Gifts Under $25

Tis’ the season to buy gifts for the people you care about, but what if the gift you buy gives back to the community? Naperville has more than 140 not-for-profit organizations, many selling items that are a bargain.

Shoppers at Serendipity might be motivated to buy not only merchandise but for the chance to do good in their community.

“I am so thankful for the store and that it goes to a wonderful cause,” said Naperville resident Jenny Lund. “You don’t mind coming in here and spending your money because you know it’s going to somewhere good.”

Prices at Serendipity are a steal. Classic books, vintage records and cd’s are one to four dollars, and beautiful jewelry is priced under five dollars.

Two places that are often forgotten are gift shops at both the DuPage Children’s Museum and Naper Settlement.

“One of the products we are featuring this year is the Press Dough Cookie Maker,” said DuPage Children’s Museum Marketing Director, Allison Segabarth. “It uses regular cookie dough and you put it through this for shaper. You can decorate it and the best part is you can eat it when you are done! Its only 15 dollars!”

Shoppers can find interesting and unique holiday gifts that help and support programs and event at both stores.

“I love Naper Settlement for all the things they offer,” said Julie Smith, Naperville resident. “It’s really nice to come in here and give back to the community.”

One of the greatest needs this holiday season is the gift of food. At Loaves & Fishes food pantry they are selling winter cards for 10 dollars a pack. These cards can be used and sent out past the holiday season.

“For every two packs that are sold a family can have a holiday meal up to eight with all the meat and trimmings,” said Loaves & Fishes Community Relations Director, Jody Bender. “It’s a wonderful initiative we are able to do.”

Buying at not-for-profits organizations is one way shoppers can stretch dollars this holiday season. Even less expensive and more meaningful, the gift volunteering at your favorite organization.

“Volunteering has taken on a more significant role in the last few years,” said Giving DuPage Volunteer Director, Kathy Blair. “People who might not need food pantries in the past, now need food pantries. So with volunteers not-for-profits can do much more with the power of volunteerism.”

Even after the holidays are over, the gift of volunteering your time and talents can keep the holiday spirit alive.

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