Alternative Gift Market, 2023

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, following the 9 and 11 a.m. services, in person only in Bloedel Hall.

Bring, Buy, Enjoy! We hope everyone will consider being a part of this year's Alternative Gift Market. BRING a Christmas gift for one of the local organizations we're supporting, BUY a Christmas gift for a loved one, ENJOY delicious treats and hot drinks available for purchase. We're excited for this fun morning of community and connection.

Check back often as this page is being continually updated will new offerings and information!


Bring a gift or a donation for those neighbors served by our community partners. Use the list below as a guide, or take a tag from the Giving Tree, in the nave starting November 23. 

  • Casa Latina
    • $25 gift cards for Target and Amazon
    • material for Posada Boxes made up for families in need each year
      • 2 bars of soap, 1 tube of toothpaste, 2 rolls of toilet paper, 1 28 oz. Bottle of dish soap, 2 boxes of spaghetti, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of tuna fish, 1 bag of sugar, 2 cans of black beans, 2 bags of long grain white rice, 2 cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk, 2 16 oz. bottles of olive oil (or 1 32 oz. bottle), 1 bag of Maseca masa (corn) flour
  • Edible Hope
  • Saint Mark's Hunger Offering
    • benefits Ballard Food Bank, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Pike Market Food Bank, Immanuel Community Services, The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s, and St. Brigid’s Banquet
  • Lowell Elementary
  • Mary’s Place
  • Operation Nightwatch
    • winter survival items: gloves, socks, beanies, handwarmers
  • Seattle Seafarers’ Center
    • Full-size toiletries (ex. shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste...)
    • Warm clothing (hats, socks, scarves, sweatshirts, etc.)
    • Sanitary products for women (especially reusable items)
    • Snacks and candy (ex. assorted chocolates)
    • Seattle souvenirs
  • Saint Mark's!


Buy a Christmas gift for a loved one!

  • Saint Mark’s Cathedral branded merchandise - UPDATE! The cathedral's print-on-demand merch store is now available here!
  • Honey from the Saint Mark’s Hives
  • from the Saint Mark's Flower Ministry - Fresh cut flower arrangements for $20–30
  • Arts & crafts from the Saint Mark’s community, including the Quilt Ministry and the Ministry of Worsted Wool
  • Gifts from Nurturing Roots Farm
    • spice mix station and tea samples
  • Evelyn Underhill books from Underhill House
  • Coffee mugs and fridge magnets from the Seattle Seafarers Center
  • Books from Saint Mark’s authors, including: Sally Crotty, Deborah Anderson, Pamela Bradburn, Betsy Bell, Elizabeth Clark-Stern, Penny Reid, Libby Carr, Gordon Miller, Wendy Barrie, Judith Raunig-Graham
  • Bookmarks crafted by the students of Lowell Elementary
  • Sweet treats from the cathedral community (Sign up to contribute here!)
  • Freshly baked bread from Saint Mark’s Bread Bakers’ Guild
  • Hot drinks
  • Soup and bagels for brunch or lunch
  • Frozen soups to take away!


  • Intergenerational activities with Canon Wendy
  • Decorate cookies for Edible Hope
  • Music and fellowship!

4 Responses

  1. Judith Raunig-Graham
    | Reply

    This sounds terrific! I was just sitting here thinking about how I could possibly sell a few of my poetry books, which would make good Christmas gifts because they are light weight and therefore not as expensive as some items to mail.

    And of course an easy way to make a donation.
    Do we have to register?
    Thanks so much, Judy Raunig-Graham

  2. Libby Carr
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    Linzi –
    Yes, I’d love to donate several copies of “How Do the Reindeer Fly?” Always happy to share it. One can hear me reading it (only 6 min) and see all the illustrations at
    Thanks – Libby Kelleher Carr
    This is a delight to have this alternative Christmas mart in place at St Mark’s so we can donate to some worthy organizations. Thanks for organizing it.

  3. Judith Raunig-Graham
    | Reply

    Hi Linzi, For some reason, my name wasn’t included among the booksellers though I let someone know. I don’t kniw if my email wasn’t received or what happened…Anyway, I hope you will include my name in any upcoming announcements.

  4. Judith Raunig-Graham
    | Reply

    I will bring black beans and bar soap for giveaways…

    I hope to buy sell some copies if my latest Exquisite Moments and then buy
    some Holy Honey…

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