Unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Him – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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Spice up your gift giving this Christmas when you’re buying a gift for him, and let us help you find a gifts that matches his hobbies, personality or your love for him. aftcra has put together a list of unique Christmas 2016 gifts for him – full of all handmade, all made in the USA gift idea that is sure to leave your guy loving your thoughtfulness.

If you’re not seeing something that’ll wow your man, be sure to check back often as we’ll be frequently adding new gift ideas to this unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Him list!

 

Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica Mug from The Office-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

1. “Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica” Mug from The Office

Handmade by Silver Spider Print Shop in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://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

 

Mens Custom Leather Cuff-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

2. Men’s Custom Leather Cuff

Handmade by StudioJewel in Indiana

Price: $172.00

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

 

Horween Tannery's Essex vegetable-tanned leather toiletry case dopp kit-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

3. Horween Tannery’s Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Toiletry Case Dopp Kit

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $48.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/GruffwoodStudios/listing/218559/leather-toiletry-case-leather-travel-bag-leather-dopp-kit-mens-leather-toiletry-bag

 

Black Concrete Coasters - Set of 3-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

4. Black Concrete Coasters – Set of 3

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138735/black-concrete-coasters-set-of-3

 

Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Birthday-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

5. Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock Birthday

Handmade by PlayAllDay in Virginia

Price: $59.99

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Playallday/listing/216935/personalized-oak-wood-valet-iphone-galaxy-charging-stand-nightstand-dock-graduation

 

Boston Map Coasters-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

6. Boston Map Coasters

Handmade by Carolina Cottage in Florida

Price: $30.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/carolinacottage/listing/211311/boston-map-coasters

 

Custom Wooden Bar Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

7. Custom Wooden Bar Sign

Handmade by Callahan Creations in Utah

Price: $74.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Callahancreationsllc/listing/224034/wood-bar-sign-wooden-pub-sign-pub-decor-bar-decor-restaurant-sign-custom-bar-sign-business-sign-custom-pub-sign-pine-sign-beer-sign

 

State Roots Tee – Available in All States - State Home Tee-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

8. State Roots Tee – Available in All States

Handmade by Seven Miles per Second in the USA

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/1086/state-roots-tri-blend-track-t-shirt-unisex-tee-shirts-size-s-m-l-xl

 

Custom Runner Nutcracker - All Nutcrackers Customizable-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

9. Custom Runner Nutcracker (All Nutcrackers Customizable)

Handmade by Really Cool Nutcrackers in North Carolina

Price: $150.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/ReallyCoolNutcrackers/listing/160682/click-here-to-customize-a-runner-nutcracker

 

Georgia Bulldogs Cornhole Set with Bean Bags-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

10. Georgia Bulldogs Cornhole Set with Bean Bags

Handmade by Cornhole by Blake in Georgia

Price: $180.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cornholebyblake/listing/220087/georgia-bulldogs-cornhole-set-with-bean-bags

 

Camping Shirt - Camping Is In Tents Shirt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

11. Camping Shirt – Camping Is In Tents Shirt

Handmade by 7 ate 9 in Washington

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/7ate9/listing/221577/camping-shirt-camping-is-in-tents-shirt-mens-grey-t-shirt-camping-hiking-outdoors-mountain-nature-tee-funny-humorous-t-shirt

 

Herbivore vs Carnivore Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

12. Herbivore vs Carnivore Sign

Handmade by Honeysuckle and Pine in Pennsylvania

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/HoneysuckleAndPine/listing/209162/herbivore-vs-carnivore

 

Hand-Stamped Stainless Steel Coordinates Keychain-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

13. Hand-Stamped Stainless Steel Coordinates Keychain

Handmade by The Azure Rose in Delaware

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150798/hand-stamped-stainless-steel-circle-coordinates-key-chain

 

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14. Leather Mason Jar Sleeve

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GruffwoodStudios/listing/218569/leather-jar-sleeveleather-mason-jar-sleeve-mason-jar-cozy-leather-jar-cozy

 

Custom Leather Luggage Tag - Topo Tag-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

15. Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Handmade by American Bench Craft in Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156519/topo-tag-custom-leather-luggage-tag

 

Custom Engraved Wooden Coasters Set of 6 Personalized-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

16. Custom Engraved Wooden Coasters – Set of 6

Handmade by Hanson Tool & Fabrication LLC

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/hansontoolandfab/listing/207712/custom-engraved-coasters-wood-set-of-6-personalized

 

11x14 All Gave Some, Some Gave All Military Picture Frame-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

17. 11×14 All Gave Some, Some Gave All Military Picture Frame

Handmade by Legacy Images in Indiana

Price: $39.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/175484/11×14-all-gave-some-some-gave-all-military-picture-frame

 

Upcycled Fire Hose Sling Pack-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

18. Upcycled Fire Hose Sling Pack

Handmade by Kettuak in Alaska

Price: $130.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/kettuak/listing/208164/shoulder-pack-fire-hose-bag-sling-pack-recycled-fire-hose-upcycled-bag-backpack

 

Mens Leather Herringbone Bracelet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

19. Men’s Herringbone Leather Bracelet

Handmade by American Bench Craft in Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156524/herringbone-bracelet

 

Mens Fire Department Deluxe Leather Trifold Wallet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

20. Mens Fire Department Deluxe Leather Trifold Wallet

Handmade by American Craftsman 10 in California

Price: $79.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10866/mens-fire-dept-deluxe-trifold-wallet-apple-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-carrier-genuine-leather

 

Airplane Notebooks 2 pack-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

21. Airplane Notebooks 2 pack

Handmade by DangBat Industries in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/dangbatindustries/listing/224212/airplane-notebooks-2-pack-35in-x-5in-pocket-notebook-handcrafted-journal-diary-sketchbook-gift-set-handmade-kraft-premium-notebook-no-logos

 

Handmade Leather Key Holder: Utility Clip for keychains and belt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

22. Handmade Leather Key Holder/ Utility Clip for keychains and belt

Handmade by Grits n’ Hokum in California

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19509/handmade-leather-key-holder-utility-clip-for-keychains-and-belt-loops-1-wide-saddle-snap-heavy-duty

 

Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case Custom Monogram-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

23. Handmade Leather Custom Monogram Eyeglass Case

Handmade by Grits n’ Hokum in California

Price: $50.00

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

 

Men's Personalized Keychain - Personalized Hand Stamped Batman Keychain-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Him-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Him

24. Men’s Personalized Keychain – Personalized Hand Stamped Batman Keychain

Handmade by Like Mother, Like Daughter Hand Stamped Jewelry in Tennessee

Price: $19.95

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/217074/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-bat-keychain-you-are-my-superhero-bat-superhero-key-chain-valentines-day-gift

 

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25. Custom Leather State Wallet

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $48.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177144/mens-custom-leather-wallet-hand-stamped-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-dark-brown-color

 

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26. Luggage Tags Leather Luggage Tags Custom Luggage Tags

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177148/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-tan-color

 

 

 

 

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Unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her – All Handcrafted, All Made in USA

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You want to make her holiday, and we don’t blame you. Get her a completely unique gift (made with love) for the holidays – and let aftcra be your little helper! We have come up with our list of unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her – a list of some of our favorite products. All of the products on this list are handmade AND made in America by talented artisans, so each gift is not only unique, but handcrafted with love for the loved one in your life.

Don’t see something that she’ll go ga-ga for? Check back often as we’ll be updating this unique Christmas 2016 Gifts for Her guide regularly with new ideas that’ll be right up her ally.

 

Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Concrete Coasters with Gold-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

1. Concrete Coasters with Gold

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $27.50

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

 

Gray and Silver Concrete Planter-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

2. Gray and Silver Concrete Planter

Handmade by BadseedStudio in Wisconsin

Price: $16.00

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

 

Narwhal Embroidered Handkerchief-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

3. Narwhal Embroidered Handkerchief

Handmade by WrenbirdArts in Washington

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/wrenbirdarts/listing/161447/embroidered-narwhal-sea-unicorn-original-hand-embroidery-narwhal-gift-by-wrenbirdarts-on-etsy

 

Felted wool heart ornaments, set of 5, Natural White, heart theme-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

4. Felted wool heart ornaments, set of 5

Handmade by House of Moss in Oregon

Price: $22.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/houseofmoss/listing/216898/felted-wool-heart-ornaments-set-of-5-natural-white-heart-theme-decor-mini-christmas-tree-ornament-valentines-day-decor-white-heart

 

Keychain ID Wallet - Credit Card Key Holder Wallet - Blue Plaid-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

5. Blue Plaid Keychain Wallet

Handmade by Crooked Smile Creations in Florida

Price: $19.99

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/CrookedSmileCreations/listing/206052/keychain-id-wallet-credit-card-key-holder-wallet-blue-plaid

 

Red Plaid Infinity Scarf-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

6. Red Plaid Infinity Scarf

Handmade by ForgottenCotton in Wyoming

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21621/red-and-white-plaid-flannel-infinity-scarf

 

Mint Jade Beaded Necklace-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

7. Mint Jade Beaded Necklace

Handmade by Less is More Jewelry in Texas

Price: $36.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/lessismorejewelry/listing/205742/beaded-necklace-mint-jade-necklace-mint-gemstone-necklace-mint-bar-necklace-mint-beads-necklace-mint-gold-necklace-mint-jade-smile

 

To Me You Are Perfect Love Actually Mug-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

8. “To Me You Are Perfect” Love Actually Mug

Handmade by Silver Spider Print Shop in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/174631/to-me-you-are-perfect-inspired-by-love-actually-cute-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

 

Cream Large Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

9. Large Chunky Cream Knit Infinity Scarf

Handmade by Guy Piper in Virginia

Price: $75.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/guypiper/listing/224073/infinity-scarf-no-1-in-oatmeal-wool-blend-circle-scarf-cowl-scarf-chunky-knit-scarf-hooded-scarf-ready-to-ship (SOLD OUT!)

