Handmade

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.

Handmade Gift Ideas

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.

Handmade Bracelets

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.

Handmade Earrings

Let’s Talk Handmade Jewelry

I was seriously thinking the other day about my designs and going over new ideas for the upcoming season. As I was pondering expanding certain items, I found myself wondering why people buy handmade jewelry. It seems that now a days you have to go out of your way somewhat to find handmade accessories. Meaning it is not carried/advertised in mainstream venues. Don’t get me wrong, if you know where to look the options are plenty, but you won’t be beat over the head with handcrafted artisan works just walking through everyday life.

This past spring I took a different turn with my craft, beaded bracelet sets. So, why do people buy handmade beaded jewelry? I think because it’s unique, I personally like to be different and my accessories are a key way of representing my fashion preference to the world. Anyone can go to the mall and buy a piece that thousands of other people will have, but handmade jewelry designs are usually one of a kind, and can often be customized to your liking.

Handmade Jewelry

Moving forward, when looking for inspiration I was wondering were others’ get their handmade jewelry ideas and inspiration. I know personally travel has recently played a huge role in the expansion of my line. In preparation for my last island vacation I found that I wanted more laid back beachy and surfer inspired wardrobe and accessories. When searching for vacation pieces to buy I was inspired by many female pro surfers, beach lifestyle, and bikini bloggers that I follow on various social media. Also, I semi regularly shop at couple of beach and skate shops, so I checked out their selections, as well as their online shops and style blogs. Not only was going on vacation a spring board for inspiring a whole new section of my line, but the actual traveling done once there. The new sites, smells, activities, etc., all inspired me to create quite a few new styles of handmade beaded jewelry.

Handmade Beaded Jewelry

Inspiration can also be found from various site such as handmade jewelry blogs and Pinterest boards. From viewing other artisan’s work, to finding DIY tutorials the options are endless. There’s also the option of attending a class or workshop to learn a new skill or hone in your techniques and learn to use them in new and interesting ways. With a little research and imagination anyone can be well on their way to opening a whole new world of ideas.

Unique handmade jewelry makes a great gift, and is perfect for so many different occasions. Also, buying directly from an artist usually offers you the opportunity to customize your purchase. Want a different color, different length, handwritten personalized note, say no more. Personalized customer service is a huge plus when making any purchase, and handmade artists usually go above and beyond to ensure their customers are happy.

Unique Handmade Jewelry

In closing, I do believe that love for handmade jewelry designers is growing rapidly. It makes a unique gift, is perfect for a number of occasions, you can usually customize it to your liking, whether it’s handmade silver jewelry, or handmade beaded jewelry. You can get personalized customer service, and the quality is more often better than mass produced assembly line products. Also, you get a chance to do a good deed by helping the economy. The benefits of buying had made go on and on. It truly like is buying your own little piece of a treasure in so many ways.