It's hard to not be bombarded with cheap gimmicky products this time of year. I've been making a conscious effort to buy quality gifts. Things that are handmade or local. Things that last. There's a quote from William Morris that I think is fantastic - "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Those are words to live by.
Here are some objects I've come across in the past week or so that I find to be beautiful and useful.
handmade copper flask / hand carved convertible sled wagon / moon phases scarf / hallam moccasin boots / fiess mug / antique fountain pen