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Last Minute Gift Ideas That Give Back

Last Minute Gift Ideas That Give Back

The holidays will soon be upon us, which means the season of giving has officially arrived. If you and your family celebrate Christmas, you have one week left to get the perfect gift for that special someone.

If you’re focused on living a more altruistic lifestyle, there are also lots of options out there for gifts you can give that also give back to the community. Sounds pretty great, right? We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

1. Small Businesses
Supporting small businesses in your community is a great opportunity to give back while giving this year. When you buy from a small business, you can feel confident in supporting an actual person in your community with actual needs like putting food on the table, rather than a high-up CEO you’ve never met before.

Small businesses and small business owners are a valuable component of any community; when you buy from them, you put money back into the neighborhood you care about, and create a more altruistic environment for those around you. This holiday season, check out local businesses nearby to see what gifts you can purchase there. Chances are they have the exact same or comparable gift you were looking at in the first place.

2. Handmade Goods
Purchasing handmade goods from your area is a great way to be more altruistic in your holiday giving this season. Some stores offer handmade goods either made by local artisans, or by artisans from different countries and communities all around the world. Oftentimes, stores like these even contribute part or all of the profits to the artisans themselves.

Look for fair trade handmade gifts to give to the special people in your life, and give while giving back. When you purchase handmade goods, not only can you be confident in supporting another person, but you can also feel more comfortable in products that are ethically made and often environmentally friendly. Check out different sources in your community to see what you can give that gives back.

3. Philanthropic Companies
Even big companies can be a great way to give back during the giving season. Many companies—both local and national—have various philanthropic causes going on throughout the year, but especially during the holidays.

Businesses like Love Your Melon (donates 50% of profits to support pediatric cancer research), TOMS (one-for-one shoe program) and Lula’s Garden (supports groups that provide access to clean water) all offer great gift ideas for loved ones on your list, while giving back part of their proceeds to causes they care about. If you do choose to buy from a large company this year, check online for some options to see companies who give back.

This holiday season, live a more altruistic lifestyle by giving gifts that give back to more than just one person. Finish out your end-of-the-year shopping by trying some of these ideas to give to your loved ones.

Our Impact in 2017

January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

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  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

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