Other option from Guy Piper: http://www.aftcra.com/guypiper/listing/224084/infinity-scarf-no-1-wool-blend-circle-scarf-circle-scarf-chunky-scarf-choose-your-color-made-to-order ** Specify color as oatmeal

 

 

Horween Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Tote Bag-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

10. Horween Essex Vegetable-Tanned Leather Tote Bag

Handmade by Gruffwood Studios in Ohio

Price: $94.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/148090/statement-necklace-gemstonenecklace-carnelian-necklace-geometric-jewelry-statement-jewelry-colorful-statement-jewelry-fall-jewelry

 

Tribal Feather Pocket Notebook-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

11. Tribal Feather Pocket Notebook (2 pack)

Handmade by DangBat Industries in Washington

Price: $10.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/dangbatindustries/listing/224224/tribal-feather-notebooks-2-pack-35in-x-5in-pocket-notebook-handcrafted-journal-diary-sketchbook-gift-set-handmade-kraft-premium-logo-free

 

State 'Made' Maternity T-Shirt-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

12. State ‘Made’ Maternity T-Shirt – Available in All States

Handmade by Seven Miles per Second in the USA

Price: $26.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7276/state-made-maternity-t-shirt-s-m-l-xl-2xl-3xl

 

Starry Night Mountain Cuff-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

13. Starry Night Mountain Cuff

Handmade by Butterfly Sundries in Washington

Price: $61.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/ButterflySundries/listing/20783/starry-night-mountain-cuff-beautiful-world-collection-available-in-brass-or-copper

 

Hipster Mountain Bracelet-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

14. Mountain Bracelet

Handmade by Cynical Redhead in Illinois

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cynicalredhead/listing/160881/mountain-bracelet

 

Wooden Fashionable Jewelry Organizer-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

15. Wooden Fashionable Jewelry Organizer

Handmade by The Wooden Corner in New Jersey

Price: $132.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/TheWoodenCorner/listing/210990/all-in-one-jewelry-board-wooden-wall-hanging-jewelry-shelf

 

Perfect Thickness Cookie and Pizza Dough roller-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

16. Perfect Thickness Cookie and Pizza Dough Roller

Handmade by Fyerfyeter in Virginia

Price: $65.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Wood/listing/165011/perfect-thickness-cookie-and-pizza-dough-roller

 

Handmade Brooch Toast Pin Bread Cute Kawaii-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

17. Handmade Brooch Toast Pin Bread Cute Kawaii

Handmade by Catherine Bradly Arts in Georgia

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/catherinebradlyarts/listing/205249/handmade-brooch-toast-pin-bread-cute-kawaii-clay-jewelry-artisan-accessory

 

Grow Old Along With Me - Wood Sign-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

18. Grow Old Along With Me – Wood Sign

Handmade by from a little birdie in Ohio

Price: $45.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/fromalittlebirdie/listing/211214/grow-old-along-with-me-wood-sign-home-decor-sign-decorative-wood-sign-fixer-upper-sign-living-room-decor-handmade-wood-sign

 

Pro Cat Funny Tank Top-Christmas-2015-Gifts-for-Her-Handmade-USA-Made-Gift-Ideas-For-Her

19. Pro Cat Funny Tank Top

Handmade by The Feline Boutique in Florida

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/134706/white-racerback-flecked-and-black-cat-tank-top-funny-cat-shirt-black-cat-yoga-clothes-hipster-cat-tshirt-teen-girl-crazy-cat-lady

 

Desk organizer and mason jar holder

20. Desk Organizer and Mason Jar Holder

Handmade by Honeysuckle and Pine in Pennsylvania

Price: $60.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/HoneysuckleAndPine/listing/205776/5-section-desk-organizermason-jar-holder

 

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21. Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade by Thistle and Thread Designs in Kentucky

Price: $56.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190633/custom-embroidery-personalized-hoop-art-last-name-wall-art-needlepoint-cotton-anniversary-personalized-gift-wedding-gift-for-couple

 

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22. Leather Tote Bag, Diaper Bag, Leather Purse

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $250.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/225832/leather-tote-bag-diaper-bag-leather-purse-leather-bag-large

 

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23. Leather Luggage Tags

Handmade by Red Leaf Leather in Utah

Price: $15.00

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177151/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-womens-christmas-gift-purple-color

 

 

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Meet the Maker: Jen of Nautical Wheeler

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This nautical-inspired handmade jewelry shop is everything that summer is about – just a look through the collection gives you all of the beach feels you can get. From simple wave bracelets to more detailed feather rings, every piece quickly becomes a summer staple that can be layered upon, or left to star on it’s own. We want to share the story behind Nautical Wheeler, the shop focused on beach jewelry wear.

Let’s get to know Jen and the story behind the Nautical Wheeler (visit the aftcra shop here)!

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Hi, I’m Jen from Nautical Wheeler Jewelry (shop here) and I handcraft nautical and beach inspired jewelry for mermaids and gypsy souls.

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I live in New England and work from home. I think it’s especially important that when you work from home, you make your office a place you really want to be. I’ve filled my office with pieces that inspire me and remind me of the beach. I always keep seaside treasures nearby, like seashells and driftwood, just in case I need a little added inspiration.

What is your background? How did you get started in your line of work?

I’ve been doing metalwork for 4 years but jewelry making for well over 10 years!

I’ve been very lucky to have family in the jewelry industry. I studied metalwork under my aunt who was a goldsmith for over 40 years. I taught myself other kinds of jewelry making skills, like knotting techniques and beading but found my true passion in metalwork.

How did you come up with the name of your shop?

I wanted a name that rang true to who I was and what I loved. A nautical wheeler is a person who builds ships and is a sailor at heart. Having spent most of my childhood on boats and out at sea this expression really spoke to me.

How do you create your work?

My process starts with an idea. Sometimes it’s easy to bring an idea to life, other times it takes several rough drafts before I get it looking the way I pictured. I usually start by either hand-sawing a sheet of Sterling silver or balling small pieces of silver together. The item is now just a soft notion of what I want it to be. So I’ll go in with metal filers and a variety of shaping tools to add details and get rid of sharp edges. From there it really depends on what type of jewelry I want the piece to be. If it’s going to be a ring, I’ll handcraft a Sterling band using a torch and solder to attach the two pieces. Next the ring will go through a series of cleaning and polishing until I get it just right. That’s when it’s ready to be wrapped and sent off to one of my lovely customers.

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What is the inspiration for your work?

I grew up in Vancouver and spent every Summer on Vancouver Island. There wasn’t a day in my childhood when I couldn’t smell the salty air, that I wasn’t rummaging on the beach for seaside treasures or out on a boat with friends. I never lost my love for the sea as I grew up and I still find myself drawn to its sandy shores. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what inspires me about the beach. There’s so many different textures and colors, that I always feel like there’s some new form of inspiration. Whether it’s sea glass tumbled by the waves, the glistening water or a small feather found in the sand.

What is your next new exciting project?

I’m planning on doing new designs for Fall/Winter using coastal enamel colors and organic shapes. As soon as the new collection is ready, I’ll be putting it up on Aftcra so stay tuned!

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

The best advice I could give is that if you have a great idea or product, don’t sit on it. Just do it! I thought about creating Nautical Wheeler Jewelry for a year before I finally decided to test the waters. This has always been my biggest regret. There is only so much research you can do, only so many people you can talk to and only so many business plans you can write. At the end of the day you just need to get out there and show people what you’ve got.

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

The quote that has most inspired and motivated me is this one from Roald Dahl, “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

What handmade-related business resources do you use to help improve your business?

Earlier this year I started taking classes on Skillshare. I had read about it from an article in Inc Magazine (another great resource!). I wanted to increase my presence on Instagram and took every class Skillshare had to help figure out what I was doing wrong. A few months later I went from having 60 followers to over 900! I was elated and not just because my follower count had increased, but because I finally felt that my Instagram account reflected the story I was trying to tell through my jewelry line.

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

I love that Aftcra features products handmade in the USA. I think it’s so important to know where your purchases come from and how they’re created. Aftcra really lets you reach out to the creators of products. It’s people dealing with people and I love that!

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

Handmade is an endearing term meaning something that is created from the heart. Everyone should own something handmade, even if it’s just one thing. There’s something special about handmade items that you can feel when you hold them. I think that something special is love. With every piece of jewelry I make, I like to think I send out a little bit of love with it. I think that’s something everyone deserves to have.

