"With the holidays coming up, and my son's birthday in February, I'm wondering if you have any resources for non mass-produced gifts for kids. I'm getting tired of all the plastic and marketing, and am wishing I could spend my money in a way that would help other people who make cool things."
I started on this question, but then last night realized that Dutch at Sweet Juniper wrote the answer about 6,000 times better than I could have, including links to other lists. It's stunningly comprehensive. So please go over to read his "2006 Holiday Shopping Guide for the Indie Sonofabitch Parent," and then come back here tomorrow. (You should go back to Sweet Juniper tomorrow, too. Dutch and Wood write a very thoughtful, funny parenting blog together.)