Last-Minute Gifts for Nonprofit Pros
Did the holidays creep up on you (again) this year? It seems like Giving Tuesday and the kickoff to the year-end giving season just happened yesterday, and now December is more than halfway over. Maybe you’re struggling with shopping for last-minute gifts or even providing others with gift ideas for yourself.
For the nonprofit professionals out there, we wanted to provide a handy gift guide and give you some suggestions. Last-minute shopping is sometimes inevitable, but here’s to eliminating the stress!
Gifts that Give Back
Give a gift that you can feel good about buying! For those who have a sweet tooth, Doughp is a company that creates cookie dough desserts that are 100% safe to consume when raw. You can use the dough to bake cookies, or just dig in and eat it raw! Plus, they donate 1% of sales to SHE RECOVERS Foundation, which helps support women who are seeking recovery from substance use disorders, other behavioral health issues, and life challenges.
Another gift that donates proceeds to charity is the Lush Charity Pot body lotion. The lotion, which is described to smell like warm woods and powdery florals, raises money for small grassroots organizations working in the areas of human rights, animal protection, and environmental justice.
If your nonprofit pro friend works at a rescue mission, look no further than Sackcloth and Ashes. These blankets are adorable, I promise you’ll want one for every room in your house. For every blanket purchased, they donate a blanket to YOUR local homeless shelter. They’re shipped in a box with instructions on how the recipient can fill it with canned goods and support the shelter too.
For the book lovers in your life, get them a t-shirt or apparel from Out of Print. Out of Print has a wide variety of t-shirts, socks, totes, and more that feature book-related designs. The company makes an effort to give back, and has donated over 5 million books to communities in need and supports a variety of literacy initiatives.
The Gift for Those Who Can’t Sit Still
Do you have a coworker that can’t seem to sit still in meetings? Or a friend that seems a little extra stressed out? Try getting them a jar of Therapy Dough! Similar to Silly Putty or Play Dough, this squishy jar of dough will help people destress and receive the benefits of aromatherapy. The dough comes in multiple scents, such as lavender, orange, eucalyptus, and pine. Plus, with a purchase you make on Uncommon Good’s website, they will donate $1 to one of their nonprofit partners.
Something for the Tea and Coffee Drinkers
Do you know someone who seems to always be reheating their cup of coffee or tea? This coffee warmer is small enough to put on your desk and will keep your drink at an optimal temperature. With a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, the heater features a compact and waterproof design to keep your drink toasty for the duration of your office day!
Subscriptions make for thoughtful gifts because they last throughout the year. A monthly coffee subscription service—such as Atlas or Trade Coffee—can help fuel your nonprofit colleague for all of 2022. Who doesn’t want a steady supply of coffee on hand?
Fun Office Supplies
Don’t just stick to boring black or navy blue ballpoint pens. Spice up the office supplies with items from the Mr. Pen Store. Mr. Pen has everything from fun-shaped puzzle erasers (you can take them apart and put them together again) to highlighters in assorted colors. Office supplies don’t have to be boring!
An Uncommonly Good Gift Card
Grateful is the ultimate nonprofit gift card. Grateful Card™ recipients can pick from all U.S. 501(c)(3) charities to donate the dollars to.
The Ultimate Snacking Set Up
We all have a friend who is always snacking. Give them the gift to snack in style! This bowl features a “double dipping” setup. It has a small detachable bowl that is perfect for chips and salsa, cookies and milk, or any other snacking combo. With multiple cute designs, this is a unique gift for the foodies in your life!
For Remote Nonprofit Workers
Remote employees may like to take their computers to coffee shops or libraries for a change of scenery from a home office. For the times they forget their laptop charger or are someplace without easy access to an outlet, a portable charger is a perfect solution. A portable battery that can charge a computer or phone is a great gift idea for a remote worker.
A Useful Tool for Digital Nonprofit Conferencing
As we prepare for 2022, it’s clear that virtual or hybrid event formats are still here to stay. A lighting device from Lume Cube is a great tool to help with your next virtual nonprofit conference, weekly webinar, or Zoom meeting with a remote team. Portable lights like Lume help boost the quality of your video messaging and make for a thoughtful holiday gift. Lume also offers a variety of gifts for every use and budget.
A Smart Notebook to Optimize Workflow
For the avid note-takers and to-do list fanatics in your life, consider leveling up your notebook gifting game. Rocketbook creates smart notebooks that combine a traditional pen and paper feel with digital technology. These notebooks can connect to cloud software or email so you can stay organized. And because these notebooks are reusable, a gift like this is an environmentally friendly option. With the busyness that comes with working in the nonprofit sector, a smart notebook that optimizes workflow is sure to be a hit with any nonprofit professional.
Technology to Improve Board Communication
Want to get your board of directors more involved with your mission and programs? Make communications easier in 2022 with Easyboard. This innovative board software helps keep your board meetings organized. From scheduling meetings to posting updates to attaching agendas, Easyboard allows you to handle everything board-related in one place. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Branded Tumblers to Boost Your Energy and Your Cause
Tumblers are a classic holiday gift, and branded tumblers provide a unique personalized touch. Consider giving a branded tumbler from your favorite cause to those within your network. Maybe your organization even has its own tumblers!
Educational Opportunities to Inspire Growth
An investment in education is always a good idea! Whether it’s for a colleague or for yourself, consider gifting a course sign-up or nonprofit membership subscription. These kinds of resources provide value while helping you invest in yourself and your cause. Bonus: treat your team to a team pass for Cause Camp, the must-attend nonprofit conference.