Give this Holiday Season

November 26, 2009 at 12:31 am 1 comment

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In response to rampant consumerism, some organizations have advocated that we refrain from shopping that day and BUY NOTHING.

If you are planning to spend money this holiday season, there are many options for you to purchase locally and buy goods that are hand-made, fair-trade, and support a local organization. Here are some options:

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Eat My Blog Bake Sale, featuring over 600 baked goods from L.A. food bloggers

WHEN: Saturday December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
WHERE: Zeke’s Smokehouse, 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood
CONTACT: 323-234-3030;

All Saints Alternative Christmas Market

WHEN: Sunday, December 6th
WHERE: Sweetland Hall and the Guild Room of the church, 132 North Euclid Ave. Pasadena, CA. There will be free parking.
CONTACT: (626) 796-1172;

Garment Workers Center Shop With a Heart Annual Fundraiser, featuring fair trade items and music performances

WHEN: Sunday December 6th from 3-7 pm.
WHERE: On Los Angeles Street between Pico and 12th
CONTACT: 213-748-5866

4th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts Holiday Bazaar,  featuring local and international fair trade and hand made items

WHEN: Saturday December 12th 2009, 11 am – 4 pm
WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA (Geneva Room)
CONTACT: (626) 676-7884;

Unique Los Angeles Holiday Show

WHEN: December 5&6, 11am – 6pm both days
WHERE: 110 E 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90079
* This event costs $10.00

If you can’t make it to any of these events, you can shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena year-round, or visit for thousands of handmade goods sold directly by the creator!

You can also redirect any money you might have spent on consumer items to supporting projects around the world. Global Giving is “an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about. You select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and get regular progress updates – so you can see your impact.”

Global Giving is part of a trend that harnesses the power of the internet to put potential donors in more direct contact with those who receive their donation. An organization with similar principles is Kiva, a person-to-person micro-lending website, where lenders loan money to low-income entrepreneurs for the purpose of alleviating poverty.

Due to the economic crisis and the growing interest in sustainability and simplicity, many of us are choosing different ways to celebrate the holidays. Read more about how to give when you don’t have a lot and giving gifts that won’t add to your loved one’s clutter!

Share your ideas in the comments – where do you like to buy meaningful, affordable gifts? What are your family’s rituals? What do you do to encourage connection and emphasize relationships rather than consumption?

Happy Holidays!

– rs


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  • 1. fuddyduddy  |  November 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

    nice posting for the holidays – here’s hoping folks follow some of these leads!


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