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More Holiday Gift Ideas and Giving – Wednesdays with Laura

Supporting our local artists!

This past weekend, I went to Handmade in the Arcade, an art fair featuring local artists including a favorite, ASK Apparel. If you missed the fair, there are still items available for purchase at Twist Art Gallery, organizer of the event. This Friday, December 11 from 11 am to 3 pm, stop by Cummins Station (2nd Floor) to check out another Artisan Fair. And, on Saturday from 4 to 8 pm, Crema, in partnership with Twist Art Gallery, is hosting their second annual Crema Christmas to raise money to donate to Safe Haven and other local charities. Local artists will be selling their work and thirty percent of the proceeds are donated to Safe Haven. Stop in to buy a holiday gift and enjoy a delicious hot beverage from Crema.


One of my favorite holiday gift ideas is a collaborative project of Olive & Sinclair Chocolate and Isle of Printing – a one pound chocolate bar wrapped in a limited edition print by Bryce McCloud. Available for a limited time, you can buy these at Isle of Printing. These are definitely prints you’ll want to frame – maybe even all four! And, the chocolate is delicious! Check out the website to see where you can buy the regular chocolate bars for a taste of goodness.

Olive & Sinclair, Isle of Printing, Nashville, TN

And, there are always ways to give back…

  • Heifer International is an organization whose mission is “to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.” This holiday, you can donate a meaningful gift to a family member or friend that will help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. For example, donating $20 will provide a family with a flock of geese and show them how to care for and sustain the flock.
  • The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Give the Gift of Land gives you the opportunity to honor someone special a donation to an organization that is protecting Tennessee’s natural landscapes. Not only will they have the peace of mind that together you are making Tennessee a better place, but they will also receive a limited edition, letterpress printed card by Bryce Mcloud (mentioned above), with a custom holiday message from you.
  • My sister works for Opportunity International, an organization that is working to end global poverty mainly through micro loans.  This season, you can give a meaningful gift card a micro finance project in honor of a friend, family member or coworker. Your donation helps to fund a loan that will bring a person or family out of poverty.

Have a great week!

Photographer – Nashville, TN
Adrian Hitt Photography

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