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Sunday, November 30

2014 Artisan Holiday Gift Guide for Pagan Children

It's CYBER MONDAY and we're kicking it off with our "2014 Artisan Holiday Gift Guide for Pagan Children".  This year, let's pledge to shop with fellow spirituals and artists for the holidays. 

Back in October, we asked for you, our loyal readers, to share the website of your favorite home-based artists with us.   The following is a collection of what you sent our way.  If you think of another artist who could be added to this list, get it to us by December 15th and we'll add it to the list. 

Terra Pooka: 'Crescent Moon Dolls' are 11-inches in size and created from organic cotton and bamboo cloth.  The dyes are low impact and vegan.  Each doll is the embodiment of an element of nature, such as 'Pine Tree' or 'Rain Cloud'.  Created in Nevada.

Moon Garden Stitches: From New Hampshire, Sophie has created a whole lot of goodies for you to consider.  Of note are these gorgeous crayon roll-ups and these flannel rice warmers in kid-friendly patterns like Marvel's Avengers and AG's Strawberry Shortcake. 

MoonWorks Emporium: Tammy, in South Carolina, makes these cute little Goddess dolls.  The simple shape and lack of accessories makes these a perfect "My First Goddess" for infants. Snatch one up while you can!  Message her on Facebook to order. 

River Scepters & Suds:  River, a 12yo homeschooled child, creates travel altars, pendants, and other Wiccan/Pagan items from his home in Maine.  His mother helped him put together an Etsy shop to sell his creations.  

Lilliana Press: Joni Rae is an artist with lots of talent.  She has PDF coloring books for Pagan children.  These are really nice!  If you'd prefer a physically print & bound copy, you can contact her.  She also makes these adorable custom Goddess dolls.  They have dangling crystals and are stuffed with polyfill and herbs.  The other astounding offer she has are these matte prints of her art.  Many feature baby wearing or breastfeeding (one even has Doctor Who's TARDIS, for those so inclined!)

Family on Bikes: This shop is run by artist Nancy Sathre-Vogel of Idaho.  She loves to mix it up with copper.  Your teen children might love a chance to sport some custom made wrist cuffs or pendants. 

Orange Blossom Babies:  Jocelyn makes homemade plushies and crochet caps for kiddos.  This busy mom, based in Florida, custom makes each order so contact her on Facebook soon! 

Reed Silk Studios:  Based in the United States, this family handcrafts every item you see on their site.  Bill makes the wooden cars and dyes them with all natural items such as turmeric.  Kate creates play silks from Habotai silk and non-toxic dyes. 

A Hippie with a Minivan: Melissa creates felt items from her home in Canada.  These are breathtaking!  Made from wool and pure artistic skill.

Clea Danaan:  This heartfelt author has a few books available that your older child may enjoy.  If your teen could use a Pagan/Green Living devotional, or a book about the Zen of raising chickens, please check Clea's books out.  

The Blessed CauldronThese ritual items are handmade in Texas.  Latisha uses stone, wood, paint, and wire to create unique pieces that your tween or teen may love to add to their collection of magical tools.  

Do you sew, dye, stitch, carve, mix, write, or otherwise create something that an Earthy or Pagan family could give as a gift to their children?  Does your creation help pregnant mothers or appeal teenaged boys?  Go ahead and send us the information by December 15th to be added to this list. 

Saturday, November 29

21 Tasteful & Useful Yule Gifts for Pagan Men

After publishing my other gift guide, 21 Ridiculously Cool Yule Gifts for Pagan Dads, I got feedback from the more saged men in the Pagan community that those gifts did not appeal to them.  This led to the creation of a list with more refined, useful, and tasteful gifts for Pagan and Norse men. I hope you enjoy!

#1  Witches & Pagans Magazine
This Yule, gift your Pagan man a gift that lasts all year!  W&P magazine is published three times each year.  It focuses on a prominent Pagan in the community along with budding Pagan hotspots, trends in magic, upcoming artists, and articles on modern Pagan practices.  You can receive Witches & Pagans digitally or in print.  If your man wants to stay abreast of what's going on in the global Pagan community, this magazine is for him.  

