Everyone knows the struggle. A few days or in the best-case weeks before the birthday of a friend, or Christmas with the family, your thoughts start circling around. You try to recall the conversations you had with your friends and delve through every page of your favorite online stores – on the hunt for the perfect gift.
You have already done all of this and are still lost? No problem, we can help you! In this blogpost, you can find five gifting ideas, which are different. What is special about them is the fact that they are all handmade. One of the main reasons for gifting something handmade is that we associate a lot of positive things with the label “handmade” - characteristics like quality, uniqueness and dedication. The production process is time consuming, making every piece something special.
1. Neon – a customized piece of art
You always wanted to gift someone a personalized piece of art? Neon will give you the ability to do it. Neon lights work perfectly as a gift for almost everyone. And the most important thing is, that you can choose almost every size, font, color, motive, and background you imagine. Is there something you always wanted to say to your loved ones? Express it through a neon, that is going to make it even more special. Take a look at our configurator.
2. Selekkt – Products from young designers
You don’t want to buy from the same-oldboring standard brands? Are you looking for products from cool designers and young labels? We have found something for you, far away from the mainstream. Selekkt Is an online shop, that enables you to get products from small and independent brands, that you may never have heard of before. It’s a win-win situation as you will not only get a really cool and special product, but you will also support regional producers and manufacturers. Just take a look, you can find almost everything, from calendars and beddings to furniture and fashion - and there is some new stuff almost everyday.
3. Vintage carpets – gift a piece of history
You think that carpets are old fashioned? Not the ones from the Knots, a German carpet company, which was founded in 2014 by Katrin ten Eikelder. Her business idea is based on selling vintage carpets that she handpicks herself.
These pieces are then bleached, washed and colored, all in a very elaborate process by Carpet manufactories. Through these measures, the carpets acquire a very special and unique look. However, uniqueness has its price. These carpets retail for up to 2,500€, which makes them a present for someone really special.
4. Online Marketplaces – something for small budgets
You will find a huge selection of handmade products at the Online marketplace Etsy, which is a platform on which everyone can offer their homemade products. You will find a big selection of almost everything you can imagine. Dig into this digital marketplace, just looking around is really fun and this makes gifting even more beautiful.
5. Do it yourself
Not only your grandma will get excited about this one. You might not be the craftiest person, but most of the things you can do by yourself are really easy to make. Really important: Don’t give up you will be rewarded because self-made products speak for themselves. They are creative, personal and work perfectly as a gift. You can knit some socks or mix some ingredients together to get some body care products. You can also do something more special, like transforming a really cool vintage book into a notebook – and this is not even that hard.
There are way too many ideas that you can try, you just have to start. And if you are not sure about something, ask YouTube, you know there will be a video dedicated to your problem, which will explain everything in detail.
And now it is up to you. No matter if it is made by yourself or you just put it into your digital basket, handmade presents are always a great idea!
Written by Jasper Koch - August 29 2017