Call for Artists – Submit Your Work for our Holiday Gift Guide!

Are you an artist or craftsperson with a perfect gift for the Holidays? Don’t miss this opportunity to submit to our upcoming holiday guide!


ABI Gift Guide collage


Submissions are now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who participated.


The Arts Business Institute is calling for submissions of handmade gifts to feature in the popular Great Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, to be published on our website during Thanksgiving week.

The Gift Guide will be presented in three categories:

  • Gifts $100 and Up
  • Gifts $50 – $100
  • Gifts under $50

A few details …

1.  There is no cost to any artist or craftsperson to submit their work.

2.  All art or craft must be handmade in the United States or Canada, and be the original design of the creator.

3.  Submit one jpg image only of your work, emailed to: with a subject line that reads: Holiday Gift Guide Submission.

4.  Include a description of the item (size, materials, etc) and the retail price, with your name and a link to your website.

5.  Make sure you submit an image with your work displayed and photographed to its best advantage. Poor photography will result in rejection of your submission.

6.  Deadline is midnight EST on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

7. All submissions are juried, and we will select the best representation for the Gift Guide. You will receive notification of acceptance or rejection after the deadline.

We look forward to receiving your original handmade gift submission. Good Luck!

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe to the ABI blog. Receive all of our updates including the Gift Guide!


Artist Credit (clockwise from top):  Rachel Linquist, Elena Ruano Kanidinc, Patrice Rudzinski, Jerilyn Babroff, Iona Loyola, Kathy King, Waterrose.


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  1. Carole Isenhart says:

    Is this an annual project? If we submit & are selected do we need to be ready to fill orders for the item submitted?

    • Dear Carole,
      Yes, we produce a gift guide annually. If you get traffic to your site and orders for the item selected, hopefully you would be able to make the sale.

  2. What do you consider “handmade”?

    I apologise for my ignorance, but I am new at this. I am an artist, writer, and illustrator. I create my works by hand, but then I scan, print, cut them by hand and sell them. Would that be considered “handmade”?

    I also have a artwork book that is very unique that I have created from scratch, have self-published it, and have had it printed by Sure Print and Design in Canada. Is that acceptable?

    Thank you for your time.

  3. Is a collage of several of the same item done up in different ways allowable for the jpg?

  4. Hi, is there going to be some kind of a list to see who was accepted; or will we be able to get a peek at the gift guide?


  5. Hello, I’m a photographer and offer my photographs for sale. Reading the article above i’m not entirely sure if I’d qualify to enter. Can you please let me know if photographers can participate in this event?

    Many thanks!

  6. Greer Mainwaring says:

    What is the reach of the Gift Guide; i.e. is a link e-mailed, is it included in a newsletter etc?

    Love last year’s…

    • Greer, you are most likely not a subscriber. Our blog feed is sent to all subscribers in an email. Don’t worry. Thousands of readers see every gift guide, either on the website or in their inbox!

  7. My jewelry is Quilt themed. I make earrings, pendants and bracelets, that can be purchased separately or as a set. My photo is of the set. Is that ok or would you just want one piece?

  8. Just submitted my new bag! I’m so excited, hope I make it into the gift guide 🙂

  9. Can personalized, monogrammed and embroidered items be submitted for this gift guide ?

  10. I’ll start mine tonight!

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