I really like to make as many gifts as I can each Christmas. I know not everyone can or wants to attempt such things, but I'm getting up on my soap box (and I know I'm not alone) this year. There are so many amazing small businesses making beautiful objects. Please consider buying your gifts from someone in your area, shop Etsy or one of the many craft shows that pop up this time of year... You not only support an artist but you get to bask in the glow of knowing you'll be surprise your loved ones with thoughtful and unique packages-o-love. Ok, that was a pretty short rant- but I'm a busy girl today...
Looking for something for the little ones?: Hand Made Blocks are just about perfect. Look at these GORGEOUS pieces Claude's Gpa Heikes made for him out of scrap wood from his studio. I like playing with these just as much as Claude does- they're smooth, oiled, and beyond beautiful.
If you're not much of a woodsmith- check out these fine and ohhh-so eco-lovely blocks by Little House. Their "Beetle Blocks" are made from the blue-stained wood of ponderosa pines affected by the western pine beetle... pretty amazing.
(and if you're looking for a good read/eye candy- check out their Blog too).