18 Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

by Maxwell Tielman


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

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

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