Wild & Wanderful

Handmade for the Holidays

Katy McKinleyComment
You should know by now how much importance I find in supporting small business, especially the ones of the handmade variety.  The holidays should be no exception!  There are a million things out there that are handmade, unique and amazing -- which translate into perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.

Make it your 2013 Holiday Goal to support the handmade community!  Seriously.  Do it.
These small business owners depend on you!

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creative minds kooziegeorgia on my mind artprint | west virginia country roads tshirt

My name is Katy (in case you haven’t caught on yet) and I am the maker/designer behind Handmade Escapade.  My shop is full of shirts, koozies and art prints…with the occasional crocheted item or silly ornament.  My designs are mostly based upon your love of things, whether it is love of your home state, love of your craft or love of your family.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK | BLOG

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cocktail/confetti | thank you | disney & diet coke

Nicole is the designer/creator behind ‘Designs by Nicolina’ is one of my new besties.  I love her style, wit and eye for design…for basically everything she does.  In her shop you can find art prints, thank you notes, greeting cards and personalized invitations.  Nicole says it best when she says: “We design cute things to hang in your house, cute ways to invite people and cute ways to say thank you.”  True story.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK | BLOG

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animal butt magnets | record earring/ring set | hangover kit

If you fall a little bit on the quirky side of life, Sarah from ‘AgentBananas’ is your girl.  Fun fact: Sarah and I graduated high school together in our tiny, northern Michigan hometown!  (Go Coyotes!)  Her store is full of amazing, handmade, eclectic items.   Ranging from hangover kits, to unique jewelry, to even animal butt magnets…she’s got all the bases covered for the most unique gifts this holiday.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK

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just keep swimming | ocean wave bracelet | cow watercolor

Samantha is the creative behind ‘Sam I Am’ and happens to also be a fellow West Virginian (whoop whoop!).  Her shop is filled with original artwork and unique gift items.  Head over to her shop and find hand-painted cards, jewelry and jewelry boxes…all of which incorporate Samantha’s original work.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK

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window monogram | polkadot/chevron wallet | mustache earbud case

Amanda is the sweetheart behind ‘Joyful Home Designs’, a shop where you can find the perfect gift to bring your loved ones a bit of JOY.  She offers premium cash budget system wallets made from designer laminated cotton, colorful zip pouches, personalized baby gifts, personalized vinyl monogram decals, sweet jewelry…and of course other adorable handmade goodies.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST

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TMNT shirt | reindeer onesie | owl tote bag

Shazia named her shop Seraya Sunshine after her first born daughter, her ray of sunshine.  If you visit her store, you’ll find adorable appliqued onesies, shirts and bags.  It’s truly a labor of love for Shazia, finding time to hand applique all of her items when her two little ones are sleeping.  Each piece would serve as a very unique, personalized gift for someone special this holiday.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK

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personalized adoption print | monogramed notecards | monogramed ornament

Meredith, the darling behind Sublimare Creations, works to transform every-day things into something special.  Her shop is filled with personalized notecards to give as a gift, personalized prints to frame and hang in your home, as well as plenty of other personalized items.  She tries use the simplicity of these things and turn them into gifts to say thank you and reminders of the special times and people in your life.

links: SHOP | FACEBOOK

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I’ve given you SEVEN amazing women, with seven amazing shops….filled with unique, handmade, local goodies for your loved ones this Christmas.  I dare you to find an excuse why you shouldn’t support handmade this holiday.  Maybe even a Double Dog Dare!