Get regular updates from Jen and her shop Nautical Wheeler! Connect with Nautical Wheeler’s social profiles here:

instagram: @nauticalwheeler
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nautical-Wheeler-Jewelry-219673108050946/
pinterest: nauticalwheeler
twitter: @nauticalwheel

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Meet the Maker: Chris and Jason of American Bench Craft

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We wanted to highlight a maker doing some really badass work this month, so we decided to showcase the artisans behind the aftcra shop American Bench Craft. From beautifully crafted leather wallets to handmade leather herringbone manly bracelets, they’ve got everything covered at American Bench Craft. And we’re sure you’ll find something amazing here for the man in your life for Father’s Day! We also really love Chris and Jason’s story behind their shop.

Let’s get to know Chris and Jason and the story behind American Bench Craft (aftcra shop’s here)!

Hello, we are Chris and Jason Angelini of American Bench Craft (aftcra shop). We created custom designed and handcrafted leather goods and accessories, including wallets, cardholders, belts and other high end, ultra durable gift and personalized specialty items.

We have a workshop, offices, storage and fulfillment center in downtown Reading, MA.

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What is your background? How did you two get started in leatherwork?

My brother Jason went to school for engineering and has been designing and creating things since he was young. He used to make furniture for my parents when he was a kid. He began working with leather when his wallet fell apart and designed this wallet that was ultra durable and pretty unique to anything that was on the market. My background is in marketing and film production. We both eventually quit our jobs, and my brother started making these wallets and I started making videos about the wallets and selling them online and that’s how we started the company.

How long has American Bench Craft been around?

My brother designed the original Hammer Riveted Wallet that would build our company in 2013, which is also when we quit our jobs. It took us several months to design a Web site. We officially started selling the Hammer Riveted Wallet through a successful Kickstarter campaign beginning of 2014.

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How did you come up with the name of your shop?

We knew our name had to have American and Craft in it, since all of our products would now and always be handcrafted in the USA. Before we could afford a workshop and warehouse for our company, we were actually making all of the Hammer Riveted Wallets we were selling out of our parent’s garage using an old tool/work bench my brother had made when he was younger, so American Bench Craft seemed appropriate at the time and the name stuck.

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

You really have to spend money to make money, but make sure you’re getting something of value for your hard-earned money. I was doing marketing for other companies before American Bench Craft and I saw how companies that spent good money on marketing were generally bigger, more successful and profitable than companies that were always pinching pennies and looking for the cheapest option. So, I knew we’d have to spend money to remain competitive. The problem is you have to make sure your getting something valuable for the money you’re spending and that’s tricky trying to decipher between who’s calling to sell you something legitimate, and who’s calling just to make a sale without any thought or consideration for you or your company. There was definitely a slow learning curve there and because we bootstrapped our company with no outside investment money or capital, it was a challenge and setbacks were difficult. We learned how to be smarter about business and that along with our products which have always been some of the best on the market has been what I attribute most to our success. We know our customers expect the best products and we strive everyday to put out the best products on the market. And therefore, we expect the best from the people we work, be it companies that supply us with raw materials or provide us with necessary services to operate our company.

How do you create your products?

When we get an idea for a product, we first design it using a CAD program. Once we’re satisfied with the design, we begin prototyping it to see if the design works. Usually, the design needs to be tweaked a few times before we get it right. Prototyping is usually a long, tedious process. However, once we have something that looks good, we test it out for a few months to make sure its functional and we make adjustments along the way. To bring a new product to market is a long arduous process, but crossing that finish line is always worth the time and effort.

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What is the inspiration for your work?

Solving problems and being the best. The first wallet my brother designed and created was done so to solve the age old problem that eventually your wallet will fall apart. My brother had no interest in a metal or plastic wallet, as nothing really beats leather, but he was sick and tired of his wallets falling apart so quickly. We continue to design and create products that solve problems, so that consumers can keep our products forever.

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

We design and create all of our products entirely by hand using only simple hand tools. Even our 8 Ton clicker press runs on good old American muscle, no electrical power. Everything from the cutting, stamping, riveting and finishing is done by hand. That’s what handmade/hand crafted means to us.

What is your next new exciting project?

We’re currently working with our local fire department to design a new, ultra durable holster for their radios, which we are really excited about.

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

“Don’t Count the Days, Make the Days Count” – Muhammed Ali

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

Aftcra seemed the perfect match for us “Crafted by American Hands” so it was an easy decision to join the Aftcra community and being apart of something that focuses solely on handmade goods is what’s most enjoyable.

 

Get regular updates from Jason and Chris and their shop American Bench Craft! Connect with their social profiles here:

Instagram: @BenchCraft

Facebook: facebook.com/hammerridgeproducts

Pinterest: @BenchCraftUSA

Twitter: @BenchCraftUSA

 

 

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Unique Father’s Day Gifts Under $25

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Your dad deserves something awesome, but sometimes your wallet doesn’t reach as far as you’d like it to. But if you give him something thoughtful and special, we’re pretty sure your dad will love it! That’s why we created this list of unique Father’s Day gifts under $25 – all handmade by artisans around the USA. That’s a lot of gift ideas that are extra special and made with a little extra love that your dad is bound to love. From custom fishing lures to cheeky coffee mugs, we’re sure you’ll find something for your dad here.

And check back once in awhile for updates to this gift guide as new products are added to aftcra.com.

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Daddy's Future Hunting Buddy Custom Onesie

Daddy’s Future Hunting Buddy Custom Onesie

Handmade in: Louisiana

Price: $12.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174665/daddys-future-hunting-buddy-custom-onesie-hunting-baby-onesie-deer-oneie-geeky-baby-onesie-custom-baby-onesie-daddy-onesie-deer

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Daddy's Future Fishin Buddy Custom Onesie

Daddy’s Future Fishin’ Buddy Custom Onesie

Handmade in: Louisiana

Price: $12.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174661/daddys-future-fishin-buddy-custom-onesie-custom-baby-onesie-daddy-onesie-fishing-buddy-outdoors-onesie

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Customized Beer Bottle 10oz Soy Wax Candle

Customized Beer Bottle 10oz Soy Wax Candle

Handmade in: Georgia

Price: $13.99

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thriftycraftaholic/listing/180879/assorted-customized-beer-bottle-soy-wax-candle-10oz

 

 

Under 15 Fathers Day - Wayne Gretzky Michael Scott Quote Mug - The Office tv Show

Wayne Gretzky Michael Scott Quote Mug – The Office tv Show

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

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Beer Bar Decor Hoop Art Embroidery Mixed Media

“Where Do You See Yourself in Five Beers” Cheeky Hoop Art

Handmade in: The USA

Price: $17.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/Thistooksewlong/listing/195335/funny-where-do-you-see-yourself-in-5-beers-hand-stitched-modern-embroided-hoop-wall-hanging-decor

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Copper “Daddy You Rock” Guitar Pick

Copper “Daddy You Rock” Guitar Pick / “Play For Me Daddy” Custom Guitar Pick in Copper

Handmade in: Colorado

Price: $18.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120563/copper-guitar-pick-22-gauge-hand-stamped-with-daddy-you-rock-ready-to-ship-gift

OR

http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/123810/play-for-me-daddy-handstamped-copper-guitar-pick

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Stainless Steel Custom Bottle Opener Keychain

Steel Custom Bottle Opener Keychain

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

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Hand stamped stainless steel collar stays personalized gift

Hand-Stamped 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

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - DSLR Camera Wrist Strap - News Print

DSLR Camera Wrist Strap – News Print

Handmade in: Oregon

Price: $19.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183116/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-news-print-ready-to-ship

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Men's Personalized Batman Superhero Keychain

Men’s Personalized Batman Keychain

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/100498/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-bat-keychain-you-are-my-superhero-superhero-keychain-dad-keychain

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Men's Personalized Fishing Lure Keychain

Personalized Fishing Lure Keychain

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135400/mens-personalized-keychain-personalized-hand-stamped-hooked-on-you-key-chain-daddy-we-are-hooked-on-you-fish-keychain-fishies

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Ohio Roots State Tee - All States Available

Ohio Roots State Tee – All States Available

Handmade in: The USA

Price: $22.90

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sevenmilespersecond/listing/7450/red-series-ohio-oh-roots-or-made-tri-blend-track-t-shirt

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Key Fob: Keyring

Handmade Leather Key Fob/Keyring

Handmade in: California

Price: $23.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19524/handmade-leather-key-fob-keyring-34-trigger-snap-multiple-colors-hand-cut-stained

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Police Officer Fathers Day Gift Idea

Police Officer Fathers Day Men’s Necklace

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176706/police-officer-gifts-daddy-daughter-set-police-daughter-necklace-badge-number-hand-stamped-my-daddy-my-hero-necklace-thin-blue-line

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Reclaimed Wooden Tablet or iPhone Stand

Reclaimed Wooden Tablet or iPhone Stand

Handmade in: the USA

Price: $24.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/fwtreasures/listing/171065/rustic-tablet-stand

 

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Stepdad “It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons” Silver Keychain

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $24.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176724/step-dad-gift-stepfather-stepdad-gifts-for-step-dad-hand-stamped-dad-keychain-christmas-gift-for-stepdads-step-son-daughter

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Custom Personalized Golf Ball Marker with Leather Keychain Case

Personalized Golf Ball Marker with Leather Keychain Case

Handmade in: Tennessee

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

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Custom Leather Luggage Tags

Custom Leather Luggage Tags

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $25.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177148/leather-luggage-tags-custom-state-luggage-tags-tan-color

Unique and Handmade Father’s Day Gifts

Unique and Handmade Father's Day Gifts - Handmade gift ideas for him - aftcra - gifts - handcrafted gifts - American made gifts - Made in USA gifts for Fathers Day

If your Dad is awesome, then he deserves something extra special this Father’s Day. Let’s give him something unique, custom and personal from this list of handmade Father’s Day gifts. The best part about this list is that everything was crafted with love from an artisan in the USA. That means that you’re giving your dad two doses of love – a gift made with love, selected with love. You know he’ll love these gifts!

