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18 Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

by Maxwell Tielman

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A few months back, I wrote a small, somewhat exasperated essay about the challenges that face modern-day consumers, from the issues surrounding unfair working conditions and underpaid labor to the environmental impact of mass-scale production. Since that point, I’ve tried to keep these issues at the back of my mind whenever making purchases. Do I know who the maker is? Do I know where this item was made? Was it made safely and ethically? Because of this, I’ve decided that most of the gifts I give this holiday will be of the local, small-batch, handcrafted variety. Luckily, I’ve had the chance to meet some truly incredible artists, makers, and craftsmen over the past year, many of whom live a close distance from New York. From beautiful heirloom-quality jewelry to delightful little stocking stuffers, here are some of my favorite handmade gifts for 2014! —Max

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This from East To West Woods is both beautiful to look at and to touch—it's been sanded to smooth perfection!
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Andrew Molleur's beautiful , crafted using color-infused porcelain.
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Scarr's vegetable-tanned feature 100% Merino wool felting on the underside, great for protecting tables in style!
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Hudson Made's small-batch Worker's Soap is created in the Adirondack region of New York State and features an irresistible scent and pumice to really get dirty hands clean. This comes with a sustainable stoneware dish crafted by ceramist Dana Brandwein.
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Rebecca Atwood's beautifully subtle .
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Perfectly imperfect from BTW Ceramics.
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Adelia Sugarman's Owlkill Studio crafts these charming in Cambridge, NY. Each fob comes with a hand-stamped muslin bag.
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Birdkage's are hand-dyed using naturally-derived indigo.
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Greentree Home's are handcrafted in the Catskill Mountains. Don't forget their lovely (and delightfully weighty) !
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Inspired by Japanese teacups, ceramist Alyson Iwamoto's features a crackled glaze and hand-painted 18k gold luster.
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Jewelry designer Rebecca Peacock's minimal .
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Doug Johnston's simple is hand-sewn with braided cotton cord.
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Young In The Mountains' made-to-order .
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Amelie Mancini's .
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Known for custom motorcycle upholstery, Jay Teske crafts handmade bicycle and motorcycle accessories like this stunning .
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Fern's is crafted using leftover wood and leather from larger furniture projects.
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Kelly DeWitt's welded steel .
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And, for the person who has everything: a truly out-of-this-world , created using recycled paper pulp.

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