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Are you looking for unique gifts this holiday season? We have just the thing. Refugee and New American entrepreneurs working with the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City’s small business services have come together to offer gift baskets filled with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted products that reflect their culture, passion for their craft, and love for their new home in Salt Lake City.

Each gift basket is filled with a selection of unique products from the refugee and New American entrepreneurs working with our small business program and our Spice Kitchen Incubator.

Here is the full list of entrepreneurs>

We’ve made ordering your holiday basket quick and easy:

  1. Review the list of gift basket options noted below.
  2. Once you’ve made your choices, take note of the unique basket ID. Example: Basket A.
  3. Follow the “Order Here” link and fill out the online order form. Kindly note, you will not need to make an online payment at the time of ordering.
  4. Choose your pickup date, either Friday, December 7th or Friday, December 14th between 12pm and 5pm. You will pick up your baskets from the IRC in Salt Lake City office downtown located at 221 South 400 West.
  5. On your pickup day, meet at the IRC in Salt Lake City office. Please bring your cash or check payment. Checks should be written to the International Rescue Committee. We are unable to accept or process credit or debit card payments for baskets.
  6. After your order is submitted, you will receive your order confirmation via email. You will need to present this order confirmation when you come to pick up your basket.

By filling in an order form for a New American Holiday Gift Basket, you are pledging your support of refugee and new American small businesses. All funds received through the sale of the Holiday Gift Baskets will be directed to the refugee and new American entrepreneurs who contributed their crafts or services to each basket. You can learn more about the entrepreneurs in our Entrepreneur Directory below. This is a sale of goods and not a fundraiser for the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City. Tax-deductible receipts are not available when purchasing a New American Holiday Gift Basket.

Earrings handcrafted by Hanifa of H & A Designs, a business opened with the help of the International Rescue Committee
Hanifa, the owner of H & A Designs, creates handcrafted clothing and accessories made to make each woman who wears the design feel beautiful and strong. Earrings like these are included in Gift Basket A, Gift Basket C, Gift Basket D and Gift Basket E.

Gift Basket Options: 

SOLD OUT: Basket A | $23 each | 5 available

To order this basket, select Basket A_# on the order form. Basket A includes the following:

Cork Paper Bookmark | Raida
Original Earrings | H & A Designs
1/2 lb local honey | BeeCraft Consult
Meringues (5 bite-sized pieces) | M Bakeshop

SOLD OUT: Basket B | $25 each | 5 available

To order this basket, select Basket B_# on the order form. Basket B includes the following:

Kunafa Cupcakes (4 bite-sized pieces) | Al Shaba Sweets
Cork Paper Bookmark | Raida
1/2 lb local honey | BeeCraft Consult
Baklava (4 pieces) | Al-Najma

Basket C | $110 each | 10 available

To order this basket, select Basket C_# on the order form. Basket C includes the following:

Painting created by Raida for the New American Holiday Gift Baskets at the International Rescue Committee
Raida creates vibrant paintings on cork paper. Her creations come in a number of sizes, from a bookmark to a 12"x18" original.

Custom Smock Apron | Fancy Bridal & Alterations
Original Earrings | H & A Designs
Baklava (4 pieces) | Al-Najma
Cork Paper Art (5"x7" original) | Raida
Arabic Bread (5 pieces) | Ashikat Kitchen
1/2 lb local honey | BeeCraft Consult
$20 Alterations Gift Card | Fancy Bridal & Alterations

Basket D | $150 each | 10 available

To order this basket, select Basket D_# on the order form. Basket D includes the following:

Cork Paper Bookmark | Raida
Custom Smock Apron | Fancy Bridal & Alterations
$20 Alterations Gift Card | Fancy Bridal & Alterations
Arabic Bread (5 pieces) | Ashikat Kitchen
$20 Henna Gift Card | Jawahar Designs
1/2 lb local honey | BeeCraft Consult
Kunafa Cupcakes (4 bite-sized pieces) | Al Shaba Sweets
Kurdish Cookies (5 pieces) | Zakho Kurdish Cuisine
Cork Paper Art (5"x7" original) | Raida

Woven basket created by Eugenie, a participant in the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City's small business program
Each specially woven basket takes up to two weeks for Eugenie to craft. These traditional Burundi baskets are included in Gift Basket E.

Original Earrings | H & A Designs
Baklava (4 pieces) | Al-Najma

Basket E | $200 each | 5 available

To order this basket, select Basket E_# on the order form. Basket E includes the following:

Original Earrings | H & A Designs
​Meringues (5 bite-sized pieces) | M Bakeshop
Corp Paper Bookmark | Raida
1/2 lb local honey | BeeCraft Consult
Hand-woven Basket | Eugenie
Kurdish Cookies (5 pieces) | Zakho Kurdish Cuisines
$20 Alterations Gift Card | Fancy Bridal & Alterations
Cork Paper Art (12"x18" original) | Raida

Order your New American Holiday Gift Basket today>

 

New American Holiday Gift Basket FAQ:

The basket I hoped to purchase is not listed on the order form. What should I do?

