Gift ideas - both ususual and un-
If you have a young person on your gift list perhaps they would enjoy Arthur the Moose. This children's book was written by internationally-know artist, Cabot Lyford (who happens to be Julia's dad) It is about a moose with seasonal affective disorder who tries to fly south for the winter - without a plane!
Click here to see an on-line preview of the book.
Part 2: Castlebay CD holiday sale
We are also running a holiday special from now until Christmas. You can buy ten Castlebay CDs for $100 - any mix of our 14 available titles. We'll even pay the shipping. Our CDs make great gifts - give them to people you like who are into Celtic and folk music.
If you have somebody on your list who hates our music give them one for revenge - they probably did something bad to you.
Click here to go to our order page.
Part 3 : Socially Responsible Gifts
Heifer International Foundation
I thought I would this links for responsible gift givers. A couple of years ago we were faced with the usual dilemma of finding a gift for an older successful fellow who has everything he needs or wants. We used to give him cigars, patté and booze - all of which he has quit consuming. What we did was get half of a water buffalo from the Heifer Foundation in his name. It was given (along with the other half) to a family somewhere in the Philippians. Heifer usually gives pregnant critters so that people on a subsistence economy can get a leg up.
Here's what Walter Cronkite says about Heifer:
"If there is one thing I could give to the struggling people of the world it would be self-reliance.
Everyone deserves the dignity of providing for themselves and their families. That's why I support Heifer International."
— Walter Cronkite,
journalist and Heifer supporter
Part 4: A Book About Hope
Another remarkable organization is the Earth Charter Initative This is a collaborative document written as a charter for a just and sustainable worldwide economy. The members are largely NGOs, although many countries have signed on. (The US has an official policy of "sustained" rather than sustainable development)
The Earth Charter in Action is a book which celebrates individuals and groups who have implemented the earth charter in their communities. Edited by Peter Blaze Cochran, this is a handsome book and an inspiring read.
Probably the least expensive gift you could possibly give would be a link for a free download of The Earth Charter In Action