for useful things for Christmas, what would you want?
(PLEASE, if you are planning to start off your comment with why you don’t buy or give or receive Christmas gifts, save it. You might be Jewish, Old Calendar Orthodox, strict Puritan, or something, but we’ll go into those arguments some other time. The point is to clarify what is important to us in our daily life. We are of the earth, earthy, so we need material goods from time to time.)
Everyone likes to be given a wee gift occasionally. It is a way of reminding us that they care, that they want the best for us, and that they are participating in God’s generosity and hospitality.
This is a list of things I would graciously accept and not regift! It is not a hint! Except to family members!
Coffee, herbal teas, whole herbs and aromatics – cinnamon, nutmeg, white peppercorns, juniper berries, maple syrup, unpasteurized local honey, vinegars – white wine, balsamic, olive oil, chocolate.
Natural soaps – lavender, plain, or myrhh; good white bobby pins; cornered kapps.
TABLE AND HOME
Beewswax candles, all-cotton dishcloths and tea towels, canning jars, glass storage containers.
Complete works of C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright; writings of George Fox, Wiliam Penn and the early Anabaptists; books by John Howard Yoder; Dickens, Dostoevsky.
Works of the Church Fathers and Max Lucado; back support pillow for reading in bed; long underwear; reading glasses.
I doubt if you will find any of this at a Black Friday sale, though.