Handmade Gifts – American Made Gift Guides

Need to find a gift that’s unique, personalized, sentimental, or completely one-of-a-kind? We’ve put together these lists of handmade gifts to help you find that perfect gift for that perfect person in a cinch!

JUST ARRIVED – we’ve just put out our recommendations for her. Get these gifts before they’re gone!

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Valentines Gifts for Him – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Throw aside the traditional gifts of Valentine’s Days past and surprise your man with something handcrafted, incredibly unique and handmade with love when you’re considering Valentines gifts for him this special holiday. To help you give the coolest gift for your fella, aftcra has put together a list of Valentines gifts for him – full of all handmade, all made in the USA gift idea that is sure to leave your guy loving your gift (and loving you).

 


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For the Music Fan – Leather Ear Bud Holders

Handmade in: California

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/149899/handmade-leather-headphone-holder-customizable-hardware-hand-cut-stained

 


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For the Traveler – Personalized Stainless Steel Coordinates Handcrafted Key Chain

Handmade in: Delaware

Price: $16.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150779/stainless-steel-coordinates-key-chain-hand-stamped-key-ring-latitude-longitude-location-keychain-anniversary-gift-for-him

 


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For Your Favorite Man – “Love” Themed Wooden Frame (pick your phrase)

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $17.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21264/5×7-love-themed-wooden-picture-frame-valentines-wedding-anniversary-gift-for-him-for-her

 


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For the Cheeky Fellow – Till Death Do Us Part Skeleton Mug

Handmade in: Arizona

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/MiniMasterpiecesAZ/listing/173859/till-death-do-us-part-skeleton-couple-coffee-mugskeleton-mugwedding-giftanniversary-giftvalentines-giftfunny-lovehumor-giftsfunny-mug

 


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For the Professional Man – Personalized Stainless Steel Collar Stays

Handmade in: Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120553/hand-stamped-stainless-steel-collar-stays-personalized-gift-for-him-25-inch-medium

 


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For Your Superhero – Custom “Love My Superhero” Batman Keychain

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135456/my-superhero-keychain-hand-stamped-superhero-keychain-custom-superhero-keychain-personalized-superhero-keychain-custom-bat-keychain

 


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For the Computer-Addict – Felt Laptop Case with Pockets

Handmade in: North Dakota

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/tsandcompany/listing/174038/felt-laptop-case-with-pockets

 


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For the Long-Distance Couple – Custom Long Distance Map

Handmade in: the USA

Price: $35.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clothandtwigshop/listing/175428/connection-state-cross-stitch-home-decor-custom-cross-stitch-heart-cross-stitch-by-cloth-twig-shop

 


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For the Outdoorsman – Handmade Raccoon Tail Leather Keychain

Handmade in: California

Price: $35.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19521/handmade-raccoon-tail-leather-keychain-w-brass-swivel-snap-hand-cut-stained

 


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For the Nature Lover – Men’s Tiger Eye Silver and Brown Bracelet

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $35.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/flyingartgarden/listing/120365/mens-tiger-eye-sterling-silver-bracelet-brown-metallic-chunky-nature-inspired-boho-tribal-summer-jewellery-gift-for-him-gift-for-dad

 


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For the Minimalist – Mens Riveted Slim Cardholder Wallet

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $38.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156534/riveted-cardholder

 


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For the Party Animal – Personalized Bottle Opener Bottle Cap Catcher

Handmade in: Missouri

Price: $38.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mvwoodworks/listing/145266/bottle-cap-catcher-personalized-man-cave-fathers-day-gift-for-him-wooden-beer-pub-sign-groomsmen-wedding-gift

 



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For the Old Fashioned Man – Handcrafted Classic Double Edge Razor with Bloodwood

Handmade in: Maryland

Price: $45.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BoardArtistry/listing/126388/artisan-classic-double-edge-safety-razor-featuring-bloodwood-handmade-double-edge-wood-razor-wet-shaving-nostalgic-gift-for-him

 

 

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For the Man with Medieval Flair – Handcrafted Knights Armor Pen with Copper Finish Featuring Cocobolo

Handmade in: Maryland

Price: $45.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BoardArtistry/listing/126375/hand-turned-knights-armor-pen-with-copper-finish-featuring-cocobolo

 


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For Every Man – Wooden iPhone and Watch Valet Organizer

Handmade in: Virginia

Price: $49.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/134275/oak-wood-valet-iphone-galaxy-charging-stand-nightstand-dock-graduation

 


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For the Sentimental Guy – Custom Personalized Double Wood Ring Box

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $54.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/rusticcraftdesign/listing/127834/double-wood-ring-box-handmade-hand-engraved

 


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For The Sentimental Man – Hand Stamped Lat/Long Coordinates Silver Ring

Handmade in: Oregon

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/plyeffects/listing/147125/hand-stamped-latitude-and-longitude-spinner-ring-in-sterling-silver-coordinates-ring-for-him-or-her

 


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For The Worker – Working Man’s Quality Leather Belt with Interchangeable Buckle Black Brown

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $68.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156527/working-mans-quality-leather-belt-with-interchangeable-buckle

 


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For The Traveler – Navy Mens Shaving Kit Dopp Kit Handmade

Handmade in: New York

Price: $75.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/11industries/listing/171190/navy-wax-canvas-shaving-kit-dopp-kit

 


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For The Man in Need of a Wallet – Mens Leather Black or Brown Deluxe Trifold Wallet and iPhone Carrier

Handmade in: California

Price: $79.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10854/mens-deluxe-trifold-wallet-apple-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-carrier-genuine-leather

 


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For the Manly Man – Mens Personalized Leather Cuff Bracelet

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $172.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/studiojewel/listing/6168/mens-cuff-bracelet

 

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Valentines Gifts for Her – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Need some help finding your lady something extra special this Valentines day? We’ve put together a list of great Valentines gifts for her that are not only all handcrafted, but they are all made by artisans in the USA. Peruse this list for a variety of unique handmade gifts and a slew of personalized and custom gift options.

We guarantee that she’s going to love these!

 


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For the Home Decorator – Nail and String Art Heart in Yellow on Stained Wood

Handmade in: Arkansas

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/NailedIt/listing/133596/nail-and-string-art-heart-in-yellow-on-stained-wood

 

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For the Fashionable Woman – Red Lace Boot Cuffs

Handmade in: Wyoming

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21737/red-lace-boot-cuffs-lace-faux-socks-womens-boot-topper-faux-leg-warmers-knee-high-accessory

 


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For the Chef – Kitchen Print – Cooking is Love Made Visible

Handmade in: Texas

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/capturewonders/listing/174591/kitchen-art-print-quote-cooking-is-love-made-visible-kitchen-decor-gift-for-her-cooking-quote-kitchen-art-print

 


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For the Love of Your Life – “You’re My Lobster” Mug

Handmade in: New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/17044/youre-my-lobster-valentines-day-cute-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 


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For the Modern Gal – Concrete Trinket Box

Handmade in: Milwaukee

Price: $16.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138743/concrete-trinket-box-with-lid-cement-jewelry-box

 


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For the Literal Love of Your Life – I Heart You Anatomical Handkerchief

Handmade in: Washington

Price: $20.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/wrenbirdarts/listing/161444/embroidered-anatomical-heart-gift-handkerchief-i-love-you-hankie-valentines-day-gift-anniversary-present-by-wrenbirdarts

 

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For the Wine Lover – Wooden Wine Bottle and Glass Holder

Handmade in: Virginia

Price: $20.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/134271/stained-natural-wood-wine-bottle-and-glass-holder-oak

 

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For the Traveler – Mountain Print Small Make Up Bag or Purse

Handmade in: Oregon

Price: $22.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/152851/mountain-block-print-pouch-small-zippered-pouch-featuring-oregon-cascade-mountain-scene

 

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For the Nautical-Forever Girl – Nautical White Rope with Gold Clasp Bracelet 

Handmade in: New York

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/allisoncolejewelry/listing/173497/natural-white-rope-gold-open-hook-clasp-bracelet-navyred

 

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For the Chic Lady – Concrete Coasters with Gold – Set of Four

Handmade in: Milwaukee

Price: $24.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138734/concrete-coasters-with-gold-set-of-four

 

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For the Crazy Cat Lady – Black Cat Salmon Shirt Crop Top

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $26.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/171098/black-cat-shirt-salmon-crop-top-pink-crop-top-fluorescent-walking-cat-silhouette-crazy-cat-lady-gift-for-daughter-gift-for-cat-lover

 

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For the Elegant Gal – Red Cocktail Ring with Gold Backing

Handmade in: Texas

Price: $35.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/20360/red-cocktail-ring-with-gold-setting

 

 

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For the Traditional Woman – Customized Jewelry Hand Embroidered Birth Flower Necklace

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $35.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/wrightandco/listing/144702/customized-jewelry-hand-embroidered-birth-flower-necklace-mothers-day-gift-jewelry-under-50-gifts-for-her-birthstone-necklace-personalized

 

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For the Dainty Woman – Dainty Silver Floral Medallion Necklace

Handmade in: North Carolina

Price: $39.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/nicolenoellejewelry/listing/33279/dainty-silver-necklace-with-floral-medallion

 

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For the Classic Lady – Handcrafted Silver Hoop Earrings

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $40.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/studiojewel/listing/172703/silver-hoop-earrings

 

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For the Family Lady – Family Necklace with Three Hand Stamped Initial Disc Pendant

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $49.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/SignatureEnchantment/listing/144764/family-necklace-with-three-hand-stamped-initial-disc-pendant-sterling-silver-14k-gold-filled-14k-rose-gold-filled-jewelry-gift-idea-for-her

 


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For the Family Mom – Custom Cross-Stitch Family Portrait

Handmade in: the USA

Price: $80.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clothandtwigshop/listing/175432/custom-cross-stitch-family-portrait-for-4-people-housewarming-gift-custom-portrait-custom-cross-stitch-custom-gift-by-cloth-and-twig

 

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For the Beach Goer – Hemp canvas tote with leather straps, ocean wave print pocket

Handmade in: Oregon

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/152345/hemp-canvas-tote-with-leather-straps-ocean-wave-print-pocket

 


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For the Fashionable Lady – Pink Agate Slice with Light Pink Statement Necklace

Handmade in: Texas

Price: $110.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/136673/agate-slice-statement-necklace-pink-statement-necklace-agate-statement-necklace-agate-necklace-pink-agate-slice-pink-geode-slice

 

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For the Wine Lover – Custom Wine/Vineyard Destination Tree (Tabletop Size)

Handmade in: Ohio

Price: $125.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/destinationtree/listing/28962/custom-winevineyard-destination-tree-tabletop-sized-centerpiece

 

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For the Taco Lover – “I Love Tacos” Bracelet

Handmade in: Illinois

Price: $17.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/cynicalredhead/listing/154201/i-love-you-more-than-tacos-bracelet

 

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Gift Guide for the Adventurous Spirit

2015 Holiday Gift Guides Gift Guide for the Adventurous Spirit

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Deanna Jensen of Badon Hill

Everyone knows an adventurous spirit; he’s your cousin with a healthy sense of wanderlust, your sister who would rather spend her weekend hiking in the woods than shopping at the mall, or your best friend who dreams of backpacking across Europe. Just as someone with an adventurous spirit might be hard to pin down, it can be difficult to figure out what gifts an adventurer would love to receive for Christmas.

