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Main Line Makers Gift Guide: The Art and Craft of Shopping Handmade

Handmade gifts always feel extra special. These locally made, handcrafted wares are ready to find, wrap, and give.

Did your grandmother knit you sweaters as a kid that you still treasure? Or maybe your mom built you a set of bookshelves now in use in your child’s room? Whatever your experience with handmade gifts and goods, you recognize the time, intention, and artistry of the maker intrinsic in each piece. That personal attention translates from the crafter to the creation, making handmade purchases and gifts all the more special. 

Our community is bustling with artists and crafters and designers, of unique and original wares to buy or gift. For more on local makers and unique gifting, from handmade jewelry to botanical art to textiles and more, check out our round-up of artists and designers in our community.

Raw Monje is a superfood raw dessert and snack bakery. They also have online classes, and take custom orders for cakes and treats. Their treats include chocolates, desserts, truffles, pies, vegan cheesecakes, and more! 

Butter Cream Bliss by Bina

Home made regular and vegan cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are the the menu here- and all are available for custom order! New this year are the oh-so-popular Hot Chocolate Bombs, get your orders in ASAP to guarantee holiday availability. You can also take a cake or cupcake decorating class or host a party, too!

Philly DIY

PhillyDIY creates personalized gifts. They specialize in gifts that have sentimental value such as a cutting board engraved with Nana’s favorite handwritten recipe, funny coasters sure to make you smile, pencils engraved with motivational messages, cake toppers for all occasions, holiday ornaments, customized mugs, 3D printed objects and more. Armed with creativity and technical expertise, this team enjoys making the customer happy!

Atwater Designs

From original botanical art to prints, pillows, cards, and more, lifelong maker Sarah Atwater Bourne Rafferty’s nature-inspired pieces make beautiful gifts, AND eye-catching additions to your home decor.

Ernie and Irene

Fiber artist Holly Guertin is the brains and hands behind this fun, quirky handmade gift spot. Wall hangings, jewelry, ornaments, and beyond add texture and uniqueness to any gift-giving occasion.

Once Upon a Time Creation 

This Paoli-based team was started by a mother-daughter duo on a mission to make memories lasting and tangible through the creation of handmade keepsakes like quilts, pillows, blankets, and more, that incorporate meaningful materials, like baby clothes, wedding dresses, and favorite t-shirts.

GiGiSingh

Gigi is a mom-at-home artist and business maven. Her handmade clay jewelry is colorful, textural, earthy, and sophisticated – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and even hairpins make memorable gifts and beautiful accents to casual or formal garb.

Henry & Etta

Henry & Etta offers handmade and uniquely designed clothing for littles by a mom who couldn’t find her ideal in kids’ clothes…so she envisioned and then made them herself! Using a combination of new and upcycled fabrics, and available for ages 0 – 5, these tiny togs are playful, patterned, and fun. Fantastic gifts for new parents!

Little bags. BIG IMPACT

Did your grandmother knit you sweaters as a kid that you still treasure? Or maybe your mom built you a set of bookshelves now in use in your child’s room? Whatever your experience with handmade gifts and goods, you recognize the time, intention, and artistry of the maker intrinsic in each piece. That personal attention translates from the crafter to the creation, making handmade purchases and gifts all the more special. 

The Sweet Trading Company

Yum! Located in Narberth and online, these handcrafted chocolates are never far away. Delicious gifts to buy or send for any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries to Valentine’s Day to just because, The Sweet Trading Company is full of gifts to savor including baskets, custom treats, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Nelle Bush Bags

Nelle began making bags in 2001 in Denver. Her unique collection of handbags, bridal, and cosmetic bags quickly grew! Nelle is now offering a selection of her unique items for sale on Etsy, as well as at local craft events like Clover Market. All pieces are designed and made in her home studio outside of Philadelphia. We LOVE her plaid themed handbags this season!

 Sew Much Cooler

Narberth’s Lindsay Gradel uses bold prints to bring color and fun to her handmade children’s clothing line. The bubble skirt is her signature piece. Fabrics cover all the bases, from sports teams to your children’s most-loved film characters to florals and so much more. You’ll also find other great giftable pieces like blankets and gift cards. Don’t miss her new venture- adult and child-sized cloth face masks in all the same fabrics you’ve grown to love!

Mon’s Momtique

Handmade, personalized, and custom-made gifts and decor! Garden flags, throw pillows, tooth-fairy pouches, and lots more articles and keepsakes to accent your home and make gifting occasions noteworthy.

Stacey Fay Designs

With Stacey Fay Designs you’ll find locally handmade and upcycled jewelry that makes a statement, memorializes a moment, or works as a remembrance. Made in Narberth and Philadelphia, SFD makers use traditional methods like engraving, enameling, and filigree to enhance their artistry.

Ambitious Elegance by Madda & Co.

Bags, bags, and more bags! Shop online for purses that fit your life, from a clutch to a tote, these make great gifts, but you’ll probably want to keep whatever you buy!

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Shopping local supports our community, our neighbors, and the people around us. With all of these incredible makers within a quick ride and easy reach online, you don’t need to go far to find thoughtful, impactful gifts for the ones you love.

 

Contributing Writer

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