Last minute shopping… the stores are full, the money’s running low, and you have no idea what to give that special someone! Everyone has that one person who has everything on their list, and there are more things you can give which are much more special than any boxed luxuries out there than most might think.
Here are a few ideas to make your holiday shopping easier:
1- Donate to a charity in that person’s name, or purchase a membership for them – and for good measure, take one for yourself! For those seeking the places to donate or become a member of which deals directly with local (whether in our city directly or for our country), organic and earth-friendly measures:
- Greenpeace. Yes, they get a bad rep for their wild actions and strategies, but they are much more than what the media limit their information to. They lobby against GMO-growing corporations (and many others) and do research to promote green living (did you know they created the 100% biodegradable bag?). Donations can be given as a one-time lump sum, or split evenly over a one-year ongoing payment, which could make it easier for your budget. Minimum donation: 10$
- Canadian Organic Growers has an Ottawa chapter and promote organic eating to encourage the local producers and farmers. They have a newsletter and put on events where you can learn how to become and organic gardener (even if it’s just for yourself).
- Look for high schools and elementary schools that are trying to start an organic and green project, and give them an amount to help cover the costs.
2- Organic Truffles. Crazy4Chocolate has a variety of organic chocolates and truffles, or visit your area’s organic food store – Market Organics, Rainbow Foods, Herb and Spice, or Natural Food Pantry for their selection of chocolates and truffles. They are more expensive than regular chocolate, but the flavour bursting from them is worth their while. And, since speciatly chocolates are what you are looking for, Cocoa Camino is not only organic, but also fair-trade and made locally.
3- Organic fruit and vegetable baskets to their door. Both Bryson Farms and Ottawa Organics and Natural Food deliver fresh, deliscious fruits and vegetables to your door, and Ottawa Organics offers a variety of pantry items and some staples as well. Bryson Farms is garanteed local and organic, and has a beautiful selection of heirloom vegetables.
4- Auntie Loo’s treats. Mandy Lunan bakes a variety of delicious, mostly-organic vegan desserts that taste incredible. Pre-order, or show up at her bakery on Bronson to get a good look at her fresh varieties.
5- Dinner out at ZenKitchen. Not only will the food be scrumptuous, but it’s good for you! Anyone comes out satisfied – vegans, vegetarians and omnivores.