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!