Gift Guide: A Handmade Christmas

Inevitably, each Christmas-season, I hear the same complaints from adults – they’re sick of buying all of their siblings, parents, and in-laws gifts. It’s not fun anymore, the receiver just purchases everything they really want, the giver doesn’t want to scroll through someone’s Amazon Wishlist. What do you get the adult who has everything?

Mike and I don’t feel that way – we’ve turned gift giving into a metaphorical treasure hunt. We’ve got one rule that is a total game-changer for buying presents for the other adults in our lives: we only shop from other small businesses. It could be from a local boutique in town, a maker who we came across at a craft show, or someone we’ve been drooling over, er, following on Instagram.

We’ve got so many shops that we love – so I decided to narrow it down by making a gift guide of folks who we actually know. Maybe we sold at a show together, have been commenting on each other’s Instagram posts, or they’ve hired us to make them a stamp for their business. I’m sure I’ve missed a few, but here are 57 makers to shop this holiday season:

East Grove Stamp Co. - I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of all of the fantastic gifts that we make (leather coaster sets, hand-stamped scarves and table linens, personalized address and bookplate stamps, and oh-so-many ornaments).

CERAMICS

BATH & BODY / GROOMING

CANDLES

JEWELRY

PRINTS & STATIONERY

PAINTERS

HOME GOODS

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

YARN/KNITTING

EVERYTHING ELSE

Put a dent in your Christmas shopping and give a gift two times over – every purchase you make from one of these makers directly benefits a small business, a real person who we can personally tell you is awesome because we've met everyone on this list in some way shape or form.

Happy Holidays!

 
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