2011 Holiday Gift Guide Editor's Top Handmade Picks
Handcrafted by artisans around the country, the products are of high quality, unique, & fall into a specified price category..
-Happy holidays from Better Homes and Gardens. Hello, I'm Bridget Sandquist, editorial director of holidays and entertaining for BHG.com. This year's holiday guide is more exciting than ever. We've added a new category called uniquely handmade. We are featuring hand crafted products from artisans around the country. These products are unique, someone of a kind, beautifully crafted, and they fit in to one of our 3 priced categories, $25 and under, 26 to 50, and over 50. Today, I'm excited to give you a sneak peak at some of my favorites. So, let's get started. I spotted this gem at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn and fell in love with its uniqueness immediately. Two ties are stitched and gathered by hand for a dramatic accessory that's part necklace, part scarf. For the adventurous type, this smart pocket list journal is full of graph papers, sketch paper, and maps. If you're right at its peak, it would ask to be placed into this modern looking sleeve handmade from thick felt. This cover is a handsome iPad holder for him or her. This quilted iPad cover has it all. You can carry your book light, chargers, cellphone, or other needed items in a front pocket and it has a great strap for easy touting. Traditional napkins get dressed for dinner with these hand printed designs thus designer also creates pretty drink posters, which are reversible. Everyone on our team, loves these letter print pillows. The handmade pillows are embellished with wall felt letter and scrub a point values, very clever. Get the ego thoughtful guy on your list an energy charged graphic wind turbine tie. This designer has a large variety of designs on his sight. A perfect gift for the traveller on your list, the sailor signals of safety and direction, a swallow and a compass adorn this handmade silver necklace wrap the length of silk around your wrist to create a fashion cuff. The unique recycled silver has the word love hand stamp in typewriter key letters. Available in 2 sized, these pillows feature an image of a vintage camera printed on canvass and stitched into a fun accent piece. Inspired by nature, this leaf shaped ball, can hold a bounty of candy, coins, earrings, or keys. I know this is also reversible to a soft felt interior. Designer belts are so popular. This graphic red and gold brocade style belt is wearable art, a fashion statement for any man or woman on your list, made by sandwich in a photograph of a turn table between 2 sheets of flexiglass. This clock can hang on the wall or stand on a table. Art meets apparel with these fingerless gloves handmade from reclaimed wall. These beautiful gloves are so comfy and cute. Any gal on your list would love them. This modern ocean inspired bowls will look beautiful on any table or displayed on a shelf. These are hand formed from porcelain. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into our uniquely handmade gift selections. You can find all of these in much more on BHG.com. The guide launches in mid-October here's to you finding the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday list. Happy holidays from all of us at Better Homes and Gardens and at BHG.com.
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