This time of year, I usually spend hours online shopping. Preferably on the job because consumerism is odious enough, I might as well deodorize it with goldbricking. Now, living in a trailer with only hotspot internet (and too much to do outside!), I can't.
I have permaculture friends I'd like to gift, and relatives who want to know what to get me, but I spend so much time working away from lit screens, I have no ideas outside of tools and books. Maybe a Paul Wheaton DVD! My belle is making many folks landy gifts like lovely wreaths from local evergreens (with decorative cards explaining their ecological niche and taxonomy!) and tasty jams too labor-intensive for the market like huckleberry.
I'll make some wreaths when time permits, but what are you getting your permie friends in the $5-$35 range?
This thread actually gave me an idea that I'm wondering if Wheaton Labs has considered as a "gift shop" line of income. A model RMH might be designed by one with the skills in doing so that would be of a table-top size as a conversation piece. It could house a Votiv candle that would send enough heat up an internal riser to demonstrate the degree of temperature rise in the bell, with a small external thermometer afixed to the surface of the bell. A small stack could be designed to provide optimal draw for such a "candle-power" configuration. Similar ideas could be dreamed up for purchase during holidays or other times....and possible bundled with the DVD purchases.
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