I am working a couple of days a week at Ten Thousand Villages, and we’ve been prepping for Saturday’s Bag Sale. Everything in the store is 20% off and all of the merchandise is fair-trade, providing the artisans with a living wage. It’s a great way to purchase beautiful handcrafted Christmas presents that benefit both your recipient and the artisan. And even though you get a bargain, the artisan has already been paid in full, so that’s a win-win.
Because Les and I have to mail all of our gifts, we rarely buy a physical present. But instead of buying a gift card so our family members can buy something they don’t need (instead of us sending them something they don’t need), we will be headed to the Gifts That Give Hope alternative gift fair in Lancaster. It’s a way to give a great present to two recipients at once: our loved one and a charity of our choice.
Now the choices become: Should we purchase helmets or honeybees, running shoes or rabbits, woodworking tools or water? We haven’t decided yet, but at the gift fair they are all available. The fair, which allows you to buy gifts to support 30 nonprofits all in one place, takes place on Saturday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Farm and Home Center at 1383 Arcadia Rd in Lancaster.
Follow Gifts That Give Hope on Facebook to learn about the different nonprofits that will represented at the fair. And find some unusual gifts that honor your loved ones and help someone else. Now that should ease the Christmas craze a bit for all of us.
Use the comments section here or on Facebook to share with me and other readers what nonprofits you’re interested in supporting and with what gifts. Or what you fair-trade gifts you purchase. I think it will be fun to see how our interests differ and yet coordinate to meet needs locally and around the world.