Handmade Holidays: A Crafty Gift Guide

Like to give unique gifts to your special someones? Recently, we visited two popular Pittsburgh craft fairs to explore what tantalizing options we have for handmade holiday gifts. The I Made It! shows periodically showcase local, hip crafters’ wares at various locations in the city. The annual Handmade Arcade is a huge gathering of crafters from the tri-state area. Both fairs showcased a plethora of  gifts for everyone on our lists this year and we couldn’t wait to share them with you! Here are a few handmade gift suggestions:

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Mom or Dad:

Hand-crocheted slippers by The Absolute Boar’s make an extra toasty gift! River Rats Designs’ wind chimes made from upcycled beach glass and driftwood are a natural and musical decoration for your parents’ porch.

Brother or Boyfriend:

Both Garbella and Psycho Reindeer offer t-shirts for your picky male counterpart. Also, a few crafters came up with the genius idea of melting vintage records and molding them into retro bowls the perfect shape for holding CDs or other small knick-knacks.

Sister or Girlfriend:

BarkerBell’s statement pendant necklaces and earrings are made with upcycled materials, including  vintage Hollywood movie glamor pictures. For the girl who likes a little edge with her lace, try Spooky Kelly.

Cute Kid:

ryhmes with twee makes adorable handmade hats and handprinted onesies for wee ones. Children will also love running around in colorful,  handmade felt and Velcro superhero capes and masks!

Boss or Office Mates:

Coasters made out of repurposed children’s books make wonderfully whimsical, nostalgic, and utilitarian gifts! Subu makes classy and unique upcycled notebooks for your note taking workmates, too.

Friends Who Use Soap:

Yes, this could be anyone and anyone will find it hard to resist the cassette tape shaped glycerin soaps by Stinky Bomb Soap!

A few vendors and tons of shoppers at Handmade Arcade 2009

A few vendors and tons of shoppers at Handmade Arcade 2009

You can find handmade gifts and items with handmade qualities here at ModCloth, on Etsy, and at your own hometown craft fairs!ModCloth features  a few smaller designers who produce stylish and unique items that will appeal to your pickiest giftee. Check out the warm knits by Nirvanna Designs made from Nepalenese wool, especially the Tutti Frutti Scarf, or the too-cute rings by designer Figs and Ginger . Stevie Lynn, whose Aesop’s Fable necklace is a very popular ModCloth item, also participates in Pittsburgh craft shows.

Have any handmade suggestions we didn’t think of? Have a favorite crafter we didn’t feature?

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3 Responses to Handmade Holidays: A Crafty Gift Guide

  1. Madison 12/17/2009 at 10:19 pm #

    I found some of the melted record bowls at an Op Shop, 4 for $2. They are now the holders of coins, makeup, jewellry and other trinkets. They look amazing too.

  2. jenna 12/18/2009 at 3:51 am #

    ohh all the craft fairs that are in my city have terrible items. like tissue box holders. this fair looks so cool.

  3. aire 12/18/2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Handmade arcade was so fun!! Thanks for featuring it!!! :)

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