CED Holiday Giving Guide 2019

December 3, 2019

Happy Holidays from CCEDNet!

Are you spreading the holiday cheer this year? This guide is designed to help extend the reach of that cheer by encouraging thoughtful buying and giving that supports sustainability and positively impacts local economies.

We have compiled some creative gift ideas and shopping guides to provide you with the tools and information you need to have a holiday season that promotes community economic development. See anything missing from this list? We will be adding more tips between now and the new year so don’t hesitate to send your additions to .

This Holiday, Buy Social

Social Enterprise Gift Directory
Gifts are a great opportunity to support your local social enterprises by buying social.  Check out this directory to find a social enterprise near you.  [more]

Check out 10 Thousand Villages to find businesses with a story
From communities throughout the developing world, every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honoured skills by makers we have known and worked with for years. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. [more]
10 thousand villages
Co-operative Gift Bundle
Buying gifts for the holidays can be an ethical statement that helps build a new economy. The Toolbox for Education and Social Action put together their most popular items with the best—and most delicious—gifts produced by the co-op movement. [more]
Get social justice gifts for the holidays
My New Neighbour Holiday Shopping Guide 
Join two young women on an ethical shopping journey. These two want to break free of the mindless materialism we have grown up in and start to meet their ‘new’ global neighbours. [more]
Holiday Cheer
Social Enterprise Alliance Holiday Gift Guide
This holiday, we are toasting good! Find social impact products from americain social enterprises in this catalog. Every purchase will have an impact. [more] 
Social Enterprise Alliance Holiday Gift Guide
The Social Enterprise Gift Guide by REDF
When you give gifts from REDF’s Social Enterprise Gift Guide, you tell a story. A story of hope, transformation, and a better life for thousands of striving men and women who have so much to contribute. [more] 

This Holiday, Buy Local

Check out Momentum’s December Newsletter! If you’re in Calgary looking for the perfect gift for that someone special, look no further – they have your holiday buying guide right here! [more]
momentum logo
Saul Good Gift Co
Saul Good Gift Co. is a gift basket business featuring the best tasting local artisan treats in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. All items are selected because they’re delicious, small-batch, and exclusive. Their work with social enterprise ensures that each and every gift basket gives back to the community. [more]
Saul Good Gift Co.
Be Local for the Holidays
Your money does more good when it’s spent at REAP businesses in Calgary. REAP businesses are at the forefront of the new economy, demonstrating that business can make a fair profit while contributing to healthy and prosperous communities. Find REAP businesses for your gift giving needs in the 2018 shopping guide. [more] 
Be Local
Get the Facts on Shopping Local for the Holidays
To illustrate the ways that local businesses are growing in popularity, delivering stronger economic returns, and expanding in numbers, the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 14 groups coordinated by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, put together this infographic. [more]
Shopping Local for the Holidays
Infographic: 12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local This Holiday Season
Of course, shopping at local, independent businesses is an important way to strengthen local economies. The folks at Local First Toronto have prepared a poster with 12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local This Holiday Season [more]
Reasons to give the gift of local this holiday season
Tools to Help Make Your Holiday Campaign Merry…and Drive More Business to Locals
The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) offers a wide range of articles, graphics, activity examples, and other tools to help your businesses or organization effectively spread the pro local /  independent business message throughout the season. [more]
Light up your community!

This Holiday, Give Local

LITE up the Holidays
Give the gift that gives twice! Each year, LITE Winnipeg sources a unique Holiday LITE Box from local and social enterprise gifts. LITE Box help support the local economy, while bringing holiday cheer to families in need. [more]
LITE's Alternative Christmas Hamper
SoKind Online Registry
SoKind is a registry service that encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, time, and day-of-event help. [more]
sokind registry: more fun, less stuff
New Dream: Simplify the Holidays
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. [more]
Simplify the Holidays

Giving to CCEDNet

This holiday season, help strengthen the movement to build fairer and more sustainable local economies through community-based solutions.

Make a direct donation to CCEDNet online or by cheque. We will provide a charitable tax receipt for all donations of $20 or more.

More about CCEDNet’s mission and vision

Happy Holidays from CCEDNet!

The Board and staff of CCEDNet wish you a joyful holiday season and all the best for the new year!