share some of our own tips today on World Sleep Day!

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March - Tree Update

March - Tree Update

We can’t believe how fast this year seems to be going already! Those few days of warm weather have made us even more excited for the Spring and Summer time.

This month, the trees from all of your lovely orders will be planted in Tanzania, East Africa. Specifically, the Eastern Arc Mountains, which are a global diversity hot spot. This means we must maintain the biodiversity, especially with the population continuing to grow in this area. The people need building materials, cooking fuel, and other tree products to survive, so by assuring adequate tree availability to the communities, we can avoid the unsustainable use of the Reserves. 

We love knowing exactly where in the world the trees are being planted each month. It really makes every order that comes through that little bit more special! 

Thank you for your endless support, and remember that with every day, we are one step closer to these strange times coming to an end. 💚

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