Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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Annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

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Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

Yesterday evening my dear friend, Bambi, and I went to the 8th annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair. This two-day funky market and bazaar takes place every year the weekend before Thanksgiving and is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts made by regional artists and makers.This was the first year we both were actually able to attend and we were not disappointed.

The annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair is an annual fundraiser for Girls Rock RoanokeGirls Rock Roanoke (GRR!) is a volunteer-run, community based organization in the Roanoke Valley. At Girls Rock Roanoke camp, girls ages 8-16 will form bands, write their own songs, and perform at a final Showcase. They also participate in workshops on women’s music history, self defense, screen printing, DIY clothing, body confidence, stage presence, teamwork, songwriting, tech talk, and more. Their aim is to support girls as they develop self-confidence, amplify their voices, and fully realize their power to make a difference in the world. Camp activities and volunteers create a nurturing space that fosters creativity, communication, collaboration, and inclusivity. You can learn more about this organization or simply make a donation by visiting their facebook page here. You can also find them online here.

While we weren’t able to buy everything we wanted at this year’s Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair, Bambi and I did make the rounds and snatch up business cards for future purchases. Bambi purchased some pretty awesome upcycled arm warmers to wear at work now that the weather is getting colder as well as a tiny pottery vase from Entropy Designs.

Handmade Pottery Mug by Entropy Designs

I also made a purchase from Entropy Designs and bought this super cute pottery mug as well as a fun lidded container with a similar design but in yellow. (You can find Entropy Designs on Etsy here.)

Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I also both made purchases from Lucky Buttons, owned by two rather fabulous local Roanoke favorites, Jordan and Lucy. Bambi and I have both known Jordan and Lucy for many years through their band, Another Roadside Attraction. (You can have a listen at ReverbNation here.) In addition, Lucy is also much of the energy and life behind Girls Rock Roanoke.

Handmade Coin Ring by Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I both bought rings from Lucky Buttons. I bought this ring made from a commemorative coin from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Bambi bought one from Wisconsin. Both of our rings were just a smidge big, but Jordan was able to quickly re-size them for us on the spot!

Handmade Wheat Penny Bracelet from Lucky Buttons

I also bought this fantastic bracelet made from wheat pennies. I LOVE the magnetic clasp.

RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax

And I bought some of Jordan’s locally famous RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax for my boyfriend. (You can find Lucky Buttons on Etsy here.)

Leather and felt feather necklace with turquoise and baltic amber beads by Witty Fox Craftworks

Some of the other fantastic vendors included The Artful SojournNaturel Mistik, Lunachick, PillowslipsWitty Fox Craftworks (pictured,) Whole StudioMagpiper Metalworks and Art by Sharell.

For more wonderful indie crafters I’m in love with, be sure to check out all of my favorites on Etsy here. There are lots of wonderful options there to knock out all of your holiday shopping. Or, if you’re a crafter yourself, be sure to check out my post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas here.


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Sunday Spotlight: A Few of My Favorite Things

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A few of my favorite things! Handmade products for gift giving or a simple everyday luxury for yourself!

A Few of My Favorite Things

This Sunday I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I’ve discovered recently. From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Favorite Things and Handmade Gift Ideas // From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds!

Sweet Pea & Vanilla Soy Candle via Seventh Tree Soaps // Lavender Hot Chocolate Soap via Leeloo Soap // Satsuma Dog Print Candle via Let’s Put a Bird On It // Luminous Hair Serum via Seventh Tree Soaps

 Favorite Things and Handmade Gift Ideas // From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Beautiful Skin Bundle Organic Starter Skin Care Set via Naked Eye Beauty // Calendula Salve via The BEEKEEPER Shop // Layered Crystal Necklace via Echos Healing Stones // Raw Cacao Facial Mask via Urban Oreganics

Favorite shopping finds to buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Horse Lovers Soap via Sorcery Soap // Mineral Makeup Eyeshadow Primer via Spectrum Cosmetic // Blue Topaz Geode Soap Set via Rock Hound Soap // Black Drawing Salve via The Home Apothecary

From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Himalayan Salt & Eucalyptus Bath Bomb via Buck Naked Soap Company // Pink Mint Soap Bar via Lovely Body // Forest Fawn Antler Crown via Sweet Mildred // Lovely Tinted Roll on Lip Gloss via Let’s Put a Bird On It

If you enjoyed these favorites, then be sure to check out my past Sunday Spotlight posts here. Or discover even more of my favorite things on Etsy here.

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Sunday Spotlight: Etsy Halloween Favorites

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A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate Halloween! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Etsy Halloween Favorites

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more to get you into the spirit of the season!

A collection of witchy, creepy, crawly, awesome Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday!

Raven Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Wall Decal 76 // Blood Bath Soap by Leeloo Soap // Ghost with the Most Beetlejuice Inspired Soap by Leeloo Soap // Bloody Brains Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Witch’s Broom Scented Halloween Candle by Witch City Wicks // Golden Cauldron Bubble Bar by The big Meltdown // Parting the Veil Halloween Perfume by Traveling Vardo // Halloween Zombie Hand Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Raven Skull Pendant by Raven Ranch // Black Matte Stiletto Nails by Rave Nailz // Gothic Black Bustle Dress by MGD Clothing // Printable Apothecary Labels for Halloween by Kudzu Monster

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Spider Candy Corn Bubble Bar by Sink or Swim Bath Treats // Halloween Skull Soaps by Cutie Pie Soaps // Creepy Crawler Insect Soap by AJ Sweet Soap // Spider Patch Halloween Tart Soap by LolliLuscious

Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful and other Halloween bath and body favorites!

And finally, this super cool Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful. To discover more of my Etsy Halloween favorites be sure to check out my Halloweenland and Candy Corn Kisses favorites on Etsy here. You can also find my collection of pumpkin spice and chocolate & coffee bath and body favorites.

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Sunday Spotlight: Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

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Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

It’s fall and you know what that means – pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth during autumn! Following are just a few of my pumpkin spice bath and body favorites for fall.

It’s fall and you know what that means - pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth! Following are just a few of my favorite pumpkin spice bath and body products.

Moisturizing Cinnamon & Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub by Sweet Therapy // Pumpkin Pie Scented Kaolin Clay Soap by Perma-Earth // Pumpkin Spice Deer Buck Soap by Lost River Rags & Candlelights // Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soap by Dirty Diva Soaps

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm by Siren Soap // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub by The Yellow Mustard Seed Soap Co. // Pumpkin Chai Spice Cocoa Butter Soap by Soapwonderful // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Magick and Macabre

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Perfume Oil by Ollie and Max Soap Co. // Pumpkin Cupcake Goat Milk Soap by Rustic Soap Shoppe // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Bubble Funtastic // Pumpkin Spice Hair & Body Elixir by Miss Violet Lace

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion by Etiquettes // Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Soap Fluff by Love Lee Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Soap by Pink Parchment Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Emulsified Sugar Scrub by Soapaucity

For more pumpkin spice bath and body products, be sure to check out my other pumpkin spice bath and body favorites on Etsy here. Or, you may also enjoy my collection of fabulous favorites for fall or for Halloween!

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Or for more of my handmade bath and body favorites, be sure to check out my past Sunday Spotlights featuring four unique artisan bath and body shops as well as unicorn poop, rainbow & sparkle themed bath and body products!

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