Gifts that give back: Seven places to find thoughtful gifts for the holidays
Buying gifts for the holidays can be daunting. You battle other shoppers for an unbeatable deal and stand in mile-long lines -- and sometimes the gift receiver doesn't like the present anyway. For those who would prefer to buy something thoughtful that gives back to the community, or make a handmade present that really means something, here is a list of seven options for finding gifts that give back.
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1. Small Business Saturday at Jolly Goods -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 30
A community-friendly alternative to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday supports local businesses around the country. Handmade and vintage shop Jolly Goods will offer deals, food, drinks, raffles, meet and greets and more to celebrate the joy of shopping local. Aside from supporting the community, Jolly Goods will donate 5 percent of the sales from the day to National Mill Dog Rescue. Smart Cookie Dog Treats will be outside of the shop at 10 a.m. selling treats. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ellen Daehnick of Hellimae's caramels will discuss "The Perfect Holiday Caramel Pairings" and giving out samples. For more information, check out the event on Jolly Goods' Facebook page.
2. Anythink Libraries' Gifts From the Heart Program -- December 4-21
Instead of buying generic gifts in bulk, maybe you'd rather put in the time and effort to make a couple gifts on your own. For those who don't know where to start, Anythink is hosting handmade craft workshops at its various locations all month. You can support these local libraries and make ink-dyed tile coasters, pine cone owls, peppermint bark, candy bar reindeer, adorned glass plates, nutcracker dolls and more. All events are free and some include refreshments and entertainment like a performance by local group The Yesteryear Singers. For a full schedule of event dates and locations, visit Anythink's website.
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