I am SO behind Dutch's idea of skipping big box stores and mass manufactured crap for Christmas [&c.] and buying--IF you're buying, which I'll get to later--independent, handmade, and local stuff, which rocks a hundred times better anyway.
Check out his list, which is very Bay Area-centric [all those crafty hippies out there], but cry a little on the inside, too: I already bought Little Bunny Foo Foo for the kid.
Dutch's Holiday Shopping Guide for the Anti-Materialist Indie Sonofabitch Parent [sweetjuniper]
previously [although Dutch picked up on most of these already, too]:
- Plush Ninjas from Ninjatown
Treehouses & Blocks--made from trees
Stupid Creatures [now $60-80, btw, not $40]
O.C. Punk Flyer bodysuits, etc.