Looking for some creative gifts to share this holiday season? I want to introduce you to some of my favorite makers, the folks I find inspiring and who craft amazingly unique and interesting goods. I love supporting other small businesses and this holiday season I encourage you to check out some of these creative folks who share their passion + work in such amazing ways. Have fun exploring these small-batch creatives and finding unique gifts for your loves, friends + family. If you engage with Instagram each of these makers also offers inspiring feeds. Happiest of Holidays to you!!
Handmade Sam Made
Samantha hand-makes the most beautifully crafted brass himmeli ornaments for home or office. They can be hung on the wall, added to your flat spaces for a gorgeous modern flare or suspended from the ceiling. Himmeli are traditional Finish ornaments (read the entire story of himmeli on Sam's website) and offer the perfect touch of modern feel to any space. At one of my first Seattle craft fairs Sam and I had booths next to each other and she is one of the most inspiring makers + small business owners I know. Her air plants are top-notch, super duper healthy and each himmeli just makes me smile!
My favorite pairing: The mini orb + bulbosa air plant = utter perfection
Feather & Skull
Noelle creates the softest + most luxurious leather accessories for the boho-rocker-goddess in your life! I admire the thoughtfulness she brings to each creation and the badass feel I get everytime I put my Feather & Skull necklaces on!! Choose from a gorgeous array of styles and good luck choosing a color -- they're all amazing and the hardest decision (once you finally figure out which one you want!!). I met Noelle while I was living in Seattle and she is SO much fun, one of my fashion inspirations and such a supportive and kind human being. Have fun exploring her site and getting a healthy dose of wanderlust while you're there!!
My favorite: Penny Lane (pictured above)
Return To The Roots
Fern at Return To The Roots mindfully hand-crafts each of her stunning creations to support mind + body on a deep deep level. She is an herbalist whom I admire greatly and her herbal supercharged powders offer such loving support I can't recommend them enough. Her Etsy store is absolutely gorgeous with offerings from herbal powders, yoni steams, teas, body oils, incense and crystals for daily self-care. Enjoy exploring and supporting this amazing woman and her herbal offerings!
My favorite: Cacao & Moringa Hot Cocoa Elixer Powder
Fernweh Supply Co.
Fernweh Supply Co. creates the most amazing hand-woven falsa blankets e v e r. They are lush, plush, colorful and SO cozy. Can you tell that I'm totally in love with mine!!! They're big enough to be used as a blanket on your bed or as a super cozy + warm couch or picnic blanket. There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from and Grace also creates macrame wall hangings + reclaimed wood shelves (that are also gorgeous!). Their website is super fun to explore and if you sign up for their mailing list, each Monday you receive a new playlist to set the mood! I love the creativity offered by Grace and her crew and the gorgeous simplicity offered.
My favorite: The Joshua Tree Falsa
Little Truths Studio
For fun, whimsical + outdoor inspired art look no further than Little Truths Studio! I think I favorited just about everything Lori's etsy shop (and then felt a bit silly, but whatever, I love it all!!)!!! Lori's amazing watercolor prints are made in her Portland, OR studio and reflect such a beautiful perspective of this world. Whether you're looking for prints to hang on the wall, cards or recipe cards (what!!! you bet!) please enjoy browsing Lori's online shop and reading her story on her website. I have two of her prints and they make me smile every time I walk past them!
My favorite: Homestead Dreams box of 8 cards
Want to support the raddest eco-conscious hand-made clothing company ever? Then head on over to Gaia Conceptions and check out the offerings Andrea and her team of seamstresses lovingly provide from their home-base in North Carolina. Using plant dyes + organic cloth the Gaia team will whip up their classic designs just for you based on your measurements and specifications. You can choose from a variety of fabrics as well as a huge range of colors, some plant based, some not. My personal favorites are Squash, Terra cotta and Spinach. So earthy, so good. Every year I treat myself to a few new pieces and love supporting these women and wearing my feel-good hand-made clothes (um, and also feeling like a sexy badass eco-warrior).
My favorite: Gypsy Petal Back Tunic
C H O C O L A T E
Wild Omen crafts herbal chocolates to soothe the chocolate lover in your house! These formulations are absolute divine treats that you'll savor and have a hard time sharing (but you will so you don't feel like a greedy goblin). Last year I purchased a box of herbal truffles from Wild Omen and we savored each of them and the whole-food herbal goodness offered. Wild Omen chocolate is hand ground using old traditional methods of chocolate preparations and this creates a super smooth creamy dark chocolate that is just.......well, it's really hard to find words. I'm excited to try the new formulations this year -- Pinon, Black Sage and Mesquite -- and the Rose + Bee Pollen were my two fav's from last year. I recommend purchasing the 5-pack and sharing them among friends!!
My favorite: Bee Pollen Dark Chocolate (but really, the 5-pack if I'm gonna be honest)
House of Good Juju
The candles from House of Good Juju are cosmic creations that inspire the senses. They are crafted from soy wax (so safe for all your vegan friends) and sprinkled with crystals, stones and herbs. Depending on the candle you choose, Kimmie infuses the candles with either full moon or new moon energy. She is so dedicated to her art, her candles are amazing and make any altar, bathroom or bedroom a more sacred space.
My favorite: Sacred Space Smudge Candle