Give Fair Trade Coffee and More: Alternative Gift Ideas from Building New Hope

coffee-for-order-page.jpgUnless you are going totally non-consumer and supporting Buy-Nothing-Christmas this year, then you may as well put your gift dollars where they will continue giving: Check out these shopping suggestions from While supporting an excellent community development effort in Nicaragua, you can choose from fresh pounds of fair trade certified organic coffee; a fun and entertaining book for kids, Rootie Kazoo and the Final Pitch; their unique Street Dog post cards; and the 2008 Rhythm in the Barrios calendars. Better yet, choose from these non-material alternative gifts, like paying for school supplies for a Nicaraguan child—or music lessons, scholarships, or pay for  a teacher’s salary. Ding dong. Ho ho ho.

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