An adventurous spirit myself, I would spend every day hiking in the mountains if I could. While I don’t get to hike every day, I do get to write about adventures of both the everyday sort and the more traditional sort on my blog (the Badon Hill Blog), and I love it when I have an opportunity to encourage my fellow adventurers in their own exciting pursuits. I’m also a huge supporter of quality handmade products, and I enjoy searching for just the right handmade goods to fuel adventures!

Aftcra is a great resource for this, with a wonderful array of handmade, made-in-America gifts that are sure to delight the adventurous spirit in your life. I’m excited to share my favorites with you!

 


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1. The Adventure Begins bracelet

This bracelet is the perfect gift for someone about to embark on a new adventure, whether that’s starting a new job or a trip overseas. This bracelet is a thoughtful and stylish way to celebrate adventure!

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/lemonlimecreations/listing/131255/hidden-message-secret-message-hammered-personalize-cuff-personalize-jewelry-gift-for-friend-going-away-gift-gift-for-her-mother-mom

 

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2. Plaid Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves are a must this winter! Scarves are also a wonderful travel accessory, so this lovely black and red plaid scarf is just the right gift for the stylish wanderer.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21733/black-plaid-blanket-scarf

 

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3. Home State Duffel Bag

Remind your adventurous loved one of home no matter how far away they travel with this duffel bag! Personalize it with the recipient’s own state so he can proudly display his roots.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7188/american-apparel-states-and-washington-dc-roots-or-made-denim-gym-bag-in-assorted-colors

 

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4. Owl Cardigan

Your adventurer will love not only the earthy owl on the back of this cardigan, but she’ll also love the eco-friendly methods used to make it. The owl is a perfect representation of the explorer’s heart within.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/martymay/listing/142651/owl-cardigan-tri-black

 


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5. Evergreen Soap

This all-natural soap is not only practical, but its evergreen scent reminds the user of the great outdoors and the adventures waiting there. It could be used both at home, or taken along on an exciting journey.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/115264/2-pack-evergreen-soap-handmade-soap-all-natural-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap

 

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6. Sun Bear necklace

Classy and sleek, this sun bear necklace is just right for a subtle, yet elegant, token of the outdoors. The bear is a powerful and beautiful player in the wilderness, and the perfect inspiration for adventure.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Montanajewelry/listing/16954/sun-bear-medium-wbrow

 

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7. Cascade Mountain Pouch

This little pouch, screen printed with a dramatic mountain scene, is both functional and beautiful. Help your adventurer friend stay organized and inspired at the same time!

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/152851/mountain-block-print-pouch-small-zippered-pouch-featuring-oregon-cascade-mountain-scene

 

 

 

 

Deanna Jensen of Badon Hill 12.03.15About aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Deanna Jensen:

Deanna is a maker of leather journals and other goods fit for adventures big and small, near and far. She blogs about her creative, outdoorsy, and entrepreneurial adventures, hoping to inspire her readers in their own adventures and creative pursuits. Deanna is a full-time maker and writer, but also loves to read good books and explore the outdoors around her home in San Diego, CA.

 

Connect with Deanna!

Blog: BadonHillBlog.com

Shop: BadonHill.co

Instagram: @badonhill

Facebook: facebook.com/badonhill

Twitter: @badonhillshop

Pinterest: pinterest.com/badonhill

 

 

 

A Midwestern Girl’s Gift Guide

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Kristin Kruse of A Midwestern Mix

The hustle & bustle of the Holidays is quickly approaching and the window of opportunity to get your shopping done is dwindling just as quickly. These next few weeks are sure to be packed with work deadlines, parties, family time and more. While picking the perfect gift for your mom or husband may not be too difficult, nothing is worse than feeling ‘lost’ on what to get your significant other’s sister, your boss, or whomever you randomly drew in this year’s Secret Santa Exchange. This is where aftcra can sweep in to save your day AND your sanity! 🙂 With everything from clothing to jewelry to home goods and more, Aftcra’s items are unique and handmade in the United States. You can feel good about your purchases because you’re supporting local artisans and giving one-of-a-kind gifts!

With a husband, 4 sisters, parents, in-laws, numerous extended family members, co-workers, and friends whose names fall on our ‘to buy’ list this year and with my pride of having half of my Christmas gifts already purchased, I am certain that my gift guide can point you in the right direction on ideas for any of those more difficult ones to buy for! As a blogger for A Midwestern Mix, it is always my goal to stay on-top of the best trends and happenings throughout the Midwest. While we may not have as many brick-and-mortar stores here in the Heartland as those in bigger cities, or on the coasts, a large majority of my shopping is done online. I love to scour websites for amazing deals, new arrivals, and stylish pieces you may not usually see around you.

Partnering up with aftcra, I have compiled a list of 7 MUST-BUY items in this Midwestern Girl’s Gift Guide. Don’t be surprised if you end up buying a duplicate of these awesome gifts for yourself as well 🙂

 

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1) ‘You are so loved’ Cuff – I adore this bracelet

It’s a subtle reminder that no matter what you’re going through, you are loved. The coolest thing about the quote is that it can mean something different to everyone.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/cynicalredhead/listing/153057/you-are-so-loved-bracelet

 

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2) Solid Light Grey Gray Infinity Scarf

Who doesn’t need another scarf? This is great for any lady in your life and for any occasion. Perfect with a wool dress coat for some added warmth in the winter or over a basic long sleeve tee for style.Plus it’s so cozy and grey is the perfect neutral.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/MicheleMade/listing/28754/infinity-scarf-cowl-loop-light-solid-grey-gray-100-soft-bulky-acrylic-thick-crochet-knit-winter-eternity-circleready-to-ship-in-3-days

 

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3) Rustic Star 16oz. Soy Candle

With over 65 fragrances to choose from, there is literally one (or multiple!) for everyone’s taste. My favorites are Cafe Caramel and Kathleen’s Spiced Apple but you really can’t go wrong!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/soycandles/listing/40232/large-16oz-rustic-star-jar-soy-candle-65-fragrances

 

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4) Oatmeal Goat Milk Soaps

Handmade soaps are the perfect gift for anyone’s home. They’re personal and luxurious at the same time. These 4 fragrances are universal and would be a great addition to any bathroom or kitchen.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/JunebugSoapCo/listing/15419/3-pack-goats-milk-citrus-bar-soap

 

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5) Modern Beach House Clock

This clock is the perfect rustic touch to a white kitchen, casual home office, or cozy family room. A muted, neutral color palette allow it to blend in with current home accessories or stand out on its own.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/terrafirma79/listing/124675/modern-beach-house-clock-modern-numbers-rustic-yet-hip-recycled-reclaimed-repurposed-pallet-wood-wall-clock-custom-color

 

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6) Monogrammed Notecards

Nothing beats handwritten notes & thank you’s and having your monogram add an even more personal touch. With multiple color options, you can find something for everyone.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/palmbeachpapery/listing/140597/perfect-circle-flat-notecards-monogram-stationery-correspondence-cards-preppy-bright-personalized-note-card-stationary-writing-paper-set

 

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7) Blue Mosaic Dish

Catch-all dishes, especially ones as vibrant as this, add a punch of instant interest to any shelf or table.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/EarthMotherMosaics/listing/157554/sapphire-blue-mosaic-glass-dish-6-x-3-inches

Hopefully one, or more, of these items will help you beat the uncertainty you may be experiences with someone on your gift-giving list. From mom to grandma and everyone in between, there is something that anyone can appreciate!

 

Kristine Kruse A Midwestern Mix 11.13.15About aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Kristin Kruse: I’m Kristin! I’m a mid-twenties wife, Labradoodle mom, daughter, sister, entrepreneur, and friend. I was born, raised, and currently live in the Midwest. I have always had a passion for fashion, fitness, and writing and combined those things to create A Midwestern Mix. My goal is for my blog to be a mix of clothes, workouts, life experiences, travel, and more. I’m in IT by day and all things creative by night. I enjoy spending time with those I love, running, reading, cooking, traveling, and being outdoors. I’m a lover of coconut milk lattes, oversized sweaters, warm weather, new workout crazes, and wearing minimal makeup.

 

Connect with Kristin!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aMidwesternMix

Instagram: https://instagram.com/amidwesternmix/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amidwesternmix/

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/a-midwestern-mix-blog-14016283

Blog: http://amidwesternmix.weebly.com/

A Guide to Gifts for Your Co-workers – Your Family Away from Home

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Samantha of Crafty Paralegal

Co-workers: most of us have them (for better or worse) and often times it can be difficult to find the right gift. Never fear! I have rounded up a list of my favorite gifts for your co-workers. These items are not only hand-made items right here in the U.S. but are unique. Everyone enjoys a gift that is unique and hand-selected just for him or her.

I love to shop and find special gifts for my family and friends that they will not necessarily find for themselves. Sometimes, this includes making the gifts myself which you can read about more on my blog at craftyparalegal.com. This year, I have been absolutely overwhelmed with various projects and do not have the time to make gifts this holiday season. That is why I feel that aftcra.com is so wonderful. I get the same hand-made gifts without actually making them.

 

For Ladies:

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1. Alpaca Scarf – Lace Cream

Office temperature is notoriously temperamental; too hot and too cold, all within 15 minutes. A scarf is the perfect accessory to counter the extreme weather changes.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/toastystrings/listing/147139/alpaca-scarf-lace-cream-092


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2. Photograph Print – Daffodil

We spend hours in our offices/cubicles, most with very drab interiors. Having a beautiful piece of colorful artwork can make all the difference in maintaining a positive mental attitude.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/LizWyattPhotoPrints/listing/29062/photograph-print-daffodil-flower-photography

 

For Gentlemen:

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1. Men’s Shaving Kit – Cypress – Wood

Beards (or lack thereof) are a great way for men to express their individuality. A luxurious, all-natural, shaving kit is the perfect gift for the man who has it all.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/coastaltidessoaps/listing/152557/mens-shaving-kit-cypress-woods

 

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2. I Hate Talking to People About Things – coffee mug

Let us be honest. Most professionals have had a very similar sentiment at least a few times each year. Not only is this a great mug for the caffeine fiend, it also is a great gift for a Parks and Recreation fans.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/15456/i-hate-talking-to-people-about-things-parks-and-rec-tv-show-pop-culture-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 


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3. Black and White Concrete Planter Cement Pot

Not only does this amazing planter bring life to offices, it has the ability to multifunction as a paperclip holder. The colors and design help it fit in with any office décor.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138737/black-and-white-concrete-planter-cement-pot

 

For Everyone:


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1. 2016 Vintage Inspired Hand Stamped Planner “Be Happy”

Of course, what would a gift guide for co-workers be if it did not include a planner? This planner is beautiful in its simplicity and utilitarian.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Teepetals/listing/146446/planner-calendar-handstamped-2016-be-real

 


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2. iPad Mini Sleeve Cover, iPad Mini Case, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, Blue Chevron, Blue White Polka Dots with Pockets

For the tech lovers in your office, a nice iPad cover WITH POCKETS is a great addition to their arsenal.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/LisasBagstoRiches/listing/125194/ipad-mini-sleeve-cover-ipad-mini-case-ipad-2-ipad-3-ipad-4-blue-chevron-blue-white-polka-dots-with-pockets

 

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3. Leather and Tweed Canvas Tote

Everyone has something that they need to tote around. This well-crafted and stylishly simple bag has plenty of space for files, books, or even a laptop.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/woodlandsoftgoods/listing/143769/leather-and-tweed-canvas-tote

 

Samantha Crafty Paralegal - Christmas 2015 A Guide to Gifts for Your Family Away from HomeAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Samantha of Crafty Paralegal: Samantha is a working mother and wife who blogs about the paralegal profession, family life, and DIY projects. She aspires to inspire other paralegals to achieve their professional goals and fulfill their creative outlets while maintaining a work-life balance.

