More than half the population of small, rural Madras, Oregon (population: ~6059) and its surrounding community is served by one clinic: Madras Medical
. At the beginning of 2006, the clinic's doctors and nurses decided to ban pharmaceutical reps from visiting their practice. No more free lunches. No more free drug samples. No more gifts. And yet.... "It's made us better doctors." (Via) [more inside]
Does giving gifts to strangers
make you happier?
The people behind redditgifts
think so, and are trying to monetize it.
When classes resumed after the holidays, David and Exavier overheard another boy saying he received no gifts for Christmas. "He didn't have a Christmas tree, so Santa didn't bring him nothing," David said.
. . . It was then that the two teachers in Room 117 realized what was happening. They were witnessing what Bukosky would later describe in a letter to Principal Wendell Smith as "the most amazing random act of kindness by first-graders."
Chow.com tells you how to ship cookies and other treats for the holidays
: "You don't want to ship any cookie or baked good that won't hold up for three to five days sitting around your house in the container you plan to ship in. Not sure? Do a test batch and see what happens." [more inside]
Matthew Baldwin (MeFi's Own*
): " ...That’s why I come armed to every social engagement with board games, to help facilitate that whole human interaction thing that people thought was important before smartphones gave us an excuse to avoid eye contact with others. It’s also why I give games as gifts—and why, for more than a decade, I have been helping others do likewise. And so, my annual Good Gift Game guide
, showcasing those board and card games from the last year or so that are easy to learn and teach, fun and engrossing to play, and that can be completed in 90 minutes or less." (additional notes & more games for the 2012 guide
) [more inside]
Why not avoid the commercial Hallmark Holiday trappings by making your Valentine a personalized art-piece this year? Over at The Technique Zone, Sam gives simple sequenced photo tutorials on how to make an acrylic paint transfer
on card or canvas, beeswax frontispieces
, a slide mount box
, sooty stamped
is a collection of gift inscriptions found in used books. Some background
from the blog's author.
The Seven Worst Gifts for Children!
This year’s list of the worst toys is brought to you by plastics, those bright synthetic polymers that threaten to overtake the living rooms of middle-class parents.
It's holiday time! Perhaps you'd like to add some DIY decoration to your gifts. Let's make some "Literary Leaf Gift Tags." Which book should you make them from? Oh, any old book will do—say, this one looks splendid
. Et voila! Gift tags that are perfect for the literate aesthete, complete with mentions of "gaunt human skulls" and "slave labor camps." [more inside]
A Humanitarian Gift Guide:
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a scarf from a brothel survivor. [more inside]
Knitting a sweater is like saying "I love you" 150,000 times in a row.
But it's too late for most of us to turn yarn into sweater this year (even those of us who crochet really fast
). If you didn't schedule your holiday crafting successfully
, here are some excuses for not crafting
. Don't knit or crochet? Gift ideas for your favorite crocheter
If you're of a certain age, you might've seen Simple Gifts: 6 Heartwarming Holiday Stories
on PBS in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe you enjoyed it as much as I did, or maybe you still will.
Prologue, by Maurice Sendak.
1. A Memory of Christmas part one
, part two
2. Lost And Found
3. Excerpted from Orlando
, The Great Frost part one
and part two
4. My Christmas, as told by a young Teddy Roosevelt
5. December 25th, 1914
(You might otherwise know this event from the video for Paul McCartney's "The Pipes of Peace.")
6. No Room At The Inn part one
, part two
"This year, Americans are planning to spend over $400 on Christmas gifts. Instead of buying things we can’t afford, here’s a way to do something more meaningful
Bad Gift Emporium
. Can't stand to look at that glittery unicorn statue from Aunt Ethel any longer? Can't bear to wear the hand-knitted sweater from Grandma Agnes (made from her own cat's hair)? Want to offer your horrific gift items to people who can truly appreciate them, or just share the misery? The Bad Gift Emporium is for you.
Hieronymus Bosch Action Figures: Bosch action figures
; a perfect gift for that special niece or nephew whose tastes tend toward the demonic and grotesque.
added a city guide for Toronto
to their small but growing list of Guides
. The list also includes a Letter Press Guide, an Affordable Art Guide, a Gift Guide (2006), and guides for Brooklyn and LA.
In need of last-minute Christmas gifts? Want to help the world in some way? Websites like ChangingThePresent
and Alternative Gifts International
allow you to buy or sponsor something useful as a present - from an hour with a creative coach
, to wheelchairs in Cambodia
; from walking children to school in the West Bank
to flighting corruption
. Maybe even a charity gift certificate?
