Christmas gift ideas that positively impact people and the planet

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — This Christmas, we will still be celebrating the most wonderful time of the year socially distancing. In this "new normal," packages we send each other are sometimes the only tangible proof of the affection that we don't get to express on other days of the year. Our number one Christmas crooner, Jose Mari Chan, goes as far as saying that "giving gifts, exchanging cards" make Christmas "truly in [our] hearts." Pre- and post-pandemic, it is non-negotiable for Filipinos to express love through gifts.

In these trying times, we've started thinking more about the world around us. How can we give meaningful, practical gifts that spread cheer while being good to the planet?

One is by switching our purchases. Unilever, along with health and beauty retailer Watsons, has launched the "Gift for Good Megasale: Share with People, Care for the Planet'' to promote "people and planet-positive beauty products" to help us expand our positive impact this season.

Unilever and Watsons will be offering major discounts, including "buy one, get one" deals and more on select Pond's, Cream Silk, Dove, TRESemmé, Vaseline, Rexona, St. Ives, and other Unilever Beauty brands - a variety of products for every kind of recipient.

A portion of the proceeds will support Plastic Bank — a social enterprise that builds "recycling ecosystems" in underdeveloped countries, including the Philippines.

Formed in 2013, the company compensates underprivileged families working as plastic collectors who take their collected plastic to the Plastic Bank. The bank then recycles these for reintegration into products once again.

"Year-round, Unilever is committed to championing a new era of Positive Beauty: one that is inclusive, equitable, and sustainable for all. As the number one beauty and personal care company in the country, we must do good for both people and planet through our purposeful brands," said Dorothy Dee-Ching, Unilever Philippines' Vice President for Beauty and Personal Care.

She added, "The Christmas season allows us to push this vision even further, with the help of our partners, Watsons and Plastic Bank. We are proud to present the Gift for Good campaign where shoppers can join us in giving back - not just to their loved ones, but to the community and Mother Earth."

Watsons will also leverage its position as a leading health and beauty retailer in the country. "Watsons has always been at the forefront of sustainability. As a leading health and beauty retailer in the country, we have a responsibility to help build a better world and encourage others to do the same," said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability Director.

"We are happy to team up with Unilever for the Gift for Good campaign this Christmas season," Encarnacion added. "With this initiative, shoppers can not only Look Good and Feel Good, but Do Good as well."

Check out the gallery below for holiday deals to covet:

Take part in these efforts from October 18 to 31, November 19 to 30, and December 20 to 31. To know more about the Gift for Good campaign and explore Unilever promos, click here.