The dictionary defines handmade as “made with the hands or by using hand tools.” While this will suffice for most, those of us that have love for all things handmade realize there’s so much more to it than that. When I think of handmade items I think of high quality, one of a kind pieces made with love. When I buy handmade I get a feeling that I’m part of some sense of community. Supporting small business and the local economy are most certainly pluses in my book. I also have visions of an artisan happily crafting away in their naturally gifted skill set, while putting great effort into the product quality and customer service for their buyers.
Conscience and morale boost aside, shopping handmade is also an opportunity to purchase unique items that are sure to make a statement. Nothing says thoughtful like a gift that isn’t mass produced and hits the recipient’s taste spot on. That’s why handmade gifts are often such a success, you can buy items as unique as the person you’re shopping for, and it doesn’t get any better than that.
Other than buying awesome one of a kind items while contributing to the local economy, and supporting local artist, handmade gifts often outlast their mass produced counterparts. Handmade gifts also seem more personal. It’s such a more personal style of gift giving. It’s also nice to be able to support someone who is living their dream. Handmade gifts are more often than not made of very high quality. Yet another great reason is that instead of giving your money to a faceless corporation, you’re helping to give an artist a fair wage. Supporting small business, and local economy are so import in the bigger picture of things, everyone benefits. It also creates a demand for products made with remarkable quality and care. Lastly, in a society where we seem to be growing more detached by the moment, it’s wonderful to be getting back to a sense of human to human contact and interactions. It brings about a true feeling of community.
Let’s talk about handmade gift ideas. There are so many various categories, from food, clothes, home goods, to toys and art. So, let’s touch on a few. For women, there are tons of accessories that would make great handmade gift ideas. I believe at the top of the list is probably jewelry. There are also bath products, such as lotions, soaps, bath salts, and perfumes or oils. Men aren’t left out of handmade gift genre. There are loads of products for men. Grilling tools, craft beer, shaving products and accessories, to actual handmade food items, such as specialty crafted olive oils, vinegars, pickled veggies, and much more are available for the special guy in your life. We can not neglect to mention gifts for the host or hostess with the most-ess. Candle holders, picture frames, coasters, flavored salts, and even ready to assemble herb gardens kits are perfect for your get dinner party throwing friend or family member. Then there’s Fido, we must not forget the fur-babies in our lives. Anything from pet clothes, customized collars, feeding and watering bowls, even toys and treats. There’s no reason the pet love of your life can’t benefit from receiving a handmade gift. I’ve just touched lightly on handmade crafts that make great gift ideas, but as you can see the possibilities are truly infinite.
With handmade jewelry being the most popular category we can’t close this article without briefly discussing these most highly favored items. Handmade bracelets and handmade earrings top the list. I believe these items are so popular because of the vast variety in styles and materials. The saying, “something for everyone” could not be more perfect for these handmade gifts. From simple woven friendship bracelets to more intricate wrap bracelets. Anything from boho chic to expensive gemstone pieces, the range is vast and varied to say the least.
As with handmade bracelets, the choices for handmade earrings are endless. Casual to elegant, boho chic to luxury, there is something for everyone in this style category. Base or precious metals, synthetic or genuine gemstones, sleek or statement, you’re sure to find the perfect unique handmade gift, all while establishing a sense of community.