It's the season for giving...and receiving gifts! Here at Nesta, we’re very excited for the arrival of our annual post-it delivery, but for the less stationery-centric among you, we’ve got a few suggestions for fun and unusual gifts from the Nesta family. Season's greetings!
Rubies in the Rubble
Rubies in the Rubble has grown hugely since featuring as one of our 2012 New Radicals. Creating a delicious range of chutneys sourced from surplus food, this is socially responsible yumminess and the perfect seasonal treat for your resident foodie. Now available at locations across the country, as well as online.
An online portal for products from women's social enterprises and charities, Birdsong looks to make the fashion industry fairer for women under the adage of 'no sweatshops, no Photoshop'. It was created as part of the Year Here project, a social leadership programme, backed by Nesta and recently named a 2014 New Radical.
The Toolkit is the ideal gift to help people working in development to invent, adopt or adapt ideas to deliver better results...and it could easily save your Christmas as well! Design a 'promises and potential' map to manage expectations about lunch, deploy the fast idea generator in the mid-afternoon slump and set out an ambitious scaling plan for acceptable sherry consumption. The limited edition print version looks jolly swish too.
Build yourself a winter retreat with the world’s first open source construction system. With WikiHouse, you’ll be able to customise, print and self-assemble the home of your dreams – maybe not in time for Christmas, but it would make the ultimate New Year’s project. The first downloadable kit – a garden studio – is now available.
Cat on Yer Head
Is it a book? Is it a game? Playniac’s fabulous crowd game ‘Cat On Yer Head’ is both. A game for all ages, and for 20 to 1,000 people, Cat on Yer Head is a participation game that relies on creativity and, above all, silliness. Now available as a digital or print storybook, it has been played at parties, festivals and events all around the world – perfect for those big Christmas gatherings, office parties and making friends with your fellow commuters.
A 2014 New Radical, this novel app uses CBT to tutor simple exercises and techniques for encouraging successful journeys to the land of nod. With the option of undertaking a weekly, 12-week or year-long plan, Sleepio is a clinically proven sleep betterment course – the perfect aid to make the most of those long Christmas lie-ins.
GoodGym/Cocktails in Care Homes
What better thing to give to someone in need at Christmas than your time and energy? Whether you visit a new friend as part of your local GoodGym run, or support a residential scheme like the fantastic Cocktails in Care Homes, now is the perfect time of year to embrace the idea of giving something back to the community, while meeting fellow festive sorts and having fun at the same time.
Kentishtowner - shop and membership
Buying for a proud North Londoner? Kentishtowner is a hyperlocal media success story, providing a meticulous and characterful daily culture guide online, with a stylish monthly print edition. Its shop now offers a wide variety of clothing and original artwork, and membership opens up a variety of perks and discounts in local shops and businesses while supporting the publication.
And finally, a particularly forward-thinking gift - Nesta's flagship event looking at the shape of things to come returns in March 2015, combining 'immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers', including whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Owen Jones. To explore the full line up, visit the FutureFest site - day and weekend tickets are now available.