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Alternative Gift Market

  • Alternative Gift Market 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 USA (map)

Fair trade, environmentally sustainable artisan items for sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Activity Center.


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will hold an Alternative Gift Market on Sunday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church’s Activity Center. Vendors or gifts scheduled for the market include:

 Tamales for Christmas. Pre-order chicken tamales homemade by the members of St. Paul’s Hispanic congregation, Fe y Esperanza. $15/dozen; pick up December 22.

 Hand-crafted, fair trade items from across the globe. Fair Trade empowers people who normally are marginalized by global trade to have a chance at a fair wage and a sustainable lifestyle that offers hope and dignity.  Representative website: www.

 Equal Exchange. Fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and hot cocoa produced by small farmers and producers who are democratically organized. Hope’s Blend, a special coffee with hints of chocolate and spice, will be featured. Website:

 Little Travellers. Beautiful beaded pins (above photo) made by women South Africa affected by AIDS. Wear them wherever you go. At $5 each, 100 percent of funds helps fight HIV/AIDS in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, where over 40 percent of adults are infected. Website:

 ZOE Ministry. Virtually purchase animals through Zoe to serve vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, and Kenya with a relief ministry that includes food aid, medical care, education fees, clothing programs, and clean water projects. ZOE also empowers orphans and child-led families to become self- sufficient in two to three years so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. Website:

 Hand-made quilt. A queen-size quilt, featuring Bolivian fabric and hand-crocheted sections in shades of blue, white, and gold, will be sold via silent auction. The quilt was made especially for this market by the Sewing Ladies of Iglesia Metodista Emmanuel in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Holiday Manna Bags. These are bags to keep handy in your car so that when someone asks for food or money, you can give them a Manna Bag filled with men's athletic socks, small bottles of water, chewy granola bars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, snack-size box of raisins, hand-sanitizing wipes, a current pocket calendar, and information about services for homeless individuals.

 St. Paul’s apparel. T-shirts, both short and long sleeve, feature the church name and logo on the front and on the back Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Purchases may be made with cash, check, or credit card.

At 5501 Main, St. Paul’s is on the corner of Main and Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The church is within one block of both Museum District MetroRail stops, and free parking is available in two lots behind the church on Fannin Street. 

Earlier Event: December 7
Kids Day Out
Later Event: December 8
Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas