Most of us indie folk really feel the tug to give handmade around the holidays. It's not just that we're tired of buying cheap gifts from the big box stores; it's that we want to give something with a little heart and soul in it. Whether you are crafty or not, here are my picks to get you started on a handmade holiday of your own.
Like to buy online? There are places other than Etsy, you know. Check out Miss Malaprop, a site that showcases unique, handmade products for the socially conscious, or The Artisans Collective.
Prefer to buy from a shop? Unanimous Craft has a great list of brick and mortar shops that specialize in handmade goods.
On a budget? Everyone will love these delicious and easy-to-make gourmet treats: vanilla and sea salt caramels dipped in dark chocolate (via Indie Fixx), homemade marshmallows (via Simply Gluten Free), or heartwarming chai (via my own blog) all hit the spot. Or how about a set of monogrammed notecards for friends watching their sugar?
Need an extra boost? Tara over at Scoutie Girl has a wonderful little planner and some great advice to help you get through your list. Or check out The Rikrak Studio's Handmade Community Holiday Gift Guides.
Now it's your turn: What are your picks for handmade gift giving?
photo via IndieFixx