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Welcome to my third and final seasonal gift guide. This week the focus is on handmade – from knitwear to ceramics, every one of the suggestions below has been lovingly made by hand from start to finish.
What's so good about buying handmade? Well, on top of a totally unique gift for your recipient, you get that warm fuzzy feeling of having supported local artisans and helped to keep making skills alive.
It’s also a super sustainable way to shop. I mean, wouldn’t you rather invest in a piece that you know will stand the test of time, rather than piling your basket full of mass produced products? What’s better than knowing you’ve purchased something carefully crafted to stand the test of time? NOTHING I TELL YOU!
So, without further ado, let’s get started...
Now that the weather has taken a sharp turn for the chilly, my thoughts turn immediately to knitwear. I’ll admit that I’m slightly biased when it comes to Jules Hogan’s pieces as I own one of her ‘Horizon’ scarves and I love it. The beautiful honeycomb texture means it is wonderfully soft and warm plus I get compliments about it all the time - win-win. Jules’ website carries a range of covetable products including wraps, wrist warmers (see below, left) and jumpers. Go on, indulge yourself!
If you’re after something for the smaller person in your life then look no further than Stitching Me Softly’s beautiful wares. Emma is a Bristol-based crochet designer who as well as producing patterns, makes scarves and necklaces and some crazy cute children’s bonnets and booties. These Pom Pom baby boots (above, right) are just divine and there are lots of other gorgeous designs available through her Etsy store.
If it’s funky fabrics you want, then you’re go to woman is textile designer, screen printer and maker, Miesje Chafer. Miesje’s bold geometric prints (above, left), feature on a range of her hand stitched products including cushions, hair bands, shopping bags and wall hangings. You can see more of her work via her Instagram page. Yum!
For some more beautifully made and fabulously fun items, try MajMakes. She uses some gorgeous fabrics, including classic Liberty prints, to make some awesome products like washbags, hot water bottle covers, glasses cases and Oyster card holders (above, right). I recently purchased one of her lavender filled eye masks and it’s wonderful and would make the perfect gift. See her Etsy store for more beautiful items.
Next up it’s jewellery. Of course I’m not going let this slide by without a mention of my own work so how about taking a look at the meteorite necklace and earrings (above, left) from my Supernova range? Simple, elegant and with a beautiful finish mean that they’re the perfect gift and will go with absolutely everything. A classic in the making.
For something more colourful check out Bristol based maker Kay Morgan’s scrumptious leather goods and jewellery. I really love these wrap wrist bangles (above right), they’re so reasonably prices and I reckon a stack of them in different colours would look fantastic.
Finally, it’s over to potter Amanda Banham. Amanda’s raku houses and rainbows (above left) are sure to fill your heart with joy. She also screen prints her beautiful illustrations onto hand built mugs, plates and bowls (above, right).
If you follow her on Instagram you’ll not only get to read her wonderful stories about the pieces she produces, but you’ll also find out when she’s next restocking her shop. Make sure you’re quick though or you’ll miss out….her pieces sell out FAST.
I hope that’s given you some ideas. Etsy is a great place to start or check out your local craft fairs. There many wonderful makers out there just waiting to be discovered...happy handmade shopping!