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Gift fair encourages alternative gifts

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CARBONDALE -- It's easy to get wrapped up in the shopping season this Christmas, but how about giving someone something a little more thoughtful?

That's the idea behind the alternative gift fair in Carbondale where people had the opportunity to buy items they wouldn't typically find on shelves.

Organizers said it's a way to give something a little more personal.

In honor of them to give as gifts for people who care about those kinds of things instead of people who don't need an extra tie or blender," Mary Sullivan said. Sullivan is one of the organizers of the event.

She said the idea is to help reduce the clutter of excess gifts.

Alternative gifts include things like make a donation to charity in the name of the person.

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