Gift Giving from

I enjoy Christmas a lot and I enjoy the search for the perfect gift for friends and family.  Quite a few other people pick my mind for gift ideas and here are some of the things that I may be giving or have suggested over the last couple of months.  Enjoy and add your suggestions in the comments.

  • Dissatisfied with what the Canadian government is doing about global warming and Kyoto?  Well you can do far more than John Baird has ever done and install a wind driven turbine and generator.  It also qualifies for free shipping from Amazon (no word on if it is delivered by a hybrid).
  • The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs, and Anyone Who Wants to Win by Warren Kinsella :: I never give out books I haven’t read myself but all streaks have an end.  I had ordered this from Amazon but Wendy talked me out of ordering it until after Christmas. (I wonder what I am getting under the tree).  Kinsella’s Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics is a oft given gift from me and I gave out a couple copies of Fury’s Hour so I can recommend The War Room
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich :: This is a couple of years old but I found it tremendously helpful understanding the problems that our clients at the Centre face when starting over. Bait and Switch is a good read from the issue of the American dream from a white collar perspective.
  • Sony Playstation Portable :: When these came out they were expensive and not a lot of games to play.  A couple of years later with a plethora of games available under the Sony Greatest Hits brand and a new lower price, these are looking cooler and cooler every day. Star Wars Battlefront is a great game to toss in as well.
  • iPod Touch / iPod Nano :: I have had a chance to play with both of the new iPod’s and I can’t see anyone being disappointed with either one of them.  The browser on the Touch is a lot of fun and would be great to kill some time with in a coffee shop and having an instant on Internet would be a lot of fun.  In the end I think it will come down to if you want to spend the extra money to access your Gmail and the web or just listen to music and video on the Nano.
  • Beyond Magazine :: A four issue subscription can be bought for $30.  Not only do you give the gift of culture but you are also supporting an award winning, independent, ads-free arts magazine
  • Atari Flashback Game System :: Take it old school with an old school Atari system and 20 built in games.  Sure your PS3 has amazing graphics but honor your past and play some Missile Command.
  • Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces :: Both books are by my friend Jim Palmer.  He has been called the next great spiritual writer of our generation.  Time will tell that but both Wendy and I have loved Divine Nobodies.  Wide Open Spaces just came out and I can’t wait to read it.
  • Make someone up some Moo cards from their photographs on Flickr.
  • Anything by Ken Burns would probably make any amateur historian happy.
  • Soul Grafitti by Mark Scandrette.  Another great book of 2007 and one where Mark is seriously looking at what it means to be a Christian… in other words what are the actions of a disciple.
  • Out of TheOoze by Spencer Burke :: In what I hope is a series of books from writers who make up, Out of The Ooze is a collection of love letters to the church from those who are on its fringes.
  • Flip Video Camera :: These are a lot of fun (I have played with one a couple of times) and a pretty good deal for quick home videos and small enough to carry with you every day.