#2  'Osiris for a Day' Homebrew Beer Kit
According to Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, "...Osiris taught the people how to brew the beverage which is made of barley, which is not greatly inferior to wine in odor and potency."  This Beer Kit includes a 2-gallon keg, bottles, caps, and ingredients.  Add water and wait 14 days.  Who knew it was that easy to be a brew master?  If beer isn't your brew, try this kit for Hard Cider or a nice non-alcoholic Root Beer Kit.  

#3  Classic Brass Compass
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the road less traveled by.  And that has made all the difference."  Could Robert Frost have better described the contentment of reflecting on a life lived as a Pagan?  Pagan men choose to live in a world of fire and sacredness, full of magic and primal energy.  This Antiqued Compass is the perfect addition to any Pagan man's ritual tools.  Made from brass, this handsome elemental tool comes with a leather case for storage. 

#4  Beastly Door Guardian
Grace your front stoop with magic and mystery as this charming king dragon keeps watch over your home.  Your Pagan man can delight in the looks on caroler's faces as they approach your front stoop to find this Black Dragon staring them down.  He's makes quite a statement with a sturdy black metal body with silver colored accents.  The solar lantern charges up during the day and casts a color-changing glow overnight.

#5  Grumpy Greenman Goblet
This regal forest spirit has been waiting patently for someone to wine and dine him.   Perhaps your Pagan guy can help him out this Solstice?  The Greenman Goblet is made of resin and has a removable/washable steel insert that is completely foodsafe.  To really round this gift out, how about picking up a bottle from your local winery? 

#6  Historic Isle of Lewis Norse Chess Set
Yule is a day for comfortable clothing, good food, and playing a game or two.  This year, you can delight your Pagan guy with this set modeled after the historic Isle of Lewis chessmen.  These chiseled Norsemen are ready to battle on your coffee table.  Made of hand finished stone, this Chess Set a museum quality replica.  If your Pagan man is a chess lover, this is the perfect Solstice gift! 

#7  50th Anniversary Prydain Chronicles
Based on Welsh mythology, The Book of Three starts this five-novel series that is comparable to LOTR.  Steeped in Pagan fantasy, this series includes a cauldron that reanimates corpses to create an undead army, an adventuresome bard, Welsh soldiers, a horned King, and a sacred boar who can predict the future.  Often considered a hidden treasure, Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles is the "indie" version of the genre.  So, if your man likes fantasy, but hates how common LOTR has become, try this series.  This book is the first in the series' 50th anniversary run and includes much bonus material.  If you'd rather buy the entire boxed paperback set (so your man doesn't have to wait for the next installment!), you can find that HERE


#8  Vulcan's Steel Minions
Skill with a blade is often a source of confidence and pride for Pagan men.  This set is for the mature swordsman or smith who is ready for a new and delicate hobby.  At 6.5", these Throwing Knives have a good hand feel and hit hard.  If your man is new to knife throwing, you may want to toss in this How-To Book or DVD so as not to offend Vulcan with lack of skill.  

#9  GRUNT like a Khal
Is your Pagan man a Game of Thrones fan?  I'm sorry.  That's a dumb question.  Of course he is.  If he would like any hope of impressing the Mother of Dragons, he'd better brush up on his Dothraki.  Based on the language developed by David J. Peterson, this book offers conversational Dothraki and a CD to practice in the car.  If he's serious about learning the tongue of the horsemen, add this Dothraki App to your list, as well. 

#10  Drunken Gnome Wine Covers
It's just not Solstice without a good spiced wine.  These sleepy gnomes will add a touch of magic to your wine collection.  If your Pagan man isn't a wine connoisseur, these Felt Wine Toppers can do double duty as toppers for his gin, whiskey, whatever!  These would go great with an earthy Cheese Tray & Knife.   

