Buy locally, help locally: gifts that pay off

Give gifts, give gifts. How it works ? Well, do you want to treat yourself to something cute this week after Christmas (you deserve it!) Try shopping (or eating or drinking) at one of the best places we’ve found. Each of them supports important causes through the purchases you make.

City Studios lunch

In Somerville’s Union Square (which is so hot right now!), Lunch City Studios specializes in sustainable, plastic-free art and gifts. Right off the bat, you are doing something great for the planet. Whether you’re looking for cards, mugs, candy bars, soap, newspapers, art prints, or other fancy little pieces, this new boutique will plant a treat for whatever you buy. Yes, get a greeting card and your purchase will put a sapling in the ground in the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, California, Colorado, Kenya or one of twelve other countries thanks to Lunch City’s partnership with One Tree Planted. The store has already led to 3,000 new trees.

For a $ 5 donation, Flour Bakery + Cafe delivers breakfast. For $ 10, they produce, package, and deliver a healthy and delicious lunch to Bostonians in need. (Photo Kristin Teig)

Flour Bakery + Coffee

Do you want peace in the world? Give everyone a sticky flour bun. These baked spots of paradise alone could lead to a global armistice if the local coffeehouse chain could grow into nine billion. Until they figure it out, grab a bun and help the city by donating to their Bostonians in need. A $ 5 donation provides breakfast. For $ 10, they produce, package, and deliver a healthy and delicious lunch. Many more donation options and delicious treats in stores and at

rebel rebel

This wine bar in Somerville’s Bow Market (which is also piping hot right now!) Is a great place to learn about wine. Stop for a drink or a bottle and you’ll be interviewed before ordering: The team wants to know exactly what’s on your heart, mind and taste buds before selecting the perfect vintage for you. The team also wants to help black people, natives and people of color learn about wine. The bar donates 100% of sales of its Rebel Rebel rosé to Industry Sessions, an organization that offers free wine training at BIPOC.

Through its Playmaker program, the Life is Good Kids Foundation helps more than one million children each year by providing child care professionals with the resources they need to care for and empower vulnerable children. (Photo by Douglas Despres)

Life is Beautiful

Life can be good for kids when you make a purchase from Life is Good. Brothers Bert and John Jacobs started their business selling T-shirts on city streets in the 1990s. Now the clothing brand is available in dozens of countries and thousands of stores. To make sure they convey the optimism, the brothers have implemented a system in which the company donates 10% of its net profits to cover 100% of the operating costs of Life is Good Playmakers, an organization of charity that helps children thrive after trauma.

Artists for Humanity

Boston-based Artists For Humanity provides underfunded teens with the tools to achieve self-sufficiency with paid employment in art and design. The charity’s philosophy holds that connecting with creation leads to positive social change and invaluable life skills. Discover AFH’s mission and art through its prints, all made by their teenage artists and designers. Look for the “shop” button on

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