By BillyBlue22, info below the cut.
I'm going to say right off the bat that I am not a fan of the greater american gift giving frenzy. I don't do black friday deals, I don't by things out of some obligation to do so.
However, that being said, I do find joy in giving gifts. My friends and I used to practice 'Present Day'. Present Day was any day between December 15th and January 15th. You had the option to give (or not) gifts to as many or few people as you wanted- on any day in that month. It was spontaneous, it was fun.
So, If you practice any kind of Present Day, I'm going to do a few gift guides. Just things I see around that I would be thrilled to receive, for whatever reason. This time: animal parts. Vegans, take note: animal parts of made of animals. Usually (hopefully) dead ones.
Hummingbird Skull Necklace in Solid Sterling Silver
It. Is. So. Tiny.
Hummingbirds are fascinating to me. Their hearts can beat at 1260 BPM, their babies look like little bird droplets, they're incredibly territorial, and they freaking hover.
Anyways, I love this itty-bitty cast of a hummingbird skull. I love it's subtlety and it's simplicity. She has others cast in various metals and finishes, but the simple silver one does it for me.
One of the great things about living in a coastal city is the endless supply of cast-able cepholopods.
I was introduced to this company by way of art school- my thesis teacher swore by their skeletons. But oh, they have much, much more- manatee? Yup. Dinosuars? Yup. Tigers? They have you covered. Plus, I love their motto: "Only mother nature does it better".