An image of plastic santas used for the Cardless Christmas project by Born + Raised which saw them donating to many local Sheffield charities.

We’ve turned our backs on the agency Christmas card.

In agency land, a lot of Christmas time gets spent trying to come up with the perfect agency Christmas card. A card that can be anything, but with a main aim of showing how creative we are.

The thing is, we think all agencies are pretty creative. That’s why they’re agencies. So we decided to do something different this year.

We sent our address book an email telling them they wouldn’t be getting a Christmas card this year. And that email sent them here.

Welcome to a cardless future

This year we ditched the card and gave everyone in the team a slice of the budget. We asked them to make it the best money they’d ever spent, because we all need some cheering up after a turbulent 2016.

And of course everyone came good and spread Christmas cheer across the land. We had that much fun doing good deeds that we’ve all made a commitment to be nicer and more thoughtful throughout 2017.

Here’s what we did with the money…

  • Diana, Kirsty, Yvette, Leanne and Ryan gave Ben’s Centre for vulnerable people (deep breath) 37 pairs of socks, 30 Christmas crackers, 6 pairs of gloves, 2 jars of cranberry sauce, 2 rucksacks, a sturdy pair of boots, 1 sausage casserole, 1 veggie curry, 1 beef hotpot and a toffee-topped chocolate cake.
  • Marianne turned her £20 into over £100 worth of groceries which she then donated to The Trussell Trust who run the foodbank projects.
  • Stace got his kids involved and donated to 20 different charities!
  • Craig donated 20 boxes of things to Ashgate Hospice care. And his family donated £20, £1 for each box.
  • Charlotte and Nicola bought lots of toys and treats for some furry friends at the RSPCA. So did Helen.
  • And Steve sponsored a friend at Sheffield Dog Rescue.
  • Amy split hers between Mind, The Samaritans and The Nomad Trust.
  • Tamsin cooked the authentic Maltese dish Ross Fil-Forn and took it round to her elderly neighbours along with some mince pies, some chocolates and a bottle of Chianti.
  • Bew designed some handmade Christmas greeting cards and left them up for grabs in the Winter Gardens.
  • Jamie planted a tree to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Carol-Anne donated to Age UK’s No One Christmas campaign and signed up to befriend an older person in the community.
  • Joanne donated her slice to Cancer Research UK.
  • Claire spent hers treating the staff at St Luke’s to some Christmas treats.
  • Tom and Jack gave theirs to Trussell Trust who organise the foodbank projects.
  • Sam created 20 presents to spread the Christmas cheer and handed them out to strangers in and around the city centre.
  • Lou made gift boxes for the homeless.
  • Andy helped buy emergency supplies for Syrian Children.