The holidays are coming up soon! Enjoy this delightful collection of gifts, all Handmade in America.
All this week, our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide series will entice you with unusual ideas for presents in all price ranges. It’s a wonderful feeling to support the creative community, and these gifts show you really care. And don’t forget to shop locally on Small Business Saturday!
Just lovely, this ring in striking sunset colors by artist Betsy Benson is made of Mooka Station jasper, rose cut yellow diamond, sterling silver, and 18kt gold. Measures 1 5/8″ across. $475.00 and it’s yours to give!
Gorgeous photo of an Italian afternoon titled “Intermezzo, Venice” by award-winning photographer Mary Serantoni is available in a number of sizes. We chose the 16″ x 20″ gallery wrapped canvas for $220.00 (no framing needed). Just the gift for your world traveler, or dreamer!
Fun and colorful handthrown ceramic soup bowls by Deb Babcock of Blue Sky Pottery hold about three cups each. Oven, dishwasher and microwave safe, they are carved and hand painted with stains and sealed with a translucent glaze. Choose your colors. The six shown here are $192.00 for the set.
How pretty! This intricate button necklace with matte gold roses and Swarovski crystals is made with love by Patricia Dippre, and finished at the back with a lovely rose flourish. Measures 17″ long and retails for $125.00. A showpiece.
Pet lovers will be thrilled when they receive a custom portrait of their favorite dog or cat by artist Danette Malerich, $140.00. Created in Caran d’Ache artist crayons, each portrait is in full color and measure 8″ x 10″, ready for framing.
An irresistible look by Dana Evans of StoneAddict. These handmade silver earrings feature hand-cut Montana agates at the bottom, with cool Australian opals up top. $175.00 retail. Complete with fabulously textured granulation and a combination of patterns and colors. 1-3/8″x 1-3/8″ not including the earwire.
From John Garloff of Ohm Home Lighting comes the original fusion copper table lamp, $1,497.00. It’s simple complexity fits most decor. Measures 10″ deep, 7″ wide and 18″ tall.
Need an equestrian gift? Don’t miss this exquisite original drawing by artist Kathryn Hansen, titled “Perfect Bliss.” In graphite pencil, this work of art measures 8″ x 10″ and retails for $265.00.
What time is it? She’ll always know, because she won’t want to take off this lovely off-loom free-form beaded watch bracelet by Cheri Meyer, $110.00. Made of seed beads with a vintage button, the band is 1″ wide.
Pretty wild! Found object sculpture titled “Perch” by artist Jason Lyons is just the perfect gift for those with a quirky and fun imagination. This fine fish is comprised of various spoons, a shoe horn, vintage coat hooks and shutter stays for fins along with typewriter keys representing scales. Catch it for $825.00. Measures 26″ x 26″ x 10″.
Simply beautiful, the “Betsy” earrings from Jodi Rae Brownstein offer a nice alternative to a hoop. Sterling silver with stamped details, they are oxidized with a matte finish. $175.00 for the pair. Each measures 1 1/2″ by 3/8″.
Adding impact to any room, this “Bellied Root Vessel” in gold topaz color from Bernard Katz Glass has clear glass elements that have been applied during the blowing process. Meticulous work is involved as this handblown piece is later sand blasted during the cold working process. Measures 11″ x 8″ and retails for $950.00.
Simply charming, this handmade bird-themed pillow is by Colorado fiber artist Georgianne Holland of Nestle and Soar. This cheeky design uses a folk art penny rug technique, featuring hand-embroidered wool birds on ivory linen. The pillow back is a cheerful home decor print. Measures 16″ square, with a zipper closure and elegant finishing. $175.00.
Gothic Windows Pendant by artist Kathy King is made by a fascinating technique called “quilling.” Tiny glass beads are hand-woven to create intricate shapes, with the thread providing the overall color of the final design. Pendant is hung from a steel neck wire. Retails for $200.00.
“Little Cape Ann” is a mixed-media painting on canvas by Boston artist Mae Chevrette, who is “inspired by wanderlust.” Original work of art is 10″ x 20″ and is yours for $550.00. Perfect for those who love the sea and appreciate the arts.
An exceptional piece for an evening out by Deana Goodman of Cloudpine Studios. White Crown necklace is made of Carved white Jade, large faceted champagne color Quartz nuggets and smaller beads, clear Agate rings, Prehnite nuggets and Moonstone beads. Priced at $400.00 retail, it is one-of-a-kind.
From the “Beasts in Books” series, artist Jessica Boehman presents a collection of four archival quality mythological giclee´prints. Features a Centaur, Unicorn, Griffin and Hippocamp ensconced in decorative borders. $130.00 for the set of 8″ x 10″ to delight any fan of magical creatures.
From the creative hand of Jerilynn Babroff, this charming ceramic cookie jar is 17″ tall x 10 1/2″ wide and retails for $150.00. Featuring a colorful face with a large hat lid, and a coffee cup on top. A great place to keep your cookies, or display as a whimsical conversation piece.
Creative Goddess Lisa Stewart offers this leather guitar strap for your favorite musician, which can be personalized. About 2 1/2″ wide, it is adjustable and can extend to over 60″. Lisa’s illustrations with suede are on the front, and the strap and soft leather backing is always comfortable, no matter how long you play. Order one now for $150.00.
The Storyteller’s House is a magnificent piece by Canadian artist Nichola Battilana of Pixie Hill. More than just a dollhouse, this 5-room miniature is a place for fairies to dwell – and contains many details inside in the mud room, reading room, bedroom, study and attic. Not for children’s play, but a pure delight to behold. $575.00 (Canadian) for the collector and fantasy fan in all of us.
For your next cocktail party, use these handmade wooden trays to help your guests keep their wine glasses and appetizers upright! Craftsman Gregg Palm uses woods ranging from familiar cherry and maple, to exotic varieties like canarywood and black limba to create a handsome group of six with stand for $192.00.
Painter Forrest Long captures a “Quiet Day at the Wharf” with fishermen working away and having a good yarn to pass the time. This oil painting measures 14″ x 18″ is is priced at $300.00 and will delight anyone who treasures their own time near the water.
Make a statement with this “Big Bang” Pendant by Shirley Tsung Crowley. Made of fused Argentium sterling silver, it is 2 1/2″ wide, and comes with a sterling silver chain. Retails for $217.00.
Elegant high fired, handbuilt and textured stoneware slab vessels, entitled “Yin Yang”. They are glazed in weathered bronze on the exterior, temmoku interior glaze and measure 16″ x 11″ x 4″. Retail price: $250, from the studio of ceramic artist Wendy Durand.
Jewelry artist Erika Rosenbaum presents these pretty Wave Hoop earrings in sterling silver with faceted amethyst and peridot wrapped in gun metal wire. Sterling ear wires. Matte brushed finish. 1.33″ diameter. Sculptural, organic, yet sophisticated. $160.00.
Glassblower Slate Grove presents his handmade glass vases with multiple openings for creative floral displays, in lovely transparent colors. Choose 12″ x 6″ size for $125.00 or 6″ x 4″ for $50.00
Canadian artist Jennifer Anne Kelly presents “Wild Sky” in fused glass with a rock base. Measuring 10 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, this landscape captures the artist’s inspiration from living on a river near Ottawa, Ontario. A wonderful and dramatic piece for the home or office, it retails at $500.00.