So, you’ve been logging into this blog for the last year or more, and have liked what you’ve found here. Now, the year’s rolled around to that annual opportunity to subtly influence others’ tastes and opinions by giving them significantly sourced gifts. And, as I’m always yammering on about planning ahead, about being prepared, it’s only appropriate that you act now to purchase Zeiger Family Homestead gifts for your loved ones! No, really. I’m not going to get into the number of shopping days till Christmas, but let’s face it: if you want to give someone an autographed copy of Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm, Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska, or an original knit-sculpture animal from Aly for Christmas, you’d better order now!
We live in bush Alaska. Our severe winter weather achieves its ultimate unpredictability at this time of year. Our tiny, valiant Post Office staff has more than their share of work to do during the holidays. The sooner we ship these things to you, the better! Besides which, quantities are, as ever, limited. We’ve already sold out of our homemade soap varieties, and won’t be producing more until January. I know it seems a bit counter-intuitive to urge you to order just after I admitted that we’re traveling, and may not receive your orders (see While We’re Gone…) but you never know, do you? I’ll have a couple copies of the books with me, and might be able to mail them to you while I’m down south, closer to your mailbox. And, any orders we find when we return will become a high priority for us, of course. Original artwork from Café Press ships from their printers. And, electronic files, like ebooks and garden sifter plans can be sent more or less instantaneously. But, if you’re going to make a sifter for your favorite gardener (a great idea!) you’ll want to get started soon! Yes, I realize that this post, juxtaposed with others that you’ll read in the coming days that rail against seasonal commercialism, will be very hypocritical. But, if you order from home, or ask your local independent bookstore for my books before “Black Friday,” then you can stay home in the bosom of your family on Thanksgiving. So, beat the holiday rush! Take a look at our store page to see what’s available for gift giving this season.