Saturday, November 27, 2010

Small Biz Saturday... Jenni's Gift Ideas (#27)

Did you know that today, the day after the shop-until-you-drop-day-after-Thanksgiving-day is Small Business Saturday?  It's the first I've heard of it, but I'm all for it!  Let's support our small, internet and home-based businesses, especially those offering green gift items.  Thought I'd share a few gift ideas for the season.

Here's a new Goodbyn lunchbox Maiya's getting for Christmas (don't tell her).  Well it won't be a total shock since she picked the color.  This is a growing, but home-based husband and wife business.  They are 25% off until Monday, November 29.
Here's a website that I like that offers a lot of cloth and other types of bags...

And you know about Great Leap's B.Y.O Chopstix for sale at Blacklava right?  A portion of the proceeds help support nonprofit arts as well as help to sustain the earth.
I know you've seen the video, but in case you haven't... 
help us spread the word about bringing your own chopsticks when you eat at Asian food places.  
For some community-based gift ideas, here is a book "Nanka Nikkei Voices 4: The Japanese American Family" published by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.  This is a project that I helped out on the editorial team for the past 2 years or so that was finally finished a few months ago.  Both Tony and I have several pieces in the book, including the original 101 Ways to Tell You're Japanese American.  It's not available online that I know of, but you can get it by sending a check or money order to:  JAHSSC, P.O. Box 3164, Torrance, CA 90510.  For info email
Also, the Little Tokyo Historical Society (you can find them on FB) is selling a Little Tokyo calendar, with past, present and future images of Little Tokyo.  The cover and inside features Tony's Little Tokyo Mural.  It's not the picture below, but it's from the same day.
And finally, if you're in Orange County, go visit the beautiful Plant Depot, a family-owned nursery and boutique in San Juan Capistrano owned by my cousin Jackie's family.  You have to go see their beautiful fish pond.


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