The Second Harvest 2023 Gift Guide: Give the gifts that give back

by | Dec 5, 2023 | Community, Environment, Food Waste, Hunger Relief

This holiday season, give the gift of joy while making a meaningful impact. Second Harvest’s very own gift guide features a wide range of items, from elegant home goods and delicious treats to unique experiences. The best part? A portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes directly towards our food rescue and redistribution efforts, making a warm healthy meal within reach for everyone.  

24 GOOD DEEDS Charity Advent Calendar  

Nothing gets us into the spirit of the season than the 24 GOOD DEEDS Charity Advent Calendar. Each door will reveal a different charity project where your support is making an impact. Available in both print and digital, the calendar is a truly heartwarming countdown to the holidays. Every calendar purchase will help rescue around 2 pounds of healthy surplus food.

Get your calendar today 

Brightfield Candles 

Designed to spark joy in your everyday life, Brightfield candles are hand poured in small batches in Toronto without parabens, phthalates or dyes. Whether you want to feel energized, stay focused or unwind, there’s a scent for your every mood and a gift for everyone on your list. For every candle sold, $1 will be donated to Second Harvest.  

Pick your scent

Cooks Who Feed Aprons 

Awaken your inner chef with the Zero Food Waste Apron from Cooks Who Feed, designed in collaboration with Second Harvest. Cooks Who Feed ethically produces kitchen textiles with a give-back, providing meals to alleviate hunger. For every apron sold, 100 meals are provided to those suffering from food insecurity. These aprons are handmade in India, where the company provides safe, fair trade work to marginalized women.  

These functional companions in the kitchen are made from 100% organic cotton canvas with an adjustable neck strap and plenty of pockets. 

Get your apron

Eureka! The California Wine Discovery  

Join us on Monday, April 22, 2024 for an unforgettable experience where you can swirl, sip, and savor the rich flavors of over 400 exquisite wines from more than 100 renowned California wineries. This is the perfect gift for the wine lover on your list (or for yourself!).  

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Fièra Cosmetics 

Fièra Luxury Concealer is the only concealer of its kind for women over 40, providing all-day coverage that never gets cakey or settles into fine lines. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, collagen and peptides for radiant and youthful skin, this product is paraben and cruelty-free. 

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Fill it Forward – Everyday Tote Bag  

Carry a Cupanion Tote Bag to show your commitment to positive change! The reusable bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and comes with the Fill it Forward app. Every time you reuse, track the environmental impact and unlock charitable donations to projects around the world. #AlwaysGiving 

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Kilne Knife Set 

A set of good knives is key to improving your cooking skills, and the Kilne Knife Set is the perfect gift. The knives are made with high grade chromium German steel and an ergonomic grip for extra safety and comfort. All Kilne knives come with a lifetime guarantee. With each purchase of the knife set, one meal will be donated to those in need.  

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Lindt One for One Chocolate Bars  

Know someone who has a sweet tooth? Gift them Lindt’s special edition chocolate bars, available in three flavours: milk chocolate, milk chocolate hazelnut, and milk chocolate salted caramel. For every Lindt One for One bar purchased, Lindt Canada will donate one meal to those in need through Second Harvest. Doing good has never been this sweet! 

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From plates to flatware and linens featuring timeless elegant patterns, Misette has everything you need for your next dinner party. Show your style and create the desired ambience by using the complete set or mixing and matching items from different collections. With each tableware set sold, two meals will be donated to people facing food insecurity.  

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Muttonhead’s The Odd Club Collection 

Stay warm and stylish this winter with Muttonhead’s Canadian Made clothing. This fall Second Harvest teamed up with Muttonhead to create ‘The Odd Club Collection’. This collection is designed to celebrate “odd” or misshapen produce, which are typically thrown out, and Second Harvest’s ability to get this produce in the hands of families in need. 10% of the sales from this collaboration are donated back to Second Harvest. 

Check out the collection 

Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon  

Toast to the season with Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 337 vine stock originated in Bordeaux, rated BEST BUY and scored 92 Points by Wine Enthusiast, October 2023. This wine has rich, dark fruit flavors and fine tannins and pairs well with braised short ribs, grilled steaks and veggie burgers.  

Buy a bottle 

Red Cap Hot Sauce 

Savour the authentic Trini scotch bonnet pepper sauce, made locally in Burlington, Ontario! With its balance of flavor, heat and tang, Red Cap Hot Sauce will bring more depth to your dishes, giving them a new twist. $0.50 from every bottle of Red Cap Hot Sauce purchased will be donated to Second Harvest.  

Spice up your meals 

The Rescue Party 2024 

Indulge in an exquisite culinary experience and an exciting surprise concert at The Rescue Party! On May 26, 2024, the best of Toronto’s food scene will once again join forces with Canada’s most beloved artists in support of Second Harvest. Last year’s event was hosted by Kardinal Offishall and featured performances by Canadian icons Sam Roberts and Serena Ryder. Don’t miss this celebration of the finest culinary and musical talents, all in one night! 

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Each Wonderkind Holiday Surprise box includes Made-in-Canada artisanal products and treats. Wonderkind’s goal is simple: make gifting better, and they’ve achieved that through supporting small makers and local economies, as well as encouraging sustainable, circular practices. 

Get your Holiday Surprise Box 

Ziploc Bags 

Freeze it. Bake it. Boil it. Microwave it. New Ziploc® Endurables™ are designed to go directly from freezer, to oven, to table. Made with durable and reusable platinum silicone they withstand extreme temperatures. Use to bake (up to 425ºF), sous vide, or provide protection in sub-zero temperatures. They are mindfully designed to be continuously used, reused, then recycled. 

Give your leftovers a makeover 

BONUS! Papa Johns Pizza 

Don’t feel like cooking after all the shopping you’ve done? Papa Johns created the Shaq-a-Roni to feed big appetites and make a big impact. For every Shaq-a-Roni sold through October 16 to December 31, 2023, Papa Johns will donate $1 to Second Harvest to provide 3 healthy meals to people and agencies in need. 

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