Need some affordable gift ideas for those hard-to-please people on your list? I'm here to help!
(Oh--and at the end of the post I'll give you an opportunity to win a $75 gift certificate to one of my favorite sites/catalogs.)
Laura Boggess' new book, Playdates with God
This book is thoughtful, whimsical, lyrical and honest. Extremely well-written, it's also a quiet manifesto on reawakening our souls to wonder. I savored every word.
I'm proud to call Laura my friend, and her sweet sensibility and love for her Savior--and people--shined through this book. It's based on a popular blog series, and it will motivate you to seek God in new ways.
From her site:
"This book is the story of how, when we step out of our ordinary grown-up lives and set aside time for wonder, we open our hearts to be wooed back to our first love—to the excitement we felt when we first fell in love with Jesus. But this is more than a story about falling in love.
It’s about staying in love."
2) For the writer--
On Being a Writer by Kroeker and Craig.
Do you have an aspiring writer in your home? This new guide is full of hard-won wisdom, personal stories and practical advice about the writing life. I can't recommend it highly enough.
From the publisher: "The honest and witty stories help build a vision for a satisfying, sustainable writing life, while the prompts and activities...will help you make that life a reality. Also includes extra resources like tools for the writing life, recommended reading, Artist Dates, resources for writing a book proposal, and resources for launching a writers group.”
As some of you know, I've become a bit of a foodie over the last few years. I finally learned to cook (at age 42) by watching Food Network and practicing--making mistakes, trying again, succeeding--day by day, meal after meal. Kinda reminds me of the way I became a published author. :)
As a home cook who loves to experiment with big flavors, I would be thrilled to receive this gift, or any of the others in UncommonGoods' quirky and fun collection.
It's a herb oil infuser, so you can take garlic, herbs, or peppers, and infuse your olive oil(s) with them. Nice!
4) For the musician--
What about a snowglobe- making kit? Hedgehog ornament? Fortune cookie baby booties?
Or give your little ones a fun and creative mug--pictured below--designed by 8 year-old Max, who thinks the world would be better if we played with our food (I tend to agree!).
I am so impressed with UncommonGoods. Here's a little background on them:
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is an privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts
created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.
We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including our warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.
I love that mission and vision.
I was already a fan of their catalog, so when they asked me to do a giveaway, I said "absolutely!"
Here's the way you can win: Leave me a comment with the most uncommon gift you've given or received. I'll randomly choose a name from those who've commented, sometime on Monday the 15th. The lucky winner will have a gift certificate emailed to them soon after.
Thanks for reading, and good luck. (And Merry Christmas!!!)