Every year I create a holiday gift guide. Its usually filled with handmade goodies from small businesses and all my favorite little doo-dahs. But this year I'm having a hard time justifying the purchase of Christmas gifts. Don't get me wrong - I love Christmas. I love cooking, listening to carols, relaxing with family, and enjoying a cocktail or two. Its the Christmas shopping that really gets me down. So much waste! But if in some alternate universe I had a little green to spend on gifts, it might look something like this:
1. The Full Focus Planner is my the best thing since sliced bread. If you love to plan and journal and track your successes and challenges, than this is the journal for you. My husband started using it this fall and has never felt more at ease with his schedule or more aware of his personal progress.
2. A set of Blackwing Pencils are always a classy non-gendered gift.
3. You can never go wrong with a pair of hand-made leather shoes from Aurora Shoe Co. They are hands-down my favorite shoes. I think my next pair will be from their Middle English collection.
4. "VanGogh and Nature" by Richard Kendall is a beautiful hard bound coffee table book, perfect for any lover of art or nature.
5. The "Movie Star Coat" from the J. Peterman Catalog is a blend of wool and cashmere. If you've got $450 bucks to blow on something completely divine, this is a good way to go.
6. Portland Bee Balm Chapstick is a staple in my life and the perfect size stocking stuffer.
7. These seed collections from the Seed Savers Exchange are a great way to share your love of gardening, sustainability, and food. The perfect small gift or stocking stuffer.