We love to put together our annual list of holiday gift options for those who want to:
(1) Shop Local
(2) Support Artists
(3) Support People Doing Good
(4) Value Experiences over Collecting Stuff
(5) Shop with the Environment + Community in Mind
And so, we present you with our Top 12 Holiday Gifts for 2013:
1. Craft Beer Experience
The perfect gift for the Chicago craft beer lover comes from Ale Syndicate. For $500 be a Brewer for a Day!
You get to be an assistant brewer for a day, sign the fermenter and
take a VIP tour. Don't delay...this one is only available until Saturday, December 7th. Don't forget to pick up a hat and t-shirt so you look the part.
2. Solar Chargers
Recharge your electric devices anywhere AND make a difference in the lives of Chicago students at the same time! Visit the Voltaic Systems website, fill your cart with solar charge kits of all shapes and sizes, use the code: CLIMATECYCLE at checkout and Voltaic will donate 30% of the purchase price back to Climate Cycle.
3. An Urban Garden
will transform even the smallest green space into a flourishing
vegetable garden. Raised beds, composters, hoop houses and more! Plus
they have gift certificates so your recipient can pick and choose. The
gift that keeps on giving.
The folks at IPaintMyMind have curate some exceptional art by local artists at price points that make art accessible. Check out their online store or visit their gallery to see more! Did we mention they are also a 501c3?
5. Organic Tea
offers the highest quality organic and fair trade certified loose leaf
teas, fresh each season and direct from tea gardens around the world.
They have some beautiful gift sets available and free shipping on orders
over $49 for the holidays.
6. More Art
You loved the You Are Beautiful exhibit that we hosted. Well Matthew Hoffman, the curator and artist behind the YAB movement, has a stunning collection of affordable art that is guaranteed to bring joy. Don't miss his What Wood You Say
custom crafted selections.
Flowers for Dreams
is an artisan flower service. Sending handcrafted flower bouquets, in
recyclable coffee burlap or even wood/bark vases, costs as little as
$35 and delivery is always free within Chicago. Awesome, right? If you
want to sign up for their subscription, you can get these bouquets
delivered on a recurring basis. Oh, and each bouquet benefits a
different local charity in need!
offers a community supported agriculture program which provides you
with an abundance of fresh produce every week, grown on their 100% USDA
certified organic farms. In addition to enjoying high-quality,
diverse, and heirloom varieties, your participation in their CSA
program will help fund their employment training program and community
outreach in Chicago.
Bright Endeavors' products
created by participants of Bright Endeavors, a non-profit social
enterprise of New Moms, Inc., dedicated to transforming the lives of
at-risk young women and their children. 100% of proceeds are used to
provide quality support services, job-training and career placement for
some of Chicago's most at-risk youth. Their products are made of the
highest-quality soy and vegetable waxes, fair trade soaking salts,
phthalate-free fragrances and other eco-friendly materials. They make
every effort to source locally made, recyclable and eco-friendly raw
is an amazing way to try something new with no pressure. Dabble offers
an unending list of classes, each one allowing you spend a few hours
dabbling in something new to try it on for size. Ever wanted to try out
the ukulele or metal smithing? Meet new people, learn something new +
have fun. A winning combination.