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Special Holiday Gift Guide

The Humboldt Herald, in its continuing efforts to keep apace of modern society and its ways, is pleased to offer this first ever Herald Special Holiday Gift Guide issue.

There’s a twist, however. With the exception of books and music, the gifts I propose you propose should involve no purchased “stuff.”  Also, if you’re thinking in terms of donations to a charity, great, but let’s not consider that a gift to someone else for the purposes of this post.

Nothing wrong with stuff, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to give a gift that shows your connection to the recipient in a way that goes beyond shared, understood, or announced consumer desires.  N’est ce pas?

Here are some ideas to start the comments off:

  • Tickets to a local play or musical event
  • A book of poetry (or, a recording of yourself reading some favorite poetry)
  • A romantic dinner for two, brought and cooked by a travelling chef (perhaps you)
  • For an elderly neighbor, a holiday window-washing, lawn-mowing, and or cleanup (and, if they’re living alone, don’t forget the VISIT)

And don’t forget: patronize our advertisers!

  1. Anonymous
    November 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Walmart gift card. JUST KIDDING! hahaha.

  2. November 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Go visit someone in confinement. I hadn’t been able to reach a friend of mine in weeks and just found out she’s in Seaview.

  3. Anonymous
    November 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    My rule of thumb is to not give a gift, unless I’m certain the person will enjoy and use it. Nearly all of the gifts I receive get donated to thrift stores.

  4. SerfRider
    November 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

    One ounce of silver or a pair of panties. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70_HrjI_K6k

  5. Gil Yule
    November 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Every year about this time I’m especially glad I’m not religious. I have a low tolerance for screaming and shopping. That clip posted above was like nails on the chalkboard.

  6. Plain Jane
    November 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Gifts of our time are the best, Julie. Rather than spending an hour (and an hour or more of pay) shopping for your grandma (mother, aunt, friend), give her an hour of your time. She’s got everything she needs and likely more than she even wants of everything but you.

  7. November 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

    PJ and Julie,

    I don’t doubt that you are both right. But many of us are convinced emotionally that our time is not a sufficient gift; advertising tells us that hundreds of times daily.

    That’s why I think it can be valuable to come up with excuses for spending our time with people who would love our presence. The delivery of a meal can be a great such excuse, the performance of a chore, etc… The real gift can be the time, but the chore or meal can be the excuse that enables us to give the real gift.

  8. November 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Presents or presence- your point is well-taken, Mitch.

  9. November 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I’d like to add: a taste of freedom. We have to free ourselves first, and this is one of those ways . . . buildasign dot com now has 20% off + free shipping. This is where I purchased my plates for my transportation carriage. A “Leap of Faith.” Empowering. That’s why the highways are called ‘Freeways.’

  10. November 24, 2012 at 9:34 am


    I’d just add that signs can sometimes be created by applying pigment of some sort to a surface, often one that is flat, thin, light in weight, and previously used for sHIPping.

  11. Hypocrite hater
    November 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    You have advertisers? Who are they? I would like to boycott them.

  12. November 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    They’re listed under the masthead, Hypocrite hater.

  13. Anonymice
    November 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Yeah tight wads down through the centuries have all said the donation of time is more about than a gift that costs money.

  14. Plain Jane
    November 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Some people are unfamiliar with the concept that someone might prefer spending more time with you to a gift they don’t need. Sad.

  15. Just Watchin
  16. Anonymous
    December 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Just Watchin’ – you are “just” trolling. Please disregard the troll today.

  17. December 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    No, this has nothing to do with gift giving, except perhaps the kind Just Watchin engages in to avoid having to build a septic tank.

    But in case anyone reads the article Just Watchin has kindly provided, here is the Met Office’s response, published two days prior to the Washington Times ripping off the Daily Mail’s little mound of bullshit. (The Met Office is Britain’s weather forecasting service.)


    The most relevant part is at the very bottom of the press release, showing any doubters that the Met is not publicity-oriented. Here’s a quick quiz for denialists: what’s 2.5 – 0.08?

    It confirmed that although solar output is likely to reduce over the next 90 years this will not substantially delay expected increases in global temperatures caused by greenhouse gases. The study found that the expected decrease in solar activity would only most likely cause a reduction in global temperatures of 0.08 °C. This compares to an expected warming of about 2.5 °C over the same period due to greenhouse gases (according to the IPCC’s B2 scenario for greenhouse gas emissions that does not involve efforts to mitigate emissions).

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