Let’s celebrate our dads with this list of handmade Father’s Day gifts.

 

Fathers Day - I Will Always Be Your Little Girl or Little Boy Picture Frame

I Will Always Be Your Little Girl or Little Boy

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $25.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/142560/8×10-i-will-always-be-your-little-girl-or-little-boy-picture-frame

 

Fathers Day - Men's Custom Leather Wallet

Men’s Minimalist Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $26.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177143/mens-custom-leather-wallet-minimalist-wallet-groomsmen-gift-tan-color

 

 

Fathers Day - Rustic Reclaimed Distressed Pallet Wood Amercan Flag Sign

Rustic Reclaimed Distressed Pallet Wood American Flag Sign

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $26.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194714/handmade-rustic-reclaimed-distressed-pallet-wood-amercan-flag-sign

 

Fathers Day - Gifts For Men, Rustic Bottle Opener, Home Bar Decor

Rustic Bottle Opener

Handmade in: New York

Price: $27.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/160282/rustic-home-decor-wall-bottle-opener-home-bar-decor-wood-home-decor-gifts-for-him-gift-for-men-bottle-opener-man-cave-decor-dad-gift

 

Fathers Day - Military Tribute Plaque - Marine Corps, Army, Navy

Military Tribute Plaque (Marine Corps, Army, Navy)

Handmade in: Indiana

Price: $27.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/142609/military-tribute-plaque-marine-corps-army-navy

 

Fathers Day - Topo Tag -- Custom Leather Luggage Tag Imprinted Unusual Gift

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156519/topo-tag-custom-leather-luggage-tag

 

Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Key Holder

Handmade Leather Key Holder

Handmade in: California

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19509/handmade-leather-key-holder-utility-clip-for-keychains-and-belt-loops-1-wide-saddle-snap-heavy-duty

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Hand Stamped Silver Custom Cuff Links

Hand Stamped Silver Custom Cuff Links

Handmade in: Tennessee

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135344/hand-stamped-personalized-cuff-links-hand-stamped-cuff-links-cufflinks-for-dad-handstamped-cuff-links-wedding-cuff-links

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Leather Herringbone Bracelet

Leather Herringbone Bracelet

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $28.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156524/herringbone-bracelet

 

 

Fathers Day - Life is Better At the River - Rustic River Sign, Cottage Decor, Camping Sign, River Decor

“Life is Better at the River” Plaque

Handmade in: New York

Price: $37.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/175824/rustic-river-sign-life-is-better-at-the-river-camp-sign-cabin-sign-camping-decor-river-decor-distressed-sign-handmade-wooden-sign

 

 

Under 25 Fathers Day - Unique Leather Riveted Cardholder

Unique Leather Riveted Cardholder

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $38.00

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

 

 

Fathers Day - I Love You More Than Tacos Embroidery Hoop Art

I Love You More Than Tacos Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in: Kentucky

Price: $38.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190629/mothers-day-gift-i-love-you-more-than-tacos-best-friend-gift-embroidery-hoop-art-gift-for-him-kitchen-decor-funny-gift-unique-gift

 

 

Fathers Day - Handmade American Jackal:Coyote Leather Keychain

Handmade American Jackal/Coyote Leather Keychain

Handmade in: California

Price: $40.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19512/handmade-american-jackalcoyote-leather-keychain-w-brass-swivel-snap-hand-cut-stained

 

 

Fathers Day - Handmade LSU Tigers Reclaimed Wooden Serving Tray

Handmade LSU Tigers Reclaimed Wooden Serving Tray

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $44.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194250/handmade-hand-painted-lsu-louisiana-state-university-tigers-reclaimed-wooden-serving-tray

 

 

Fathers Day - Jameson Irish Whiskey Liquor Bottle Lamp Accent Light

Jameson Irish Whiskey Liquor Bottle Lamp Accent Light

Handmade in: Connecticut

Price: $44.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/bodaciousbottles/listing/194543/jameson-irish-whiskey-liquor-bottle-lamp-accent-light-bar-man-cave-fathers-day

 

Fathers Day - Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock

Oak Wood Valet Charging Stand Nightstand Dock

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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Men’s Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $55.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177147/mens-custom-leather-wallet-thin-leather-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-dark-brown-color

 

Fathers Day - Handcrafted Wine Rack with Early American Finish

Handcrafted Wine Rack with Early American Finish

Handmade in: Texas

Price: $62.50

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/tdrusticreflections/listing/187928/handcrafted-wine-rack-with-early-american-finish

 

Fathers Day - Working Man's Quality Leather Belt with Interchangeable Buckle

Working Man’s Quality Leather Belt with Interchangeable Buckle

Handmade in: Massachusetts

Price: $68.00

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

 

Fathers Day - Handmade Leather Pocket Knife Holster (((America))) Hand TOOLED

Handmade Leather Pocket Knife Holster (((America))) Hand TOOLED

Handmade in: California

Price: $70.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19520/handmade-leather-pocket-knife-holster-america-hand-tooled-stained-sewn

 

 

Fathers Day - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Leather Wallet

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Custom Leather Wallet

Handmade in: Utah

Price: $79.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177141/mens-leather-wallet-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-wallet-mens-anniversary-gift-mahogany-color

 

 

Fathers Day - Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait for 4 People

Custom Grandkids Portrait for Four People

Handmade in: California

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

 

 

Fathers Day - Mens Window & Zipper Wallet, With 24 in Leather Braided Chains

Men’s Window & Zipper Wallet, With 24 in Leather Braided Chains

Handmade in: California

Price: $94.95

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/5547/mens-window-zipper-wallet-with-24-in-leather-braided-chains-genuine-leather-mens-biker-wallet-durable-wallet-made-in-socal-made-in-usa

 

 

Fathers Day - Hand Painted Reclaimed Pallet Wooden Washington Sign

Hand Painted Reclaimed Pallet Wooden Washington Sign

Handmade in: Florida

Price: $95.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/seasiderelics/listing/194238/hand-painted-reclaimed-pallet-wooden-nfl-football-washington-sign

 

 

Fathers Day - Men's necklace handcrafted from natural shell

Men’s necklace handcrafted from natural shell

Handmade in: Wisconsin

Price: $98.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/jennyhoople/listing/193073/black-sands-mens-necklace

 

Fathers Day - Handmade His and Her Leather Luggage Tags. Personalized

Handmade His and Her Leather Luggage Tags. Personalized

Handmade in: California

Price: $100.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19523/handmade-his-and-her-leather-luggage-tags-personalized-double-sided-set-of-2-hand-sewn-stained

 

 

Fathers Day - Mens US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet with iPhone Holder

Men’s US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet with iPhone Holder

Handmade in: California

Price: $110.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/americancraftsman10/listing/10857/mens-us-military-deluxe-trifold-wallet-iphone-5-5c-5s-6-genuine-leather-18-chrome-chains-key-fob-army-navy-marine-air-force

 

 

Fathers Day - Dog Pet Portrait 5 x 7 Colored Pencil Art

Dog Pet Portrait 5 x 7 Colored Pencil Art

Handmade in: Iowa

Price: $155.00

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/PetPortraitsbyCarla/listing/137211/dog-pet-portrait-5-x-7-colored-pencil-art-by-carla-kurt-cat-dog-horse-memorial

 

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad for Father’s Day

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I think we can all agree, sometimes dads are tough to shop for. I’ve always found the best way to find gifts for the guys in my life is to pinpoint an interest and work backward from there. If he’s a great cook, an apron or some customized utensils would be perfect. Maybe he’s into cars, and would welcome a unique key chain. A movie lover might appreciate a hand-painted popcorn bowl.

The point is, Dad likes something, which means there’s a gift that’s perfect for him. There are so many great handmade artists out there, making exactly what you’re looking for. Be the kid that puts in the thought and effort into finding it, and make it even harder for Dad to not have a favorite. Here’s a list of handmade gifts for Dad for Father’s Day.

