Think without the box is a roundup of the H&G staff ideas for "non-things" to give this holiday. As they said in the piece, "To those who say "good things come in small boxes," we say "even better things come in no box at all." There are twelve suggestions in all, including: a family cookbook, a half-day of project solving by a handyman, a flea-marketing outing and personalized memory books. Also from H&G this week:
Snoop Patrol: Amy Sedaris (we blogged her new entertaining book here) does the ten questions on how she lives with H&G this week - and, not surprisingly, it involves fake food and cupcakes.
Wreaths of Peace: Purhase an Olive branch wreath from Lindsay Olives.com and 100% of the proceeds go to America's Second Harvest: The Natiion's Food Bank.
Potluck Filipino style: Stir fried Filipino chicken adobo and a fruit salad with lemon creme fraiche.
Top Trees: We posted this last week, but in case you missed it, the House and Garden editors are looking for the most beautiful, interesting, creative, tasteful, outrageous Christmas trees in the Chicago area to feature in the December 24th issue of H&G. By Dec. 1, send digital photos of your tree or one -- in private or public spaces -- that has caught your eye (overall shots and details; maximum of three photos) to: email@example.com (put "tree pix" in the subject field). For prints, send to: Home&Garden, Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, Attn: Christmas trees.