Six ways to give more this holiday season: Gift ideas that give back

Six ways to give more this holiday season: Gift ideas that give back

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Six ways to give more this holiday season: Gift ideas that give back

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by Shelley Seale

CultureMap Austin

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

CULTUREMAP AUSTIN -- It's upon us once again: the holiday season of shopping, food, parties and general merry-making. It's also the time of year when many people look to share the spirit of the season, and with end-of-year tax write-offs, the time is never better to help your neighbors and improve your community through giving. Holiday giving also takes the focus away from the over-consumption that is all too prevalent during the holidays.

If you're looking to spread the holiday cheer, here are some worthwhile and unique ways to do so.
 
 
One way to tackle holiday shopping is to purchase fair trade items that genuinely support the makers. Ten Thousand Villages on South Congress has extended holiday hours from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays, where you can buy artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, the Austin store is part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. 
 
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items.
 
 
Are you into the local urban farm scene? Like fresh, healthy foods and want to spread the love to lower-income neighbors? Then help fulfill some of the items on the Sustainable Food Center Holiday Wish List. Needed items include things such as seeds, work gloves, ollas, knives, picnic tables, food processors and more. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and participate in a vibrant local food system.
 
Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.

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