Local and Handmade 2012!

Who wants a shopping idea list of things that are local and handmade, just in time for the holidays? I DO, AND MAYBE YOU DO TOO.

Gifts for Her

  1. Knitted lace shawl from Alma’s Knit Shop
  2. Raven bleach hoodie by The Whatnot Stand
  3. Jersey scarf by Susan Shinnick
  4. Beach stone necklace from BABEjewelry
  5. Bunting necklace by DizzyRhinoDesigns
  6. Wooded layered necklace from E Halsch

Gifts for Him

  1. Custom guitar picks from E. Ria Designs
  2. Grow hoodie from Hartley’s Kitchen
  3. Gardener’s grit soap from Books By Wende
  4. United We Cycle print from Kari Andersen Design
  5. TARDIS linocut by HelloMyNameIsRyan
  6. Custom skateboard decks from Band of Outsiders

Gifts for Kids

  1. Crocheted flip-flops by Sweet Lace Shop
  2. Bicycle t-shirt from Night Owl Bliss
  3. Cardinal mask from Seth Brenneman
  4. Blue piranha hand puppet from PuppetsnChains
  5. Crocheted booties by Sweet Lace Shop
  6. Ragdoll from GracieStitches

Gifts for Pets

  1. Custom pet portraits from Home Ec Workshop
  2. Cherry blossom cat collar from Shortcake Designs
  3. Braided dog toy by The Sara Initiative
  4. Catnip food from Too Bad Mice
  5. Houndstooth dog harness from So Belle Pets
  6. Dog collars from Klise Dogs

For the Home

  1. Knit coasters from Alma’s Knit Shop
  2. Make Stuff linocut from HelloMyNameIsRyan
  3. Concrete headphone sculpture by Blind Bicyclist
  4. Knit backgammon game from Alma’s Knit Shop
  5. Mourning dove linocut by Frank Simon
  6. Prairie placemats by Susan Shinnick

For Your Coworkers

  1. Cowl scarf from Good&Happy Knits
  2. Iowa print by DizzyRhinoDesigns
  3. Coin purse from GracieStitches
  4. Business card wallet from Veronica Made
  5. Hollyhock mug by Lime Kiln Farm
  6. Reuseable coffee cuff from Shortcake Designs

White Elephant

  1. Indigo buntings print from Claudia McGehee
  2. Barn owl watercolor by Britt Hill Gallery
  3. Fly notebook by Night Owl Bliss
  4. Author trading cards from Wolftown
  5. Handbound photo album by Vault 13 Studio
  6. Wool bird socks from J Meggers


Another great local gift for all of the categories on this list is delicious granola made by my friend Alicia at Rosie’s Best! She’s my baby/breastfeeding guru, runs a fabulous slow-food blog at Culinary Bliss, and she makes a mean lactation cookie, too!

Apparently, I was really feeling the “put a bird on it” vibe. Do you know of some local artisans who should be patronized this year? I’m hoping to make it out to White Rabbit to check out some more goods that aren’t available from Etsy, but just in case I don’t get to it, I’ve got a lot of great ideas here!


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