It's the time of year where we all have to scramble to find the best gifts for our loved ones, office friends...postman, what have you. Sure you can wait in line at the crowded department stores and sweat it out at the mall....or you can find a unique, handcrafted item and support your local small business. Shop small this holiday season with this gift guide compiled of local makers and handmade Midwest treasures. You'll find something for everyone. From your sweet niece and nephew, to your lovely neighbor next door. Here are some of my favorite local artisans and a few from around the way:
Handmade in Omaha, NE, these industrial modern bags are the perfect gift for the hard to shop for man or woman on your list. Artifact Bag makes a wide range of leather and canvas goods from totes and backpacks to aprons and lunch sacks. Sturdy and classic, these bags will stand the test of time both in durability and style.
The Object Enthusiast
Succulents are still the rage and if you have a green thumb on your list, this pretty little vase is the perfect vessel for you to share a sweet little plant. Handmade by Emily Reinhardt, this ceramic vase is just one in a collection of beautifully crafted pieces available in her online shop.
Des Moines, IA
You know what makes a great gift? Personalized stationary! Give some handmade stationary this holiday season and you can't go wrong. Customize your notes with the name of recipient to a special touch that anyone would love. Makes a perfect gift for the office!
Soapasaurous Rex $16
Something sweet for your little ones, these cute dinosaur soaps will make kiddos bath a roaring good time. Not only are these dino's cute, but also made with all natural and sustainable ingredients. We all want what is best for our children and that also includes what we rub on their skin. Great stocking stuffers!!
Copper Tumbler $38
These stylish copper cups are hand filled with pure soy wax candles. Made in Lincoln, NE, these candles are made using phthalate free essential and fragrant oils poured over a cotton wick for clean burning. This copper vessel makes this gift a two-fer. After your candle is spent, use this cup for decor or....Moscow Mules anyone. It might not be a mug, but let's not be picky.
I love this gift idea. Perfect for sending to your loved ones that might live out of state. You can send them their beloved home state or the state they currently call home, either way it will be a hit. Make sure and also check out their other handmade wood items, such as serving trays, coasters and knife racks.
Compass Pendant Necklace $18 (+ Free Domestic Shipping)
Time for a shameless plug. Haute Bauble offers a wide range of simple pendant necklaces inspired by love and friendship. This Compass Necklace says it all...whether for an upcoming graduate, new bride or world traveler, this layering piece makes a great gift. Personalize your gifting message with our gift wrapping option and say something from the heart. Haute Bauble's Zodiac Jewelry always makes a great gift for the stylish gal on your list.
Julia Mason Art
Historic M's Pub $30
Who doesn't love a thoughtful piece of art. Whether you decide to go with a watercolor representation of our fine Omaha or you commission this artist for a custom work, the art lover on your list will love these beautiful watercolors. Make sure and check out her dog portraits. They are so lovely and capture our best pet friends so well.
Benson Soap Mill
What would be cuter than a great basket filled with handmade soaps, bath bombs and lavender body wash. Pick from a long list of fragrance all vegan soaps and bombs or give the gift that keeps giving and purchase a membership in The Soap Club. Great gift ideas for the office or hostess gifts along side a cute soap dish.
So there you have it, some of my favorite handmade finds from around the Omaha Metro area as well as beyond. There are so many more that I could make this gift guide scroll on forever. Shop Small Business Saturday and find a unique gift that will make your gifting season all that more special. Whether you go online or walk around the many small shops and boutiques that line the cool neighborhoods of Omaha, your making a difference in the lives of a hardworking small business owner and THAT is a gift in itself. Happy Holidays!