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Spread San Jose Love: 5 Ways to Gift with Purpose This Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a local approach to your shopping. By supporting local entrepreneurs, creatives, and nonprofits, you’re helping to keep the San Jose community thriving. 

This holiday season, join us in putting our money where our hearts are — in San Jose. Here are 5 ways you can gift with purpose.

1. Support future dining at San Jose restaurants

Restaurants are the backbone of a thriving city economy and San Jose is fortunate to have diverse offerings from around the world. With holiday shopping and various gatherings, this season can be a busy time. Ensure local restaurants and bars feel the community’s support all year long by purchasing a gift card. This ensures business even after the busy holiday season. 

Check out the diversity of cuisine in San Jose.


2. Spread creativity with San Jose makers and artists

Artists and makers are small businesses too!  Help share their creativity by gifting their work to your loved ones. Support local artisans at the Moment Shops in San Pedro Square, attend a holiday makers market, or purchase artwork and crafts online. Our favorite creatives include Bobo Design Studio, Petit Elephant and more.


3. Encourage exploration at San Jose’s museums and attractions

San Jose’s museums and attractions are rewarding experiences at any age. Give a gift that encourages exploration and discovery by purchasing a museum pass or membership. Your gift will help support the city’s landmarks institutions like the Winchester Mystery House, San Jose Museum of Art, and The Tech Interactive.


4. Bring entertainment to your loved ones through performing arts

San Jose is home to a thriving performing arts scene and historic venues like the California Theatre. Show your support for the arts community by sharing the magic of a live performance. Purchase tickets to a holiday show or one in the future.


5. Cultivate kindness by supporting local charities and nonprofits

Spread love and kindness by showing support for those in need. In lieu of a gift, make a donation in your gift recipient’s name to their favorite local charity or non-profit. San Jose organizations to consider include Sacred Heart Community Service, Hunger at Home, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Strong.


Gift with purpose this holiday season

As you check off your holiday shopping list and check it twice, keep the San Jose community in mind. Use these ideas throughout the holiday season and all year long to spread San Jose love and gift with purpose. 

Learn more about all the exciting things happening around San Jose during the holiday season by visiting our San Jose for the Holidays page