If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season, gift giving and giving back are fun and easy to do. Here are some Puget Sound companies that help you help others, while you enjoy the spirit of the season.

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
3800 S. Othello St.
Seattle, WA 98118

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Through the Union Gospel Mission’s online catalog, you can choose from 20 meaningful gift ideas to honor loved ones and change lives right here in Seattle! From hot meals to education classes, you can help someone in need this holiday season. Shop gift ideas for friends, teachers, and family at http://www.UGM.org/catalog.

3406 East Union Street
Seattle, WA 98122

glassbaby was founded in Seattle by a three-time cancer survivor with a mission of hope & healing. As of October 5, 2012, glassybaby has given over $1 million from sales to charitable causes dedicated to healing. Nearly a billion people struggle to survive every day because they don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. A portion of every glassybaby logo water bottle from Seattle-based MiiR helps to provide a person in need with clean water for one year. What a great, reusable stocking stuffer! The lids are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5 plastic. Bottles are made from 100% reusable stainless steel. Locations in Seattle, University Village, Bellevue and online at http://www.glassbaby.com.

Metropolitan Grill
820 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

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The Metropolitan Grill, a 2012 Open Table Diner’s Choice restaurant, is owned by Consolidated Restaurants, founded in 1951 by Seattle restaurateur Mr. David Cohn. A gift certificate to any Consolidated restaurants, including Elliott’s Oyster House and Steamer’s Seafood Café, makes a truly thoughtful gift for family, friends and business associates. A percentage of all gift certificate proceeds are donated to Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital through Set A Chair for Children’s Fund. Established in 1990, the fund has raised more than $500,000 to help ensure quality medical care for every child, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Stop in to purchase a gift certificate, or order one online.

World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063

This Federal Way, WA based humanitarian organization invites you to choose from their holiday Gift Catalog to donate in honor of someone special. Select a gift to give and a FREE card to send. Send an e-card, or download a beautiful card to print. Your gift will bring urgent help and lasting hope for a child in need. Share the true spirit of Christmas by giving to those less fortunate. World Vision serves close to 100 million people that include earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and children and families in communities devastated by AIDS.

Seattle Milk Fund and Downtown Macy’s
Saturday, December 8
9:00am – 1:00pm
Downtown Macy’s Stewart Street Room 3rd Floor
1601 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle Milk Fund with support from Macy’s, is gearing up for the annual traditional holiday event, CookieFest. Early morning, Saturday December 8, loads of cookie-hungry shoppers will line the streets, awaiting their opportunity to select from trays of the best cookies in town. As Macy’s doors open, shoppers will meander through the hallways to the Stewart Street Room to get a first pick choice of dozens of decadent cookies, for special gifts or simply enjoying!

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With more than 20 of Seattle’s best bakeries and culinary schools, not only will your cookie needs be met, but all proceeds will benefit the Seattle Milk Fund and their work, for more than a century, to increase economic stability for families and community by awarding childcare and education grants. Free arts & crafts activities to entertain the kiddies while CookieFest shoppers make their selections. Cookies are sold by the dozen for $15.00, while supplies last.