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Samantha!

Website: Craftyparalegal.com

Twitter: @craftyparalegal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftyparalegal/

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Girlfriends

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Alexandria Ugarte of Ocean & Ink

The best thing about your gal pals is what makes each one unique and what they bring to the group, am I right? So it’s nearly impossible to find a one-size-fits-all sort of gift to hand out to the whole group. Besides, if there were, would the gift even be that special?

I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by a bright bunch of talented, unique, and amazing girlfriends — whether they’re my BFFs since our kindergarten days, my college roommates, coworkers, or new clients at Ocean & Ink. This holiday season is going to be one for the books as I try to find a special gift for each of these lovely ladies. Anyone else feel the same way?

You’re in luck! I’m about to do some some of the dirty work for you… this gift guide for girlfriends has some great gift ideas for your diverse and amazing girlfriends.

 

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1. For the Go-Go-Go Mom

Whether her kids are still in diapers or she’s rushing to soccer practices all over town, this friend has a million things to do and million more things to carry. Gift her a pretty tote bag from Leek Boutique to keep her organized in style. She’ll definitely thank you for this one!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/leekboutique/listing/108327/large-tote-bag-classic-navy-stripes-with-navycanvas-bottom-and-brown-buffalo-leather-straps

 

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2. For Your Earthy Pal

We all have that yoga-doing, paleo-eating, earth-loving zen friend. Let’s be honest, she keeps the group down to earth and always has the best advice! Gift her a trendy planter from BadseedStudio for her home. Brownie points if you get her a cute succulent to go along with it!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138736/tall-concrete-succulent-planter-and-vasewhite-and-black-marbled-cement

 


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3. For the Traveler

Have a girlfriend with a serious case of wanderlust? Feed her love for adventure with a handmade travel journal from The Guillios. She’ll be forever grateful as she’s jotting down memories from her latest travels along the banks of the Danube.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/theguillios/listing/132947/handmade-travel-journal-w-vintage-frenchbicycles

 

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4. For the Trendsetter

This one’s for the fashionista. She has all the latest trends before you even realize they’re cool, so you have to find something extra unique. These quirky Millerfiori Heart Earrings from Bear

Chick ought to do the trick!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/bearchick/listing/155056/heart-earrings-front-back-earrings-millefioriearrings-silver-chain-millefiori-glass-hearts

 

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5. For the Girl Boss

Should her middle name be “Hustle”? If so, gift this entrepreneur or executive a cute place to jot down her big ideas! Joyful Root’s Hello Notebook is hand illustrated and stamped. How’s that for some instant inspiration?

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/joyfulroots/listing/104889/hello-notebook-hand-illustrated-and-stampedbrown-kraft-paper-hand-altered-artistic-inspirational-quote-block-print-one-of-a-kind

 


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6. For the Outdoor Adventurer

Weather doesn’t stop this girl from hitting the trails or just taking her usual morning run. Keep her warm, at least her noggin, and stylish with a hand knit beanie from Just One Hat!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/JustOneHat/listing/153518/joseph-by-anja

 


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7. For the Coffee Connoisseur

It’s always a good morning if it starts with Queen B! Get your bestie in that boss girl mentality as she sips her morning java from this mug by The Silver Spider Print shop.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/3781/beyonce-is-my-spirit-animal-mugcoffee-cup-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

Alexandria Ugarte Ocean and Ink 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Alexandria of Ocean & Ink: I am a designer and lifestyle blogger based in sunny Miami, Fla. I enjoy blogging about all things design, business, and travel at my little cyber corner, Ocean & Ink. When I’m not blogging or working up a marketing storm at my day job, I love collaborating with other small businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to create pretty brands and push their online businesses to the next level!

 

 

 

Connect with Alexandria!

Blog – www.oceanandink.com

Twitter – www.twitter.com/oceanandink

Instagram – www.instagram.com/ocean.and.ink

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/oceanandink

 

 

 

The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through your mind,

not a gift could be thought of, you’re so far behind…

Christmas comes fast, like super-sonic fast these days it seems and it never fails that each and every year there you sit with your list in hand, racking your brain for gift ideas. That’s why I am here, to help you find that PERFECT gift. Whether you’re looking for someone in particular or every single person on your list, I have found THE gift for each of them. Right here, right now, all in one place.

My name is Caroline, owner + designer of Artsy Print Designs, you can come on over and say hello anytime at www.artsyprintdesigns.com. I currently design printable invitations, wall art, and monthly milestone stickers/iron on transfers, party décor, digital scrapbook papers & graphic elements. Being in on what’s popular and up and coming is part of what I do so I know you are going to love every piece of handcrafted perfection that I have to show you today.

So let me just say that my 2 favorite things about every product on aftcra is that 1. Each item is handmade with absolutely every ounce of heart and soul from every seller, and 2. Each item is from our home sweet home, the beautiful US of A. So with 2 extra bonus points for every handcraft-a-licious product here let’s get started with our gift guide for him, her and everyone in between!

 

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1. Untangled Accents: Blue and Silver Linked Rounds Necklace

This is a beautifully crafted, eye catching, and original statement piece. Whether it’s for your wife, mother, sister, grandmother or friend she will look amazing with this necklace.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/untangledaccents/listing/153542/blue-and-silver-linked-rounds-necklace

 


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2. Handcrafted Wooden Ring Toss Game with Red Base

A way to entertain the kiddos inside or outside AND to be able to take it on vacation too, yes please!

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/mccoytoys/listing/35337/toy-ring-toss-game-handcrafted-wooden-toy-ring-toss-game-with-red-base

 


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3. Custom Car Picture Frame 8×10 – Corvette, Mustang, Harley, Hot Rod

For the die-hard car/motorcycle guru in the family this custom made wood frame is beyond perfect to show off their all-time favorite ride for all to see and admire.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/34495/custom-car-picture-frame-8×10-corvette-mustang-harley-hot-rod

 


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4. Handmade Pallet Wood Clock

Recycling wood pallets is all the rage right now and why wouldn’t it be? Each clock is a unique and authentic focal point for any modern yet rustic interior.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/terrafirma79/listing/124680/handmade-pallet-wood-clock-modern-industrial-chic-rustic-mustard-yellow-ivory-wall-clock-gift-idea

 

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5. Family Established Wood Sign

As far as gift giving goes, anything personalized or monogrammed has to be the # 1 best idea for almost everyone. What makes this particular one even better is that it’s all beautiful natural cedar wood and absolutely no vinyl.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/littlefences/listing/152438/family-established-wood-sign-farmhouse-decor-family-wall-sign-rustic-name-sign-cabin-signs-last-name-wood-sign-established-sign

 


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6. Oversized Purple Infinity Scarf

This list would not be complete without a beautiful infinity scarf to finish it off. Show them you really care by wrapping them up in this little piece of perfection. It has a rich plum color and is hand sewn from super soft cotton jersey fabric.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21736/oversized-purple-infinity-scarf

 

Caroline Papageorgiou Artsy Print Designs 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Caroline Papageorgiou: My name is Caroline Papageorgiou and I am from Sanford, North Carolina. I have been married since 2012 and have a beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed baby boy and 2 rambunctious puppies. I actually graduated as a dental hygienist in 2008 but quickly realized I was meant for something different, something totally not dental related, something super creative! I have always loved everything “artsy” (at least that’s what I call it) which is also where part of my business name came from. I started out making birthday party printables, wedding décor, and nursery art for others as well as my own and fell in LOVE! I was completely obsessed with learning everything I could about illustration programs like Photoshop and Illustrator and once I mastered those, well as they say, that’s all she wrote!

Connect with Caroline!

Blog: www.artsyprintdesigns.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artsyprintdesigns

Instagram: www.instagram.com/apdesigns15

Twitter: www.twitter.com/apdesigns15

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/apdesigns15

 

Handmade Christmas Gifts to Warm Her Heart

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Lindsey Johnson of Verity Web Solutions.

I guess you could say I’ve always had an affinity for handmade gifts. My grandmother was a talented seamstress, and she taught me to sew, crochet, and patchwork quilt when I was young. They were only little-girl-sized projects, but it was something fun and special to do together. Handcrafted is in my Scandinavian heritage, and I would presume it is in your heritage as well.

Perhaps this legacy, coupled of course with that ‘made in America’ pride, helped drive the entrepreneurial spirit in me. As a web designer, my passion is crafting websites and custom solutions for other small businesses and creatives (Verity Web Solutions). I help exceptional dreamers and doers grow and succeed online because the drive behind handcrafted and handmade—the can-do spirit of small business owners—is contagious and powerful. This is why I support these artisans. This is why I am a cheerleader for other women in business—my kindred spirits. This is why I swoon over handcrafted items on aftcra.

Without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite things— handmade Christmas gifts, made in the good ol’ US of A, to warm the hearts of your own kindred spirits:

 

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1. Modern Gray and Silver Industrial Concrete Planter

Isn’t this little planter just the cutest? I love keeping a splash of greenery on the window sill above my own kitchen sink, and this concrete planter—handcrafted in my home state of WI—is perfect paired with a sweet succulent for your friend’s sill or workspace.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138733/gray-and-silver-concrete-planter

 

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2. Concrete Coasters with Gold

And if you’re going the succulent planter route, how can you resist matching them with these gold-accented concrete coasters? Add some glam and protect surfaces from water damage at the same time.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138734/concrete-coasters-with-gold-set-of-four

 

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3. Black Plaid Infinity Scarf

Perfect for the chilly winter months and the holiday season, this black plaid scarf—from a maker in WY—lays beautifully and adds a pop of winter style.

Paired with a simple tee or a little black dress, any woman would rock the elegant yet understated rustic look.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21728/black-plaid-infinity-scarf

 

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4. Red Plaid Blanket Scarf

And this scarf. *swoon* What can I say: I get a little wide-eyed for all things plaid. Also made in WY, this oversized blanket scarf is a hot trend this season and an effortless accessory for everyday or special occasions.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21668/red-plaid-blanket-scarf-oversized-plaid-scarf-tartan-wrap-scarf-woven-fashion-scarf-womens-scarves

 

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5. Custom Wood State with Heart

Do you have a friend with a lot of state pride? Adorn their gallery wall with this solid wood state decor, handcut and stained in VA! And see that little heart? You can have the woodcrafter place the heart anywhere on the state you choose—how special to mark a hometown or other significant location for a loved one!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/152975/custom-wood-state-with-heart

 

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6. Little Gold Bird Post Earrings

Handmade in IL, these tiny little gold birds add a touch of whimsy and fun to any outfit or ensemble. And what girl doesn’t love to receive a new pair of earrings?

