Like JFK said, it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Back in the early 20th century, researchers and scientists from America's Smithsonian Institute did just that, creating lantern slides of their adventures to share with colleagues back home.
Handmade gifts beat store-bought, hands down. And handmade products beat factory-produced goods, nine times out of ten. Made By Hand is a Brooklyn-based website that documents and promotes the emerging move away from mechanised manufacturing to making things the old fashioned way.