My philosophy this Christmas has been to try to support independent stores and artists as much as possible while still buying gifts that I think my relatives will use and enjoy. In the meantime I'm trying to stay within a reasonable price range... but this is the first Christmas that I haven't been on a student's budget!
I recently purchased an item from etsy seller La Brocanterie, and I was quite taken by her philosophy and collection of vintage objects. When I received the package in the mail it included a few extra surprises and such personal flair that I had to double check the package to make sure it didn't actually come from a friend. In any case, I would highly recommend stopping by her store for some last minute Christmas gifts if any of you are looking for something vintage -- for instance, this neat Kodak rangefinder camera available here.
PS: Don't forget about the giveaway!