Ask Catherine: Christmas Gift Ideas

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens

By Catherine Austin Fitts

A Solari Report Subscriber asked what I would recommend for Christmas gifts. Here are some of the gifts I like to give.

CASH, CHECK OR SAVINGS

I find many people, particularly young people, love receiving cash or a check. Whatever really clever ideas I might have for presents, often people know what they most want. Some unexpected cash makes it easier for them to get their hearts desire.

I often encourage parents to open a college savings or brokerage account or plan for their children and invite all the relatives to steadily fund it at birthdays and holidays.

COINS

A sovereign silver or gold coin is a great way to give money in a form that encourages young people to save or helps their parents save for college. I also like to give children coins from other countries from around the world to help them learn about countries and currencies.

CREDIT

Someone can always use a credit at their favorite store. A gift card or credit at someone’s favorite butcher, wine shop or food market may make for a more lavish Christmas dinner.

Some favorites I use:

Body Deli – this Palm Springs area store offers intriguing fresh, organic “superfood” skin care. Consider a body lotion that is nutritious too!
Lehmans – this Ohio store was created to serve the Amish. It has grown into one of the premier catalogues for gardening, country and non-electric living.
LL Bean – this Maine store has been keeping outdoor lovers and hunters feet dry and warm for decades. Here is my review: “Why I Love LL Bean”

BOOKS

One of the best presents I ever received was from a business partner. She gave me a detailed write up of her favorite books. It was fascinating. Her write up came with a gift certificate to her favorite local book store. She had arranged with the store owner to spend time with me to help me pick out the ones I wanted. All I had to do was make an appointment.

I recently received a gift card from a client for an online book store. I have always wanted a hard copy of the complete works of Aristotle. Sure enough, the card inspired me to buy something I had always wanted but kept putting off as such a luxury (given the 300+ books that are sitting in the “must read” pile.)

Here are links to the Solari Report Best Books for 2018 to inspire your efforts:

HEALTH

Christmas is a time in which we often eat rich foods and large meals. My current favorite book for New Years is the The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung. My church in Washington practiced fasts in January. Now, without a church to inspire me, I dive into The Complete Guide to Fasting. Here is my book review.

For a more expensive present, you might want to introduce someone to the benefits of depleted deterium water. Here is my source: Eurogator Give it time as it ships from Romania.

Good health starts with nutrition. However, many people are busy. It takes time to sleuth out the best sources in your area. Dig up a good list and information on the best farmers, ranchers, farmers markets and CSAs as well as the best butchers, grocers and restaurants in your area and give the information along with a little something from one of them. One of the magazines from Edible Communities and the shopping guide from the Weston A. Price Foundation may be able to help.

LAVISH

There is no such thing as too much travel, so invite them with you on your next trip – or fund one for them alone that suits their purpose. The sky is the limit – from cruises down the Danube to a ride across the Mongolian steppes on ponies to a week at the Golden Door. How about a copy of The Rise of the Asian Consumer with their tickets for a tour of India or China? How about a tour of the United State or Europe to visit the amazing museums that Your Culture Scout has reviewed the last two years in her amazing column Food for the Soul.

We will be announcing a “Hang with Solari in Stavoren” for a week in March. Join Ulrike Granögger, Robert Dupper and me in Stavoren in Friesland in the Netherlands. Inviting a friend to join you would be a great gift – one that some of our subscribers did for the trip to Uluru in the Australian Outback in May 2018.

One of my favorite Solari Reports is Coming Clean – Transforming Lives Through the Power of Cleaning with Eunice Boston. When I lived in New York, I would buy a spring cleaning by Eunice’s company for a really special friend or colleague. This was a multi-day intense experience. Yes, your home got super clean beyond what you could imagine and super organized. The field changed. As one partner said, “you should have warned me that this would be a spiritual experience.” Eunice and her company literally saved my life – we tell the story in the Solari Report.

