If you're still stuck for something this late in the game, here's an easy one: pick up a Hope in Shadows calendar. You can find licensed vendors on the street corners all over the city. For $20, you'll get a gorgeous large calendar featuring the winning photos of the community photo contest from the Downtown Eastside & North Shore. Half of your purchase will go to the vendors, providing meaningful employment during the Fall/Winter season & the other half supports the Hope in Shadows project, providing a way for the residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver to tell the story of their neighbourhood on their own terms.
Here's a profile of Brian Ward, one of the winners in the Hope in Shadows project: