Are you suffering from “Holiday Gift Idea Block”? It is a similar affliction to “writer’s block” that instead of having trouble finding the right words or idea you have trouble generating good ideas for a gift that will please your loved ones. Here at MadeInHaliburton.ca we have nothing but, wonderful ideas to take away the stress of holiday gift shopping and better yet you can do it right from the comfort of your own home! You can even arrange to have the item gift-wrapped and sent directly to your loved one.
Here are some of our ideas to get you started but, if you are still having problems why not send us an email and ask for a suggestion? We are always happy to help.
For the Knitter in Your Life:
The most popular item this season is a notched yarn bowl. What is a “notched yarn bowl” you ask? Well, it is a bowl that keeps the knitter’s wool in a clean and beautiful container while your loved one is knitting. The wool will remain close at hand and be kept clean while the knitting project is under way. There is even a brand new yarn bowl with a lid to provide additional protection to your yarn.
Additional ideas for the knitter are these wonderful knitting-themed mugs. Whether it is a mug with a cable stitch or the insignia of a knitting stitch(ie P2, K2) it will be treasured by the knitter on your gift list.
For the Nature-Lover:
MadeInHaliburton.ca is full of good ideas for the nature-lover on your list. There are a variety of artists who paint beautiful scenery of natural areas, wood and stone-carvers who create images of animals, and wire sculptors who create images of trees, and animals. Many of our potters add images of animals to their work and use the colours of nature to embellish them.
Nature-lovers are frequently people who like to get up close and personal with nature and the purchase of one of the nature-based adventure packages for them to enjoy is a great option.
The list of possibilities for the nature-lover is really too long to be all inclusive here. Just go to the “What’s New” tab on the website and select the “gift ideas for nature-lover’s” tab to see all the wonderful nature-related products on the website.
For the Music-Lover:
The music-lover in your life will really appreciate tickets to a local musical event in the Haliburton Highlands.
If you missed the launch concert for teh Homemade Stew CD then you really need to purchase the CD. This CD is a project of the Haliburton County Folk society and showcases original songs by many talented local musicians.
For the Bird-lover:
The bird-lover is really also a nature-lover but, as we have some pretty specific items related to birds we thought we would highlight them on a list of gifts for the bird-lover. We have a number of bird feeders and houses made by two different potters. Take a look at Earth and Fire Pottery or Susan James to see the specific items. In addition we have images of birds created in wire, by Charles O’Neil, and in wood, by Larry Holden and Terry Adair, that can be placed on a shelf, hung in a window, or hung on the wall.
For the Hostess:
If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves to throw parties or simply something special to take to your hostess this holiday season why not consider one of the many functional pottery items in our inventory? To name but, a few we have an egg poacher for the microwave that makes the perfect poached egg every time, a variety of lovely platters to adorn the table, wonderful casserole dishes, and much, much, more. Simple go to “Art for the Table” and select pottery to search through the tremendous inventory of items.
If you want a special way to say thank you please think about one of Janis Cox’s cards that are adorned with her batik creations.
For the Butter-Lover:
Butter is now widely considered to be the better health choice but, there is the annoying problem of keeping the butter soft and fresh that prevents many people from resuming the use of butter. The French butter dish is the solution and every home should have one. The ingenious and simple technology of using water to keep the butter at the appropriate temperature all year long has resolved this problem forever.
For the Horse-Lover:
Any horse enthusiast would be proud to display this wire sculpture by Charles O’Neil.
For the Poetry-lover:
Claire Sylvan’s book of poetry titled “Turnings” is a must have for the poetry lover. It will nourish their soul and be a treasure that can be enjoyed year round.
For the Fashion Diva:
Select “Art for the Body” and see all the wonderful items available on MadeInHaliburton.ca for the woman in your life who wants to look special this season or at any time of the year.
Merino wool scarves by, Susan MacDonald, are especially treasured because they insulate against the cold, in a way that synthetic wool cannot, and are not itchy like Canadian Wool.
Jewellery will brighten any woman’s day and we have a couple of different artists from which to choose and a variety of price ranges. One-of-a-kind silver jewellery that is hand-crafted, ceramic pendants, glass pendants, and quirky items made from found items in nature such as porcupine quills make up the online inventory.
For the Decorator:
Changing the décor of a home can be as easy as changing the accent items in a room. A major focus of any room is the art on the walls. The work of any one of the MadeInHaliburton.ca artists, who make “Art For The Wall”, would help the decorator make a new statement. A variety of colours, media and styles means there is a broad range of choice.
The one-of-a-kind pottery and wire sculpture items contained on MadeInhaliburton.ca are ideal selections when trying to make a statement without the work of completely changing your interior.
For the Book Worm:
Why not buy the book-worm in your life a book by the renowned naturalist R.D. Lawrence? These books chronicle the lives and habits of wolves, pumas and beavers and there is even one that is geared to the adolescent reader on your list.
If inspirational reading is more the style of book you are looking for try “Zen and The Art of Multiple Sclerosis”. The carefully chosen words that tell the story of his life often leave the reader with a smile on the face and a tear in the eye simultaneously.
For the children on your list, the story of Tadeo Turtle is the perfect selection. It will help them to feel good about whom they are rather than aspiring to be someone else.
For the glass-lover:
If your loved one appreciates works of art in glass you have a great deal of choice. There are stained glass works of art that can sit on a table or hang in a window, there are fused-glass platters and bowls to satisfy the hostess, or there are pendants and earrings that will adorn any outfit. The reflective nature of glass means that it looks dazzling when struck by light and takes on a different appearance in rooms with different colouring.
For the Chef:
If the above list doesn’t remove your “Holiday Gift Block” just take some time to wander through the pages of our virtual catalogue of gift ideas and we are sure you will come up with something your loved one will adore.
If you simply cannot decide or you’ve left it too late for shipping then why not buy a gift certificate. Remember that if you buy a $200 or more certificate and mention this offer in the comment box we will add 10% to the value of the certificate at no additional cost to you.