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/roughgem/listing/131495/little-gold-bird-post-earring-stud-nature-inspired-aviary-spring-summer-wedding

 

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7. Plaid Wristlet with Brown Leather Accent

Again, plaid. Lovely, lovely plaid. This stylish wristlet, handmade in FL, is perfect as a little purse, just large enough to hold the essentials like cell phone and wallet.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/CrookedSmileCreations/listing/156922/plaid-wristlet-with-brown-leather-accent-beige-wristlet-wallet-womans-wrist-wallet-small-handbag

 

What is your favorite item on this list? Do you have a friend who would absolutely LOVE one of these gifts? As we approach this holiday season, let’s approach it from the mindset of supporting our local artisans. Giving gifts with heart and meaning. Celebrating the true meaning of the season. Let’s be champions of handmade.

 

 

 

Lindsey Verity Web Solution 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Lindsey Johnson: Lindsey Johnson is wife to Matt, mommy to two little boys, and owner of Verity Web Solutions, a small creative boutique helping others chase their dream of succeeding “small.” A cheerful domestic and full-time mom, she crafts websites, blogs, and online solutions for exceptional dreamers and doers when her little guys sleep. Exceedingly blessed in their little country life, Lindsey and Matt are raising their family along the rural shore of Lake Superior.

 

Connect with Lindsey!

Website: http://veritywebsolutions.com/blog/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/veritywebsolutions/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/verityweb/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/veritywebsolutions

 

Three Awesome Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas

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Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife.  

One of my favorite things to do when planning my holiday gifts is to think of “themed” gift ideas. I enjoy creating gift baskets so to speak instead of giving a bunch of random gifts. Last year I gave my best friend an “at home date night” gift basket. I included a game, some champagne, her favorite peach tea, date night conversation cards, a bathrobe, and a blanket. She loved it, which of course warmed my soul. That’s what gift giving is all about, spreading love and joy! I have put together some themed gift ideas with some product suggestions that I found on aftcra. I think you are going to love them!

I love creating and spreading love to those around me. I started my blog Voluntown Housewife for many reasons but one of the reasons was I wanted to bring people back to the joy of creating and loving their homes and everything in them! Voluntown Housewife is a place where I share my gift ideas, my creative projects, my travels, reviews of places I’ve been and pretty much anything that I think will encourage others to fall in love with their homes and the people that make them! Some times it’s the little things we do for people that mean the most. When you take a few extra minutes to be creative with a gift it can be worth so much more than the price you paid for it. A great way to put a little creativity into your gift giving is to give a themed gift! Here are 3 awesome gift basket ideas I came up with just for you!

 

For the The Coffee Lover 

 

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1. Tune My Heart To Sing Thy Grace Hand Painted 16 oz Mug

The hand lettering on this mug is whimsical and sweet, plus I can’t lie I love gold! It’s perfect way to start someone’s morning.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/MorningBluesShop/listing/151236/tune-my-heart-to-sing-thy-grace-hand-painted-16-oz-mug

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - coffee scoops

2. Coffee Scoops

How many times have you lost the plastic scoop that comes in your coffee, if you’re like me, too many to count. These hand carved scoops are beautiful and a perfect addition to a coffee lover’s morning.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/tomcarver/listing/151140/coffee-scoops

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - Coffee Exfoliating Bar Soap Handmade Cold Process Soap Unscented

3. Coffee Exfoliating Bar Soap Handmade Cold Process Soap Unscented 

This soap is great since it’s unscented and coffee makes for a great exfoliator. An added bonus to this soap is it’s rustic look, which would go great in a burlap bag.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/GreenDoorProductsLLC/listing/13221/coffee-exfoliating-bar-soap-handmade-cold-process-soap-unscented-with-fresh-ground-coffee-kitchen-soap-tallow-olive-castor-oil

A great addition to this basket would be to go to your local market and get some gourmet coffee!

 

For the Family Cook

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - iPad mini or Kindle stand, rustic wood cutting board stand

1. iPad Mini or Kindle Stand, Rustic Wood Cutting Board Stand

It’s hard to read recipes when your device is laying flat on the counter. This stand is gorgeous and will make a wonderful addition to anyone’s kitchen.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/applejackdesigns/listing/145610/ipad-mini-or-kindle-stand-rustic-wood-cutting-board-style-stand

 


Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - Personalized Rolling Pin Engraved with Couple's Names & Date

2. Personalized Rolling Pin Engraved with Couples Names & Date

Nothing screams homemade and home cooking like a wooden rolling pin. It’s old fashion yet timeless.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21286/personalized-rolling-pin-engraved-with-couples-names-date-great-wedding-or-anniversary-gift

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - You Wash I'll Dry, Set of Tea Towels, Bridal Shower Gift, Hostess

3. You Wash I’ll Dry, Set of Tea Towels

I’m in love with these! They are a great reminder of teamwork, a perfect match for your favorite chef.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/paperlarkstudio/listing/142234/you-wash-ill-dry-set-of-tea-towels-bridal-shower-gift-hostess-gift-tea-towel-linen-flour-sack-towel-dish-towels-wedding-gift

Want to add more to this basket? Visit your local farmers market and pick up some goodies.

 

For the Beer Lover

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - Wood beer caddy, bridegroom gift

1. Wood Beer Caddy

With this gift you can carry your beer around in style and never be without a bottle

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/woodbeercaddy/listing/123409/wood-beer-caddy-bridegroom-gift

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - Deer Monogram Glass,Etched Beer Glass, Rustic Hunters Monogram

2. Deer Monogram Glass, Etched Beer Glass 

Even if your favorite beer lover isn’t a hunter you have to admit this deer silhouette is pretty fantastic.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/1325Gifts/listing/149854/deer-monogram-glassetched-beer-glass-hunters-monogram-rustic-monogrammed-pint-glass

 

Jamie Cassidy of Voluntown Housewife - 3 Awesome Themed Gift Basket Ideas for Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas - 2 Pack- Citrus Ale Beer Soap, Exfoliant Soap, Handmade Soap

3. 2 Pack- Citrus Ale Beer Soap, Exfoliant Soap 

Beer soap?? What?? Can you say unbelievable? Believe it or not hops can do great things for your skin and your beer lover will be sure to fall in love with this!

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/115266/2-pack-citrus-ale-beer-soap-exfoliant-soap-handmade-soap-all-natural-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap

Of course if you want spice up this gift add some awesome local brews!

 

I hope these suggestions sparked some creativity in you. Be sure to spread the love and support the hard working individuals that created these incredible products.

 

Jamie Cassidy Voluntown Housewife 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Jamie Cassidy: I’m a wife and mom of two boys. I am raising my family in the same small town I grew up in and I have been blessed with the chance to stay at home. I left the work place to be able to do all of the things I truly love at home. I want to encourage others to love their homes and everything and everyone in them. As a lifestyle blogger at Voluntown Housewife I enjoy sharing my journey of creativity, cooking, gift giving, travel and so much more. I am loving this crazy ride we all call life.

 

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Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts 01

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Amy Oestreicher of Amy Oes.

It’s the season of giving, celebrations and memories, and it’s always the season for arts, crafts and other wonderful goodies! This year, don’t go for the gift card or the newest I-Phone. Check out some of these amazing artisanal handmade Christmas gifts that will surely make your loved one smile.

I’m a huge fan of handmade art and creative gifts. In fact, it’s creativity which allowed me to thrive through difficult times and to truly enhance amazing times in my life.

I’m a mixed-media artist, actress and writer with a one-woman autobiographical musical about my near-death experience and my continued celebration of life. Creativity has been a mindset that’s saved my life, and art has become my way of connecting with myself and my world. Now I use my artwork to inspire others with my message of hope, resilience and gratitude. I believe anyone can and deserves to create art, joy and the life of their dreams – no matter what.

Art has certainly helped me cope with deep hardships in my life. Originally, painting became such a blessing for me because it was an amazing way for me to express what was too overwhelming, frustrating and scary for words. Most importantly, I paint whatever I feel from the heart. I love experimenting with acrylics, painting my world of trees, birds, flight, girls dancing, and tear drops. Now, art just makes me happy, and I’m happy to share my art in my galleries on amyoes.com, lead mixed media workshops, and sell some of my art on Etsy!

And these nine artsy gift ideas are certainly bound to inspire!

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts -  July ORIGINAL Watercolor

1.) This adorable watercolor piece. First of all, this is an ORIGINAL piece, not a print. This would be amazing to hang in the washroom, or anywhere where you’d like to get the most of ALL worlds – a bit of video-gaming, a bath, a spectacular beach view…

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/ariesnamarie/listing/30853/july-original-watercolor

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Mosaic Outlet Cover

2.) This mosaic outlet cover is gorgeous, quirky, artsy and colorful. When you plug in, you’re bound to do it in style now!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/EarthMotherMosaics/listing/150452/mosaic-outlet-cover-multicolored-1-small-wall-art

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Photograph Print Swirl - Flower Photography - Rose

3.) This swirl flower photography sweeps me into a whimsical place of wonder. The calm color palette and clear focus of this photograph are perfect for a bedroom, or any place you’d like a bit more zen.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/LizWyattPhotoPrints/listing/29051/photograph-print-swirl-flower-photography-rose

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Oatmeal Goat Milk Soaps, Lavender, Almond, unscented, Red Clover

4.) I would call it amazing, but the soap says it for me. Check out this amazing goat milk soap with the most exotic, soothing notes of almond and oatmeal.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/deltamoonsoap/listing/155734/oatmeal-goat-milk-soaps-lavender-almond-unscented-red-clover-tea-olive-oil-soap-soap-for-sensitive-skinno-sls-eczema-exfolliating

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Fox CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT

5.) What does the fox say? The fox says that this is the cutest tree skirt, perfect for your Christmas tree this year! Handmade, vibrant colors, and an adorable little animal friend to keep your gifts company!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sohandmade/listing/156282/fox-christmas-tree-skirt-woodland-holiday-decor-embroidered-christmas-decorations-first-married-christmas-gift-green-pink-christmas-decor

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Crocheted Autumn Rustic Pumpkins and Fall Leaves for Mantle Decor

6.) Of course, there’s still time to celebrate the bounties of autumn, and what better way than these beautiful little crocheted pumpkins? These pumpkins will stay soft, cozy and seasonal all year long!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/aliceroseindeed/listing/147339/crocheted-autumn-rustic-pumpkins-and-fall-leaves-for-mantle-decoratingcenterpiece-or-beautiful-thanksgiving-decor

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Wizard of Oz Silver Ruby Slippers Charm Bracelet

7.) If you’ll be home for the holidays, remind yourself there’s NO place like home…with Ruby Slipper necklace. These will always remind you of that classic little line from Wizard of Oz.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/WizardOfOzKreations/listing/155679/wizard-of-oz-silver-ruby-slippers-charm-bracelet-dorothy-wicked-witch-toto-tinman-scarecrow-lion

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Sock Monkey Doll

8.) Every kid, as well as every kid in us all needs a handmade sock monkey. This is made with lots of love…and socks! But these socks will DEFINITELY make you feel cozy!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/bargertoncrafts/listing/154186/one-sock-monkey-classic-handmade-doll 

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics - Christmas 2015 Gift Ideas Nine Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts - Sand and Sea Wrap - Beautiful Handmade Ladies Shawl

9.) I am absolutely in LOVE with this beautiful Sand and Sea ladies shawl. The colors bring me right back to the beach, and the warmth is exactly what I’ll be needing this winter. So…’tis the season of giving…that’s my wish-list right there!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mymountainstudio/listing/154406/sand-and-sea-wrap-beautiful-handmade-ladies-shawl 

 

Amy Oestreicher - Allspice and Acrylics 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Amy Oestreicher:

Amy is a 28 year old PTSD peer-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright. Surviving and thriving through a coma, 27 surgeries and other trauma has inspired Amy to share her story with the world through her passionate desire to create and help others. Piecing her life together after her initial dreams of performing musical theatre took on a beautiful detour into broader horizons. Amy has written, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, has flourished as a mixed media and acrylic artist, with her art in multiple galleries and mounting dozens of solo art shows, and continues to share her story through her art, music, theatre and writings. Amy is currently touring the country with her one-woman show and motivational workshops which you can learn more about at: https://www.amyoes.com/gutless-quick-facts/. Visit amyoes.com for more information as well as her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllspiceandAcrylics

 

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A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Kelsey Van Kirk of The Home Loving Wife.

