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4 Last-Minute Gift Ideas that Give Back

4 Last-Minute Gift Ideas that Give Back

They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving. If you haven’t done your holiday shopping just yet, have no fear—there’s still time. Just because we’re coming down to the wire this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to give a gift without meaning. We’ve got you covered. While everybody enjoys a good candle, let’s just say that these new gift ideas CAN hold a flame to last year’s regift. Check out these four ideas for last-minute gifts that also give back.
 

1. Shop Local

Small businesses need our support now more than ever. COVID-19 has changed so much about our everyday lives, including buying tendencies and trends. Pre-pandemic, many of us window-shopped at small boutiques and businesses. However, as the pandemic has carried on, many have taken to online shopping because of the contactless options to shop.

If you aren’t comfortable venturing out in public, there are still ways to support local and small businesses. Many small shops also have online buying options, or would allow you to purchase a gift card over the phone.
 

2. Give a Donation in Honor of Your Loved One

Giving a donation is a surefire way to make a difference in our world today. But did you know that you could also honor your loved one in the process? Consider making a donation on behalf of your gift recipient. Start by choosing an organization that you know they would love and support. Not only does your gift go to a great cause, but you also get to honor your friend or loved one by making the donation in their name.
 

3. Give the Gift of Time

While material gifts seem to be the norm during the holiday season, memories are created with time spent together. Give the gift of quality time by thoughtfully planning a day for your gift recipient. This could be anything from doing their favorite activities to volunteering together, or whatever you can come up with to stay occupied and strengthen connections. 

The best part about giving an experience is that it can be low cost and memorable.If your plans can’t be enjoyed safely right away, simply write out your plan in a card and ask your recipient to redeem the gift as soon as it’s safe to gather. Plus, this will give your loved one something to look forward to. 

 

4. Order from Do-Good Companies

While businesses used to be all about profit, many companies are now finding it just as important to make an impact in their communities and the world through purpose. For example, some businesses will donate a product to a cause for every product they sell. Consider doing a quick search for those for-profit companies who are Benefit Corporations or Certified B Corporations that also place an emphasis on giving back. 

 

While you could give more “stuff” this holiday season, consider giving a gift that will leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons. Remember that what you do today could have a positive impact on your community and even the world. Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

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January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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