Hello Friday Friends
Before I begin, yes there are the normal links in this email. But since it’s officially December (I can’t believe it’s December!), and in the US you’re finally past Black Friday / Cyber Monday craziness, we can share international Xmas gift guides.
Most media outlets have one:
- The Guardian
- The Washington Post
- The Kid Should See This (A perennial favorite of mine. It’s now so big they made it its own site.)
In a different vein, I decided a few years ago I was going less gift-giving and more just-plain-old-giving. I urge you to research charities and services in your community who need monetary or personnel assistance, but not just during Xmas. Specifically through January, February and March when the weather is grosser and most people have already forgotten the cheery haze of the Xmas season.
And here are some online suggestions too:
- The Shoebox Project
- Holiday Helpers: Adopt a Family
- Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child
- Toys for Tots
- Little Warriors
For the UK:
And for my own city:
For whatever specific group of needy people or pets you wish to donate to, Charity Navigator is a helpful resource.
And now! To the links!
Let me say that again: “paintings”.
Meticulously hand-painted photo-realistic images. These are amazing.
“Passionate about both art and travel, Abbey is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She is also Founder and Creative Director of ABC Magazine, a magazine for artists, crafters, and makers.”
Her illustrations are lovely and inspired.
You can buy postcards of her work.
aka: Slow flappy bird with weird gravity.
Sent in by Mara L.
And there we go! Your December has officially begun.
Have a lovely Friday and an amazing weekend, everybody!