It’s that time of year again friends! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and excitement is growing in anticipation of the holiday season. Can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were all having backyard cookouts and dipping our toes in salty ocean water. Nevertheless, the holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to pack away those bathing suits, pull out the sweaters and start thinking about your holiday gift-giving plans!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of coming up with a unique, thoughtful and budget-friendly gift for each person on my list can be a bit overwhelming. For a young married mama with four daughters and large extended families, my gift-giving list seems to grow exponentially each year. Like most of you, I am very busy! On top of caring for four little ones, homeschooling and running a household, I am also Editor of The Home Loving Wife, a lifestyle blog inspiring and encouraging wives, moms and homemakers to live simply, live lovely + live well. Being short on time means that I don’t want to squander it by meandering through the mall searching for the perfect gifts for my husband, daughters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, etc. However, I personally have a huge soft spot for quality, design and value. I like to know that the gifts I choose for my loved ones are made well, won’t break the bank and will delight each person who receives them. Bonus points if they are made in the USA by small businesses!

To lend you a helping hand, I have curated a little holiday gift guide for every person you may find on your list this year! Below are a selection of my favorite aftcra products for men, women and children with a variety of price points to fit any budget. Each item is of beautiful quality and handmade by talented artisans right here in the USA in this 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone.


Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Beard Oil- Citrus Blend

1. Citrus Blend Beard Oil – $15

Perfect for those gentlemen in your life who have embraced the “lumbersexual” trend this year. I love that this beard oil uses 100% natural ingredients to keep both beard and skin healthy, moisturized and well-groomed.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/coastaltidessoaps/listing/152818/beard-oil-citrus-blend

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Men's Superman Silhouette Tee

2. Superman Silhouette Tee Shirt – $22

This soft, comfy, 100% cotton tee is sure to be a hit with any guy who receives it! Because let’s be real – what man doesn’t want to be a superhero, am I right?!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mixedtees/listing/980/mens-superman-silhouette-tee

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Bottle cap catcher personalized. Man cave Fathers Day gift

3. Bottle Cap Catcher – $38.95

This beautiful bottle opener will make the perfect addition to any mancave. Customizable and featuring hand-carved details, this is a gift that will be cherished (and well used!) for years to come.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mvwoodworks/listing/145266/bottle-cap-catcher-personalized-man-cave-fathers-day-gift-for-him-wooden-beer-pub-sign-groomsmen-wedding-gift

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Painted Distressed Mason Jars - Pink, Cream and Coral Jars

4. Painted Distressed Mason Jars – $21

This set of beautiful hand-painted and distressed jars will bring any woman on your list joy! They are pretty, soft and feminine, and will be perfect for displaying fresh bouquets of her favorite flowers.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/pinkbirdie/listing/40047/painted-distressed-mason-jars-pink-cream-and-coral-jars-wedding-centerpiece-home-decor-rustic-wedding-girl-baby-shower

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Signature Flat Notecards - Personalized Notecards

5. Signature Note Cards – $40

What lady doesn’t love to send a beautiful, handwritten note in the mail? This pretty little set of cards will be sure to please and is completely customizable.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/palmbeachpapery/listing/140595/signature-flat-notecards-personalized-notecards-correspondence-card-stationery-preppy-bright-stationary-note-writing-paper-set

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Untangled Accents- Gold Owl Necklace

6. Owl Necklace – $15

This gorgeous gold pendant will add just the right amount of whimsy and glam to a woman’s winter wardrobe. I love the delicate feather accents in the chain – so beautiful!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/untangledaccents/listing/154197/gold-owl-necklace-accented-with-gold-feathers

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Mango Blossoms Child Drawstring Backpack

7. Girls Drawstring Backpack – $15

I have four young daughters and already I am amazed by their burgeoning obsession with bags! They can’t get enough. These cute little shoulder backpacks will be perfect for any little girls who may be on your list this year to tote around their special belongings.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/rainydaycreations/listing/145964/mango-blossoms-child-drawstring-backpack

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Baby Sensory Build-A-Book

8. Baby Sensory Build-A-Book – $26.50

This precious baby book is so adorable and will make the babies on your list squeal with delight! Each page is specially crafted to engage little ones with different textures and sounds. And the best part? It’s completely machine washable!

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/2gigglymonkeys/listing/108060/sensory-build-a-book-animal-crackers

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife - A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your list - Junior Woodsman's Tool box

9. Wooden Toolbox – $50

Though I don’t have boys of my own, I am sure that any little boy would LOVE this sweet toolbox. This gift will be one that he cherishes for years and will help spark his sense of creativity.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/MandeFurniture/listing/153525/junior-woodsmans-tool-box

Hopefully this guide will serve as a helpful starting place as you set about your holiday shopping, but if you need further options be sure to check out the abundance of other beautiful handmade goods available through aftcra. Good luck, and happy shopping!

 

Kelsey Van Kirk The Home Loving Wife 11.13.15About aftcra Guest Blogger, Kelsey Van Kirk: Kelsey Van Kirk is married to her best friend, stay-at-home mama to four little princesses, multi-tasker extraordinaire and lover of Sunday morning snuggles, good wine, beach trips, and the holidays. She also authors The Home Loving Wife, a lifestyle blog inspiring and encouraging wives, moms and homemakers to live simply, live lovely + live well.

 

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys – Handmade and Made in America

2015 Holiday Gift Guide- Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Erin Sipes of My Very Educated Mother.

Shopping for a teenage boy can be just as challenging as shopping for a grown man. Sure they’ll always go for the latest video game or outdoor gadget but that can be as impersonal as a gift card. This year, surprise them; go rogue with a handmade gift. Below is a collection of gift ideas for teenage boys made by the hands of aftcra artists that even the most cynical teenage boy on the planet (also known as my son) would love to receive.

Hey guys! I’m Erin, most days you can find me at My Very Educated Mother, a site where I encourage creative living through craft ideas, DIY projects, and family-friendly recipes. Making things is in my blood and it’s always so inspiring to see the works of others. It’s a treat to have the opportunity to put together a gift guide featuring the talented makers of aftcra. I hope you like what I’ve chosen!

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Custom Handmade Leather Headphone Holder

1. Handmade Leather Headphone Holder $10.00

These headphone holders are such a cool way to keep those little wires from getting tangled. Plus, you’ve got to take a moment and read about the thought and care put into selecting the leather used to make these original pieces.

http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/149899/handmade-leather-headphone-holder-customizable-hardware-hand-cut-stained

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Tea Tree Face Soap Natural Homemade Handmade Vegan

2. Tea Tree Face Soap $13.00

Tea tree facial soap won’t clear up extreme acne but it will keep his face smelling extra great.

http://www.aftcra.com/handmadewithlove/listing/150480/tea-tree-face-soap

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 stainless steel coordinates hand stamped key chain gift idea handmade

3. Stainless Steel Coordinates Key Chain $14.00

When your teenager starts driving they’re going to need a key chain. Why not get them a cool one with the coordinates of their birthplace on it?

http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150779/stainless-steel-coordinates-key-chain-hand-stamped-key-ring-latitude-longitude-location-keychain-anniversary-gift-for-him

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Hand Stamped Man Card - Wallet Insert for the Man, Dad, Guy Gift Idea Manly

4. Man Card $15.00

Here’s a gift sure to get a smile! Plus, I’m quite sure it’s the easiest way to make your son feel like a man.

http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135548/hand-stamped-man-card-wallet-insert-for-the-man-dad-guy-great-cute-gift

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Harry Potter - Ravenclaw House Crest - Etched Beer Mug

5. Harry Potter – Ravenclaw House Crest – Etched Beer Mug $15.50

A growing boy wants a man-sized mug for his milk and cookie, at least mine does. If Harry Potter isn’t your thing there are other designs to choose from.

http://www.aftcra.com/Chicos8bitDesigns/listing/6134/harry-potter-ravenclaw-house-crest-etched-beer-mug

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Sriracha Book - a hot little handmade keepsake blank sketchbook

6. Sriracha Sketch Book $20.00

Is it a diary, journal, notebook, or sketchbook? Who cares? What matters is that it’s cool and perfect for doodling!

http://www.aftcra.com/nikaboyce/listing/132742/sriracha-book-a-hot-little-handmade-keepsake-blank-sketchbook-hot-sauce-collectible-notebook-journal-diary-gift-red

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Men's Chivalry's Not Dead Tee

7. Men’s Chivalry’s Not Dead Tee $22.00

This shirt offered a little bit of angst without being offensive. Sure, it’ll make you do a double take, but don’t worry, it’s perfectly harmless.

http://www.aftcra.com/mixedtees/listing/1278/mens-chivalrys-not-dead-tee

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 American Appare Home State Roots or Madel Gym:Duffle Bag Available in All States

8. American Apparel Home State Gym/Duffle Bag $39.00

Every teenage boy needs a duffle bag for toting around gym gear or maybe their comic book collection. These ‘Roots’ bags are a great way to show your home state pride!

http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7188/american-apparel-states-and-washington-dc-roots-or-made-denim-gym-bag-in-assorted-colors

 

Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America 01 Mens Fingerless gloves, hand knit fingerless gloves Grey and Orange stripes Texas Handmade

9. Fingerless Gloves $53.00

Like their older counterparts, teenage boys don’t need gloves with fingers. They’re perfectly happy without a jacket and wearing shorts in below zero temperatures…then again, maybe they’ll take the gloves.

http://www.aftcra.com/BugEatersKnits/listing/149878/mens-striped-fingerless-gloves-gray-and-orange-stripes-fingerless-gloves

 

 

Erin Sipes - My Very Educated Mother Nine Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys - Handmade and Made in America

About aftcra guest blogger, Erin Sipes of My Very Educated Mother:

My Very Educated Mother aims to foster creative living through quick and easy crafts, DIY home decor ideas, and recipes that cater to the tastes and schedules of an active family.

