Think Outside the (Gift) Box

by | Nov 5, 2021 | Community

Incredibly, we are just weeks away from the start of the winter holiday season so beat the rush and check out these unique gifts that think outside the (gift)box! There’s truly something for everyone, from luxurious (and delicious) indulgences, treats for home chefs, gifts that get you moving, and much more. There’s even a customizable holiday card selection. What makes all these gifts extra-special is that each one gives back and supports Second Harvest! Check out these fabulous 12 presents that think outside the (gift) box:

1. 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar

Create a new holiday tradition with the 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar. The calendar costs $24 and supports 24 charities – each door you open profiles a Canadian charity your donation is helping, including Second Harvest. Order your calendar here but don’t delay – last year’s print version sold out early! A digital version is also available, with a good deed sent directly to your inbox for 24 days. 

2. Chefdrop

Perfect for holiday entertaining or celebrating a special occasion, Chefdrop brings you access to top chef and restaurant prepared meal kits across Southern Ontario. Thanks to Chefdrop, finding the perfect gift has never been easier! Gift your friends and family a special meal kit delivered right to their door, or get them a Chefdrop gift card to choose their own meal kit from over 50 different options. Starting November 1 until January 31, 2022, buy one meal kit and get one for 50% off! Use code: SECONDHARVESTBOGO. For each meal kit, Chefdrop will make a donation to Second Harvest so we can provide a meal for someone in need. Click here to dig in!

3. Cooks Who Feed

From the moment the fabric hits the sewing machine to the time it ends up in your kitchen, the eco-friendly Cooks Who Feed apron (available in both adult and youth sizes) has employed women experiencing poverty, reduced food waste, and provided food for 100 nutritious meals through their charity partners including Second Harvest. That’s a lot for one apron! Place your order here.


It’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts with EATABLE’s alcohol-infused gourmet popcorn flavours, inspired by classic cocktails, wine and spirits for a refined taste and texture worthy of curious palates. With every order a percentage of sales is donated to Second Harvest – order now with promo code SECONDHARVEST to save 15% on popcorn bags and bundles until November 30, 2021. Order today.

5. Farmacy Beauty

Brighten up the winter months and your skin with Farmacy Beauty festive kits, featuring best-selling products and cult classics. Choose from Garden Party Green Clean Trio, Honey Harvest Hydration Kit, and Clean Greens Duo. But why choose? For every holiday kit sold, Farmacy Beauty will help us provide food for five meals to our community partners. Gift yourself and your besties by clicking here.

6. Fièra Cosmetics

Get your glow on for the holidays! Fièra Cosmetics offers products that are paraben-free, cruelty-free, non-GMO and adored by the thousands of women who trust them to care for the unique needs of mature skin. With every purchase of their best-selling concealer, Fièra Cosmetics will make a donation to Second Harvest to provide food for a meal. Shop the collection here.

7. Fill it Forward

Made from recycled plastic, the Fill it Forward Everyday Tote Bag is a practical dream – it holds up to 50 pounds, has comfy shoulder straps, and even has an inside holder to keep bottles (or bouquets) upright. But there’s a philanthropic tech twist: scan the Bag Tag each time you use the tote and Fill it Forward will make a donation to Second Harvest and other environmental non-profits! Shop here.

8. The GOOD Challenge

The gift that helps you grow, The GOOD Challenge Challenge Packs include adventurous games and activities that are fun, shareable, help foster connection and come in a variety of themed editions. For every Challenge Pack purchased, The GOOD Challenge donates $10 to one of over a dozen charitable organizations, including Second Harvest! Click here to learn more.

9. Harvest of Hope

Looking for a gift that gives to people and the planet? Our very own Harvest of Hope gift catalog enables you to make a donation to Second Harvest on behalf of friends, family or clients and share a story of impact with them. Click here to learn more.

10. Kilne

Looking for the perfect gift for a home chef or a housewarming? Complete with four types of knives, shears, a sharpening steel and an acacia knife block, the Kilne 6-Piece Knife Set is a brilliant addition to any kitchen. With every purchase of the 6-Piece Knife Set, Kilne will donate the equivalent of one meal to Second Harvest. For a gift that’s a cut above, click here.

11. Misette

Misette dinnerware has graced the pages of Veranda magazine, now enjoy it in your home. From nature’s inspirations to graphic panache, with Misette dinnerware the goal is to bring everyone the joy of sitting down together around the table for a good meal. That’s why, for every order, Misette will make a donation to Second Harvest to help us provide food for two meals. Shop their collections here.

12. Wonderkind

Wonderkind gift boxes are full of sumptuous, Canadian-sourced treats and indulgences – and what’s better, every gift gives back! Use special discount code WKSH-HOLIDAY21 for $5.00 off any gift set and this code will also include an extra $2.00 donation to Second Harvest! Offer expires on December 31, 2021. Click here to shop.

Don’t forget the card! 

Whether you’re tucking one into a perfect gift box or sending dozens to friends and family around the country, now is the time to stock up on holiday cards. With The Printing House’s Gallery Greeting Cards, you can select from 15 images to create your card or you can make Custom Greeting Cards and upload your own image for the front of the card. When you order, 100% of the net proceeds will go to Second Harvest! The cards are printed on FSC-certified paper and are a socially and environmentally conscious way to spread holiday cheer. 

P.S. Don’t forget to tag @SecondHarvestCA on social to share your gifts-that-give-back gift-giving moments, too!

Happy holidays!

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