A lot of you have been asking for this annual post, and it feels like I am much later with it than usual, but in looking at my archives it seems that with one glaring exception, I’m pretty much on schedule, so let’s get to it.
To start with, be aware that it’s getting towards the deadline to order gifts made by monastic houses. It’s already too late to order the wreaths, but I think you can still squeeze in candy, coffee and soap/creme orders. I just ordered these St. Nicholas Shea Butter Soaps and a supply of what I call the “hand creme inna jar” that everyone so loves during winter!
We’re doing “small” gifts this year. Aside from our charitable donations, the gift-giving will be modest. So, here are some smallish, but “different” ideas:
I love these Pretty Swiss Army Knives for the ladies. I am giving my sister one, in honor of her late husband, who always had a SA knife in his pocket! No, she doesn’t read my blog, so I am safe sharing that.
The workplace is becoming increasingly stressful. I’m turning to Dead Fred for someone who is living it.
This sounds silly, but I’d be glad to have one: this Take Out Menu organizer is cute and useful and a good alternative to shoving the menus in a kitchen drawer!
For a kid with a curious brain and too much energy: Snap Circuits. I’ve read so many good things about these from Instapundit that a couple of brainy, energetic kids I know are going to hopefully pipe down and create a few things!
My pubescent niece who needs to vent: I’m giving her lots of things to open, Doodle Diary, a nice little art kit and this rasher of gel pens, because okay, I’m a sucker for gel pens, and don’t know why anyone wouldn’t be.
Graphic Novels: I bought my kids a graphic version of A Christmas Carol, and they loaned me a passed-around copy of Watchmen and we’ve kind of decided that graphic novels are fun for all ages, and a nice break from pure text. I am super-intrigued to see the recent release of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, one of my childhood faves, as a graphic novel, and the Art of Manliness recommended Savage, which also looks really good for a guy.
If you’re looking for a smart-kid novel, though, this looks to suit the bill.
Speaking of Madeleine L’Engle, if you’re a fan like me this boxed set is also tempting
And for a He-Man sort, Jake Tapper’s The Outpost
The Hobbit movie is coming out, and Joseph Pearce is a terrific writer, so this seems like a no-brainer.
For a whiskey-lover, these Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Tasting Glass and Sipping Stones. I actually found these thanks to someone who ordered them through this site, and am very grateful to whoever that was. Add a bottle of hooch and it’s a perfect idea for Fathers-in-Law.
Love, love, love this curling iron from Hot Tools. Just LOVE!
I’ve recommended this large faux ostrich designer knock-off tote before, but it’s worth mentioning again. I love it in orange, but it’s also beautiful in black.
My son bought these sunglasses for his dad last year; a big hit.
After recently reminiscing with a neighbor about the great old Latin hymns, I bought her this. The Salve Regina is particularly great.
Jewelry: Since we’re keeping it small this year, I haven’t bought any, but I am intrigued by this sterling silver and jade dangle earrings, which looks nice. Last year I bought these lilypad earrings for a niece who loved them and wore them all the time.
Okay, here’s something to end on, although, I am not sure I get it. But if I had a little kid I’m sure I would be checking it out.
By the way, I’m giving you Amazon links for all of these things because when you order your stuff through Amazon, you help put a little money in the family coffers at no cost to you — for which I am incredibly grateful (whoever just bought this blew my mind! Thanks!) — but yeah, buy them where you can best get them!