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Raves and Faves for the Holidays – Handmade Christmas Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide- Raves and Faves for the Holidays

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers.

Prairie Godmothers believes in honoring American ingenuity by finding creative ways to reinvent new uses for old things. We want to repair what’s broken, put a shine to old things, and buy American when possible. We appreciate locally-made goods because they have the added value of building community through economic stimulation and provision of opportunities for volunteerism and education. Our aftcra picks fit very nicely with our vision of buying and gifting.

We Godmothers take pride in finding the best of the best and the selections from aftcra receive the Prairie Godmothers seal of approval this season with this handmade Christmas gift guide (and any season as a matter of fact):

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Custom Upcycled Flannel Shirt with Custom Phrease Screenprinted 

1. FLYING ART GARDEN up-cycles aging flannel shirts with customized words and phrases on the back. Ingenious alternative to a boring t-shirt.

http://www.aftcra.com/flyingartgarden/listing/148643/vintage-custom-flannel

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Custom Set of Five Rustic Twig Veggie & Herb Garden Plant

2. SHIRE RANCH SHOPPE collects twigs from the ranch and whittles them to perfectly imperfect plant markers. Buy pre-made sets for your veggies and herbs or have them carve a custom set for you.

 http://www.aftcra.com/shireranchshoppe/listing/117611/custom-set-of-five-rustic-twig-veggie-herb-garden-plant-woodburned-markerslabels-indooroutdoor-plants-traditionalcontainersn

 

Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 All Natural Handmade Vegan Soap Peppermint Homemade Soap Gift Set of Two

3. WAX ALCHEMY blends several oils, butters and luscious scents to make this invigorating soap free of preservatives. Handmade, hand cut and just waiting to be shared.

http://www.aftcra.com/waxalchemy/listing/154496/peppermint-all-natural-soap-two-5-oz-bars

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Poison Ivy Relief Salve Natural Handmade Homemade Made in USA

4. BREW CITY BOTANICALS provides an immediate solution to the bane of every gardener: poison ivy. Certified organic ingredients are infused in a salve that should be part of everyone who work or plays in the outdoors.

http://www.aftcra.com/brewcitybotanicals/listing/35551/poison-ivy-relief-salve

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Beard Oil Sampler Set, beard softener, beard balm, beard treatment 

5. THE SOOTHE CHEF gets the ‘scraggly’ out of beards with a secret blend of oils and scents that will tame the growth and give it some much needed softness. We like the Sampler that offers 3 different scents.

http://www.aftcra.com/TheSootheChef/listing/109383/beard-oil-sampler-set-beard-softener-beard-balm-beard-treatment-beard-gifts-for-men-all-natural-beard-oil-beard-deodorizer

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Peppermint & Eucalyptus Shower Steamers|3 Pack| Handmade Gift Set

6. BEYOND DIVINE make showering a therapeutic experience! Their shower steamers release an aroma that will clear your sinuses and help you breathe much easier.

http://www.aftcra.com/beyonddivine/listing/148661/peppermint-eucalyptus-shower-steamers3-pack-handmadeall-natural

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Heating Pad Set, Microwavable, Hot cold packs, Heating Pad, Aroma

7. LIZ KING DESIGNS makes this awesome trio of microwaveable hot packs in soft cottons. They’re filled with organic buckwheat, flax and rice to provide moist heat for sore spots.

http://www.aftcra.com/lizkingdesigns/listing/122082/heating-pad-set-microwavable-hot-cold-packs-heating-pad-aromatherapy-heating-pads-gift-set-buckwheat-seed-and-rice

 


Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 01 Modern. Pallet Wood. Repurposed. Recycled. Reclaimed Wood Wall Clock

8 TERRAFIRMA 79 reclaims pallet wood and reinvents the wall clock! Lovely colors and distressed would result in a timely (pardon the pun) home accent. http://www.aftcra.com/terrafirma79/listing/609/modern-pallet-wood-repurposed-recycled-reclaimed-wood-wall-clock-sky-blue-nautical-numbers-great-gift-beach-house

 

 
Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers - Raves and Faves for the Holidays - Handmade Christmas Gift Guide

About Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers

In a busy Chicago train station, Jackie Riffice found her purpose in Prairie Godmothers. That day she challenged herself to share the gift of nature by passing out native flowers to the busy commuters. Their gratitude at her small gesture prompted her to create a company aimed at educating and inspiring others to embrace nature and gardening. A company founded on the premise that everything begins with one intentional step, and that making a difference is easy to do.

Through Prairie Godmothers she aims to cultivate in others a sense of shared responsibility as caretakers of our earth, while helping them discover the joy in nurturing native plants. Whether creating a lovely landscape, growing a vegetable garden, recycling or upcycling, there are many ways to live greener. She provides easy tips for anyone to make an impact, starting in their very own home and backyard.

When she isn’t traveling to help clients and communities embrace their green thumbs, she is spending time in her home garden in Flossmoor, IL.

Prairie Godmothers is committed to awakening and expanding the environmental conscience of everyone on the planet. We provide earth friendly products and simple ideas that help us reconnect with nature, inspire creativity and celebrate the art of the garden. Read our blog for tips on inviting nature to your yard and living a greener lifestyle. Shop our carefully curated online shop for finely crafted things for the garden and from the garden.

Visit Jackie at Prairie Godmothers now.

 

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Homemade Gifts for the Holidays – American Made Gifts

2015 Holiday Gift Guide- Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Monica Taylor of TaylorMadeCards4U.

Is it just me, or has this whole holiday season thing gotten way out of control?  I’m pretty sure that a year is still as long as it used to be, so why does the season seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each year?  The cynical side of me wants to blame the big retailers, the ones who bank on our lemming-like behavior to overflow their coffers each fall.  When I was a kid (not as long ago as this rant is making me sound) holiday decorations and merchandise didn’t appear until after Thanksgiving.  Nowadays it is common for retailers to start pushing their wares well before Halloween, and many people have already finished shopping by Thanksgiving night, thanks to Black Friday (excuse me, Thursday).  While I can’t control the commerciality of the holidays, there is at least one tradition that I refuse to relinquish, and that is the tradition of sharing handmade gifts with my family and friends.

About five years ago I started creating my own Christmas cards and before I knew it I was making hand-made greeting cards for almost every occasion. The response to my cards was phenomenal, and soon Taylormadecards4u was born. Then, about three years ago I started my blog, Taylormardecards4u.com, where I am able to share card creations, offer tutorials, and review products. I have since expanded my handmade items to include altered art, wall hangings, memory boxes, and various other items. I have also been privileged to be a participant on many design teams both as a member and a guest designer. In November and December of 2014 I was published in an online magazine, Scrapbooking.com, and will have some new items featured in Just Steampunk, coming out November 2015.

As a practitioner of handmade arts, I fully support the community of my fellow artists and purchase from them regularly.  My real mission, however, is to convince the average consumer that buying handmade is well worth their time and money, and helps build a stronger community for us all.

With this in mind, I wanted to share with you my top 10 homemade gifts for the holiday season.

 

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 AMARETTO KISS - Cherry Almond candles, 8 oz

1. Amaretto Kiss – Cherry Almond Candles – Candles are always wonderful gifts for family or friends. There are so many fragrance choices, you are sure to find one for anyone on your list.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 World Traveler Domino Pendant Necklace

2. World Traveler Domino Pendant Necklace – Upcycled gifts not only help the environment, they can make beautiful gifts. This World Traveler pendant is a beautiful and unique gift any adventurer would enjoy.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Men's Shaving Kit- Black Flag

3. Men’s Shaving Kit – Black Flag – Men can sometimes be difficult to shop for. This gift is perfect for the man in your life. With the masculine fragrance, it is something you both can enjoy.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Chunky Mobius Cowl, Infinity Scarf

4. Chunky Mobius Cowl, Infinity Scarf – Scarves are not only practical, but they are very stylish and would be a wonderful addition to a wardrobe.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Lavender Silky Skin Gift Set

5. Lavender Silky Skin Gift Set – Who wouldn’t love to find a little pampering beneath the Christmas tree? This Bath and Body set is sure to be a hit for any female on your list.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Espresso Dulce de Leche (caramel sauce)

6. Expresso Dulce de Leche (Carmel Sauce) – You can never go wrong with food gift sets. This set of three carmel sauces is sure to be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Handpainted oil dispenser with pretty pink wild roses and green leaves

7. Hand Painted Oil Dispenser with pretty pink wild roses and green leaves – These oil dispensers are not only practical, but useful. Use them for oils or just display as a decorative item.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark : chocolate : unique

8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark – Who doesn’t love holiday sweets? This is a perfect gift for an office exchange or for neighbors.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays01 Painted Distressed Mason Jars - Pink, Cream and Coral Jars

9. Painted Distressed Mason Jars – Bring a little country to your home with these painted distressed mason jars. These work perfect for gifts, or to keep for yourself.

Homemade Gifts for the Holidays 01 Baby Cardigan Sweater green and blue baby shower gift handmade homemade

10. Baby Cardigan Sweater – This is a unique and elegant gift for a baby. Sure to become a keepsake for the parents.

 

 

Monica Taylor of TaylorMadeCards4U

About aftcra Guest Blogger, Monica Taylor:

I started crafting at a very early age and have never stopped. When my son was born 18 years ago, I started scrap booking, which was an easy segway into card making. About 3 years ago I decided to take my card making to the next level and started blogging and sharing my cards with the world. Since then I have participated on several design teams and currently design for two rubber stamp companies, So Suzy Stamps and Riley and Company. My cards can be found on line as well as in local shops and florists in the Phoenix area.

Visit TaylorMadeCard4U now.

 

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How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Your Client

2015 Christmas Gift Guide- How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Your Client

Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Julienne DesJardins.

 

It’s always a good idea to say thank you. And what better way than through a little token of appreciation that is meaningful to the receiver?

I’m a small business owner just like you. And like you, I know that the secret ingredient to running my business is my awesome client base. They are the reason I’m able to do work that I love every day! When I gift them a gift, it not only brings them joy – but it keeps my biz on the top of their minds whenever they see that special item. (That’s especially helpful if you’re doing one-time projects, like web design!)

When I’m stumped on how to choose the perfect gift, it helps me to think about what type of gift the receiver could use. I use that as a jumping point and go from there!

Here are a few tips for choosing the perfect gift for your client that makes your dream business possible.

For their desk:

Perfect Gift for your Client - Geometric Pyramid - Concrete Décor - Paperweight and Gift

I love this gorgeous, concrete paperweight. It’s simple and elegant, and would be a nice addition to your client’s office.

Perfect Gift for Your Client - Alpha Delta Pi marble coaster

What about personalizing a marble coaster with your client’s business logo? That adds such a personalized touch to a supremely useful gift.

Perfect gift for your client - Hello Notebook, Hand Illustrated and Stamped, Brown Kraft Paper

This hand stamped, chipboard notebook is the perfect gift for a client who appreciates an artistic vibe. And we all know how nice it is to have an extra place to jot down notes and ideas!

