Give gifts without all the stuff!

November 29, 2017
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An alternative gift supports a direct need for a person or community in need, such as asthma medication for someone who cannot afford it, books for a child in transitional housing, or work clothes for a newly employed person.

Alternative gift fairs provide critical support for local, national and international organizations with established track records of helping people and the environment. They’re also a fun and inspirational way to bypass the stress of holiday shopping.


Intro to alternative gift fairs

At an alternative gift fair or market, shoppers have an opportunity to support charities working to address the world’s social and environmental needs. Working from shopping lists, shoppers make donations to charities, supporting a specific service or item to help communities and environments in need.

Shoppers make these donations in honor of family members and friends in lieu of consumer gifts during the holidays, birthdays, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other events. For each donation, the shopper receives a certificate explaining the gift and organization which can be given to someone on your holiday list “in their honor”.


At the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair:

This is the 19th year of the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair and the event features 16 locally-based charitable organizations doing amazing work in our region and the world.

Donate to those whose inspiring work matches your own passions, then include donation certificates in greeting cards for family, loved ones, and others whom you wish to honor in the Season of Giving.

There will be a kids’ activity corner, live music, free massages, bake sale, raffle, cookie decorating/donating, and a quiet reflection table to match up wonderful gifts of donation for everyone on your list.

Gifts this year include:

  • $15 A hygiene or school kit for a child living in an area hit by a hurricane
  • $15 A supplemental food package for a breastfeeding mom in Malawi
  • $50 A legal consultation with a qualified immigration attorney
  • $65 A Four-day College visit for one girl

Bring the whole family and start the season with a holiday glow that will lift your spirit.
100% money donated for gifts goes to the charities at the fair no matter
how you pay. Checks, cash and credit cards are welcome.


Event Details

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 12 noon – 4 pm


Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

310 Tulip Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912 (corner of Tulip & Maple), three blocks from the Takoma Metro Station

[**note that Takoma metro station will be closed Nov 25 – Dec 10, so plan ahead, utilize shuttle buses, etc.]

And also a simple table follow-up event at the Takoma Park Farmer’s Market (Laurel and Carroll Ave), Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10am – 2pm.


Can’t make it in person?

You can participate up until December 15th by downloading a shopping list and making mail -in or electronic payments. Download the PDF here:


Contact Mimi Iklé-Khalsa, Fair Director, at

Sponsored by Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, and Crossroads Community Food Network, with the participation of the Takoma Park Child Development Center, and Girl Scout Troop 1456.

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