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Alternative Gift Market: Rescheduled for this Sunday

Alternative Gift Market

The last day to purchase gifts from the Alternative Gift Market from a table in the narthex has been rescheduled for this Sunday, December 16. This is your last opportunity to buy an alternative gift for your friends and family!

The Alternative Gift Market is organized by the Global Outreach Committee. This market offers an opportunity for folks to purchase a gift in honor of someone, such as a family member, friend, coworker, boss, etc. The alternative gift you select–food, medicine, livestock, shelter, development aid–will be sent overseas or to poverty-stricken areas in the United States by ecumenical non-profit agencies. At the Market, you will select a gift from a shopping list, pay for it (check or credit card) and get a descriptive insert to put in a free Christmas card you select and give to the person you are honoring. An alternative gift is a perfect “sustainable and green” gift idea that blesses the donor and the receiver. See below for Alternative Gift Market FAQs.

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Alternative Gift Market FAQs

Why is an Alternative Gift better than a “real” present?

With a “real” gift, you can make someone happy by showing you have thought of them and bought a gift especially meant for them. An Alternative Gift does this very well, too, PLUS, an AG won’t be boring, lost, forgotten, broken, or need to be exchanged. An AG will help a person or a program in need. An AG will benefit the person you honor as they (and you) feel the satisfaction of helping others.

Isn’t an Alternative Gift awfully impersonal?

Absolutely not! You will want to make sure the gift you choose is one that your honoree truly cares about. This is easy with the wide selection of Alternative Gifts that are available.

I enjoy Christmas shopping for people. 
Can an Alternative Gift be fun to give?

Of course, the fun of giving a gift is finding the perfect gift. You can’t go wrong with an Alternative Gift because there are so many choices. You will surely find a gift that is unique and perfect for your honoree.

Is there a way to give an Alternative Gift and
also make people happy who like to open a present?

Those of us who have given Alternative Gifts for many years occasionally accompany the AG with an actual package to open. Books are ideal for this purpose.

Is an Alternative Gift suitable for children under 12?

It is never too early to begin teaching children about the importance of helping others. The best way to manage this with young children is to accompany the AG with a present they can play with. For example, give a stuffed animal that matches an AG farm animal donation, a book about the country benefiting from the donation, a superhero or transformer that is a “good guy”  who helps others, a book about kindness, helping others, paying it forward, etc. Really, kids won’t notice if the real gift doesn’t reflect the AG, but it’s nice if you can make the point.

I’m not sure how to begin the tradition of giving Alternative Gifts. 
How might I get started?

You can always make it known that you would prefer to receive an Alternative Gift. In that way, you set a good example and can get the conversation started about the joys of Alternative Gift giving and receiving.