 

For their home:

perfect gift for your client - laser engraved custom state christmas ornament

These laser engraved state ornaments would be such a nice touch to send. All 50 states are available and your client will love that you thought to give them such a personalized gift.

perfect gift for your client - gold painted mason jar set trio office decor

For the client who appreciates a lovely, feminine touch, these mason jars are perfect. They can be used for trinket storage, or as a vase. And they add such a lovely feel to the space.

perfect gift for your client - mosaic gazing ball custom paperweight office decor

This gazing ball is a decadent gift for a really special client. It’s so incredibly gorgeous & custom made with the colors that you choose!

 

For their indulgence:

perfect gift for your client - french macarons assortment custom flavor office gift indulgent

Who doesn’t love a delicious treat? Ship your client a box of freshly made, baked-to-order, all natural French Macarons. You can choose from 10 different flavors!

perfect gift for your client - grapefruit and pink vegan soap set handmade client gift

Have a client who is eco-conscious? This handmade soap would be a perfect thank you gift! First of all, it’s PINK! But even more important, it’s vegan and made with natural ingredients!

perfect gift for your client - rich vanilla soy beeswax natural candle in mason jar handmade client gift

What is more indulgent that lighting a beautiful candle? Any client would love to smell this gorgeous vanilla scent. And I love how rustic & cute the jar is, too!

 

What types of gifts have worked for you in the past when thanking your clients?

 

Julienne DesJardins Guest Blogger on aftcraAbout aftcra Guest Blogger, Julienne DesJardins:

Julienne DesJardins helps busy entrepreneurs, like you, manage workflow by providing virtual assistant support & digital marketing services. Her “no project too small” philosophy means you’ll find packages that are customizable to fit your business & budget.

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Our Q&A with Tami of Rough Gem – Handmade Victorian Jewelry

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We want to introduce you to an incredibly talented and funky jewelry designer – Tami from Rough Gem. With a variety of jewelry designs (handmade victorian jewelry and vintage and natural styles) ranging from beautiful agate geode necklaces for the more natural lady to sweet tiny bird earrings, there’s something for everyone!

With the holidays on our heels, this is the time to load up on handmade victorian jewelry – or more of a natural style – for Christmas gifts or for your holiday outfits. Rough Gem offers such a fabulous array of jewelry that you’ll totally find something perfect for the occasion. And to learn more about the person behind Rough Gem, read Tami’s interview below.

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1. Tell us about yourself and your company, Rough Gem

I am Tamera Gagne, my shop on aftcra is Rough Gem, and I have been a jewelry maker for 11 years. I usually create my work from home. I have a studio space in my house, but I’ll work anywhere: outside on nice days, as a passenger on a road trip, etc.

My background is in art and Art Education. I got started in jewelry making when I decided I would rather design my own jewelry than buy it. I tend to think that way with a lot of things, its just part of my creative, practical, and frugal nature.

 

2. How did you come up with the name, Rough Gem?

I have been a maker of many things in many venues under many different names (I sew, make ceramic work, I sell vintage, I make jewelry, etc.) I needed a name that I felt unified everything at one fell swoop. Rough Gem (also The Rough Gem) was a perfect name because it just worked with everything on different levels, along with describing myself.

 

3. How do you create your work?

With my hands, small tools, and small parts. Also gems, stones, crystal, fabric, metal, and the like are helpful.

 

4. What is the inspiration for your work?

When I browse for supplies, I’m inspired mainly by what I see potential in. Colorful stones or gems, for example, can get my mind working in what I could create with them, then going through trial and error in my head will determine if there is good reason to buy it. I can’t say sunsets or “ideas” or ethereal things inspire me, just what I see with my eyes.

 

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5. As a small business owner, what is one piece of advice you would share with other small business owners?

Always be kind. Even If someone criticizes your work, that’s fine. You can’t please everyone, just enjoy what you do.

 

6. What is a quote that you personally live by, or you have shared with others for inspiration?

There are two secrets to success:

1. Never tell everything you know.

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7. Why did you choose to join aftcra, and what do you enjoy about the community? 

I chose to join because I saw there was a venue that valued handmade, American-made products in a time when cheap, mass produced, foreign junk reigns king. The aftcra community has been a great place filled with positive people, as far as I’ve experienced.

 

8. What does “handmade” and “handcrafted” mean to you?

To me, if something is called “handmade” I expect it to be exactly that: hand made. There is so much to value in the work made by hand – the vision, the quality, the time, the investment, the successes and the failures. All of that from one person for you to love, give, or admire.

 

Get regular updates from Tami and Rough Gem! Connect with their social profiles here:

Twitter: @CrankHeartPony

Instagram: @the_rough_gem

 

Want to get featured on aftcra’s homepage! Interested in becoming aftcra’s Featured Store of the month? Send an email to info@aftcra.com and we will send you the requirements. All requests will be considered to become the next aftcra Featured Store.

Have you checked out aftcra yet?  Discover handmade goods from American artisans at aftcra.

 

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts for Everyone – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Can’t find the perfect gift? Need to get something for that tough-to-find-a-gift-for person (gheez, we all have those people on our lists)? Well fret no more – the aftcra team has crafted (what!) and curated a list of great gift ideas for anyone and everyone on your list. From sassy coffee mugs to planters, custom long-distance state map wall prints to reclaimed artwork you’re bound to find something intriguing and interesting.

This list is full of extraordinary handcrafted gifts all made by artisans in America. We can’t get enough of them! And we won’t tell if you plan to keep some of these gifts for yourself – we wouldn’t blame you.


Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Wayne Gretzky Michael Scott Quote Mug - The Office tv Show

1. Wayne Gretzky Coffee Mug

Handmade in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/16959/wayne-gretzky-michael-scott-quote-mug-the-office-tv-show-pop-culture-coffee-cup-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 


Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Wine cork letter B | monogram letter | wine cork crafts | decorat

2. Wine Cork Letter Monogram

Handmade in Michigan

Price: $16.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/jnjstudios/listing/121029/wine-cork-letter-b-monogram-letter-wine-cork-crafts-decorative-letters

 


Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - State Friendship Distance Mug:16 oz Custom Mug

3. Long-Distance Coffee Mugs

Handmade in Texas

Price: $17.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/MorningBluesShop/listing/133477/state-friendship-distance-mug16-oz-custom-mug

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Stained Natural Wood Wine Bottle and Glass Holder Oak

4. Stained Wood Wine Bottle and Glass Holder

Handmade in Virginia

Price: $20.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/134271/stained-natural-wood-wine-bottle-and-glass-holder-oak

 


Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Painted Mason Jars - Gold Jars- Wedding Centerpiece - Home Decor

5. Gold Painted Mason Jar Trio

Handmade in Michigan

Price: $21.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/pinkbirdie/listing/40076/painted-mason-jars-gold-jars-wedding-centerpiece-home-decor-office-organizer-rustic-centerpieces-flower-vases

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Black Cat head tote bag, french, le chat, german, reusable canvas

6. Black Cat Tote

Handmade in Florida

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/17468/black-cat-head-tote-bag-french-le-chat-german-reusable-canvas-tote-bag-grocery-bag-natural-cream-gift-for-cat-lover-gift-for-teacher

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Modern Industrial Black and White Concrete Planter

7. Modern Black and White Industrial Concrete Planter

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138737/black-and-white-concrete-planter-cement-pot

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - I Love You From Here to Oahu Painting

8. I Love You From Here to Oahu Print

Handmade in the USA

Price: $79.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/artofnelson/listing/117119/free-shipping-oahu-art-hawaii-art-surf-tropical-art-beach-art-tiki-original-painting-beach-surfing-surfer-surfboard-unique-art-exotic-art

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Home State Wall Art - State Outline Art - Unique Wall Art

9. Home State Wall Art

Handmade in Michigan

Price: $38.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Embitchery/listing/128129/home-state-wall-art-state-outline-art-unique-wall-art-home-decor-signs-fun-wall-art-oregon-art-california-art-living-room-art

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Birthday

10. Wooden Nightstand Valet w/ Personalization Detail

Handmade in Virginia

Price: $39.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/134275/oak-wood-valet-iphone-galaxy-charging-stand-nightstand-dock-graduation-fathers-day-birthday-for-him

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Modern. Pallet Wood. Repurposed. Recycled. Reclaimed Wood

11. Reclaimed Pallet Painted Clock

Handmade in the USA

Price: $50.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/terrafirma79/listing/609/modern-pallet-wood-repurposed-recycled-reclaimed-wood-wall-clock-sky-blue-nautical-numbers-great-gift-beach-house

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - State Love Wood cutout hand cut and stained to your gallery wall

12. Custom Wood State with Burned City Heart

Handmade in Virginia

Price: $54.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/152975/custom-wood-state-with-heart

 


Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - 18x8 Custom Family Name Sign - Rustic Wedding Sign with Establis

13. Custom Wedding Sign

Handmade in Idaho

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/jetmakstudios/listing/136180/18×8-custom-family-name-sign-rustic-wedding-sign-with-established-date-rustic-black

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Block Print Decorative Throw Pillow - Quail Print Cushion Cover

14. Quail Screenprint Throw Pillow

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/152893/block-print-decorative-throw-pillow-quail-print-cushion-cover-natural-linen

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Striped Indigo Shibori Pillow Cover- Navy Blue Throw Pillow Cover

15. Striped Navy and Indigo Shibori Pillow Cover

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $70.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/24067/striped-indigo-shibori-pillow-cover-navy-blue-throw-pillow-cover-with-hand-dyed-stripes-20×20

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Yellow and Turquoise Raindrop Pillow - 12x22 Lumbar cushion

16. Yellow and Turquoise Raindrop Pillow

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $87.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/152849/yellow-and-turquoise-raindrop-pillow-12×22-lumbar-cushion-with-applique-raindrops-in-turquoise-teal-and-indigo-on-yellow-linen

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Personalized Subway Canvas Art Family Name - Custom Wall Hanging

17. Personalized Subway Canvas Art

Handmade in Idaho

Price: $97.00

Link: http://www.aftcra.com/jetmakstudios/listing/136174/personalized-subway-canvas-art-family-name-custom-wall-hanging-sign-decor-12×24

 

 

Unique Christmas 2015 Gifts - All Handmade and USA Made - Don't Worry About A Thing - Bob Marley Art Wall Hanging & Rustic

18. Don’t Worry About a Thing Wall Print

Handmade in Idaho

Price: $34.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/jetmakstudios/listing/136185/dont-worry-about-a-thing-bob-marley-art-wall-hanging-rustic-home-decor

 

 

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Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Shhh, we’ll let you in on a secret. We’ve been talking to Santa, and he’s been giving us some hints this year as to what you should be giving those little ones for Christmas. We’ve got a heads up and have a list of completely handcrafted gifts that are all made in America in aftcra’s Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies gift guide!

Did we mention that all of these gifts are 100% handmade and 100% made in the USA? So don’t worry about anything being made overseas … we’ve got you covered.

