Best Bang For Your Buck: 5 Holiday Gifts that Give Back

By December 18, 2017 No Comments

We are at the peak of the holiday season and if you’re like us, you’re still in search of the perfect present (especially after the snowstorm we managed to muster out of with minimal damage). Well, put that peppermint latte down and get to clicking; we’ve got five gift ideas that give back. Another perk? They’re all right here in Atlanta.


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Put down that Starbucks cup and listen up. Land of a Thousand Hills (LOTH) is serving up more than a perfectly foamed latte. Their social enterprise works closely with coffee farmers in Rwanda to offer fair wages, education, healthcare, and clean water. It’s safe to say when you back their bean your coffee habit has a conscious.

Here’s one of our favorite roasts from LOTH we’re shopping for this season.

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore and ColorATL‘s intricate illustrations drive that point home. Putting Lisa Frank to shame, ColorATL not only leverages the talent of local artists, but each book is a buy one give one model. Feel good knowing as you’re coloring from the comfort of your home that individuals in need from local organizations like ChopArt to Emory Winship Cancer Institute receive the same gift.

ColorATL recently released the 2nd version and color us green with envy, we’ve got to have it.

Hot damn! Gangstas to Growers hot sauce is the perfect gift for that spicy someone in your life. This homegrown organization works alongside formerly incarcerated youth to teach the ins and outs of urban farming with one kick-ass product to boot.

To snag your own bottle, email Abiodun Henderson here.

Delicately crafted by the hands of a Syrian refugee family, Sweet Sweet Syria‘s cookies put any American favorite to shame. When you snack on mamool (traditional Syrian cookies) you’re helping a family build a new life in Atlanta.

We recommend going for two dozen. Seriously! These cookies are way too good to keep to yourself and way too quick to scarf down if you manage to eat them alone.

If you’re a tactile type of shopper who needs to touch everything in the store, make sure you go check out Root City Market. You’ll find yourself amongst a sea of local artisan products that are sure to please even the pickiest shopper in your life.

Root City Market is open every day until December 23rd for all you last-minute shoppers. You know who you are!

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