Playa gifts 2019 edition

It’s that time of year again when I start planning my playa gift.

Gifting is one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man and I must say, it’s one of my favorites along with Radical Inclusion.

Basically, the premise is that no money is exchanged at Burning Man.

No trading/bartering either.

Instead, everything is gifted from one person to another.

It’s such a lovely tradition.

One year, I was gifted a white LED flower crown from a bride because I complimented her on it.

She took it off and gave it to me, just like that.

In 2015, I gifted organic mint SPF30 chapstick.

Lesson learned: DO NOT put the year on your label because leftovers will be outdated.

I have a box of chapstick in my garage now that I’ll never use up.

In 2016, I gifted pendants that I made out of washers.

Pretty, but oh so heavy.

In 2017, I had a GENIUS idea to gift credit card sized beer bottle openers with the Burning Man logo:

What can I say about this gift?

It was brilliant!

In 2018, I gifted glass pendant necklaces which were very popular.

Possibly the most popular gift I’ve ever given.

This year however, I am struggling to come up with an idea.

I could sew something, since I like to sew.

But what to sew that’s useful for everyone?

I could also revisit my glass pendants since I really liked working with glass.

Quite frankly, I’m a little lost at the moment and brainstorming is getting me nowhere.

Help?

What awesome gifts have you encountered on the playa?

Fused glass pendants

A long time ago I went with Barbara to a glass fusing shop and I made a rainbow cheese plate.

I heart that cheese plate.

An even longer time ago, I went with Tejas to Livermore to another glass shop and I made three fused glass pendants.

I happen to REALLY like glass fusion.

And glass blowing, as it turns out, but that’s another story.

For Burning Man, every year I come up with a project where I give away something I created.

My first year I gave away organic peppermint SPF 30 chapstick.

I know, I didn’t make it, but I DID design the label.

My second year I made necklaces out of washers and I gave those away.

Totally handmade by me.

Last year I gave away a stainless steel credit card bottle opener engraved with the Burning Man logo.

Those were VERY popular and I do believe I have some left.

This year, I’m going back to making necklaces and this time around it’s going to be fused glass pendants.

I wasn’t able to find a glass studio willing to charge me less than $10 a pendant so I bought glass pendants in bulk on ebay.

I happen to like them a lot and I was able to buy 50 of them for less than $2.60 each.

Which is great because I still have to add the bail and a 30 inch silver necklace to make a hanging glass pendant.

I’m really excited about it, if a little disappointed that I didn’t get to make the pendants by hand.

I think they’ll look lovely on the playa.

Don’t you?