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Handmade Holiday // Gift Guide & Shopping Sources

After attending the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, I made a decision. And I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it.

I’m declaring this Christmas a handmade holiday!

No, I won’t physically be hand-making all of our gifts and decorations, but I will try to shop primarily at small businesses and avoid big box retailers and mass-produced items. My goal is to support artisans, crafters, and makers who put every last ounce of their passion into the things they create. Plus, I love that I’ll be able to share a story or anecdote about each special gift and know that it’s one of a kind.

This will certainly will be more challenging than my typical buying behavior; however, with a little creativity, a dedicated day of shopping local on Small Business Saturday { Nov. 29th! } and some savvy online shopping, I’m confident I won’t be at Target on Christmas Eve in a total panic.

Ready to join me on this handmade holiday party? I’ve pulled some gift ideas from two of my favorite online retailers that curate artisan and handmade goods.

First up, Brika. I love the story behind this beautifully curated site. It was started by two women who steadfastly pursued their passions and they truly celebrate the makers they feature – plus, they have a pretty fun blog, to boot! Shop Brika for a carefully curated collection of home decor, jewelry, and accessories. They also have a great selection of baby clothes, toys, and gifts.

Handmade Gift Guide // Brika Christmas Gift Ideas from handmade, small businesses

How fun and unique are these items? I don’t think many people would think to give dinosaur cufflinks, but there’s someone in your life who would love them, right? And a bacon-scented candle? Every guy’s dream!

{ shop brika }
outdoorsy friend // squirrel pencil bag, $20 // mountain print, $20 // leather keychain, $20 //
quirky sibling // bacon candle, $14 // dinosaur cufflinks, $74 // pineapple bag, $40 //
best friend // initial necklace, $35 // iphone case, $38 // striped vase, $38 // spotted clutch, $88 //
nephew // giraffe onesie, $28 // robot print, $30 // wild & free onesie, $20 // owl toy, $36 //

When I lived in New York City, I jumped at any chance to save a little money while exploring the city, so I knew about ScoutMob when it first launched. Originally created as local-focused mobile-incentives app { similar to Groupon }, it’s now expanded into selling wares made by independent artisans. What I love most about the ScoutMob Shoppe is the variety and breadth of options – everything from tea towels to truffle salt to screen printed tank tops and everything in between. Plus, their selection is updated regularly so there’s always something new to discover.

Handmade Gift Guide // ScoutMob Shoppe Christmas Gift Ideas from handmade, small businesses

This is the place to shop for your hard-to-buy for friends. Put down that sweater for your boyfriend and gift him a set of carved wood coasters instead. And mom deserves something more thoughtful than a spa gift card, so treat her to a sugar scrub and eye shadow set!

{ shop scoutmob shoppe }
co-worker // lip balm duo, $12 // campfire candle, $20 // ceramic hot plate, $16 // tea towels, $22 //
mom // scrubs, $24 //  gold earrings, $30 // wine rack, $55 // eye shadow set, $37 // makeup bag, $28
friend // leg warmers, $35 // canvas tote, $24 // wine stopper, $18 // leather travel mug, $30
boyfriend // beer print, $25 // coasters, $25 // key hook, $25 // custom key chain, $15 // IPA soap, $25

If you’re still in need of a reason to support small businesses and independent makers, you MUST watch ScoutMob’s “Here’s to the Makers” video

Don’t forget about Small Business Saturday on November 29th either! If you don’t know much about it, it’s an incredible movement created by American Express to support local shops in your area. It’s sort of the answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even if you aren’t up for a complete handmade holiday, I encourage you to shop at a few local businesses or even eat at a locally-owned restaurant next Saturday. Your community needs your support!

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