The creative gal’s late-start holiday gift guide, part 1

December 14th, 2007

If you’re anything like me, you don’t do your holiday shopping early. Hell, Hanukkah’s already come and gone and I’m not done with my blasted shopping. Hence, this brief, halfway-through-December gift guide…

Great Gals 2008Great Gals 2008 wall calendar. Summer Pierre kicks serious ass. Just check out this stunning calendar she illustrated in her spare time (yes, she has a full-time day job). Dolly Parton, Edith Wharton, Phyllis Diller, Joan Cusack… they’re all here. Note: According to an email I received from Summer earlier this month, today is the last day to order the calendar if you want it to arrive by January. But don’t let that deter you. The client you’re planning to send this work of art to is either out of the office or drunk until January 2 anyway.

Made By Survivors craftsMade By Survivors crafts. I read about this cool online store on the Seal Press blog earlier this month. Apparently all after-tax proceeds on the (very affordable) pretty purses, scarves, jewelry, and handmade paper you buy go to international human rights organizations that work to end human trafficking. Nice.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. It seems like yesterday that Southern California was burning and hundreds of working class folks were losing their homes. Last week who knows how many hard-working people of modest means in my Pacific Northwest stomping ground lost their homes to floods and landslides. This week the midwest has turned into an icicle and the power could be out for days and days to come. And it’s only halfway through December. If you have a greenie on your shopping list who you know would appreciate foregoing a gift in exchange for your making a donation to the Red Cross (or your fave charity, food bank, or shelter of choice), go for it!

For more indie gifts, check out Lauren and Emira’s crafty recommendations on Boss Lady. And for my top book picks, come back next week, OK? Happy end of Hanukkah and beginning of the serious Christmas crunch. Woo.

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