Monday, November 24, 2008
I took the pledge to buy handmade for Christmas this year, and so far, I am loving it! I really haven't spent that much more money, but I've found items that are so much more unique than anything I'd buy at a mass retailer.
I know that some of you support this same cause, so I thought I'd share some of the gems I've found this season. But only if you promise to share the gems you've found as well, because I'm not quite done with my Christmas list!
My one sister is getting a Junk Metal sculpture for her garden. I am so love in with his stuff! It's artistic plus eco-friendly. The best part is that I discovered that he lives only ten minutes from me, so I was able to pick up in person and skip out on shipping. Score! Even if he hadn't, I would've happily paid shipping for such a creative gift.
My niece is getting a nonny & boo Garden hoodie. My other niece got one for her birthday and loves it so much that I had to buy another. Luke has a nonny & boo Monster hoodie, and we get so many compliments on it. Ashlee also has an etsy shop.
My other sister just got a Basset Hound, so she will be getting a Puzzimal, personalized with her new dog's name.
Friends with babies are definitely getting a pair of shoes from Kiddie Winkles. And because Keely loves me so much, she's giving any of you 10% off at her store with the code charpie. How can you beat that?
I'm not entirely sure if this counts as handmade, but I'm going to venture a guess and say it does because it's through support of a local, independent business. Both grandparents will be getting photos, courtesy of our recent photo shoot with Beth Fletcher Photography. That is, if I can bring myself to tackle the daunting task of narrowing down which photos I like the best by Christmas! It's going to be a tough choice.
Luke is getting some more blocks from Barclay Blocks. This company is right down the road from us, so again, shipping fee waived! The blocks are really high quality, and I feel safe knowing they have nothing nasty on them when Luke starts to use the blocks as chew toys.
As for me, I'm getting a new wreath from Golden Flower Creations. Our fall wreath from her shop is about to be retired, so I'm thrilled to get a new wreath just in time for Christmas.
Unfortunately, I can't share all of the gems I've found because I'd spoil presents for a few people! So now it's your turn. What are buying this holiday season?