If the basket is not listed on the order form, it is likely sold out. Consider another option listed above. If you are very interested in one specific basket, please email Tara Leung, our asset building coordinator, to learn more about your options. Tara can be reached by email at Tara.Leung [at] rescue.org (subject: Gift%20Basket%20-%20Inquiry) .

I like most of the products in one basket, but there’s a product or two I would like to switch out. Can I request product substitutions?

Unfortunately, we cannot substitute products in any particular basket. If you would like to order an individual product not included in your selected basket(s), please contact the entrepreneur directly. You can find entrepreneur contact information listed below in our Entrepreneur Directory below.

Can I buy more than one gift basket?

Of course! However, supplies are limited, so we suggest ordering ASAP. Order here>

When and where can I pick up my order?

Baskets will be available for pick-up between 12-5pm on Friday, December 7th or Friday, December 14th at the IRC office located at 221 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT. You will choose your pickup date when placing your order. Don't forget to bring your cash or check payment. Unfortunately, credit and debit cards are not accepted as we do not have a method for accepting these payment types.

Can you ship a basket to me?

Unfortunately, no. We are unable to ship the Holiday Gift Baskets. The baskets will need to be picked up directly from our office on the dates available. If you are interested in specific items listed above, contact the entrepreneur directly to learn more about their availability to ship items across the state or country. Learn more about each business in our Entrepreneur Directory below.

I don’t use cash or checks often. Can I pay with my credit or debit card?

Unfortunately, no. This is our first year providing our community the opportunity to purchase New American Holiday Gift Baskets. We don’t have the capability to accept credit or debit cards as payment. This year, we are only able to accept cash or checks. We hope to have the ability to accept credit or debit card transactions next year.

Neither pick-up day works for me. Can I pick up another day?

If possible, please plan to pick up your basket on the day you’ve chosen. If you are unavailable on the pickup day, consider sending someone in your place. If the two days listed don’t work at all, please contact Tara Leung by email at Tara.Leung [at] rescue.org (subject: Gift%20Basket%20-%20Inquiry) before placing your order.

I would like to order a few products individually. How can I do that?

You can order individual products from the entrepreneurs by contacting them directly. Learn more about each business and how to contact them by reviewing our Entrepreneur Directory below.

I need to change or cancel my order. Who should I contact?

For any changes to your order or to cancel your order, kindly email Tara Leung by email at Tara.Leung [at] rescue.org (subject: Gift%20Basket%20-%20Inquiry) .

Is my purchase tax-deductible?

No. All proceeds go directly to the refugee and new American entrepreneurs. This is not a fundraiser for the IRC in Salt Lake City.

How can I donate to support the ongoing work of the IRC in Salt Lake City to serve refugees and other new Americans as they pursue their dreams?

So glad you asked! You can make a donation directly to the IRC in Salt Lake City on our donation page. Donate today>

Additional questions?

Kindly contact Tara Leung by email at Tara.Leung [at] rescue.org (subject: Gift%20Basket%20-%20Inquiry) .

 

Entrepreneur Directory

Learn more about the refugee and new American entrepreneurs who created one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted products to include in the gift baskets.

Al Shaba Sweets

Entrepreneur: Hamida
Gift Basket Product: Kunafa Cupcakes
Contact: Learn more>

Chef Hamida arrived to the U.S. from Syria just over two years ago. Growing up, she taught herself how to cook and is currently working with the IRC in Salt Lake City's Spice Kitchen Incubator program to further develop her business, Al Shaba Sweets. Chef Hamida opened her business to showcase her unique Syrian desserts and share her cultural traditions with her new Salt Lake City community. 

Ashikat Kitchen

Entrepreneur: Saadiyah
Gift Basket Product: Arabic Bread
Contact: Learn more>

Chef Saadiyah grew up in Iraq and Jordan where she learned to cook in the kitchens of her family's restaurant. Her childhood influences her cuisine: she offers savory dishes and delectable desserts with flavors from Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Syria. Someday, Chef Saadiyah hopes to expand her business, Ashikat Kitchen, into a bakery and restaurant of her own.

Al-Najma

Entrepreneurs: Muwaffak & Dareen
Gift Basket Product: Baklava
Contact: Learn more>

In 2016, Dareen and Muwaffak arrived in the United States with their six children from Daraa, Syria after spending four years in Jordan. Muwaffak grew up helping his mom in the kitchen and worked in his father’s restaurant as a child. Dareen, like many Syrian women, started cooking with her mother when she was just a little girl. Their business's name is Al Najma, meaning "the star" in Arabic. They have always named their businesses "Al Najma" as they believe it brings them luck.

