PUBLIC Picks: December Favs

Holiday season, love the eggnog but hate the ridiculous overspending and forced family time? You’re not alone, friends. That’s why this month’s list includes conscience gifting, feel good treats for everyone, and some family activities that you’ll actually enjoy!

1. A Goat (or Three)$225, Plan International

Because nothing is better than giving your mother-in-law a pack of goats for the holidays! I’m kidding (sort of…depending on who your mother-in-law is), although this gift is literally 3 goats, you don’t have to worry about them roaming around eating lights off the tree and scaring your nephews. Plan International will happily send your goats (on your mother-in-laws behalf) to a community in need. Goat’s milk means important protein for growing children and the sale of offsprings means an income to pay for essentials – like an education – that open up opportunities for the community to thrive. Plus, this way, you get all the goat with none of the clean up and all of the good feels!

2. Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread Kit Tori’s Bakeshop

We’ve always got accessibility high on our list (especially when it comes to baked goods) and that’s why we love this GF, dairy free, egg free, hassle free gingerbread house kits made right here in Toronto, by Tori’s Bakeshop. Now all the kiddies can get a piece of that holiday magic!


3. Help Homeless Youth,Trek for Teens

Christmas Carol. It’s not just what Aunt Carol calls herself when she wears her light up holiday sweaters, it’s also the act of singing holiday songs out in public to spread festive cheer (and it’s much easier to manage than Aunt Carol and her poor outfit choices). Trek for Teens volunteers can gather at Yonge-Dundas Square on December 17 for carolling and warm beverages in support of raising funds and awareness for homeless youth. You can sign up to join in on the festivities via their website. Tiny Tim would be so proud. 


4. AGO Seasonal Passes, $145.00

Support the Toronto Art & Culture scene with the thoughtful (and useful) gift of an Art Gallery of Ontario membership! A family pass gets you & the fam free unlimited admission to the AGO’s collections and special exhibitions, a 10% discount in the AGO restaurant, cafe and shop with additional seasonal offers, and discounts on AGO education programs including classes and talks. I mean, you could always stick with stale fruit cake instead, but you know… that’s gross.



5. Be an Elf! Holiday Helpers

Pointed ears optional (I know you Trekkies out there got spares). Holiday Helpers is an organization that sort, wrap & deliver gifts to families in need. And, who knows, you just might meet the big guy himself!


Written by Amanda Baker

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