A handmade holiday

Buying handmade for the holidays is kind of like eating organic – even if you really believe in it, 100% compliance rate is really hard. But every bit matters. The Handmade Gift Guide is asking people to sign this online pledge: at least half of the holiday gifts I give are handmade (by me, a friend, or a super cool artist). 

Let’s do it! Remember, handmade doesn’t have to look like it was made in a camp craft room. It can be sleek, functional, classic. For  inspiration, here are ten pledge-qualifying gift ideas.

1. Ruffle gold & silver hoop earrings  – $28

2. For the techie, a clever ipod/ipad charger made from a book – $55
(looks like they’re sold out for Christmas, but I still had to include it. It’s too cool. Maybe you have a January birthday to plan for?)

3. Coasters made from Turkish rugs – $36 for a set of 6

4. 8×10 winter scenery print (can’t you feel the crisp cold air?) – $15

5. Instructions for how to upcycle an old frame into a chalkboard serving platter for your favorite host or hostess – $ a few dollars

6. 2012 cityscape letterpress desk calendar – $30 (cut along the dotted line at month’s end and voila! it’s a postcard, ready to send)

7. Instructions for turning a photo into a paint-by-number (paint it yourself, or package it with paint as a kit for a crafty friend…yeah it’s kitsch, but everybody’s got a kitsch-lover on their list!) – $ a few dollars

8. It’s probably too close to Christmas to make an entire blanket from felted sweaters, but this felted ipad cover is doable.  – $ cost of goodwill sweaters

10. And if someone’s been very, VERY good, perhaps this handmade leather bag – $140

What handmade things are you giving this year? What are you making yourself and what are you buying from others? Whatever you gift, handmade or not, you can snazz up the wrapping with these free gift tag  printables from Eat Drink Chic.  Happy gift-buying, making, and giving!



  1. foxflat · December 15, 2011

    @Kim – send me pictures of what you make! Or better yet, post them on your blog. I would love to see Rudy in some argyle.

    @newfoundlandtraveller – One can never have too much jewelry, especially cool handmade jewelry. As for candles, I’ve been wanting to try this thing on Martha Stewart where you use old teacups as the candle vessels..

    @blankenmom – These are mostly just suggestions, although I’m very tempted by the DIY paint by number! I am making some handknits, but the recipients are blog readers so I can’t post yet. I need to pick out a few other etsy items for friends. Those earrings are top contenders.

  2. Kim Lyddane · December 11, 2011

    Nice gifts! We are totally doing the handmade holiday this year. I am in the process of knitting my very first cabling project. Also we love the felted coasters you made us so much that I am stealing the idea (thanks by the way) and making some for a friend. I actually felted sweaters for the first time last night (well on purpose at least). Rudy is going to get a felted argyle sweater for Christmas. He is going to look so preppy. Plus with Saturday Market I don’t think I can go wrong with the uniquely Eugene goodies.

  3. newfoundlandtraveller · December 11, 2011

    I really like your homemade items. I treasure a special candle given to me, made by her own hands. It still smells delicious 5 years later! I make simple jewelry so friends may be getting unique pieces or pieces uniquely made by me.

  4. blankenmom · December 11, 2011

    I love the chalk board tray idea, but I really like the blanket from felted sweaters! Wished this had come across my path before I gave away my favorite sweater that felted! I will definitely be keeping it in mind for future use however.

    I’m giving 2 handknit scarves and 2 pairs of socks (made by me), a monkey rain chain (made by a local artist) and a coffee mug colored in by my boys. It’s not half, but it’s a start.

    Are the things above what you are giving or just suggestions?

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