We started shopping early this year (OK, every year); here are a few of our favorite holiday gift ideas so far:
Above: Besides being as attractive as an indoor pendant lamp, the Glass & Rope Bird Feeder allows bird watchers to observe eating patterns while the birds are inside; $88 from Terrain.
For more, see "Gifts for the Aspiring Ornithologist."
Above: From Score & Solder, a 5-inch-square Small Cube Planter, handmade of glass and lead-free solder, balances gracefully on one point. It cradles its content—quartz crystal, rocks, sand, and activated charcoal are included—as reverently as if it were displaying Elizabeth Taylor's 33-carat diamond ring. It's $110 from Totokaelo.
For more, see "Gifts for the Houseplant Horticulturalist."
Above: it gets cold outdoors, watching the night sky in winter. A Handmade Pewter Flask, made in the traditional steel-producing city of Sheffield, England, can hold something warming; $68 from Kaufmann Mercantile.
For more, see "Gifts for the Stargazer."
Above: Beeswax Candles that really smell wonderfully of honey, lit or unlit. Hand dipped in Cumbria. Kendra sells them at her website Ancient Industries, £7 per pair.
For more, see "Gifts for the Beekeeper."
Above: Field Notes National Crop Edition Box Set features six memo books celebrating American farmers and the six leading crops they grow. Inside is light-tan lined graph paper perfect for garden planning. The set is packed in a custom box along with a map and an embroidered logo patch; $23 at Fire Escape Farms.
For more, see "Gifts for the Armchair Farmer."
Above: Made by Portland-based architect Brendon Farrell along with Javid Howell, the Trees Series #1 Stamp features select tree species current to the Cascadia region of the Northwest. Made in limited quantities, they stamp sets are made from Douglas Fir, Oregon White Oak, and Apple; the Northwest Rubber Stamp Set is $78 from Canoe in Portland, OR.
For more, see "Gifts for the Arborist."
N.B.: To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, see all of our gift guides to date in our House Gifts section.