Made With Molecules is a range of jewellery inspired by such scientific geekery as DNA/ RNA molecules, neurotransmitters and food molecules. Seratonin and dopamine, caffeine, ethanol and resveratrol all show up strung on adjustable black cotton cords or on a sterling silver snake chains. The molecules are also available as earrings, key chains or holiday ornaments, for an especially geeky Christmas.
If you live in an area where mistletoe is a strange foreign plant people in the movies kiss under, or find that the real (or fake) mistletoe is way too expensive in the stores, how about making a real traditional Christmas by making your own mistletoe.
In many Christian cultures, it is traditional to construct gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. It is a pastime that is not only delicious but it also gets the kids involved with Christmas preparations, teaching them co-operation, team work and the Christmas spirit.
Homemade Muji has kits that you and your kids can bake up so as to have your own little gingerbread Christmas village.
Website: Muji Homemade
Christmas has officially gone to the dogs with this beautiful range of dog toys, beds, baskets, bowls and stylish pullovers from Mungo & Maud! Now your pets are sure to love you even more when they see what you got them for Christmas.
The Branch Christmas Tree is a sustainably sourced, hand crafted Ash wood tree that won’t mess your living room with pine needles and dirt. After assembly, the Branch stands at 5ft (152cm) tall but can be disassembled into a 50cm x 20cm natural cotton duffel bag.
If you celebrate Christmas but don’t want the whole “pine-needles-everywhere” deal, how about trying a Superstar contemporary, recyclable Christmas tree? These free standing trees are made from lightweight birch plywood that can be finished in festive green or natural finishes.
The Christmas trees are hand-crafted in California and also collapsible, which makes them easy to set up and store.
* The trees are available through Modernica for just $229 and $449 for the big trees. Free, standard shipping in the USA.
Paula Deen has managed to build an empire from her brand of home-style cooking, TV shows, merchandising and books. One aspect that I didn’t know about was her DIY section. She has some great ideas for bleached napkins that can be personalized for any occasion.
These 4th July napkins, could easily be made for Guy Fawkes or Christmas or for wedding favours with the wedding date and the bridal couple’s names on them. All they require are a steady confident hand, bleach, inexpensive napkins, a pencil and a toothpick.
* Full DIY instructions on how to make Paula Deen’s creatively bleached napkins can be found on the Paula Deen site
Instagram‘s rise in popularity since being launched in 2010 has been meteoric. By May 2012, the total number of photos uploaded (since inception) was more than one billion. If you are one of Instagram’s many users, you can now have your images compiled into a professionally bound, soft cover book.
For just $10.99 for a 40 page book of 5.5 x 5.5 you can make your favourite Instagram images into Christmas gifts.
Website: Artifact Uprising
Whatever time it is by you, I hope you managed to beat the last minute rush, where everybody loses their minds looking for that perfect present at some ridiculous hour on Christmas Eve. So if you are sitting at home, with a glass of wine in one hand and a smug grin on your face, you obviously don’t need to see this gift.
It’s a three piece stainless steel and wood grill set that comes packaged in its own solid wood box, perfect for the resident griller.