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Buzzing The Lake of Geometrees

1. Buzzing the Lake of Geometrees Mounted Print

This fun, retro print would be perfect for a guy who appreciates air travel, or the one who has a soft spot for nostalgia.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/luciajohnson/listing/183579/buzzing-the-lake-of-geometrees-10×10-mounted-print

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Reclaimed Wood Wine Bar

2. Reclaimed Wood Wine Bar

Granted, this would be a big statement gift, but imagine the place of honor this beauty would have in the man cave.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GearGrove/listing/183771/reclaimed-wood-wine-bar

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - DOG Art- Red PUG - Glass MAGNET By Artist A.V.Apostle

3. Red Pug Glass Magnet

Did your dad find a little four-legged buddy to shower his attention on when you moved out? Show your acceptance of your new canine brother with this sweet magnet.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/avapostledesign/listing/176211/dog-art-red-pug-glass-magnet-by-artist-avapostle-2x-2

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case

4. Handmade Leather Eyeglass Case

Here’s a gift to help ease Dad’s pain at having to wear those reading glasses. Especially if he’s the kind of guy who loves his books.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/gritsnhokum/listing/19508/handmade-leather-eyeglass-case-medium-hand-sewn-stained

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Wooden Beer Growler holder

5. Growler Holder

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but beer growlers are HUGE here in Oregon. When your dad takes his to the local shop to have it filled, everyone else will be asking “Where did you get that carrier?”

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clampwoodworking/listing/120781/growler-holder

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - handmade fishing lure- custom gift for the fisherman

6. Handmade Brass Fishing Lure

Make sure Dad is thinking about you when he’s out there trying to land the big one.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/162746/handmade-brass-fishing-lure-personalized-gift-for-him-hand-stamped-gift-for-him-anniversary-gift-groom-gift-custom-mens-gift

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - DSLR Camera Wrist Strap - News Print

7. DSLR Camera Wrist Strap

If your dad is into photography, he might appreciate an easier way to carry his camera. Found in my own shop here on aftcra.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183116/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-news-print-ready-to-ship

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - ready to ship guitar pick for dad Play For Me Daddy Fathers Day Gift Idea

8. Guitar Pick for Dad

You know you love it when dad picks up that guitar to play. Make sure he knows it.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/123810/play-for-me-daddy-handstamped-copper-guitar-pick

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Custom Engraved Rosewood Pocket Knife with Belt Clip

9. Custom Engraved Rosewood Pocket Knife

An outdoorsy dad would appreciate this personalized gift.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21260/custom-engraved-rosewood-pocket-knife-with-belt-clip-scouts-groomsmen-gift-outdoors-hunting-camping-gentlemen-safety

 

Handmade Gifts for Dad - Mens Leather Wallet, Custom Leather Wallet with custom quote or phrase

10. Men’s Leather Wallet

This is the perfect gift for any dad. Slip a gift card inside to make it even better – bonus points if it’s redeemable for lunch with you.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177143/mens-custom-leather-wallet-minimalist-wallet-groomsmen-gift-tan-color

 

CraftyStaci ProfileAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Staci of CraftyStaci

I’ve been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. If there’s a technique I haven’t tried, it’s probably on my wish list. At my blog, Crafty Staci, I share beginner-friendly craft and sewing tutorials, simple recipes, links to fun things I find elsewhere and my successful, and sometimes not-so-successful, attempts at expressing my own creativity. I find that people who haven’t tried it before are occasionally hesitant to take that first step into making things. I try to guide and inspire them to jump in and not be afraid to make mistakes along the way. I hope to encourage others to create and keep handmade alive and well.

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Extraordinary Father’s Day Gifts for the Extraordinary Dad

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Dad. The head of family. The provider. The rock. The coach. The softie. The man – Dad is ‘the man.’ A dad’s role is a full one, and they work hard at it. From the earliest days of the caveman dad their role was to provide for and protect their family while being crafty and resourceful too. Obviously a dad’s role in the today’s family has evolved to include so much more than this – but these basic principles of still often apply in all they do for us. Father’s Day is a great day to find an extraordinary Father’s Day gift that lets that special man in your life know how much you care.

Finding the right gift to really show your appreciation for dad can be a challenge. Of course, homemade coupons for free lawn work or a car wash are always a nice gesture, but sometimes a little something extra is necessary. Whether the dad you’re thinking of this Father’s Day is trendy, outdoorsy, or a good old-fashioned manly-man, Aftcra’s online collection of handmade American products has a selection of gifts perfect for every kind of dad. A handcrafted gift made with great care and craftsmanship will help you express your appreciation to the dad in your life for everything they do. Here are just a few great ideas for three different types of dads to help make any dads day:

 

The ‘On Trend’ Dad

If the dad you’re thinking of is the stylish type, then you now they are on a mission to work hard and look good while doing it. These gift ideas are must haves to help dad make his mission possible:

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Hand stamped personalized tie tack in sterling silver

1. Hand Stamped Personalized Sterling Silver Tie Tack

We know dad already has a great selection of stylish ties in his closet, so this tie tack is the perfect accessory to help him have a complete look.

Buy this tie here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120546/hand-stamped-personalized-tie-tack-in-sterling-silver-lapel-pin-for-men-monogram-initals-custom-gift-accessory

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - 2 Pack-Spiced Stout Beer Soap

2. Spiced Stout Beer Cold Process Soap

Dad is meticulously about his morning man ‘routine,’ as he should be; looking and smelling great helps him take on the day. This manly scented beer soap is just the right thing to start the morning off right.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/171579/2-pack-spiced-stout-beer-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap-beer-soap-exfoliant-soap-handmade-soap-barley-soap

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Personalized Copper Guitar Pick

3. Personalized Copper Guitar Pick

This well cultured dad can do just about anything, and picking up the guitar and strumming a few hits is just another talent he possesses. This guitar pick customized with your own words lets him know how much you appreciate all his skills.

Buy this here:  http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/120563/copper-guitar-pick-22-gauge-hand-stamped-with-daddy-you-rock-ready-to-ship-gift

 

The ‘Sit Back and Relax’ Dad

What dad doesn’t like to stop and relax awhile after a job well done? These gifts help dad take on the hard chore of a little well deserved chill time.

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Wooden Growler holder

1. Wooden Growler Caddy

If dad enjoys one or two cold ones while relaxing, this handcrafted growler caddy allows him to easily tote his favorite craft brews to his desired spot of relaxation.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/clampwoodworking/listing/120781/growler-holder

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Handmade Wood Bench

2. Reclaimed Red Oak Bench

Of course dad will need someplace to sit and take a load off. This handmade natural red oak bench made from fallen trees is the perfect thing for enjoying some quiet time around the campfire.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GearGrove/listing/123835/handmade-wood-bench

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - handmade fishing lure- custom gift for the fisherman

3. Handmade Fishing Lure

What is more relaxing for dad than a day out on the water fishing? This custom, handmade fishing lure is beautiful, meaningful and meant to be used to catch the big one.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/162746/handmade-brass-fishing-lure-personalized-gift-for-him-hand-stamped-gift-for-him-anniversary-gift-groom-gift-custom-mens-gift

 

‘Salt of the Earth’ Dad

He’s one with the earth – a real nature lover who knows the name of every bird, tree, and fish in the creek. Help him stay connected with his passion by giving him something he can use on his adventures, or while dreaming of one.

 

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1. Custom Engraved Pocket Knife

Dad can start a fire without matches and build a shelter in no time flat – he’s a real pioneer. This engraved pocket knife engraved will remind him how much you care while he’s getting the job done.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/legacyimages/listing/21260/custom-engraved-rosewood-pocket-knife-with-belt-clip-scouts-groomsmen-gift-outdoors-hunting-camping-gentlemen-safety

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Field Notes Journal Cover

2. Leather Covered Field Notes Journal

The stories of his explorations in the wild can entertain and inspire us all for generations to come. This leather covered journal is the perfect accessories for dad to keep on hand and record all his amazing adventures.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/AmericanBenchCraft/listing/156522/field-notes-journal-cover

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Walk in the Woods Spritzer

3. Walk in the Woods Spritzer

He loves the forest and the stream, but currently lives in a concrete jungle. Help dad to remember all he loves about nature with this unique woodsy, earthy aromatherapy spritzer. It can be used on the body, clothing or linens.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/brewcitybotanicals/listing/34663/walk-in-the-woods-spritzer

 

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - Cristy of W CollectiveAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Cristy of W. Collective

I’m a lover of all things interior design, a wannabe fashionista, a wine and good food enthusiast, and a dreamer and realist combined. My blog, W. Collective combines all of these passions and provides me an outlet for expressing them.

In my personal time I enjoy spending time exploring new places, learning new things, experiencing new culinary adventures (both at my own hand and the hand of other), learning about people, and spending quality time with my husband, two young sons, and my chocolate lab.

 

Extraordinary Father's Day Gifts - W COLLECTIVE INTERIORS LOGO 2W. Collective (www.wcollectiveinteriors.com) is an interiors and lifestyle blog that aims to provide readers with design tips and inspiration to help them incorporate great design and décor into their home. Our content centers on providing inspiring house tours, looking at current interior and home décor trends, and DIY projects – with a touch of lifestyle content thrown in as well. W. Collective has a selection of curated products that align to our bright, neutral décor style for our readers to source for their space.

 

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Meet the Maker: Karly of Cloth and Twig Shop

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We can not get enough of the hip and unique designs that Cloth & Twig Shop creates. From fancy custom wedding portraits, to adorable family portraits, to silly and cheeky embroidery hoops, you’re going to find something you love with Cloth & Twig Shop. And what is super intriguing is Karly’s creative journey and how she eventually founded Cloth & Twig.

Let’s get to know Karly and the story behind Cloth & Twig Shop!

 

Hi there! I’m Karly and my shop name is Cloth & Twig Shop. I create family & wedding heirlooms in cross stitch. I also create home portraits, cross stitch pillows and other fun wall art!

