With the holiday shopping season fast approaching (most retailers already have their Christmas items on the shelves) it’s time to start planning your holiday shopping lists. This year why not be adventurous and try buying some handmade products for the ones you love?
Here are five reasons to shop handmade this holiday season and beyond...
1. Handmade items are made with love!
Handmade artists do what they do because they love their craft and take pride in their work. No matter what stage of development their business may be in, you can rest assured that they are giving you the best they have to offer.
I've never met a handmade artist that didn't stand behind their work. Each item they create is inspected for quality and perfection. They would never put their name on something that didn't deliver excellence. They can't afford to because their name is all they have!
They want you to remember it and remember it fondly. And they know that the best way to get you to do that is to give you something which nobody else can compare.
2. It is more environmentally friendly
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Handmade items are usually made from natural raw materials with much less waste and machine emissions than mass produced items.
If your goal is to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet that you can't go wrong with locally produced handmade items.
3. Get it customized
Since the items are made by real people you can often ask for little extras like customization or even fully commissioned work to your exact specifications rather than having to settle for whatever the store has in stock.
4. Be original
Handmade products are usually one of a kind or produced in small batches so you don't have to worry about gifting something the person already has or giving the same gift as someone else. Instead you'll be able to find something just as unique as the person you're shopping for and nothing brings a smile to someone's face better than knowing you really cared enough to find them the perfect gift.
5. Buying handmade supports the little guy!
You never know how much your support can help! Maybe that funky pair of earrings you picked up at the craft fair last week put food on the table for an unemployed mom of three. Or perhaps, that handmade pipe you bought from MISI was made by a dad struggling to buy cleates for his son so the college scouts can see him at his best in the game next Saturday. You never will meet a more appreciative person than the handmade artist you supported with a purchase.