What We Are Doing Instead of Thanksgiving
- The must-have gift for the corporate executive who likes to tinker to the young child in your life, is this limited edition LA City Block Set. Salvaged from a Sycamore tree in Los Angeles and hand crafted by an artisan living in poverty, this gift is made possible by nonprofit, Would Works. Would Works empowers local artisans living in poverty or experiencing homelessness by helping them set a financial goal and work towards achieving it, such as purchasing dentures or a bus ticket home. Based near Skid Row, Would Works employs over 50 individuals annually–providing over 2000 hours of paid employment, community engagement and woodworking training for people who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty in Los Angeles.
- What’s More than Just a Brownie? Well for starters, it’s the beloved brownie you’ll find in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. But it is also the model of Greyston Bakery, a social enterprise that pioneered Open Hiring: no questions asked, no resumes, no interviews, no background checks. This successful employment model has resulted in thousands of jobs for individuals who now meaningfully contribute to their community. Their Treat Tin can be customized with your company’s logo for a personal touch on corporate giving.
- One of our favorite gifts for little ones are books like Counting with Frida, which teaches Spanish words and numbers in its pages. You can find many small dollar gifts, like this book, on the site, Mitú Shop, which prides itself on being both 100% Latino and 100% American. Other gift products feature Latinx messages of pride and inspiration like the You Got This Mija candle set.
- Good Tree’s Flav Sea Salt Bar is the chocolate bar to gift to the more herbal friends in your life. Good Tree is a digitally native vertical brand powering cannabis distribution through technology. Beyond that though, they are a collective of individuals looking to even the playing field in an industry that is less than 20% minority-owned. Good Tree is minority owned and keeps social equity at the heart of what they do; dedicated to increasing the number of women and people of color within their industry.
- Good Tree has also launched Growing Talent, a talent incubator dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurs of color in the cannabis industry. You can become an investor, or gift someone the investment in their name, for as little as $100. Why is this a significant gift? They help women and people of color, especially those affected by the war on drugs, to navigate the cannabis industry with ease. As a result, they create ecosystems that improve the socio-economic conditions of those communities which create the high potential to build generational wealth that has been nonexistent.
- Bonus Read: Learn why cannabis legalization is a social justice issue with this Yale Insights article, Can Legal Cannabis Drive Racial and Economic Justice?
- Packed with Purpose will make your last-minute, buy-everything-at-once, gifting easy. They offer a variety of gifts that include products by their Purposeful Purveyors, whose work covers the environment, workforce development, women’s empowerment, youth development, and wellness which includes cancer screenings, nutrition and healthy living education, and animal welfare support. For the new parents in your life, we’re loving this Baby Bliss gift set which includes hand painted cards to help with visual development. Need to get a coworker a gift? Take a look at their Chocolate Lover’s gift set which includes delights from Griff’s Toffee, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Madecasse.
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