Awful Christmas gifts
come in many varieties. For starters, there's Yule Doos
or Jingle Smells
There are a lot of gift guides for the holiday season, but Make Magazine's open source gift guide
skews towards the cool, techy, but also hackable products. Lots of great things listed including: display images in your bike spokes
with a POV kit, an open source media server
, control your house lights with perl
, and free planetarium software
offers detailed information on all 167,000 registered charities in England and Wales, as well as guides to giving
. And, should you wish to give Christmas gifts that make a difference, The Alternative Gift Catalogue
and Good Gifts
seems better than most. Free for up to three holidays, or $19/year for unlimited holidays. (I am not affiliated with the site in any way; I just admire it and thought that, with the holiday season upon us, others might like it, too.)
is a free web-based utility for automating Secret Santa gift exchanges. My office is Holiday-Cheer-Challenged this year, but after finding Elfster, things are looking up. There's nothing a tech company likes more than a new-fangled spin on a classic.
At least 10 percent of high-tech gifts
this holiday season may fall victim to "computer rage
" - acts of uncontrolled frustration by their owners - estimates University of Maryland
professor Kent Norman
, a cognitive psychologist who directs the Laboratory for Automation Psychology and Decision Processes.
The perfect Christmas gift
for the geek in your life. Or maybe you need something for your new niece or nephew
? Then again, this site
may have all the stuff on your gift shopping list.
Templates that you can use to make custom cards, envelopes, and boxes
, requires only minor paper folding skill to make one of a kind gift holders/presenters. I like the take out box
and the trapezoid box
for some reason.
Er ... thanks, just what I, er, wanted. Hate the sweater you were given for Christmas? It could have been worse ... far
, far ,worse
Some economists debate
why we can and if we should give gifts for Christmas. Because a gift is likely to be valued less by the recipient than for the giver, Christmas has been considered by some to be a "deadweight loss" equivalent to tearing up banknotes. To get around this, other economists propose that the value of the gift for the recipient comes from the process of finding a rare gift. On the other hand, perhaps this is one case where we should rethink
the basic rationality assumption that economic decisions can be explained by models that maximize individual wealth.
Want to create a Christmas list that's not limited to items available at Amazon? There are several universal wishlist websites
at your disposal.
Last minute shopping?
Still looking for the right thing for that special geek in your life? Perhaps you might cater to the fetish for the modern-day Mona
? Or maybe a propeller beanie
? Some sophomoric seasonal gag
gifts? Some retro kitsch
? Some religious memorabilia
? Some odd surplus
? Or if money is no object, gadgets
are always a safe bet. But you better hurry - you're down to the wire! thanks, amberglow!
Possums are labelled an ecological pest in New Zealand, so apparently it's considered "pro-environment" to exterminate the little buggers. With that good feeling about wearing fur in your minds, save the forest and ease your holiday shopping at the same time with some fine New Zealand Possum Fur G-strings
and nipple warmers
. (Probably NSFW) But don't leave out the kids' Christmas lists! Make sure they get this season's hot toy- a possum hand puppet
fashioned straight from the carcass of the real thing! Mmmm, it's still warm.
Mother's Day is coming up!
What's the coolest gift you ever got your mom? Any ideas for the rest of us?
gifts for laid-off .com employees (amazon listmania)
sort of old news, but saw this and thought it was odd. didn't really think anything was funny except for the dr. seuss book, in an awful way, but maybe it wasn't meant to be funny.
Rabbits with big pointy teeth
are on my list of gifts for friends this holiday season. What other cool gifts are there that you can get for under $50?
Who doesn't need a gas-powered blender?
Okay, maybe people who need bubblewrap outerwear
or a pert double D mouse
. Any products you'd like to add to your Metafilter gift list?
Since the gift season is right around the corner, what are all the audiophiles looking for? Is it a minidisc
? Or mp3
? Or some kind of combination
? Maybe something to integrate into your stereo system
Which side of the tradeoff is worth it? Cheap capacity with real-time recording limitations or ease of use and multi-format support with high priced memory?
Has anyone else seen this product advertised on TV lately
and thought they were watching a fake SNL ad? Then comes that sinking feeling when you realize that it is real. It just started running on TV here in Virginia. Perhaps our median IQ finally reached a suitable level. Don't even get me started on the domain name!
Valentines day is coming
and what better gift to get for the one you love than gourmet body paint...in passion fruit flavor no less (mmmm....passion fruit)