So, the economy being what it is, and the household budget currently including a substantial behavioral oscillation effect*, we're doing holiday buying a little closer to home this year. We are trying to give gifts, in order of declining preference:
-home-made or crafted by us--we have what we hope are some nifty ideas along these lines.
-home-made, crafted, or written by people in our community (in-person or on-line).
-items where the money will go to small crafters or other individuals, rather than big companies.
For the latter two, I'm looking for pimpage and suggestions. Running a cottage business out of your dorm room? Know a friend with an awesome Etsy shop? F-List member of an F-List member with an awesome Etsy shop? Let me know in the comments**.
Some of my favorites:
, as most of you probably already know, posts amazing titled shinies about once a week. Prices range from $15 earrings to $500 necklace crowns.
makes, among other things, catnip-filled One Rings and D20s
sells steampunkish baubles and awesome painted bones at her Etsy shop
*That is a much-too-obscure psychology joke, but the meaning should be apparent regardless.
**Disclaimer: No guarantees of us actually buying anything from any particular source, obviously, especially if the oscillation effect increases.