Find one-of-a-kind gifts for those on your list by shopping at local arts and craft shows, galleries and the websites of local artists.
There are an amazing number of artists and crafters in your community. They create an astounding array of items including jewelry, original paintings, woodwork, ceramics, glass, clothing and home décor. Each of these is lovingly made by hand and many are one-of-a-kind. Prices can range from "oh so affordable" to "sky's the limit."
My holiday craft show booth. See Chic Happenings for this year's schedule.
When you buy from an artist, either in person or from their website, you can learn something about them and the way the make their items. Include a note with your gift telling the gift's story - who made it, how it was made, why you chose it, or where your found it. This makes even a small gift important. A handmade gift with a thoughtful note is a wonderful way to create a special memory.
If you buy early, here's a tip so you don't misplace a gift or forget who it's for. Put the person's name on the gift and then place it in a special holiday box - I use a plastic bin. When it's time to start wrapping you'll know where all the girts are. Before I started doing this, some gifts were hidden so well I didn't find them till long after the holidays!
I really love making jewelry. I get even more pleasure helping someone pick just the right piece to give a friend or family member. The icing on the cake for me is hearing from the customer how much their gift was appreciated. If you can, let the artist know how much the gift was enjoyed.
This year look locally for unique and interesting items for those on your list and yourself. You'll contribute to a happy holiday for the artists and keep the money in your community. Make handcrafted gifts a part of your holiday tradition.
Lynn's musings about all facets of jewelry.