CED Holiday Buying & Giving Guide 2014

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CED Holiday Buying & Giving Guide 2014

The holiday season is often a time when we feel we can reaffirm our values. Like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, we pull away from our inward looking preoccupations and reawaken to the importance of our familly and friends and the community around us. At the same time, for many, Christmas has become synonymous with the trappings of a consumerist society that is contributing to the mounting social and environmental challenges of our times.

In recognition of this, the Center for a New American Dream has put together a great list of ways in which you can Simplify the Holidays. But if you are going to spend over the holidays, why not direct your purchasing and giving in ways that have positive social and environmental impacts?

We at the Canadian CED Network have compiled some creative gift ideas and shopping guides to provide you with the tools and information you need to have a CED-filled holiday season. See anything missing from this list? We will be adding more tips throughout the rest of the month so send us your additions.

This Holiday, Buy Social

Use the Social Enterprise Marketplace to Find Gifts from Social Enteprises
Interested in buying from social enterprises this holiday season? Check out this online marketplace from the Social Enterprise Canada to research social enterprises by name, industry, location and/or the social purpose they achieve. [more]

Social Enterprise Holiday Gift Ideas from SEontario.org
This holiday season why not make a purchase that won’t just make the receiver happy, but will also benefit Ontario, and your local community? Throughout the month of December SEontario will be showcasing different Social Enterprises [SE], and SE Marketplaces that you can purchase your holiday gifts from. [more]

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]

This Holiday, Buy 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]

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]

BC Buy Local Week 2014 - December 1-7, 2014
LOCO BC's annual Buy Local Week falls on the first week of December - what better time to buy your local Christmas gifts! This year they'll also be launching their BC Buy Local campaign platform. [more]

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]

The #yegSanta Project
The Local Good is Edmonton's online hub for local and green living. Keep tabs on their #yegSanta project where they'll be sharing local Alberta holiday guides and events. [more]

Bridge's Holiday Market in Calgary
On Saturday December 13th, from 12pm to 4pm, celebrate how to re-localize our communities: local food, businesses, economy and livability. Enjoy free coffee, kids activities, community spirit and local shopping. Put on by Bridgeland Riverside Association and Calgary Dollars. [more]

This Holiday, Give Local

GivingTuesday - December 2, 2014
Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. This GivingTuesday consider giving to CED organizations in your community. Check out our member map to find one close to you.

Alternative Christmas Hamper
Give the gift that gives twice! Each year, LITE Winnipeg sources a unique Christmas Hamper from local businesses and social enterprises. The Hampers help support the local economy, while bringing holiday cheer to families in need. [more]

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]

Support CED Around the Globe

Make a donation to the work of CCEDNet members around the world, such as CÉCI's projects on food security and economic development of women, and Crossroads International's initaitives empowering women and girls to control their own lives and providing skills and training to increase their power to earn an income.

Giving to CCEDNet

This Christmas or this GivingTuesday, help strengthen the movement to build fairer and more sustainable local economies through community-based sultions.

Make a direct donation to CCEDNet of any amount that you can afford on-line or via cheque. We will provide a charitable tax receipt for all donations of $20 or more.

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Happy Holidays from CCEDNet!

The Board and staff of CCEDNet wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for the new year.