Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holiday Gift ideas: Post #1

I thought it might be fun to post a few gift ideas for the approaching holiday season. As for me, I have all my gifts already purchased and most are wrapped as well.

No, wait! Don’t leave. I’m only kidding!

I can’t stand when people say this in November. I'm a late shopper and I like it that way. I begin on the day after Thanksgiving, online because it’s easier. And I like wrapping things just before the Big Day. Wrapping is one of my favorite things to do. And I’m being serious here.

The ideas I’m posting are small ones, and most are from blogging pals. I’ll be posting more suggestions in the weeks to come. So let’s begin, shall we?

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The 2011 Bush Calendar from blogging buddy Bush Babe from Australia. She’s a former photojournalist, having worked at a metropolitan newspaper in Australia. Part of the proceeds go towards HeartKids Australia, a charity that’s dear to her family’s heart. The calendar is a tad pricey to ship to the states (13.00) but I love her photography. It’s a treat to see Australia through her eyes. Available [here] on Bush Babe’s etsy site.

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Fearless Nesting’s etsy shop is where I found this cute little wool felted cloche hat. Free shipping on this item, too. The shop owners are the handcrafters of raku pottery and Lili (one of the owners and a blogging friend) also makes beautiful wool felted purses.

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The Hip to Be Square loom, offered by another blogging buddy. My friend, Hilary at the Crazy as a Loom blog has created a high quality potholder loom. It comes with enough loops to make 8 potholders and refills are available. If you’d like to see more photos, I reviewed it [here].

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I love these cards. They’re not from a blogging pal but I found them in 2008 on etsy at The Mincing Mockingbird. They’re fun and unique, especially if you like birds. The site also carries art prints and magnets.

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After work tomorrow, I’m headed for a long weekend trip with friends. I’ll be taking my camera (of course) and will try to post once or twice while I’m away. I heard there was high-speed internet at the hotel. So I’ll see you when I get back and hey, maybe even before!

Until later, my friends . . .

40 comments:

Hilary said...

Great post, and what a nice plug....thank you Ma'am. I do appreciate it.
I'm with you......online shopping, that is the best.

Jeanne Walker said...

Love the holiday gift ideas! I still want that scarf you are working on.

Have fun on your holiday as they say in Jolly Ole England!

Hugs!

Eileen @ My Evergreen Place said...

Thanks for posting those ideas! I have some of my shopping done (all online) and am stuck on a few people. I look forward to reading your other ideas too as you post them.

Have a wonderful time! :0)

Fine Lines said...

Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to order the loom for those great potholders. I just ordered -- it's the perfect gift for someone on my list!!

Tammie said...

Thanks for the reminder...I'm ordering the loom for a granddaughter. She has a plastic one that keeps breaking.

Tammie said...

Thanks for the reminder...I'm ordering the loom for a granddaughter. She has a plastic one that keeps breaking.

Dawn said...

Thank you for the ideas!
Love it when others are creative and I can Christmas shop through them:)))
Have a wonderful time!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Oh, have a wonderful weekend. Take lots of photos and do lots of laughing. Eat good food and drink good wine. And sleep late, if you can. That's my idea of a perfect weekend.

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Online shopping is my favorite,second only to handmade gifts.

That loom is on my wish list. But *sigh* it has to wait...Have a great weekend, Kate!

Karen said...

LOL.. I do love that card. Ain't it the truth.

Cloudia said...

Mincing mockingbird, LOL!

Mocking Mincing bird?



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Donna S. said...

Kate, I read that first part & thought that was where we differ greatly!!! Then you said you were kidding!! Whew. Have a great weekend!!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Great gift ideas Kate! I love Lili's felted items and her pottery, and I'm off to check out the others you have listed!

Enjoy your weekend!

Kat :)

Deb said...

great ideas....have a fun weekend...

BUSH BABE said...

Thanks heaps Kate - i am most honoured to be included in your list here...

For those interested in the Aussie Bush calendar but put off by the postage costs - order more than one and the price per calendar comes down dramatically! I would love to post them cheaper, but like them arrive in a good condition in a padded envelope. (I sell many of these to the States, and to people in Oz looking to send them on to friends and family overseas.)


