Gifts that do good for everyone on your list, including goodies that give back to deserving charities and locally made, sustainable treasures
The holidays are stressful under the best, most normal of circumstances. Throw a global pandemic and months of social distancing into the mix and 2020 holiday planning is sure to be more hectic—and emotionally trying—than ever. Just because a 25-person turkey dinner might be cancelled doesn’t mean gifting your nearest and dearest something special is.
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that every action we take matters, from wearing masks to protect the most vulnerable to shopping more mindfully, so why not apply that same consideration to your holiday shopping and make gift-giving even more special with the added bonus of giving back to the community or the planet, too? With the world in the current state that it’s in (that is: scary, uncertain, fraught), there are so many brands doing their part to support causes that *actually* make a difference.
From a toothbrush that donates dental care to a person in need and candle that contributes to protecting the Great Barrier Reef, there are tons of drool-worthy gifts that give back for all your loved ones. Plus, a lot of the picks on this list are Canadian-made.
Read on to find more than 50 gifts that do good—and all but guarantee you a spot on Santa’s nice list this year.
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Rally for Restaurants
Gift Card, rallyforrestaurants.ca
This program originally launched in April as a way to drum up support for the hospitality industry during the first wave of the pandemic—and it’s the perfect feel-good gift for the foodie on your list. Folks can purchase gift cards for any participating restaurant across Canada (this includes popular eateries like Toronto’s Piano Piano and Montreal’s Les Enfants Terribles, as well as many restos that didn’t have a platform to sell gift cards prior). For every $25 or $50 card, Stella Artois will top up $10 that goes directly to the restaurant at time of purchase; and for every $100 gift card, the beer brand will add a $25 top up. (Plus, the platform as a new “heated patio” search function that we suspect will come in very hand in the coming months.)