BeeCraft Consult

Entrepreneur: Daniel
Gift Basket Product: Local honey
Contact: Learn more>

Raida's paintings included in the holiday gift baskets at the International Rescue Committee
Raida, an artist originally from Iraq, paints colorful designs inspired by her Iraqi and Persian heritage. A painting of this size is included in Holiday Gift Basket E.

Daniel always says, "This business is my life." He has kept bees and collected honey for the past 25 years, producing local, all-natural honey and other products like mead and propolis. Beekeeping gives him joy and fulfillment, as he kept bees both in his home country of Nigeria and in the U.S. for the past three years.

Raida

Entrepreneur: Raida
Gift Basket Product: Original Cork Paper Art
Contact: Email Kit Stebbins, the microenterprise development AmeriCorps VISTA, at the IRC in Salt Lake City to be connected to Raida at Kit.Stebbins [at] rescue.org (subject: Hoping%20to%20connect%20with%20Raida)

Raida, originally from Iraq, has lived in the United States for almost ten years. "I feel myself in the arts and in colors," Raida says: she grew up in a family appreciative of the arts and was always encourage to make art herself. The paper Raida uses is made from tree leaves; it brings out the brilliant colors of her acrylics and other natural paints made from flowers. Raida creates designs and incorporates colors inspired by her Iraqi and Persian heritage. 

H & A Designs

Entrepreneur: Hanifa
Gift Basket Product: Handcrafted Earrings
Contact: Learn more>

Hanifa, a single mother of two from Afghanistan, launched her custom clothing and accessory business, H & A Designs, with the help of the IRC in Salt Lake City’s small business program and specially skilled volunteers. H & A Designs sells handcrafted, customizable women’s clothing and accessories made to make each woman who wears their designs feel beautiful and strong.

Jawaher Designs

Entrepreneur: Jawaher
Gift Basket Product: Henna Gift Card
Contact: Learn more>

Originally from Sudan, Jawaher has lived in the United States for five year. Her henna creations are a long-time passion, as she combines a variety of cultural backgrounds to create one-of-a-kind henna art. She is skilled in a myriad of designs from the Middle East, Africa and India. 

M Bake Shop

Entrepreneur: Michaela
Gift Basket Product: Bite-sized Meringues
Contact: Learn more>

Chef Michaela, born and raised in the snowy peaks of Austria, started cooking with her mother and grandparents as soon as she was tall enough to reach the stovetop. She started baking delicacies for special occasions by age ten. Michaela ran an office lunch delivery service in Santa Monica, CA. There, she grew interested in the effects of diet and nutrition on health. Since, she studied various specialized diets and offers healthy meals from organic and locally-sourced ingredients as a personal chef. Michaela is excited to begin catering gourmet cakes for celebrations including large events and weddings!

Zahko Kurdish Cuisine

Entrepreneur: Mayan
Gift Basket Product: Kurdish Cookies
Contact: Learn more>

Chef Mayan grew up in the kitchen watching her mother cook, little fingers reaching out to taste everything. She came to Utah in 1996 and began dreaming of owning her own business. Zakho Kurdish Cuisine is named for the beautiful town of Zakho in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Mayan passes on her Kurdish culinary traditions to her daughter who finds joy spending time in the kitchen. For Mayan, cooking and eating is family time. Serving traditional Kurdish cuisine made from scratch, Mayan uses unique Middle Eastern spices to add flavor to her dishes.

Eugenie

Smock apron created by Haleema and Marziye at Fancy Bridal & Alterations, a business developed with the help of the International Rescue Committee
Sewn by Haleema and Marziye of Fancy Bridal & Alterations, the smock aprons come in various design and patterns. The aprons are included in Gift Basket C and Gift Basket D.

Entrepreneur: Eugenie
Gift Basket Product: Hand-woven Baskets
Contact: Email Kit Stebbins, the microenterprise development AmeriCorps VISTA, at the IRC in Salt Lake City to be connected to Eugenie at Kit.Stebbins [at] rescue.org (subject: Hoping%20to%20connect%20with%20Eugenie)

Eugenie, originally from Burundi, has lived in the United states for ten years. She started making baskets at the age of 12, learning from her parents. She crafts traditional baskets from a special hay shipped from Burundi mixed with plastic bags. The baskets are usually given at weddings and used to decorate a home. Eugenie's baskets take, on average, two weeks to weave depending on their size. 

Fancy Bridal & Alterations

Entrepreneurs: Haleema & Marziye
Gift Basket Products: Smock Aprons & Alterations Gift Cards
Contact: Learn more>

Haleema and Marziye, two Afghani seamstresses, recently opened Fancy Bridal & Alterations, a bridal and formal-wear company in Millcreek. They carry an exclusive and unique range of bridal-wear in addition to their custom fittings and alteration service. 

Questions? Email Tara Leung, our asset building coordinator, at Tara.Leung [at] rescue.org (subject: Gift%20Basket%20-%20Inquiry) or call the IRC in Salt Lake City office at 801.328.1091 and ask for Tara.