Happy Holidays from CCEDNet! CED Holiday Buying & Giving Guide 2015

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Happy Holidays from CCEDNet!
CED Holiday Buying & Giving Guide 2015

Do a Great Deal - Buy SocialAre you spreading the holiday cheer this year? This guide is designed to help extend the reach of that cheer through encouraging thoughtful buying and giving.

We 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 between now and Christmas so don't hesitate to send your additions to communications at ccednet-rcdec.ca.

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]

Join the Social Purchasing Portal's Holiday Shopping Bus Tour in WinnipegSPP Holiday Shopping Tour
Find unique gifts for the holidays and make a difference with your dollar! Join this shopping tour of Winnipeg and be part of the movement to support the local economy [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]

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]

BC Buy Local Week 2015 - November 30-December 6, 2015
LOCO BC's annual Buy Local Week falls on the first week of December - what better time to buy your local Christmas gifts! The BC Buy Local campaign makes BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers. [more]

“Both the Buy Local campaign and Buy It Forward encourage people to think about how they can vote for the communities and the province that they want by spending money a little differently.” [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, markets and other events. [more]

This Holiday, Give Local

GivingTuesday - December 1, 2015
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. [more]

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]

Center for a New American 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.

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.

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