I work out of my home in Southern California. More specifically, my kitchen! I’ve converted a small portion of it into a functioning work space. I started stitching in 2013. I opened Cloth & Twig Shop just under a year ago!

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How did you get started in your line of work?

My background is not super crafty. I graduated from FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) with a degree in cosmetics merchandising and marketing. I worked as a makeup artist for a few companies and then moved into children’s wholesale clothing & accessories. Once I became a mom, I chose to become a doula and childbirth educator. It was an amazing time in my life but my on call schedule and home life was very out of balance. During my time as a doula, my husband started traveling a lot and I decided to take up a hobby. Cross stitch called my name and I gave it a go! It took me 4 months to finish my first project. But I was hooked.

During my last few months of doula-ing & teaching, I had a few friends ask me to make them in cross stitch. And thats how Cloth & Twig Shop was born.

 

How did you come up with the name of your shop?

The naming of my shop was a bit random. I wanted it to reflect the product that I was offering but not include cross stitch or something of the like. I looked at what my portraits were made of and it was essentially a piece of cloth to stitch on and a twig thats been formed into a hoop.

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How do you create your work?

Each piece that I create is personalized. Each client fills out a short form with details for their portrait & we discuss their photos and outfits they’d like to see. Then I send over a color sketch for their approval or to make any tweaks before I stitch. Then I get to work! It normally takes about 8 hours for a simple portrait of 2-3 characters. More characters = more time spent!

When stitching is done, the portrait is cleaned, ironed, and mounted to be put into a frame or put in a hoop. Each portrait is beautifully wrapped and sent off to its home!

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What is the inspiration for your work? 

My inspiration is all of my clients! They send me photos and small pieces of their lives for me to freeze in stitches. I never get the same request twice. There are items in my shop that clients have inspired! I feel so lucky to create these portraits that will be in families for a very long time.

 

What is your next new exciting project?

Right now, I have a new product coming out the end of May. I have a large pillow for home decor but I will have a small version for anyone thats planning a wedding to add that special touch.

I am also going to be working on career portraits. Graduations, professions, etc like the doula I have in my shop now. I just need some time to get them in the shop, my clients keep me busy. Stay tuned!

 

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

I would want to encourage everyone to be their biggest cheerleader. Believe in your product. Believe in yourself. Believe in your creativity. If you can do that, you can reach your biggest goals, dreams, and beyond what you imagine. Its not always easy, but don’t give up on yourself.

 

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

My personal quote is verse from Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

It reminds me that I can do anything & I know Im never alone.

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

I chose to join to have more ‘eyes’ on my product, and I appreciate that aftcra supports US-based and created businesses!

 

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

Handmade means that its made with your two hands! For me, my product is a true labor of love. I put about 15 hours average into each portrait. Usually more! Handmade means authentic, loving, and unique goods.

 

Get regular updates from Karly and Cloth & Twig Shop! Connect with their social profiles here:

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Unique and Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

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We love love LOVE our mamas, and they deserve nothing but the best for Mother’s Day. So let’s give them something unique, custom and personal from this list of handmade Mother’s Day gifts. The best part about this list is that everything was crafted with love from an artisan in the USA. That means that you’re giving your mom two doses of love – a gift made with love, selected with love. We’re getting all teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Let’s celebrate our moms with this gift guide list.

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Saying Vintage Teaspoon Garden Marker

Custom Quote Vintage Teaspoon Garden Markers

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $11.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/beadsoul/listing/125109/vintage-teaspoon-garden-markers-hand-stamped-inspirational-personalized-gift-one-marker

 

 


Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Black and Gray Screen-print Cat Shirt

Black and Gray Screen-print Cat Shirt

Handmade in Florida

Price: $27.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thefelineboutique/listing/134655/black-and-gray-cat-shirt-cat-tee-t-shirt-funny-cat-shirt-yoga-clothes-gift-for-cat-lover-crazy-cat-lady-teen-girl-cat-silhouette

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Monogrammed Engagement Ring Box

Monogrammed Engagement Ring Box

Handmade in Oklahoma

Price: $29.50

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mwbstudios/listing/189911/new-monogrammed-engagement-ring-boxes-free-shipping-and-engraving-rb67

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Concrete Coasters with Gold 
Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Gray Coasters with Copper

Concrete Coasters with Gold / Gray Coasters with Copper

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $30.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138734/concrete-coasters-with-gold-set-of-four / http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/184006/gray-and-copper-concrete-coasters

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Special Adoption Symbol Necklace

Special Adoption Symbol Necklace

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $30.99

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/crowstealsfire/listing/110498/hand-stamped-jewelry-adoption-symbol-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mom of Boys Personalized Name Necklace

Mom of Boys Personalized Name Necklace

Handmade in Connecticut

Price: $31.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176745/mothers-day-gift-for-mom-theres-this-boy-mothers-necklace-theres-these-boys-stole-my-heart-mom-of-boys-personalized-name-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Red Cocktail Ring with gold setting

Red Cocktail Ring with Gold Setting

Handmade in Texas

Price: $35.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/manictrout/listing/20360/red-cocktail-ring-with-gold-setting

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Children Hand-stamped Name Necklace

Children Hand-stamped Name Necklace

Handmade in the USA

Price: $36.95

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/JessicaBe/listing/188952/sterling-silver-square-mothers-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mother-Daughter Infinity Necklace – Silver and Gold

Mother-Daughter Infinity Necklace – Silver and Gold

Handmade in

Price: $45.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/LaSouciqueStudio/listing/150222/mother-daughter-double-circle-infinity-necklaceone-large-circle-and-one-small-sterling-silver-with-necklace-length-of-16-18-or-20-inches

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Rope Basket with Handles - White with Yellow, Brown or Red

Rope Basket with Handles (White with Yellow, Brown or Red)

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $46.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/littlemeadowstudio/listing/188705/rope-basket-with-handles-natural-white-with-yellow-brown-or-red

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Personalized Mother’s Necklace with Two Birthstones

Personalized Mother’s Necklace with Two Birthstones

Handmade in Missouri

Price: $47.99

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/crowstealsfire/listing/5090/personalized-mothers-necklace-washer-with-2-birthstones

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Mother’s Initials Heart Necklace - Silver

Mother’s Initials Heart Necklace (Silver)

Handmade in Delaware

Price: $54.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/190256/hand-stamped-mothers-heart-initials-necklace-in-sterling-silver

 

 

Rustic-Style Coat Rack with Oil Rubbed Bronze Hooks

Rustic-Style Coat Rack with Oil Rubbed Bronze Hooks

Handmade in Nebraska

Price: $54.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/ghwoodcrafters/listing/190955/rustic-style-coat-rack-oil-rubbed-bronze-4-hook-white-custom-finish-avail

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Custom Last Name Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in Colorado

Price: $56.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190633/custom-embroidery-personalized-hoop-art-last-name-wall-art-needlepoint-cotton-anniversary-personalized-gift-wedding-gift-for-couple

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - She Believed Silver Necklace

“She Believed” Silver Necklace

Handmade in Delaware

Price: $58.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150839/she-believed-sterling-silver-hand-stamped-necklace

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Silver Sideways Simple Cross Necklace

Silver Sideways Simple Cross Necklace

Handmade in Indiana

Price: $60.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/studiojewel/listing/179390/sideways-cross-necklace

 

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Home is Where You Are Embroidery Hoop Art

“Home is Where You Are” Embroidery Hoop Art

Handmade in Kentucky

Price: $64.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thistleandthreaddesign/listing/190662/home-is-where-you-are-embroidery-hoop-art

 

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Women’s Leather Passport Holder - Mustard 01

Women’s Leather Passport Holder (Mustard)

Handmade in Utah

Price: $69.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/redleafleather/listing/177142/passport-holder-custom-leather-passport-cover-womens-travel-gift-mustard-yellow-color

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Silver Sand Dollar Necklace

Silver Sand Dollar Necklace

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $70.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/nicolenoellejewelry/listing/184249/silver-sand-dollar-necklace

 


Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Shibori Indigo Throw Pillow

Shibori Indigo Throw Pillow

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $75.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/natalievmason/listing/188713/shibori-cushion-cover-in-indigo-blue-decorative-throw-pillow-cover-12×22-lumbar-cushion

 

 

Handmade Mothers Day Gifts - Custom Family Portrait Hipster Mothers Day Mom Fun Gift Idea

Custom Family Portrait (for 5 People)

Handmade in the USA

Price: $90.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/clothandtwigshop/listing/175427/custom-cross-stitch-family-portrait-for-5-people-housewarming-gift-custom-portrait-custom-cross-stitch-custom-gift-by-cloth-and-twig

 

 


Agate Sliced Hot Pink, Magenta and Fuchsia Necklace

Agate Sliced Hot Pink, Magenta and Fuchsia Necklace

Handmade in Texas

Price: $110.00

Buy this Handmade Mother’s Day Gift 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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The Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Every Mom

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Yes, it’s that time of year already when you’re dashing around trying to trump last years Mother’s Day gift. When you’re shopping for the perfect gift for your Mother dearest you can quickly become overwhelmed with all of the choices.

