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Holiday shopping tips

Gordon at Nonprofit Communicator offers a list of gift ideas from local nonprofits, including Artisans 21, Greenheart Shop, Maya Works, and Heartland Alliance’s Hope for a Hurting World gift catalog.

Greenheart, 1911 W. Division, holds its annual holiday celebration and benefit party for Chicago Fair Trade, with fair trade items from around the world and products from local artisans and social enterprises (like Beeline Honey, a project of  the North Lawndale Employment Network).  It’s Wednesday, December 9, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

From CFT’s calendar:  Fair trade goods will be available at holiday markets at Berry United Methodist Church, , 4754 N. Leavitt, on Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Patronizing locally-owned businesses is a way of keeping money – and character – in our neighborhoods, according to Local First Chicago, which has a holiday shopping guide (pdf).

Recognizing that they’re competing with shopping malls, which offer big deals, one-stop shopping, and free parking, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is reimbursing parking for anyone who spends $20 in Andersonville – just mail in a copy of your store receipt and your parking receipt.  Your Ride’s On Us runs through New Years Day.  That’s one of a number of holiday promotions; check out Late-er Night Andersonville on December 18, for that not-quite-last-minute shopping.

Finally, via Working ITT, the International Labor Rights Forum lists its annual inductees to the Sweatshop Hall of Shame, including Abercrombie and Fitch, Hanes, Ikea, Kohl’s, LL Bean, Pier 1 Imports, and (of course) Walmart – companies which “employ laborers who toil for long hours under dangerous working conditions for poverty wages” – and which use threats and sometimes violence to suppress workers’ attempts to organize.  Some alternatives are listed on Sweat Free Communities’ consumer guide to non-sweatshop gifts.

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  1. Thanks very much, Curtis!


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