Different gifts that make a difference
Instead of buying yet another tie or trinket for someone, shop for gifts that are produced and distributed using fair trade practices, sustainable grown where applicable, and provide for people’s basic needs of food, shelter and medical care.
Always held the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What is an Alternative Gift Market?
A different kind of shopping experience… A shopper might purchase a kitchen cabinet for a Habitat home in a weather-devastated area or shares in all kinds of livestock and animals for the Heifer project. There are a variety of projects from which to choose. The gift recipient will receive an attractive card telling him or her about the gift given in his or her honor, and will know that he has helped make a difference in the world.
Want to give an actual gift?
Shop for gifts that fairly compensate the artisans in developing nations who created them. The Market will also include hundreds of beautiful, moderately priced, handcrafted products such as jewelry, toys, baskets, knit scarves, clothing, decorative and holiday items that promote social and economic progress in developing countries. In addition, a large selection of fairly-traded food items will be available for purchase.
Need a gift bag for your chosen gift?
Choose eco-friendly, reusable fabric gift bags of all sizes and for all occasions.
Why Alternative Giving?
Because so many of the world’s critical needs today are going unmet. Because of our need and capacity to give. Because Uncle Bob doesn’t need yet another silk necktie.
Why Alternative Gift Markets? Because they provide critical support for a diverse collection of non-profit organizations with established track records of helping people and the environment. Because they are an appropriate non-profit response to consumerism. Because they are a celebration of abundant life for all of the world’s people.