A little less lavish than travel or the world’s finest home or business cleaning is a vintage typewriter from California Typewriter – the store featured in a wonderful new documentary by the same name. I now have a vintage typewriter and I am very glad I do.

ON A BUDGET

If you are on a budget there are plenty of great gifts that will work for you.

Downsizing

During my “Enemy of the State” period, the team harassing me used to steal one possession of financial or sentimental value whenever I left home. This pattern is not unusual in such cases. I decided that no one would use my possessions as weapons against me. I made a list of my valuable possessions and then steadily gave them away at Christmas and birthdays over the subsequent years: Hermes and Cartier watches and scarves, Italian handbags, custom tailored coats, good silver and china, and paintings. One lucky relative got a Renoir etching.

I am not suggesting you give away all your possessions. However, if you look around your house and are honest with yourself, there are things that you have that you don’t use or value that could bring great joy to someone you love. And some that will bring great joy to families that could use the helping hand.

Lets Go to the Movies

Everyone loves a good movie. Play the same game with movies as with books. Here are lists I like to use:

Here is the list of all the movies and documentaries we have recommended in the Solari Report from 2008 – 2017. There will be an updated list in the 2018 Annual Wrap Up published in January. Until then you can find out the movies we recommended this year in by clicking on the Let’s Got to the Movies logo under Culture on the Solari Report home page.

Give the Gift

Solari subscribers can give one gift of a complimentary 2-month Solari Report subscription each December. Our hope was this would allow you to introduce someone who can benefit from enjoying the new Annual Wrap Up and the Solari Report in a manner that would be kind to your Christmas budget.

For those who would like a great stocking stuffer, you can get copies of the Solari Prayer Book while they last.

Solari Report subscribers are always welcome to share the Solari Report with their immediate family. Print out transcripts from your favorite Solari Report and share them with a personal note telling how they helped you and why you recommend them.

Decorating the Ancestors Graves

Christmas is a time to honor our ancestors whose lives and accomplishments contributed to the many blessings we enjoy. Visiting ancestors graves with someone you love and sharing a time to celebrate family and the “meaning of the season” is a wonderful thing to do. You can acquaint young people with their heritage and celebrate memories with those who are older and having difficulties making the trip on their own.

FOCUS ON KIDS

In 2010 I wrote a small book, Gifting to the Children We Love, to assist my clients. I kept talking with families. Some people had money. Some people had time. By pooling resources, they could do a lot more for the children in their extended family. I was hoping this collection would help.

One of my clients just told me about Elf on the Shelf – their family is doing it and having a blast!

What I would most like to give every child I know for Christmas is a course in creating their own encryption systems. This is Bill Binney’s great idea. If we teach all the young people how to make their own proprietary encryption systems and to create businesses making encryption systems for local businesses, we can start to rebuild local economies.

Other great ideas would include a garden kit or course to teach them how to start growing food from a very early age.

THE SOLARI REPORT

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DONATIONS

Every year, Solari makes a donation to groups that help us honor the spirit of giving and Peace on Earth. In 2010, we donated to a foodbank in every country and state in which we had subscribers. Consider a donation to your local foodbank this Christmas. Give donations in the name of other people as a gift as well. You can see our 2010 – 2017 Christmas donation at our Holiday Greetings website We will launch our 2018 page next week.

We post our weekly donations in News Trends & Stories and then publish a master list in our Annual Wrap Up and selected Quarterly Wrap Up web presentations. The world is full of great groups worth supporting, starting with excellent documentary makers and members of the independent media. Truth is a great investment at Christmas and throughout the year.

Another THANKS to everyone who made the Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Digital Pipe Organ Crowdfunding a huge success I will be celebrating this Christmas. Joseph will be playing Bach for Christmas thanks to your good works. More here at the Crowdfund website and at Joseph’s Giza Death Star.

MORE!

I will post more ideas during the Christmas Season if I have them. I know our subscribers have great ideas so post yours in the comment section!

Most of all make sure you take time for you and yours during this special time of the year. The best present of all is Peace on Earth – Goodwill towards Men!