Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Alternative to Corporate Black Friday Shopping Guide (Part 3 - Stuff))

Robot Couple Note Cards
Who doesn't need Robot Couple Cards?


Well, if you must have or give stuff - make it good stuff!

MILLENIUM GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Jewelry and bits!  Hand-crafted pieces made from vintage and antique ingredients!  Yum.

ETSY -  You must know about etsy - the place where crafty types come together to show and sell their adorable to luscious wares.  Some of my recent favorites include The Hyper Bunny, Heartfelt By Aviva, and Weather and Noise - all encountered at the hyper-local The Girlie Show in OKC!

BRAT - Get off the internet!  If you're lucky enough to be near Santa Monica, you can shop at Brat!  If it weren't for my old roommate, I wouldn't know about this awesome spot for fun clothing and accessories at prices so great you can get 3 outfits instead of 1!

ART FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY - A4DS is an activist organization of artists - they have cool stuff you can purchase to help accessorize your artivist lifestyle!  My fave: the "What Would Malcolm Do? button.

Bangers & Smashed Gourmet Mashed Potatoes | Bourbon Pecan Smashed with Jack Daniel's and spice
Bourbon Pecan Smashed! What's more seasonal and beautiful than these?


BANGERS & SMASHED  - A company dedicated to mashed potatoes?  You got it!  Local LA potato-maven J. Flo makes mashed potatoes in tons of flavors!  Order by the pint!  Special arrangements can be made for non-LA orders!

RAW BITES - Vegan, raw foods made locally in LA!  Truffles, energy snacks, tapas!  Made to order!  If you mention that you saw this on the Zestyverse, you get 25% off your first order!

LACMA at night


There are so many ways to keep your money local and positive.  Some of the best gifts you can ever give or receive are memberships to museums, or local arts and culture organizations.  By gifting memberships, you are supporting the community and culture and giving the gift of time well spent!

Especially if I'm not super-close with people, I like to give gifts that can get used up.  If you give someone a permanent gift (like, say, a vase), they sort of have to keep it in their home, whether they like it, or not.

As an alternative, think of giving fragrant soaps (unless they are allergic to fragrances!), candles, great chocolate (like Theo's), bath salts, flowers, flowering plants, stationery, a great bottle of wine, port, or scotch, a gift certificate to a fantastic cheese store - anything that can be used up (or pretty easily regifted if necessary - and don't let your feelings be hurt - regifting is a form of recycling!).  These don't have to be impersonal if they are well-chosen, decadent, local, and lovely.

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