#11  Strength of Romulus Walking Cane
Sturdy enough to be useful, tasteful enough to be admired.  This is not a reminder to be physically strong, but instead honors the strength it requires to live a life of truth and honesty.  Romulus, the founder of Rome, was so disgusted by trickery and lies that he killed his brother to protect his people from falsities.  Let your man carry this Wolf Walking Cane as a reminder to always be truthful and honorable. 

#12  Quest-Worthy Traveling Coat
Just imagine your Pagan man bundled in this fantastically classy coat as you gather for Yule with your friends and family.  The false waistcoat adds extra elegance to this gorgeous Men's Coat.  This style suits the comic-con crowd, the steampunk gang, the asatru/vampire brood, and the pirate hardy men in your life.  French cuffs, satiny lining, crimson trim to offset the raven-black material... this coat has it all!

#13  THUG Kitchen Vegan Cookbook
Not all Vegans are fluffy lightweights.  Thug kitchen offers some hearty meals for people who aren't always into sprouts and lemon zest.  Based on the foul-mouthed blog, this real world cookbook throws down recipes chock full of grilling, beer, potatoes, and "guy" of flavors.  Whether your Pagan man is a fulltime vegetarian/vegan or just an earth conscious guy, he may like this amusing and totally useful cookbook.

#14  Eternal Life Ring
Grant your Pagan man a charm to ensure long life this Solstice.  The Ankh was carried by Egyptian gods and when used in writings, represented 'Life'.  This solid sterling silver band won't catch or snag and comes in sizes up to 11.  If your man needs a larger size, try this sterling silver Scarab Ring, which comes up to size 13.

#15  Celtic Copper Fire Bowl

It's not Solstice without fire.  Your Pagan guy can bring light and warmth to his family by building a roaring fire in this admirable copper-toned fire pit.  The Celtic Knot Fire Pit comes with a domes screen and poker.  Imagine hosting witchy gatherings around this all the year!

#16  Faire Boots
These man-made boots are top-rated and sure to keep your Pagan guy comfortable and warm as you make the rounds for Yule, this year.  After the holidays, they will keep him stylin' as you hit Renaissance faires, Pagan festivals, and costume parties.  Sized up to men's 14, these Caribbean Combat Boots should fit just about any guy out there. 

#17  Rosewood Longpipe
Solstice evening can be spent smoking the plant or herb of his choosing through this smooth, classic pipe.  The 14" long stem ensures a cool draw.  This Churchwarden Pipe comes in a gift box with velvet lining for safe storage.  Pair with some herbal smoke blends to mix it up.

#18  Rugged Utility Kilt
If your Pagan guy is past his squeamish phase, he may be ready for a high quality kilt like this.  Made of thick cotton and outfitted with pockets and adjustable buckles, this Men's Kilt is ready for festivals and faires.  These are sized for waists up to 46", so even plus-sized guys can get in on this rugged kilt.  Many colors to choose from.   

#19  Spirit of Mjolnir Belt Buckle
Give your Pagan man the gift of virtue and strength this Solstice.  Mjolnir carries the power to level mountains, but only works if the soul who wields lives a moral life.  This Mjolnir Belt Buckle is made of lead-free pewter and based on the designs of Paul Borda. 

#20  Pulse of the Earth
At this point, your Pagan guy probably has a drum, but perhaps it's time for a new member to join the circle?  This hand-carved mahogany beauty has a 9" premium goatskin head.  This 20" Djembe Drum includes a fitted, zipper top carrying bag as a bonus!  If your guy loves his current drum too much to try another, perhaps he'd like Djembe Strap to help hold his drum while he hangs around the fire. 

#21  Cernunnos Blade
Pagan men deserve righteous ritual tools and this dagger, blessed by the symbols of Cernunnos, would astound him on Solstice morning.  This wooden handled Deer Athame is a rare find!

Bonus Gift Idea:  Handbound Leather Grimoire
Yule is a time of traditions and perhaps it's time for your Pagan man to start writing some down.  This hand-tooled Leather Book is beautiful enough to become a family heirloom.  The wrap and tie cover lends itself to the antique and mystical feel of this blank book.

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