 


Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Sparkly Red Bow with Silver Elastic Girls Headband for Newborn Girl

1. Sparkly Red Bow for Little Girls (also available in gold)

Handmade in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/rosesandrocketships/listing/37595/sparkly-red-bow-with-silver-elastic-girls-headband-for-newborn-girls-toddler-girls-kid-girls-tween-girls-teed-girls-and-adults

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Girl Turban Baby Headband - Baby Turban Headband Pink and White Stripes

2. Pink and White Striped Baby Turban

Handmade in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/rosesandrocketships/listing/37499/girl-turban-baby-headband-baby-turban-headband-baby-girl-headwrap

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Books may well be only the true magic poster

3. Books Poster

Handmade in California

Price: $13.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/martymay/listing/142688/books-poster

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - I Love You More Than Cheese Toddler T-Shirt

4. I Love You More Than Cheese Toddler Tee

Handmade in Florida

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/zanydudesigns/listing/138908/i-love-you-more-than-cheese-toddler-t-shirt

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Handcrafted Wooden Toy Blue Airplane

5. Wooden Toy Blue Airplane

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mccoytoys/listing/11648/toy-blue-airplane-handcrafted-wooden-toy-blue-airplane

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Handcrafted Wooden Toy Acrobat

6. Wooden Toy Acrobat

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mccoytoys/listing/18662/toy-acrobat-handcrafted-wooden-toy-acrobat

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Camo Minky Travel Pillowcase

7. Camo Minky Travel Pillowcase

Handmade in Idaho

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sugardoodle/listing/107707/12×16-pillowcase-minky-pillowcase-travel-pillow-pillow-cover-childrens-pillowcase-bedding-camouflage-pillowcase-true-timber

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Rainbow Girl Pink Purple Blue Pink Tutu

8. Girl’s Handmade Tutu

Handmade in Idaho

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Mytutucuteboutique/listing/121309/baby-girl-tutu-birthday-tutu-rainbow-tutu-colorful-tulle-tutu-baby-tutu-toddler-tutu-baby-tutu-infant-tutu-ready-to-ship-pink-tutu

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - All States 'Roots' Cotton Baby One Piece Bodysuit Onesie State Onesie

9. “Roots” Onesie – All States Available

Handmade in the USA

Price: $17.90

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7186/all-states-roots-cotton-baby-one-piece-bodysuit-infant-girl-and-boy

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Boys Star Wars Han's Fastest Hunk of Junk Tee

10. Boys Funny Star Wars Tee

Handmade in California

Price: $22.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mixedtees/listing/147151/boys-star-wars-hans-fastest-hunk-of-junk-tee

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Red Cat CHILDREN T shirt, black cat silhouette, black cat shirt hipster shirt kids tee

11. Red Cat Hipster Shirt

Handmade in Florida

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/17463/red-cat-children-t-shirt-black-cat-silhouette-black-cat-shirt-childrens-clothes-cool-kids-shirts-gift-for-cat-lover-daughter-son-niece

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Baby & Toddler Harem Pants pick your fabric hipster kids clothes handmade

12. Baby and Toddler Harem Pants

Handmade in Utah

Price: $24.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/looptyloodesigns/listing/150590/harem-pants-vintage-graybuffalo-plaid-black-white-baby-pants-handmade-baby-girl-baby-boy-sizes-newborn-5t-8-patterns

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Snap Fabric Pacifier Clips in Fabric of your choice

13. Snapped Pacifier Clips

Handmade in Texas

Price: $26.25

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sugarrushcreative/listing/138677/snap-fabric-pacifier-clips

 


Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - 5 piece personalized boy or girl name letter wood blocks

14. 5-Piece Personalized Name Blocks

Handmade in Pennsylvania

Price: $26.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/applejackdesigns/listing/145475/5-piece-wood-letter-sign-shelf-blocks-personalized-boys-girls-kids-name-primitive-country-rustic-fox-woodland-animal-car-butterfly-flower

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - High Waist Bloomer - Neon Pink Polka Dot with Neon Pink Bow

15. High-Waisted Hot Pink Bloomers

Handmade in Utah

Price: $30.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/looptyloodesigns/listing/139737/high-waist-bloomer-neon-pink-polka-dot-with-neon-pink-bow

Buy the Black Version here: http://www.aftcra.com/looptyloodesigns/listing/139698/high-waist-bloomer-black-gingham-with-black-bow

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Kids Elf Winter Pixie toddler Hat with Strings 1 to 2 year olds Hipster winter hat kids fashion

16. Elf Baby Winter Hat

Handmade in Michigan

Price: $32.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/boondocksbabies/listing/550/kids-elf-winter-pixie-toddler-hat-with-strings-1-to-2-year-olds-winter-hats-for-children

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Holiday Stocking Hat and Diaper Cover Set

17. Baby Christmas Hat and Diaper Cover

Handmade in Utah

Price: $39.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/looptyloodesigns/listing/139742/holiday-stocking-hat-and-diaper-cover-set

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Knit hat by sweetpeatoad Hipster kids beanie hat

18. Knit Hipster School Hat

Handmade in Texas

Price: $42.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sweetpeatoad/listing/152719/school-hat

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Little Bear Cream Knit Baby Hat Newborn

19. Little Bear Baby Knit Hat

Handmade in Texas

Price: $50.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sweetpeatoad/listing/152718/little-bear

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - LIttle Lamb Baby knit hat in grey winter hat

20. Little Lamb Baby Knit Hat

Handmade in Texas

Price: $50.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sweetpeatoad/listing/153056/little-lamb

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Kids and Babies - Handbuilt Wooden Tricycle Handmade made in the USA kids toy

21. Woody Bicycle for Kids

Handmade in New Jersey

Price: $500.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/WoodyBicycles/listing/148170/handbuilt-wooden-tricycle

 

 

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Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Ditch the traditional tie, money clip or tools for Christmas when you’re buying a gift for him. Let’s spice it up a bit with something that matches his hobbies, personality or his straight up funk. aftcra has put together a list of Christmas 2015 gifts for him – full of all handmade, all made in the USA gift idea that is sure to leave your guy loving your thoughtfulness.

Don’t see something that really gets him? We’ve also got a gift idea list for everyone. Check it out and see if you’ll find something cool for him.

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Wisconsin Green and Gold Beer, Cheese & Good Company


1. Wisconsin Beer, Cheese and Good Co. Tee

Handmade in Florida

Price: $11.20

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/zanydudesigns/listing/138890/on-sale-wisconsin-green-and-gold-beer-cheese-good-company-t-shirt

 

 


Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica Mug - The Office tv Show Coffee Mug

2. Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica – The Office Quote Mug

Handmade in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/15057/bears-beets-battlestar-galactica-mug-the-office-tv-show-pop-culture-coffee-cup-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - 2 Pack- Citrus Ale Beer Soap, Exfoliant Soap, Handmade Soap, All

3. Citrus Ale Beer Soap (set of 2)

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $16.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/115266/2-pack-citrus-ale-beer-soap-exfoliant-soap-handmade-soap-all-natural-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap


 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Handmade Leather Key Fob w: Monogram

4. Handmade Custom Leather Key Fob

Handmade in California

Price: $17.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19505/handmade-leather-key-fob-w-monogram-customizable-hand-cut-stained

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Stainless steel bottle opener Dad Established

5. Hand-stamped Custom Bottle Opener

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/125104/handstamped-bottle-opener-keychain-personalized-keychain-in-stainless-steel-gift-for-him-wedding-party-gift-gift-for-dad

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Personalized Custom Hand Stamped Superhero Key Chain Batman

6. My Dad is My Superhero Keychain

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135562/personalized-custom-hand-stamped-superhero-key-chain-with-personalized-bats-stamped-keychain-bat-keychain-dad-daddy-key-chain

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Men's Cover Me Im Reloading Tee Geek Computer

7. Cover Me I’m Reloading Tee

Handmade in California

Price: $22.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mixedtees/listing/1944/mens-cover-me-tee

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Bear Fire Tee Hipster Tee Screenprint

8. Hipster Bear Fire Tee

Handmade in California

Price: $22.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/martymay/listing/142709/bear-fire-tee-mens

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - love you more copper cufflinks for dad

9. Hand-stamped Custom Copper Cufflinks

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $23.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/127582/hand-stamped-copper-cuff-links-58-inch-love-you-more-7th-anniversary-copper-gift

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - growler holder wooden beer caddy craft brew

10. Wooden Growler Holder

Handmade in California

Price: $25.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/clampwoodworking/listing/120781/growler-holder

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Personalized Golf Ball Marker - Brown Leather Keychain Case

11. Personalized Golf Ball Marker

Handmade in Tennesse

Price: $25.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135457/personalized-golf-ball-marker-brown-leather-keychain-case-mens-gift-grooms-gift-grandpa-dad-tap-that-golfer-gift-golf-marker

 


Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Personalized Garage sign - Man cave - Pub Bar sign

12. Man Cave Sign

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $30.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mvwoodworks/listing/145287/personalized-garage-sign-man-cave-pub-bar-sign-business-sign-valentine-gift-for-him-7-x-18

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Mens black wool fingerless gloves, made to order

13. Men’s Black Wool Fingerless Gloves

Handmade in Pennsylvania

Price: $32.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/LambsEars/listing/32575/mens-black-wool-fingerless-gloves-made-to-order

* Other colors also available

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Bottle cap catcher personalized. Man cave

14. Personalized Bottle Cap Catcher

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $38.95

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mvwoodworks/listing/145266/bottle-cap-catcher-personalized-man-cave-fathers-day-gift-for-him-wooden-beer-pub-sign-groomsmen-wedding-gift

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case with custom monogram

15. Handmade Custom Leather Eyeglass Case

Handmade in California

Price: $50.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19534/handmade-leather-eyeglass-case-customized-monogram-hand-sewn-stained

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - HandStitched Slim Card Case Leather Wallet

16. Hand-Stitched Slim Card Leather Wallet

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $68.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/dunole/listing/13528/mens-brown-leather-wallet-card-case-classic-horween-handstitch

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Mens US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet, iPhone 5, 5c, 5s & 6

17. Handmade US Military Black Leather Wallet

Handmade in California

Price: $79.95

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10868/mens-us-military-deluxe-trifold-wallet-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-carrier-genuine-leather-marines-air-force-army-navy-vets

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Handmade Leather Bifold Wallet Customized cognac nude leather

18. Handmade Cognac Leather Wallet

Handmade in California

Price: $90.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19528/handmade-leather-bifold-wallet-customizable-hand-cut-sewn-stained

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Handmade book bound in goatskin

19. Handmade Book with Wood and Leather

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $180.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/jonathandaybookart/listing/2765/handmade-book-bound-in-goatskin

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Silver tie clip using your own child's artwork

20. Custom Tie Clip with Children’s Artwork

Handmade in Virginia

Price: $199.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/formiadesign/listing/1385/silver-tie-clip-using-your-own-childs-artwork

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Interchangeable Ring with Deer Antler and Cocobolo Wood Inlays

21. Interchangeable Wood and Antler Ring

Handmade in Minnesota

Price: $373.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/jewelrybyjohan/listing/38792/interchangeable-ring-with-deer-antler-and-cocobolo-wood-inlays-in-titanium-interchangeable-jewelry

 

 

Christmas 2015 Gifts for Him - Mokume Gane Cobalt Ring with Dinosaur Bone and Meteorite in a Titanium

22. Cobalt Ring with Dinosaur Bone and Meteorite

Handmade in Minnesota

Price: $1126.00

Buy This Here: http://www.aftcra.com/jewelrybyjohan/listing/38852/mokume-gane-cobalt-ring-with-dinosaur-bone-and-meteorite-in-a-titanium-band-cobaltium-mokume-ring

 

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