Okay, well it's not great big yet, but it will be.
I know a lot of us lament the materialism of the holidays, but there is a certain sense of fun and frivolity to it all, and my philosophy is, if people really want to buy me something, well, more power to them. I thought we could all drop links and photos of things we're pining for, or buying for other loved ones here in this thread.
Eco gifts, permaculture gifts, homesteading gifts...whatever strikes your fancy. Post it here - and remember, it helps support Permies.com if you use an Amazon link - if anyone buys what you post, or anything else from the link that you use, Permies.com gets a little kickback, WOOT!
That's an easy one for me. I want soil blockers! Especially the ones that make 12 or 20 at a time. As well as the 4" blockers. Yeah, hundreds of dollars that I don't have at the moment - but they're on the list! I have the one that makes 3/4" blocks, and 4 2" blocks. But being able to make more blocks at one time would be wonderful.
Apparently this book teaches that mommies aren't always able to be there right away, but that doesn't mean they don't love their little ones. As we struggle to balance working with raising our son and meeting the demands of a household, I feel this book is very appropriate.
The reviews for these suck, but my kid eats way too much fingerpaint to put prettiness over quality of ingredients.
[url=http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=1333342&b=278912&m=30889&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Echelseagreen%2Ecom%2Fgaias%2Dgarden%2Dsecond%2Dedition]Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition
By Toby Hemenway[/url]
Source: Chelsea Green Publishing
Something I've been pining after for my bookshelves for a long time now.
This year I grew and saved seed for Christmas Lima Beans (the actual variety name). I feel very slow for only realizing today that that should be a guide for when to pass the seeds out. There are family friends coming this evening who already expressed an interest when we harvested, so we've repurposed a jewelry box from on of the girls gifts.
I didn't get anything in the way of permaculture-y stuff But I did get a cheap set of noise cancelling headphones to help me work, and I think they'll do the job til I feel like forking over a bit more cash for something with an in-line mic.
I was really bothered by the amount of plastic packaging that came with my son's gifts - he got mostly wooden toys, but all packing in plastic and styrofoam, from my parents. Ugh. A bit off topic, but I'm wondering if there's somewhere you can send styrofoam packing materials to be reused? Must research this later.
@Anne Miller: I followed the link, but my problem with using the "gift tag" idea is that it's too small for me to actually feel I'm giving something useful. I thought about the seed idea and my friends for a few days and wondered if it took some scraps of organic sacking, chopped and soaked it, could I actually make my friends a seed pad they could put in a pot on top of some decent dirt and let the seeds germinate? This is what happened so far: