Family and friends will tell you if I’m not crafting a gift for someone, chances are I’m purchasing from a fellow artist or maker. Shopping handcrafted goods and art is absolutely the way to go when you’re looking for that really special gift, whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary or the upcoming holidays. And it will offer you six things that you can't find anywhere else!
One-of-a-Kind Products - One of the things I like best about shopping handmade is the huge assortment of one-of-a-kind items. From unique clothes made from upcycled or vintage fabrics to a portrait of your pet pug, you’ll never have to worry about your gift being duplicated by someone else, and your recipient will see the time you put into such a thoughtful gift!
Customization & Personalization - Even if you’re not looking for an original or one-of-a-kind piece, many times artists and makers are happy to offer customizations on a product’s color, size, style, etc. And some goods can also be personalized with a person’s name or initials. These kinds of gifts are especially ideal for things like bridesmaid gifts or baby showers.
Uniquely You - Because most makers target a niche audience, you can find some very rare products that aren’t going to appeal to the masses. These items reflect both the personality of the giver as they select the gift and the recipient’s unique tastes, making the gift experience extra-special!
Quality Over Quantity - Artists and artisans don’t mass producing their items with cheap labor in factories overseas, but rather handmake them a few (or one) at a time with a lot of love and craftsmanship going into their work. When you receive your purchase, you are holding a work of art that has much more meaning and value than anything stamped with a MADE IN CHINA on the back.
Better Customer Service - Oftentimes handmade businesses are run by a solopreneur or a small group of people so you’re nearly guaranteed more personalized attention. Your purchases mean more to these people than they do big box department stores and they will work hard to make sure their customers are happy!
Support Local & Shop Small - In addition to all these wonderful ways your gift-giving needs are met, you can also feel good about supporting the local economy and small businesses when you shop handmade. Particularly this time of year, craft shows and farmer’s markets feature many local makers and artisans. Visit boutiques and markets in your community to meet local artists get a taste for what’s being crafted nearby!