Friday, December 17, 2010

Alternative Local Food Gift Guide

Want to try something different from the usual holiday gift giving this year?  You could check out the Ithaca's Food Web gift guide, or check out the alternative ideas below -- but ya gotta act this weekend!  The Share Tompkins Swap Meet is on Saturday, and the last day to buy from the Alternative Gift Fair is Sunday.  Plenty of options for food enthusiasts at both events!

Saturday, December 18, Noon-3pm at the Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca, NY
Strapped for cash? Like working with your hands? Check off everyone on your list by swapping and making your own gifts this holiday season! All are welcome to this FREE event. Barter for goodies with your neighbors or make one-of-a-kind gifts at the crafting station run by Ithaca Freeskool. As always, there will be a free area for people who want to give stuff away. Hosted and co-sponsored by the Southside Community Center.
What to bring:
- Materials for craft-making: decorative paper, markers, fabric,etc.
- Food: teas, baked goods, jams, chocolate, etc.
- Body Care: tinctures, soaps, creams, etc.
- Handmade Crafts: ceramics, candles, art, etc.
- Stuff: electronics, housewares, books, etc.
- Services: massage, yoga, music lessons, etc.
- Bags, boxes and carts to take stuff home in
- Our goal is sustainability – please bring stuff that is locally-grown or made from local materials if possible, but anything is welcome!
- Be prepared to take back home with you whatever you don’t end up bartering or giving away. Left-over items will be donated appropriately.
- Please bring stuff that is in good condition or can be easily-repaired – no junk!

The Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is a fun way to bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and "stuff" accumulation while honoring friends and relatives with donations to causes that fit their values. For each donation, the giver receives a holiday card with a description of the organization and gift, and the organization to which your contribution is made gets 100% of your donation.
Here are just a few of the organizations you can support with an Alternative Gift:

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