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 (IRC) 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. 

Holiday Ornaments
Holiday Ornament by Maasai Market
Photo: IRC


These holiday gift baskets are the ultimate way to support local businesses while finding a unique present for anyone in your life. The baskets are full of high-quality, unique products from IRC clients who own local small businesses. This gift is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, whether it’s a loved one or yourself!

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

  1. Check out the homemade products in this year’s baskets and the businesses they’re from.
  2. Order your basket here. Select which basket option you would like and which day you would like to pick up your basket, either Friday, December 16 or Monday, December 19 from 9am to 6pm. You’ll pay up front via the order form.
  3. A confirmation email from [email protected] will be sent to your email after you place your order. Please note that this email may not be immediate, and may take up to 1 business day to receive.
  4. Instructions for pick up from the IRC office will be emailed to you the week before pick up. We are unable to ship the holiday baskets. Holiday baskets must be picked up from the IRC office at 221 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT.
Ukrainian cookie shop
Traditional cookies by Heart of Ukraine
Photo: IRC
Hot Sauce stack
Hot Sauce by FireTwist
Photo: IRC

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.

All holiday baskets will come with: 

Traditional Cookies

From Heart of Ukraine

Holiday Ornament 

From Maasai Market

Tea Sample

From Honey Teahive

Tea Samples in spoons.

Tea Sampler from Honey Teahive
Photo: IRC

Hot Sauce

From Fire Twist

Oven Mitt

Oven mitt by Free Women 

Oven Mitt
Oven mitt by Free Women

IRC Post Card and Pin

Holiday baskets will be available for $50. All profits will go directly to entrepreneurs. Please note that items may not be exactly as appears. Changes in the color/design of some items may occur. The items are pre-packaged, no further customization is available. Thank you for understanding. Every effort will be made to ensure you are happy with your holiday basket.

Orders will be accepted through Saturday, December 10th. If you need to cancel your basket or revise your order, the last day to do so will be Tuesday, December 8.

Any questions? Email [email protected].

Order your New American Holiday Gift Basket today>

New American Holiday Gift Basket FAQ:

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 Friday, December 16 or Monday, December 19 from 9am to 6pm at the IRC office located at 221 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT. You will choose your pickup date when placing your order and will be sent an invoice after placing your order.

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.

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 Mattie Vandel by email at [email protected] 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 Mattie Vandel by email at [email protected].

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 Mattie Vandel by email at [email protected].

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.

Heart of Ukraine 

Entrepreneur: Olha & Mira
Gift Basket Product: Traditional Ukrainian Cookies
Contact: Instagram Page

Heart Of Ukraine is a small home based business ran by Ukrainian women who recently came to Utah, USA. They sell traditional Ukrainian cookies made from short bread dough, hazelnuts, and boiled condensed milk.

Fire Twist

Entrepreneur: Florence
Gift Basket Product: Hot Sauce
Contact: [email protected]

Florence makes unique and delicious hot sauce sold with her Fire Twist label. Her products landed her a finalist position in the 2021 New American Dream Lab competition. Check out her Etsy shop here.

Maasai Market

Entrepreneurs: Morris
Gift Basket Product: Holiday Ornament

Contactmailto:[email protected]

Morris was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and moved into the United States in 1998. With lots of family and friends in Kenya who were always in need of money, he decided to find ways that he could help them support themselves. That is when The Maasai Market was started. The merchandise they sell is guaranteed to be authentic. Sales directly benefit the local African men and women who handcraft each item. Jambo rafiki ( Swahili for Hello Friend), Thank you for stopping by to learn more about The Maasai Market!

Free Women

Entrepreneur: Hanifa
Gift Basket Product: Oven Mitt
Contactmailto:[email protected]

Hanifa came to Salt Lake city as a refugee single mother to her three kids. She was excited to see women who could drive and walk around by themselves. She wanted to be strong like them. This led her to starting her company Free Women in 2020. She has since employed 26 women from her home country of Afghanistan. They make custom clothing, purses, household items, etc and also do alterations.

Honey TeaHive

Entrepreneur: Mika
Gift Basket Product: Tea Sampler
Contactmailto:[email protected]

Mika began her business Honey Teahive in 2019 with the goal of bringing joy to those who already love or who are curious about tea, and who want to share quality time and give their guests a unique experience. Honey Teahive provides three packages with different tea-time experiences, as well as the ability to customize your party to your specific needs. Honey Teahive takes great care in setting up a beautiful and traditional British tea time in the comfort of your home, at work, or at an event venue. They strive to create a relaxing, fun & elegant atmosphere that will ensure your event is one to remember!

Questions? Email Mattie Vandel, our Microenterprise Development VISTA, at [email protected].