BB

Sandra said...

Nice stuff and have been on a pot holder making kick lately. I use the vintage metal looms and enjoy making and using the colorful pot holders as mug rugs. Such a simple pleasure.
Enjoy your holiday.

Ellen said...

Have a fabulous time!
smiles.

Gail said...

Have a wonderful time!

Nurse Nancy said...

Have a great time. Will look forward to the pictures.

Jerry Jones said...

Being one of those shoppers who is always out till the last minute Christmas eve, I decided last year to end the madness and start earlier and possibly do some online shopping as well, but I'm one of those shoppers who enjoys physical touch so this will be a little tough for me.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

My 1st visit! Oh, how I love the potholder frame, it brings me back a few years! I had a nice visit, when you have a moment please "visit" me in New England! I love company and new Followers are always welcome!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I went to see Amy Sedaris Monday night - she's promoting her new hilarious book that is subtitled, "Crafts for poor people." She is, apparently, waaay into weaving her own potholders these days! She was joking that she'd be selling 'em for $10 a pop during the book signing. See? Loop looms are COOL!

Daryl said...

Have a wonderful time .. xo

Andi said...

Love the notes cards, very pretty! Hope you had a great weekend with your friends, since I am sure I am too late for you to see this before you go! Girlfriend time is priceless in refilling our own cups.

MaggieGem said...

Very nice that you put in a good word for your blogging friends. And yes it's true the holidays are coming at us full speed.

Have a great day!

Mental P Mama said...

Always fun ideas! I am going to the Berkshires this weekend! Let's send each other telepathic messages about having fun;)

Kerri said...

Oh, I think this it is great to post these gift ideas!!! I'm thinking of getting one of the looms (as a present for myself) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE those bird cards!!! Thank you thank you thank you for doing this!

Have fun on your trip .... looking forward to your beautiful images :)

ELK said...

what a wonderful idea..i was shaking my head thinking you had finished..and wrapped..sheesh I feel better now..have a really fun weekend Kate!!

mrs mediocrity said...

Have a great trip! Lone the idea, I love Mincing Mockingbird, I just gave my sister one of their owl prints for her birthday.
My mother-in-law is one of those people, she will have everything bought and wrapped by thanksgiving, and will mail her christmas cards exactly the day after thanksgiving.
ah well, she is retired, so i will let her her away with it.

Deb said...

Have a fun weekend, Kate! Love the very unique gift ideas. I have all my shopping done for Jack, some for my kids and a little for my sister.
How is your family? Everyone doing fine?

Fearless Nester said...

Oh Kate how sweet you are to include my Etsy shop, what a fun surprise! Thank you. I'm loving that loom too, brings back such great family memories. I'm hooked on anything bird related and those cards are adorable, and how generous is the creator of that calendar! xo ~Lili

Mary said...

Love all your gift ideas. That hat is so cute! Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

A New England Life said...

Going away? Good for you Kate!

Looks like we weren't chosen again over at PW. Oh well.

Great gift ideas! I do believe I'm getting a new camera for Christmas. Shhhh ... it's a secret ; )

I like this womans scarves too: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fnil

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I think it's good to be organised, I have a cupboard full of gifts now and intend to wrap them coming early December.

CJ xx

Carolynn said...

I bought my first Christmas present several weeks ago, in October. I was feeling pretty smug and then I had to return it because I found out the recipient didn't like this kind of gift. *sigh* Now, I'm back to square one with only 5 weeks until the Blessed Event.

I need ideas for Men, please. :o)))

Oliag said...

I love this post Kate! You do always have good ideas:)

Hope you are off having the time of your life!

Seedplanter Designs said...

The pot holder weaving loom looks sturdy. I grew up with one of the little metal ones. This brought back sweet memories!

Kacey said...

Ah, that pot holder thingie brings back memories!

Hope you have a fantastic trip, and thank goodness you were lying about having all your shopping done ;)

The Japanese Redneck said...

You have good taste. People would luv your gifts.