So, to save you the stress of the gift dash, we have put together a bit of a gift guide for those of you who are after some inspiration. With this helpful list you won’t have any troubles finding for the perfect little something that will mean the world to her and what’s even better is that they are all handmade with love.

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project Mothers Day Gift Guide

Sweet and Sentimental

Introducing the Ohana Means Family Print.

This gorgeous print sums up what family means to you and your Mom will be oh so proud to put it on display. For those of you who aren’t Lilo & Stitch fans, this touching quote is a real touching moment in the movie and will be perfectly suited somewhere in her home without a doubt.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/capturewonders/listing/174568/ohana-means-family-lilio-and-stitch-art-print-family-definition-gift-for-family-disney-quote-art-print-ohana-wall-art 

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Fine Leaf Silver Impression Necklace

Shiny and Something to Cherish

Say hello to this Fine Leaf Silver Impression Necklace.

This handcrafted leaf impression necklace is a perfect statement piece for your Mom. This is a unique gift that will never be able to be duplicated due to the individual leaf imprint that has been casted. It is 99.9% fine silver and will look ever so chic around your Mom’s neck and is definitely something she can cherish for years to come.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/nicolenoellejewelry/listing/33282/real-leaf-neckace-in-fine-silver

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Scented Soy Rose Candle

Nice and Rosy

Scented Soy Rose Candle

Can you smell that? It’s the sweet and timeless aroma of fresh cut roses and another amazing Mother’s Day gift. With a rose being a symbol of love,your Mom will think of you every time this candle is burning bright and when it is not burning at all. The elegant scent of this candle is so strong due to the quality of the fragrance oil and will uplift your Mom’s home every day.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/brooklynfirefly/listing/189017/rose-candle-scented-soy-13-ounce-reusable-glass-tumbler

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Black and White Concrete Planter

Everyday Reminders

Black & White Concrete Planter 

This stylish addition to you Mom’s home will scream sophistication and class. For added effect include a plant that she can love and nurture, just like she did to you for all those years. This white and gray concrete planter is made especially for indoor displays of succulents and other low water house plants which means it won’t be too disastrous if you she forgets to water it every now and then.

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

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Leather and Tweed Canvas Tote

Practical and Fashionable

Leather and Tweed Canvas Tote

Whether the leading lady in your life needs a super sturdy bag to carry her library books, groceries or laptop; this stylish tote has classic charm and style. With it’s durable base and triple sewn straps, it also features a unique antique brass latch that brings the design together.

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

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Good Morning Sunshine Energizing Bath and Body

Clean as a Whistle

Good Morning Sunshine Energizing Bath & Body

Now this product hardly needs to be described as it’s perfect for the hardworking woman we know your Mom is. The Good Morning Sunshine beauty pack is an exciting mix of citrus with notes of fresh cucumber, pineapple and champagne and treats it’s relaxation seekers with the perfect pick-me-up every time. Just add some soothing melodies, a glass of bubbles and some uninterrupted ‘her-time’ and your Mom will be well on her way with this gift.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/thebathplace/listing/187888/good-morning-sunshine-energizing-bath-body-trio

 

 

Gifts for Every Mom - The Freedom Project - Rhinestone Bling Pen

Something to write home about

Rhinestone Bling Pen

If your Mom is a fashionista in the office and a little bit of a diva she needs this sparkly gift. These rhinestone encrusted pens are handmade and are as unique to one another as a snowflake. With over 250 hand placed gemstones your Mama will exude sparkle inside and out and she will know if anyone tries to claim this pen as there own.

Buy this here: http://www.aftcra.com/GeorgiaGypsy/listing/113612/gorgeous-handmade-rhinestone-bling-vape-pen

 

That’s a wrap!

So there you have it. A complete guide to just some of the amazing gift choice this Mother’s Day on aftcra. And don’t forget, sometimes the most precious gift of all is your time, love and gratitude. But enough with that, get shopping, you still have your siblings to out do.

 

Tahlia MaynardAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Tahlia of The Freedom Project: 

If you manage to find me without a Caramel Latte in hand, you’ve spotted yourself a rare sight. I’m a blogger and digital nomad, writing from one café to the next. I have a degree in Business (Marketing major), have started and sold two online stores in the beauty and fashion space. When I’m not writing or on the road, you will find me spending time with my beautiful family, friends or my amazing man. I also like to watercolor paint and enjoy sloth mode with popcorn and tragic rom-coms. My blog ‘The Freedom Project’ is my journey of the ongoing pursuit to be happy, be free and living an unconventional life that I am proud of. This does mean I said goodbye to ‘normal’ a while ago. I haven’t looked back.

Connect with Tahlia!

Website: www.thefreedomproject.me

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

LinkedIn: https://de.linkedin.com/in/tahliamaynard

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tahliamaynard

 

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Special Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms

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Mother’s Day is such a special occasion for me, now more than ever since becoming one myself. Spending time with those special women on our lives who have given so much to us unconditionally is one of the things I look forward to on this special day. For me gift giving on these particular days is more than just buying a gift: it’s about choosing something that carries a sentimental value and will be, not only useful, but also resonates with that person’s lifestyle and taste. I am so elated to share with you a few items I have absolutely fell in love with for Mother’s Day which I believe represent my views on gift giving.

As a writer for my blog, Little Ray of Light, a life and style blog, I like to find things that are not only stylish but are functional and timeless. As a new mom, I am aware that even though there are new trends to try out every season , sticking to my classic and effortless pieces (be it in clothing, beauty products, etc.) are what really work for me and my everyday style. Running after a toddler is no joke!

Here are my top Mother’s Day gifts:

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Teardrop salmon drop earrings

1. Teardrop salmon drop earrings 

I love the simplicity of these drop earrings which can be used just as much for everyday errands or on a special occasion and they will always look timeless.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/Amayeli/listing/186693/teardrop-drop-earrings-salmon-pink-earrings-peach-earrings-bezel-set-gold-earrings-gold-earrings

 

Mothers Day Gifts - I Love You To The Moon And Back Hand Stamped Necklace

2. I Love You To The Moon And Back Hand Stamped Necklace

This piece is very personal which, for me, stands for that unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. It’s endearing and any mom would be more than happy to receive it.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/TheAzureRose/listing/150763/i-love-you-to-the-moon-and-back-hand-stamped-necklace

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Hanging Jewelry Box

3. Hanging Jewelry Box

A lot (if not all) of the women in my family are big jewelry lovers. I’d even classify them as “jewelry hoarders”. This piece is so pretty and helps keep all those beautiful trinkets organized and even displayed in a lovely way.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/cwco/listing/181020/hanging-jewelry-box

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Country Rustic Wine Rack with Stemmed and Stemless Wine Glass Storage

4. Country Rustic Wine Rack with Stemmed and Stemless Wine Glass Storage

For the mom who is a wine lover (like mine) this is such a functional gift that will also give her a chance to showcase her favorite bottles in a stylish way.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/tdrusticreflections/listing/187932/country-rustic-wine-rack-with-stemmed-and-stemless-wine-glass-storage

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Reclaimed Wood Headphones

5. Reclaimed Wood Headphones

As soon as I saw these I was in love. These headphones are quirky, cool and functional all at the same time. An avid music lover would love to receive these for sure.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/envaudio/listing/175426/reclaimed-wood-headphones

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Mother and Daughter Mug

6. Mother and Daughter Mug

For the coffee lover mom, what better gift than a pretty mug with a heartfelt message? These are so endearing and can be used as a complimentary gift as well.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174799/as-long-as-im-living-mugs-set-2-mugs-mother-and-daughter-mugs-custom-mugs-custom-text-distance-mugs-birthday-gift-going-away

 

Mothers Day Gifts - 1 Year Customizable Planner – Small

7. 1 Year Customizable Planner – Small

For the busy mom who’s always got a million things to do (and doesn’t like using her smart phone to schedule her stuff) this is the perfect gift in a size that fits neatly in her tote bag.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/AutumnBreezy/listing/177126/1-year-customizable-planner-small

 

Mothers Day Gifts - Apple Jack and Peel Scented Soy Candles 12 oz

8. Apple Jack and Peel Scented Soy Candles 12 oz

The packaging alone won me over. Simple and elegant. For every mom who loves to unwind with a nice warm bath and an aromatic candle, this one’s for her.

Buy this here: https://www.aftcra.com/thesoycandlebarn/listing/155113/apple-jack-and-peel-scented-soy-candles-12-oz-new-fall-scents-ready-to-ship-to-you

 

 

Raquel - Little Ray of Light BlogAbout aftcra’s Guest Blogger, Raquel of Little Ray of Light. I am a thirty-something, first time mom to a little boy named Lucas. I work full time as an online psychology course instructor and Curriculum developer for an online institution in Puerto Rico. I hold a degree in School Psychology and in my free time, I blog about my passion for fashion, style, beauty and family life. Please stop by and say hi any time!

Connect with Raquel!

Website: http://littlerayoflight.com/

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/littlerayoflightblog/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/raquel1672/

 

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Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25

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An expensive gift doesn’t always mean a meaningful gift, which is why we put together a list of some of our favorite and most unique Mother’s Day gifts under $25. And what’s super awesome about this list – it’s all handmade by artisans around the USA. That’s a lot of gift ideas that are extra special and made with a little extra love that your mom is bound to love. From custom necklaces to gorgeous home decor, we’re sure you’ll find something for her here.

