If you're trying to find alternative gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, it's a good idea to start shopping right away, as it will give you time to think about what to give instead of just getting something the last minute. We always appreciate when a lot of thought went into our gifts, and we usually like to do the same, to show how much we value our loved ones.
From recycled jewelery to hand knit socks for your iPhone, Etsy is the place to find handmade green gifts for your family. I'm liking the melted green beer bottles soap dishes from MossyGroveGlass, but it may not be your style.
There are a lot of coffee lovers out there, and there are so many things that you can buy for them, starting with affordable to expensive coffee beans, from Blue Jamaican to Kopi Luwak. Another good idea would involve purchasing a nice coffee grinder with either a good-looking French press or a coffee siphon. Coffee siphons are pretty rare, I've actually known no one that had one, but easy to buy if you know what you are looking for.
3. Art and Writing Supplies
For anyone who enjoys creating art, buying a few art supplies is a great idea as a gift. The good thing is that you can spend variable amounts of money on art supplies, and you can be sure than your artist will love these. As an alternative, you can also give writing supplies, from classy Moleskine to Rhodia notebooks. A good gift includes a fountain pen, like one of those Lamy Safaris. Fountain pens come in a big price range, starting out at $15 (Lamys) and going up to ridiculous amounts like $3,000 (handmade Japanese Namiki fountain pens). Premium brands include Visconti and Mont Blanc.
Everyone seems to be obsessed about ebooks, but I stick with paper books. It's just more convenient and until there are better alternatives available, I'd rather buy books than ebooks. Since I'm a voracious reader, I love getting books as well. A good book to give this Christmas is the newly released Mark Twain autobiography, Autobiography of Mark Twain Vol. 1 (Amazon, $19.22), which will please a lot of dads.
5. Make Your Own
While some family members don't like gifts that you've made yourself, I like receiving them. Creating these takes a lot more time than just popping by a store and picking something up.
[images via Biffy Beans, MossyGroveGlass, and Etsy]