Truth be told, we're pretty fortunate. We are able to buy and afford all the things we NEED and then some. But now does not seem like a time to be wasteful. Every single thing that I buy this year needs to have a purpose. I'm not going to buy things just to fill stockings (or in the case of Hanukkah, fill DAYS). I'm going to look to filling hearts.
Without further ado, here are my gift suggestions. Feel free to comment with your own suggestions. If I like them, I'll revise and add yours as well!
A TACO TRUCK ON EVERY CORNER
...Because we deserve taco trucks! Seriously. Is this not the cutest thing ever? Kids love pretend play, they love hiding and small spaces, and lots of them love transportation.
Bonus could be buying the play food for the kiddo to "make" the tacos, or even having them help you "make" tacos out of felt scraps.
Taco Truck, by FamousOTO, $69 plus free shipping
Felt Library by Hand Made Modern for Target, $12.99
11-piece play taco set from Wicked Cute Crafts on etsy, $14
BADASS ART FOR YOUR COMIC-LOVING KID'S ROOM
From Superman to Wonder Woman to Batman to the Green Lantern and Flash, Adam's designs and quotes will help any kid (or, who are we kidding here, geeky adult) feel empowered.
The Wonder Woman image reads:
If the prospect of living in a world where trying to respect the basic rights of those around you and valuing each other simply because we exist are such daunting, impossible tasks, then what sort of a world are we left with? And what sort of world do you want to live in?
Buy as an instant PDF download in Adam's Etsy store for $10
FOR THE LITTLE GUYS AND GALS READY TO SMASH THE PATRIARCHY
Help your kiddo channel their inner strength with these altered vintage design shirts by WinkinBitsyClothing.
The designer, Helen Temperley, has lots of other cool images to meet almost any strange interest-- those who like snark, vegetarians, steampunk aficionados, to vintage vixens.
Buy "I Roar Inside" kids shirt $24.72
KEEP ME WARM, DAMMIT
SERRV, which plies handmade and fair-trade items, gets these leg warmers, knit from remnants (no two are alike), from the Kumbeshwar Technical School in Kathmandu.
Toss in some fair-trade, women-grown coffee from a cooperative in Nicaragua and get ready to be cozy as fuck.
Merino Stripe Legwarmers from Serrv, $40
"Matching" Infinity Remnants Cowl, $42
Sisterhood Solidarity Organic Coffee, $11
GOOD BOOKS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS
If you go the fancy/expensive route, I can't blame you. I'm all thumbs.
But, if you want to download the directions to make one yourself, you can print those out and bundle them with a gift card to your local mom & pop hardware store and/or a gift card to the local used book store.
Little Free Library, $325 as shown
Download plans FREE here!
FOR THOSE OF YOU ABOUT TO MARCH, WE SALUTE YOU!
Best of all, proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, which works to advance comprehensive women's health in Wisconsin.
All Women Tee $19.99 on Cafe Press
SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS
"Kindness is Everything" yard sign, $16.99
Donate directly to the ACLU in honor of someone!
DUDES GOTTA LOOK FLY TOO, YO.
That means that not only do you get this snuggly, cozy, soft AF sweater (Alpaca is sooooo soft and warm), the purchase of this sweater can also provide 39 packets of lifesaving nourishment to children suffering from acute malnutrition.
As we all know, Aleppo is in the headlines, and the remaining children there need all the help they can get. So please, go buy from the UNICEF store, or just give a donation in someone's name, with a card that tells them what a good heart they have. Either way, you'll be spreading warmth that is desperately needed.
Men's Alpaca Sweater from UNICEF, $71.99
Donation of an amount of your choice
THE GIFT OF MORE CAT VIDEOS
Yup-- your dirty secret is out. But that's ok, because science says that watching animal videos helps us to decompress, and that's good, no?
How about watching more cat videos, and helping rehabilitate feral cats at the same time? It's a win/win! I dare you to watch this video from tinykittens.com about my favorite rescue, Cassidy, and not be moved.
FOR ALL THE OTHER ANIMAL LOVERS IN YOUR LIFE
"Adopt" an animal from the World Wildlife Fund, and you can specify if you want the adoption to come with an adoption kit, which includes a stuffed animal and more information about the animal
(Price varies depending on species)
SUPPORT A LOCAL ARTIST. OR MY FRIENDS.
|Narwhal Teatime T by Artist|
Christy Grace on Society 6, $20.40
|Down in the Aspens throw pillow by|
Hiraeth Art on Society6, $17
Seriously. I have some crazy talented friends. But maybe so do you? Why don't you bop over to their Etsy shop, or swing by their Facebook pace to see what awesomeness they've been up to?
Then, it's a gift to them AND to the recipient!
FOR LITERALLY ALMOST ANYONE
Because it's easier to sort socks when they aren't all just variations of black that has faded. BlueQ socks are my secret weapon to feeling badass. Since I live in a climate where I wear boots six months a year, I can let my freak flag fly even at business meetings with these beauties.
(Of course, that shouldn't stop you from wearing them any damn day). With snarky sayings like "I hate everybody too," or simply images of peaceful otters holding hands, there's something for everyone, man or woman.
Happy Holidays, and have fun storming the castle!