And check back once in awhile for updates to this list as new products are added to aftcra.com.

 

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Mint Lace Wrist Cuff Jewelry

Handmade in Wyoming

Price: $11.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/forgottencotton/listing/21693/mint-lace-wrist-cuff

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mint Lace Wrist Cuff Jewelry

 

 

“You Are My Person” Wall Decor

Handmade in New York

Price: $14.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/176636/best-friends-plaqueyou-are-my-persongifts-under-20friendship-signwood-word-artgallery-wall-decorcountry-home-decor

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - You Are My Person Wooden Wall Decor

 

 

Lavender and Chamomile Goats Milk Soap (Pack of 2)

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $14.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/oilandash/listing/115265/2-pack-lavender-chamomile-goats-milk-soap-handmade-soap-all-natural-soap-cold-process-soap-essential-oil-soap

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Lavender and Chamomile Goats Milk Soap - Pack of 2

 

 

“Living the Dream” Coffee Mug

Handmade in Georgia

Price: $14.95

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/littlerusticsignshop/listing/190918/coffee-mug-living-the-dream-ceramic-8-oz-mug-item-123

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“I’m Not a Regular Mom, I’m a Cool Mom” Mean Girls Mug

Handmade in New York

Price: $15.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/thesilverspiderprintshop/listing/36067/im-not-like-a-regular-mom-im-a-cool-mom-mean-girls-movie-coffee-cup-mug-pencil-holder-catch-all-ready-to-ship

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - I’m Not a Regular Mom, I’m a Cool Mom - Mean Girls Mug

 

 

Wooden “Eggs” Rustic Wooden Kitchen Sign

Handmade in North Carolina

Price: $15.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here:  http://www.aftcra.com/foothillssigns/listing/171179/wood-eggs-sign-hand-painted-distressed-rustic-wood-sign

Wood hand painted eggs sign

 

 

Grey Concrete Trinket Box

Handmade in Wisconsin

Price: $16.50

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/BadseedStudio/listing/138743/concrete-trinket-box-with-lid-cement-jewelry-box

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Mother/Daughter “Knows No Distance” Matching Tumbler

Handmade in Louisiana

Price: $16.99

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/CustomGiftsbyKB/listing/174672/mother-and-daughter-knows-no-distance-tumbler-with-miss-you-states-miss-you-tumbler-with-straw-long-distance-mother-n-daughter-custom

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Grey Houndstooth DSLR Camera Strap

Handmade in Oregon

Price: $19.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/craftystaci/listing/183122/camera-strap-for-wrist-dslr-quick-release-grey-houndstooth-ready-to-ship

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Grey Houndstooth DSLR Camera Strap

 

 

New Mom “Baby” Arrow Necklace

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $20.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135415/baby-arrow-necklace-hand-stamped-necklace-arrow-necklace-pointing-to-expecting-baby-necklace-expectant-mom-necklace-brass-necklace

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Turquoise Seahorse Necklace

Handmade in South Carolina

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/onceagainsam/listing/704/cameo-pendant-seahorse-turquoise

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Mother’s Bracelet with Personalized Children’s Names and Birthstones

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135591/hand-stamped-personalized-bracelet-adjustable-bracelet-mothers-bracelet-with-birthstones-birthstone-bracelet-personalized-jewelry

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mother’s Bracelet with Personalized Children’s Names and Birthstones

 

 

Embroidered Flamingo Handkerchief

Handmade in Washington

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/wrenbirdarts/listing/161459/embroidered-flamingo-handkerchief-flamingo-accessory-ooak-gift-unique-handkerchief-by-wrenbirdarts-on-etsy

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Embroidered Flamingo Hanky

 

 

“Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” T-Shirt

Handmade in Ohio

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/radquotetees/listing/177221/sorry-for-what-i-said-when-i-was-hungry-tee-shirt

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Hangry Sassy Tee

 

 

Coffee, Books and Rain T-Shirt

Handmade in Ohio

Price: $22.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/radquotetees/listing/176642/coffee-books-and-rain-tee-shirt

Coffee Books and Rain T-Shirt

 

 

 

“Mommy-To-Be” Pregnancy Bracelet

Handmade in Connecticut

Price: $23.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/mommysmetalz/listing/176732/mothers-day-gift-mommy-to-be-mommy-bracelet-bangle-bracelet-hand-stamped-jewelry-personalized-bracelet-pregnancy-announcement-gift

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Mommy-To-Be Pregnancy Bracelet

 

 

Personalized Aromatherapy Necklace

Handmade in Tennessee

Price: $25.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/likemotherlikedaughter/listing/135342/personalized-necklace-hand-stamped-aromatherapy-necklace-aromatherapy-essential-oil-diffuser-locket-essential-oil-diffuser-necklace

Unique Mother's Day Gifts Under 25 - Personalized Aromatherapy Necklace

 

 

“Home is Where Your Mom Is” Wooden Painted Sign

Handmade in New York

Price: $25.00

Buy This Unique Mother’s Day Gift Here: http://www.aftcra.com/sawdustandsunshowers/listing/160284/gift-for-mom-home-wood-sign-rustic-sign-gifts-for-her-handmade-sign-hand-painted-sign-wooden-sign-signs-for-mom-rustic-home-decor


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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 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

 


8x10 Kitchen Art Print Cooking is Love Made Visible Digital

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - For the Wine Lover - Wooden Wine Bottle and Glass Holder

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Mountain Print Small Make Up Bag or Purse

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Nautical White Rope with Gold Clasp Bracelet

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

 

 

Customized Jewelry Hand Embroidered Birth Flower Necklace

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Handcrafted Silver Hoop Earrings

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

 

Family Necklace with Three Hand Stamped Initial Disc Pendant

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

 


Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Custom Cross-Stitch Family Portrait

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Hemp canvas tote with leather straps, ocean wave print pocket

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

 

Valentines Gifts for Her - Handmade Gifts American Made Gift Ideas - Wife Gift - Girlfriend Gift - Custom Wine:Vineyard Destination Tree (Tabletop Size)

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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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!

 

Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Untangled Accents - Blue and Silver Necklace

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

 


Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Handcrafted Wooden Ring Toss Game with Red Base

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

 


Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Custom Car Picture Frame 8x10 - Corvette, Mustang, Harley

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

 


Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Handmade Pallet Wood Clock. Modern. Industrial Chic. Rustic.

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

 

Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Family Established Wood Sign, Farmhouse Decor

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

 


Caroline Papageorgiou of Artsy Print Designs - Christmas 2015 The Gift Guide for Him, Her and Everyone in Between - Oversized Purple Infinity Scarf

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

 

Amazing Artisanal Handmade Christmas Gifts

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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!

 

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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

 

Connect with Amy! 

Website: www.amyoes.com

Blog: http://www.allspiceandacrylics.blogspot.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amyoestr?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106058010956085677457/posts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amyoes70/allspice-acrylics-a-celebration-of-life-and-beauti/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmyOes70

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/amyoes

stumbleupon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/amyoes700

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/allspice-acrylics-13706297

A 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

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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.

 

 

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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Amazon Handmade and the Handmade Community

Amazon Handmade and the Handmade Community with aftcra - handcrafted goods made in America

Over the past couple of weeks there has been chatter about Amazon and their potential move into the handcrafted arena with Amazon Handmade. Several of aftcra and Etsy’s top handmade artisans were hand-selected from Amazon to participate in a survey to both learn more about the handmade industry and gauge interest from sellers to see if this venture would be something artisans would be interested in pursuing.

It’s a bold move from an e-commerce goliath, especially in light of Etsy’s struggles since they went public in April of 2015. The current assumption is that Amazon would host a separate handmade marketplace for artisans, which beckons back to the day of Amazon’s replication of a bidding site similar to Ebay (Amazon’s venture was eventually closed).

But what does it all mean?

As of the day this post was published, any details about Amazon Handmade haven’t been released leaving the handmade community reeling with speculation – will it be a juried marketplace? Will artisans have similar fees to Amazon.com? Will Amazon’s Prime members have access to purchase handmade goods to be delivered in two days? So many questions, so many extreme points of view, but no concrete answers.

One thing that is sure is that Amazon is an even bigger organization than Etsy. That means that on Amazon Handmade there will be an incredible amount of products in a (assumed) worldwide handmade marketplace – which is a positive and negative for both buyers and sellers. Regardless, it provides artisans a new marketplace to sell their wares in a small industry.

At aftcra we are different. aftcra is the proverbial farmers market – we are an online marketplace where you can buy and sell handmade-only products that are made in America. This has been our goal since we founded aftcra. By featuring handcrafted goods that are American made we naturally create a smaller community where shoppers can purchase goods from artisans in their cities, towns or states, or they can choose to explore products from other areas of the country. And, with smaller communities, the aftcra team is also able to develop meaningful relationships with our artisans, which creates a strong community of artisans.

aftcra is one of the newest handmade marketplaces, but we are a privately-owned, family-owned, and woman-owned business who ensures that our users are our number one priority. As we’ve shared in the past, the only influencers of aftcra are our American handmade community. We allow for open feedback from the aftcra community so all artisan’s and shopper’s needs are being heard and met. For any artists looking for an alternative handmade marketplace, we’d love to work with you.