Three Midwestern Locales To Buy Last-Minute Gifts That Give Back

 In Culture, Guide

No judgment if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet—we’ve got you covered with a set of places you can buy from that’ll help you give more than just a unique gift. They’ll invest your money and put it to work in the community, and you win best gift-giver. Below, see how the people served by your purchase have the chance to gain life-changing opportunities.


1/ Revive Thrift / Anew Nature

While you’re here, you’ll definitely find something for your loved one as well as a little something (or two, or seven) for yourself. And because your money goes right back into the community, there’s no shame in being Santa for both of you.

Revive’s packed with pretties: jewelry, purses, clothing, home décor and more. While everything is pre-owned, it’s curated and in such good shape you’d never know. (Plus, you won’t easily find these goods anywhere else.) What’s more, Anew Nature’s custom and reclaimed furniture workshop is in the building, which means their crafts are also available at Revive.

Your purchase powers Revive’s parent company, Mission: St. Louis, which uses the money to help end the cycle of poverty. You’ll also help Anew Nature continue to hire at-risk men through Mission, providing them with job skills that lead to meaningful, lifelong employment.


2/ Perennial

The answer to what your craft-inclined gift-getter wants for the holidays is right here. Perennial’s got DIY kits galore as well as natural and reclaimed tools and supplies. We’re talking everything from kitschy crochet hooks to buckets of yarn balls. While you’re there, go ahead and sign both of you up for one of the many DIY classes Perennial offers throughout the year.

Your purchase here helps Perennial support women in personal transformation or transition, allowing them a creative outlet while also teaching new and useful skills in the process.


3/ Community Kindness

If you’re struggling for the right gift in general, a trip to this shop in downtown Belleville could spark the perfect idea. On the surface it’s got an overwhelming amount of, well, everything—but a meticulous search can yield treasures waiting to be wrapped. Community Kindness helps you find that unique gift you didn’t even know you wanted to buy, whether it’s a polka vinyl or crystal decanter.

The store raises funds for nearly 20 different organizations in St. Clair County and beyond. Your purchase at Community Kindness helps groups such as the Epilepsy Foundation, Fairview Heights Food Pantry, Violence Prevention Center and many more.


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