The "Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau" board that I serve on has a table at this years alternative gift fair here in Ithaca, NY. I had never heard of an alternative gift fair until this year but what an awesome idea! The concept is that you go and make donations and you get a card to give to someone to show that you made a donation in their name as a gift. What a great idea! I think it is nicer than exchanging gift cards, or evenly exchanging money. My parents always give us a gift card each year and we always give them one for the same amount to a different store. Rather than exchanging money, why not donate in someones name! Many of us don't really need or even want anything for Christmas so why not donate to a person, program or non-profit and let that gift serve someone less fortunate. Even if you don't have an alternative gift fair in your area, you can still donate in other peoples names! Check out your favorite charity, many of them will send a nice card to the person who's name the donation was made in. So today.... "black Friday," think outside the gift-box, give a gift that helps others and Live Inspired Now!