Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

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1. Unique holiday greeting cards everyone (especially mom) will love.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get them from The Critter Co for $6 each.

2. A dreamy necklace for the girl with her head in the clouds.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Curious Oddities for $75.20.

3.  A deceivingly warm corduroy jumper for the girl who’s always cold.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Mod Dolly for $92.92.

4. A cross stitch kit for your crafty friend with bare walls.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Diana Watters Handmade for $35.

5. The cutest little polar bear necklace for the animal lover in your life.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Swimming Fox Studio for $23.

6. An effortlessly cool shelf for the new homeowner.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Stained Lace for $36.

7. A checklist map of Canada’s National Parks for your most adventurous friend.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Ello There for $45.50+, with lots of add-on options.

8. A subtly festive pinecone necklace for the friend who never wants Christmas to end.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Emery & Opal for $27.34.

9. A fuzzy friend for your littlest friend.

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide | Sophster-Toaster

Get it from Miso Handmade for $20.51.

All photos courtesy of product makers.

May Favourites

The May flowers came a little late this year but the weather is finally warming up. Windows are starting to open in the afternoon, fresh spring produce is popping up at the local farmers’ market, and the outdoor artisan market season is in full bloom. Here are my favourite things for the month of May – all inspired by local artists and makers.

1. Travel and Wanderlust Inspired Accessories

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Dawning Collective’s Spyglass Necklace

2. 1920’s & Flapper Style

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BOKO’s Beaded Bag in Teal Green

3. Geometric Birdfeeders

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Moore Design Birdfeeders’ Oriole Feeder

4. Everything Strawberry

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Leikey’s Strawberry Brooch

5. Reminders to Stay Positive

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Merchant Handcraft’s In Hoop Everything Will Probably Be Okay Cross Stitch

 

Handmade Gift Guide 2015

Buying handmade means buying something special. When one person, or a small team of talented people, are entirely responsible for a product and work on a project from initial idea, to sourcing materials, to handcrafting the product, right through to selling, shipping and customer service, they are able to ensure their values are upheld every step of the way. Whether it be a commitment to environmental sustainability, fair trade ingredients or incredibly high quality products, someone who has a hand in every part of the process finds it easy to achieve these goals. When you shop small, local or handmade, you are supporting these people and their devotion to the aspirations and ideals that many of us share.

Here are some of my favourite handmade items this year:

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Zephyrus Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks (Pennsylvania, United States, $65.00)

Crochet Braided Headband by Plexida (Greece, $9.58)

Stud Earring Set by Liperla (Turin, Italy, $22.60)

Because Cats Pinback Button by Sparkle Collective (Toronto, Canada, $1.54)

Teen Dream Enamel Pin by Ludlow Luna (Pennsylvania, United States, $10.00)

“A Certain Glamour” Cat Watercolour Print by Water in My Paint (Canada, $7.70)

Haters Gonna Hate Bunny Tote Bag by Hello Harriet (Winchester, United Kingdom, $16.00)

Antler Ring by Autumn Equinox Jewelry (New Hampshire, United States, $32.00)

Sunday Plaid Eyeglasses Pocket Square by The Honey Press (Massachusetts, United States, $25.00 – 40% off with coupon code “CLOSING40”)

Lace Up Slippers by White Noise Maker (Wellington, New Zealand, $29.00+ depending on size)

“Will Perform for Cakes” Side Plate by Jimbobart (London, United Kingdom, $35.00)

Terracotta Serving Bowl by Baskakova  (London, United Kingdom, $43.49)

All prices in USD. All photos via respective shops.

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

My favourite grocery store is currently brimming with plush roses, brightly coloured boxes of cheap chocolate-like product and, inexplicably, giant stuffed bull dogs holding hearts in their mouths that say “I woof you”, or whatever. Does anyone actually buy this stuff? I’ve always assumed these things were for 14-year-olds to give to other 14-year-olds, maybe because that’s what my middle school Valentine gave to me.

I’ve always thought that something lovingly handcrafted by your partner makes the best Valentine’s gift, but if you don’t have the time or know-how, handmade gifts from skilled artisans are a close second. Let’s leave that weird, mass-produced stuff on the shelves this year and get our Valentines something they will actually use and enjoy, like:

Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Guide \\ Sophster-Toaster

1. Plexida 2. RossLab 3. NAHINAshop 4. Pousse Pousse Citron 5. Sea & Lake 6. Sophia Victoria Joy