The season of giving can be, quite frankly, rather overwhelming. You have to get a gift for your mom, brother, best friend, boss, and something for the white elephant party that sounded like fun before, but now just feels like one more thing on that never-ending list you definitely won’t have time to check twice. How are you supposed to keep up? Magic reindeer? Unfortunately, we can’t offer you that. What we can do, is let you in on a little secret: There’s a way to make the whole ordeal feel a lot more worthwhile.
Giving back to your community is a much more enriching way to spread cheer, and there are easy ways to incorporate that into your holiday shopping. This season, take advantage of these charitable cafés and shops where your dollars not only do you good by giving you a much-needed caffeine boost or checking an item off your list, but also contribute to the greater good.
Queen Bee Café
This café is full of tasty ways to treat yourself while you’re out there running around. Sip on a seasonal latte and take in the relaxing atmosphere — a necessary reprieve from the chaos of Christmas shopping. As if that wasn’t enough, Queen Bee Café is also dedicated to giving back. Stop by the Clyde Hill location in Bellevue, and your purchase will support Bellevue LifeSpring, an organization dedicated to helping Bellevue children in need and their families. So, while you’re out and about shopping, stop by this café for that triple-shot latte you need to push through another hour of shopping, and know that your latte is doing a lot of good in the community.
Jubilee Reach Thrift Store
Jubilee Reach is a nonprofit organization in Bellevue dedicated to serving local children and their families. It just so happens that they run a thrift store where proceeds go toward supporting all of the wonderful work that they do for the community — perfect for holiday gifts. They have a lot of great items to choose from, and buying second-hand gifts is much more environmentally friendly than buying new consumer goods. Don’t want to get off the couch, but still want to take advantage of the opportunity to get your shopping done while helping a good cause simultaneously? Check out their eBay page.
The Bellevue Collection
Obviously, when it comes to Christmas shopping, heading to the nearest mall is a great way to go. And you know about The Bellevue Collection, a prime shopping destination to check off all of your Christmas list items. But, did you know that The Bellevue Collection does a lot of good that you can support by shopping there? It has partnered with multiple great charities, like: Youth Eastside Services, Hopelink, Woodland Park Zoo, Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue, and more. Plus, it’s committed to sustainability, offering recycling stations for shoppers to utilize, using green cleaning products, and with many restaurants committed to recycling food waste. Enjoy your shopping experience and The Bellevue Collection, while knowing that you’re supporting an organization working to do good.