It is nice to give and get fantastic gifts during the holidays. It is even nicer when the smile on a recipient’s face is outweighed by the greater good a gift does. Three gifts that give back both locally and around the world:
“Carpenter’s Gift” book from Habitat for Humanity International
Did you know that after the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree wow’s millions of New York City visitors each holiday, the tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity and then milled to build simple, affordable housing?
“The Carpenter’s Gift” – a beautifully illustrated children’s book from Habitat for Humanity International – is the story of a young boy in Depression-era New York who wishes for a decent home for his family. Family, friendship, and the spirit of giving are at the heart of this inspiring picture book that shares a lesson about the importance of helping our neighbors.
Coastal Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore resale store in Asbury Park is selling “The Carpenter’s Gift” as well as holiday cards.
Proceed from both items directly impact this area. The organization is currently building three more homes in the Springwood Avenue section of Asbury Park. “Carpenter’s Gift” is $20 at the ReStore.
Asbury Park historical memorabilia
The Historical Society’s store on the ground level of the Shoppes at the Arcade on Cookman Avenue is one-stop shopping for anyone on your list interested in your favorite city.
The space is not just a museum, with the original “USS Happy Sailor” float from the uber-popular 1946 baby parade and a tribute to the west. It also has the largest selection of Asbury Park books, literature, CD’s and collectables.
Every homeowner should have the “Record of Progress and Achievement 1916 to 1931” paperback, which features an image of each property built during that period in the city, as well as information about who owned it and the specific year built.
“I found out a lot about my house from that book,” said resident Celia Morrissette. “It’s a great and original gift idea.”
Other gift ideas from the historical society – at $10 and more – include: vintage Asbury Park banners from the Carousel and Convention Hall in an assortment of colors and the Spirit of Asbury Park CD featuring 16 songs.
Batik print apron
Available at women-owned small business, Organic Style in Ocean Grove, the Batik print apron in a variety of jewel-tone colors is almost too beautiful to use. Proceeds from the sale of each handmade-in-Ghana apron go to entrepreneurs in Africa.
By purchasing this gift for any man or woman who loves to messy cook like those Iron Chefs, you are helping to provide a sustainable livelihood to women. Global Mamma aprons at Organic Style, $19.
Gift Wrapping Services
If you are looking for a pro to wrap all your holiday gifts for you for $1 a gift (you supply the paper, etc.), email Kim Brittingham from Ocean Grove at Hello@KimWrites.com. Whether you don’t have time or, like me, hate wrapping gifts, Kim is your local “wrapping” lady.
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