With the holiday shopping season in full swing (have you seen those lines?), there’s no better time than now to share with our readers a few out-of-the-box gift ideas. This past weekend was a shopping frenzy for me and the hubs, and between the One of a Kind art show to the annual Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, we were nearly bursting at the seams with holiday cheer. Take a peek at a handful of our favorite vendors, many of which we can vouch for, since we’re now happy customers.
Uncommon. Fresh paint, clean lines, and…well, uncommon things for the home. I’m still deciding on which clock would look best where, and do I want grass green, tangerine, or barely blue? But then my eye wanders to the mirrors…Oh, decisions.
Seattle Show Posters. Art prints, show posters, invites, and wearables. Already a fan ourselves, you’ll find one of their prints framed in our hallway. And we’re not the only ones – we spotted more than a few craft-goers handling their freshly bought prints with care.
Alison Rose. Based out of Ohio, our heart strings fluttered as we spotted our home-back-home state. For all the buckeyes out there, this one’s for you.
Little Korboose. Organic, sustainable outfits for the little ones in your lives. You’ll also find art, magnets, and note cards. Too cute to pass up, really. Shoot, who wouldn’t want a robot bowl? For those of you with no babies on the brain, wouldn’t your feline companions just love to lick the last drop of water from that smiling robot face?
Green Trike Press. Not your average bookbinders. Between the nostalgic salvaged pages of the Encyclopedia and those elegantly tough leather jackets, these babies would make the perfect gift for your journal-chronicling pal.
Tugboat Printshop. For the friend who has it all – bet your buddy doesn’t have a woodcut print of an octopus hoarding hidden treasure. Imagine these prints with a fresh white mat and a poppy black frame. Ooh, lala.
Megan Lee Designs. Tops, totes, and accessories. We’ve seen Megan’s booth at Renegade for the last few years, and there’s always a line of eager buyers with bills in hand. Her unique handmade headbands and screened tees are always a hit, and we’ve seen Chicagoans strutting her staple designs on the street. ‘Nuff said.
HaHa Press. Restricted edition tees on everyone’s favorite brand, American Apparel. Once a design sells out, you’re tough outta luck. Gotta love that one-of-a-kind feeling when sportin’ a limited edition tee. Scott was totally smitten with HaHa, and I’m still stunned we left empty handed. Maybe he thinks he’ll find one under the tree?
Urban Posture. Using local resources whenever possible, this environmentally friendly shop specializes in practical products with a punch. How about these coasters as a conversation starter? Heck, you’re furniture conscious hostess will surely get a kick out of ’em. I’ll take a set of four, please.
Tartella. In keeping with the happy hostess theme, you could always pile on the tea towels, wine bags, and cookbook marks. The cup to pint conversions will come in handy, and you’re sure to remain guilt free since all their packaging is certified biodegradable and compostable.
The Frantic Meerkat. Cards, magnets, and prints for the sharp-tongued friend or that crazy uncle. We could have easily spent all our time at this booth, skimming over their cheeky humor and quips.
Intl. Robot. Wall decals, original drawings, and apparel. I bet you’d have the coolest kid, nephew, or little cous’ on the block with these original wall designs. Or, maybe, for the big kid in your husband or older brother. Shoot, who’s saying you have to be a boy? I’d want it.
Folded Pigs. Repurposed restaurant ware with spunk. And that’s an understatement. Anyone out there looking for a gift for someone who has everything? Oh, wait, that’s all of us. Well how about a dinner set of zombie brains and cockroaches? I love a girl who thinks outside her plate.
Red Raven Studios. Accessories for the fashionista in your life. Although I rarely dangle jewels on my neck, ears, or arms, I just couldn’t resist the sweet porcelain bling. The vintage feel in these fresh designs are a breath of fresh air, and would be a welcome addition to any bauble collection.
And that’s a wrap.
I hope you’re one step closer to finding that perfect-gotta-have-it-gotta-get-it gift. We all know it ain’t easy, but once you find that unique kinick knack for the loved ones in your life, it’s all about the look on their face the day they open your shiny gift paper.
Any finds you’d like to boast? ‘Tis the season for sharing, now. We’d love to know where you found that perfect gift, or just how extensive your Google searches have gotten. If you’re still looking for the Zhu Zhu Pet, good luck, my friends. And if you’re one of the lucky ones, do share your technique.
All images courtesy of vendor websites.