Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone on Santa’s Nice List

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Stumped for last-minute gift ideas for someone on Santa’s nice list? Why not consider a membership or donation to a North Texas nonprofit in their name? It’s a thoughtful alternative to yet another gift that might sit unused or unappreciated.

Here are a few of our favorites related to Dallas history, preservation, housing, and architecture.


Christmas gifts from Dallas-area nonprofits

Dallas Architecture Forum: This nonprofit provides a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Forum offers presentations of architecture through public lectures by designers, critics, and historians; through topical discussions; and through occasional study tours to buildings and cities locally and throughout the world. Memberships start at $30.

Dallas Endowment for Endangered Properties: This is a pool of capital created by grassroots donations and preservation grants. It is used to acquire, control, and protect historic Dallas properties for rehabilitation, thereby avoiding further neglect or demolition of endangered properties. Donations can be made in any amount.

Dallas Habitat for Humanity: This group helps revitalize Dallas neighborhoods and increase access to homeownership. Donations can be made in any amount.

Dallas Heritage Village: Located in historic Old City Park, this museum uses its collections of historic buildings and furnishings, representing the period 1840-1910, to sponsor research, publications, and exhibits, and to present educational programs and special events for diverse audiences of children, families, and adults. Memberships start at $60.

Dallas Historical Society: This group manages the magnificent Hall of State at Fair Park, and preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related objects. Each year, the Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs. Memberships start at $25.

Dwell with Dignity: This nonprofit designs and installs complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. Many clients are formerly homeless. They provide complete home interiors that include furniture, art, bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. Families come home to what is now their new standard of living. Donations can be made in any amount.

Old Oak Cliff Conservation League: This nonprofit works to preserve and enhance the architectural, historic, and cultural heritage and natural resources of Old Oak Cliff through direct action and public education. OOCCL also supports the 30 neighborhoods of the league with assistance, grants, and training, and serves as an umbrella organization unifying them for greater advocacy and representation with the city of Dallas. Memberships start at $15.

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society: This group preserves and promotes the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities, encompassing the preservation of our trees, parks, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Memberships start at $100.

Preservation Dallas: This nonprofit is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the city’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and places. They champion initiatives to protect the history and culture of neighborhoods and historic buildings throughout the community, enhancing the quality of life and economic development of Dallas. Memberships start at $50.



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  1. LonestarBabs says

    I’d like to see a calendar created that features one teardown tragedy per month as the photo — the Penson House would be one example, not to mention the others we’ve seen bulldozed and scraped. Could also include properties that are endangered. Sales of the calendar could be a fundraiser for organizations.

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