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For the holidays, consider the Alchemist’s beautiful raku pottery, offerings from nonprofits, or generally off-the-beaten-path treasures like those at Luna & Stella.

You know that many of the things on your holiday gift list are sitting in container ships in harbors around the country, so let me draw your attention to some of my favorite nonprofits and small businesses with unique presents ready to ship right now. Do something different this year.

I’ll start with Beautiful Day, one of my favorite nonprofits. I buy gift boxes there for family members and myself because I’m so impressed with how the granola and granola bars get made at Beautiful Day. It’s all part of a training that helps refugees learn about US workplace norms so that after they finish the program they can get jobs with local companies that love to hire them. If you want to take advantage of Beautiful Day’s 15% Shop Small discount, use code SBS21 at checkout before 11:59 p.m., Sunday, 11/28/21.

Dean’s Beans, a coffee seller, is not a nonprofit, but the environmental and social justice work they do in the countries where they source beans makes me think I’m doing a good deed while drinking my very favorite coffee. Consider gifts from Dean’s for the coffee drinkers on your list.

UTEC is a nonprofit that works miracles with teens who’ve been in trouble with the law, teaching marketable skills, including how to make these handsome cutting boards.

I’d also like to highlight items from a few folks who have engaged with this blog for years. I really feel like I know them now. Pottery from the Alchemist is available as tree ornaments, coffee mugs, gorgeous raku vases, and more.

Or how about books? Blogger Laura Graves sells young adult fantasy novels from her highly imaginative Great Library series here. Francesca Forrest also writes novels, including the delightful Pen Pal and an otherworldly series beginning with The Inconvenient God, here.

You can buy singer-songwriter Will McMillan’s music on Spotify, among other places. Perhaps my favorite is the album Blame Those Gershwins that Will made with composer Steve Sweeting, here. Blogger friend Tiffany Arp-Daleo makes colorful abstract art that she turns into items such as T-shirts and coffee mugs. Check her out here.

And don’t forget Luna & Stella (my daughter’s jewelry company) and the Shop Small sale, where she’s offering 15% off through Monday, 1/29/21.

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For friends old and new, here’s a bonus post just to remind you that this blog is hosted by my daughter‘s vintage and contemporary jewelry company, Luna & Stella.

And that she has a sale going on right now!

Please check out Suzanne’s Shop Small Sale. Everything in the Shop Small collection is 15% off through Monday, November 29, 2021: see https://www.lunaandstella.com/collections/shop-small-sale.

In addition, there are lots of good deals in the Luna & Stella Archive Sale: https://www.lunaandstella.com/collections/archive-sale. Find gold and silver lockets, charms, and contemporary birthstone jewelry for every taste. I think the chains are pretty special, too — hard to find.

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This is my 1,000th post! Thanks to everyone for sticking around.

Back in May 2011, Suzanne and Erik asked me to write a blog for Suzanne’s birthstone jewelry company, Luna & Stella. They said I could write about anything that interested me.

Anything!? How could I resist?

Luna & Stella gift giving is all about relationships and relations, and I’m certainly a relation.

One time a woman who was nervous about buying online checked out the blog, felt like it helped her know the family a little, and decided Suzanne would be an OK person to buy from.

Want a gift certificate?

I’m going to list a few of my favorite posts. They are mostly recent because it’s hard to remember all 1,000. If you comment on your own favorite post from Suzanne’s Mom’s Blog before February 1, Suzanne will enter you in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate. She said we should do something special for the 1,000th entry.

Here are a few of my favorite entries.

In this post, I had fun trying to imitate Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

This one, here, is about a funny episode at the “On the Media” radio show, with songs that Broadway professionals wrote for corporate conventions.

Here you can read a story about an older couple celebrating their long-ago wedding with a theme from the movie “Up.”

“Iceland Has Elves” got me started on a whole Iceland kick. (If you can get your hands on the video Cold Fever, you are in for a strange but fun treat. Thank you, Asakiyume.)

The post about Suzanne’s 18-month-old son “training” his grandparents got nice comments on Facebook. And here is one on gratitude that I did at Thanksgiving.

Will you comment on a favorite post, too? Write your comment beforeĀ  February 1, Suzanne says, and she will enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Luna & Stella gift certificate. Valentine’s Day is coming up, you know, not to mention Mother’s Day. And Luna & Stella has birthstone cufflinks for Father’s Day, too.

And thank you so much for hanging on for my daily posts.

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Suzanne knew that I blogged at work and asked me to do a blog for Luna & Stella, her birthstone jewelry company. She said I could write about anything that interested me, which is a good thing because as much as I love birthstone jewelry, it would be hard to say something new about it every day.

The things that interest me include the arts, the environment, my family, and people who try to make the world a better place. So I think I’ll start out by telling you about an organization that I learned of from Suzanne, The Homeless Prenatal Program, which is based in San Francisco. “HPP has three major goals: Healthy babies … safe and nurturing families where children thrive … and economically stable families.” I love that this organization is really preventing problems before they start. Check it out.

Blog comments should be sent to suzannesmom@lunaandstella.com. I will post as many as possible.

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