The official Holiday Shopping Season has begun! Check out these fabulous “under $50” gifts by artists and craftspeople, all Handmade in America.
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Serving tray made from a recycled wine bottle, $26.00, from Denise Childs. The swirl pattern was painted with food safe glass enamel and fused into the bottle. Measures 14 1/2″ x 6″ and comes with a wine cork cheese spreader tied to the tray with raffia for a beautiful presentation.
Fingerless Gloves, $26.00, by Amber Coppings of XMittens. Made from recycled fleece, these fingerless gloves are perfect as a supplement to, or as a replacement for, gloves with fingers. They cover your wrists and palms to cozy perfection while allowing for much greater dexterity to do all of the texting, typing, hammering, driving, biking, etc….you need to do.
For your favorite Sushi fan, this polymer clay necklace, $26.00, by Inedible Jewelry is a super fun gift. Features a delectable platter with two inedible pieces of salmon nigiri, a big dollop of wasabi, and even two little wooden chopsticks! Sisters Jessica & Susan Partain make a whole array of food jewelry by hand – and literally wrote a book on the subject.
Whimsical clock by Liane Fried Studio, $18.00, is magnetic and can hang on a fridge, file cabinet or any metal surface. Liane’s illustrations are hand printed onto a glossy ceramic-like surface with a wood base. Mini clock is 4” wide x 4” high, and runs on a AA battery.
Black Patent Leather and Amber Stone Cuff, $50.00 from Misha Girl is this season’s must-have accessory. Leather is hand cut and hand sewn. Amber-colored stone bead is sewn in, with Swarovski ‘fire opal’ beads adding sparkle. Lined with soft caramel colored Italian leather.
“Cooking with Friends” wall calendar by artist Claudia True, $20.00. Each month has a recipe from a friend and their story about why the recipe is special. One of Claudia’s colorful, charming paintings interprets the recipe and story. A true friendship gift!
Delightful 8″ x 10″ archival giclee print titled “The Bremen Town Musicians,” by artist Jessica Boehman, is yours for $22.00. This illustration tells the story of four unlikely animal friends who travel together pursuing their common dream of music. A great gift for your favorite music lover.
Wine stoppers by Designs by Taylor 2U, $30.00 each. Pick any place in the world, and a map of your choice will be permanently framed inside a heavy weight chrome wine bottle stopper. The stopper fits standard wine bottles and the thick silicone gasket ensures a firm seal. Maps are protected and magnified by a 1″ round glass dome.
Simple and sweet, this musical heart ornament by Darlene Maciuba-Koppel is only $12.00. Both sides are decorated in sheet music, with a glaze on top. Edges are accented with silver glitter. Measures: 3 1/2″ tall x 2 1/4″ wide.
“Monsters Have Babies Too” is the title of this full color 8.5″ x 11″ Giclee fine art print, $14.99, from artist Gretchen Deal. Very few folks can say that they’ve seen monsters, let alone created their portraits, but Gretchen has. She devotes herself to creating monster art and invites fellow monster lovers to visit her site.
Artisan handmade natural soaps offered by Turtle River Soap Company are $6.00 each or five for $25.00. Ingredients include olive oil, and other plant oils, shea butter, and natural essential oils. Choose from “Fairy Farts”, “Trippy Hippy, “Get Lucky!”, “Grubby Guy”, “Don’t Bug Me!” and many more scents.
Matching handmade patchwork purse and wristlet from Julie Burns. Purse $35.00; Wristlet $18.00. Interior zipper pocket and cell phone pocket in purse, which measures 12 1/2 “L x 8″H x 2 1/2” D. Wristlet has plenty of room to hold a phone, keys, and small wallet or beauty essentials. Accented by a denim yo-yo flower and strap.
Charming 8″ x 10″ baby penguin giclee print from artist Revelle Taillon, $12.99. Printed on quality MOAB (made in Utah!) archival paper with 8 archival inks. Perfect for baby’s room, ready to frame.
Oak leaf dishes by Raven Hill Pottery, $17.00 each. Made of a stoneware and porcelain blend, each leaf is approximately 7″ x 5 1/2″ and fired to 2165 degrees. Non-toxic glaze, microwave and dishwasher safe. Perfect for the nature lover.
Dichroic glass and sterling silver earrings, $40.00 by artist Marianne Hite, who works in glass from large installations to small pieces of jewelry. Fused together in a kiln, each piece of glass is unique.
Growth Chart/Height Chart for kids from Urban Tickle, $48.00. Can be personalized (as shown) for free. Dimensions are 13″ x 42″ and is printed on a canvas-like material.
Goddess Suncatchers from Gothic Glass, $25.00 each. These portray Hathor, Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, and the heavens, and patroness of fertility, infants & music. Each design measures approximately 7 1/4 inches long by 2 inches wide.
One-of-a-kind clay sculpture, titled “Owl Person Singing the Dream of Love into Being”, $48.00 by Blue Fire MacMahon. Originally a painter, the artist creates sculptures which are hand made from red clay and fired ceramic glazes with a matte finish, giving the look of chalk or pastels. This little fella is 4 1/8″ tall.
2012 Herbs and Spices Desktop Calendar by Melissa Fasolino of Zucchini & Company, $18.00. A dozen illustrated postcards, measuring 4″ x 6″, come with an 8″ long stand that’s been lightly clear coated for a little lustre and some water-resistance. Wonderful hostess gift or to brighten anyone’s desk top.
Lovely Gingko giclee art print by artist Cindy Lindgren, $25.00. The print is 8×10″ with an image area 5 x 6.5″. Printed on a textured fine art paper with richly colored flat inks. Signed by the artist and ready to place into an 8 x 10″ frame without additional matting. Frame not included.