We love working with small businesses, handmade companies and start up concepts. It’s so exciting for us to see the unique products these folks have created. We rounded up a few unique ideas that we love and we thought you would too.
…to some handmade treasures from indie artists straight outta NY. If you’re still looking for gift ideas for the holidays (our site + blog are chock full!) then may be suggest going indie…
It’ll definitely be a unique gift plus you’ll be supporting small businesses and artists in the mean time! Here are some of our finds:
1.Modern + Edgy Silhouette Portraits by Kinderling [$29.95]
They took the traditional silhouette portrait and added a dose of funk to them. Send them a photo, choose from custom patterns, water-color styles and modern vintage looks and in 2 weeks time you’ll have your custom silhouette portrait.
These custom necklaces from Survival of the Hippest are the perfect gift for the Twitter fiend who’s alter ego is their Twitter name. Customize the necklace with your @name or a #hashtag. Wearing this 24/7 will probably attract more followers.
Multiply yourself for your loved ones with these custom photo nesting dolls from Shag Brooklyn. Artist Hally McGehean will create these adorable round versions of you using a decoupage treatment, based on the picture you send her.
I still can’t totally believe it, but The Gift Insider is making our first appearance in New York City, the biggest market in the country (and one of my personal favorite places in the entire world.) We’ll be highlighting “Handcrafted Gift Ideas from Local New York Artisans” on December 2nd on NY1 News.
We compiled the best back to school ideas to keep kids stylin’ this Fall. We featured many of these products on TV too! Below is a clip from our spot on August 24th on Fox 2 Detroit. We’ll be featuring some ideas on ABC Madison (WKOW) as well on August 26th.
There are discount codes for any of the products below. Happy Fall!!! We wanna hear what your favorite back to school items are this year?!
PaperandPolka Dots –
Back to school? Back to work? Let’s do it greener with this collapsible, practical eco lunch box that is leak-proof and BPA-free. Perfect size for those lunch bags or boxes. It’s even microwaveable & dishwasher-proof. There’s more, it comes with it’s own built-in “spork”. Affordable, practical, small or large and comes in 4 colors. This family owned Texas company is wonderful to work with. Small lunch box $10.50
Ever wish your photo albums were sturdy enough to not fall apart? This idea is not just for baby books. This photo album invention was created by a Mom who needed a sturdy photo album to facilitate learning for her daughter. Thus, the Take Your Pix® Board Book Album was born. Board Book Albums,LLC brings us an adorable chunky board book album that can be used by adults & small children too. The album has sturdy cardboard pages, where you can slide the photo in from the top. Notches have been added to make page turning easy on small fingers. 7″ x 7″, 10 pages and holds 20 photos. Comes in many colors and styles. Great for scrap booking, kids crafts, weddings and baby showers too. I love it as a new Mom gift or to make a memory book for any special occasion. Add stickers, lettering… So personal, so easy.
I don’t know about you but I hate it when my laptop starts heating up on my lap & then I’m piling pillows to make it the right height & then it topples over … Safari Lap Desks to the rescue! Perfect height, indented at waist, handle to carry it… they thought of everything. I like that it’s not business-boring colors. Love the purple & leopard combo with the decorative rope. My teacher-friend uses it for grading their papers. Stable, cool & comfy. Done. 20″x14″ scotch-guarded desk surface. The Lap Desk Lady is very talented & offers lots of other patterns & different sizes too. This medium purple & leopard goes for $39.95
Back to school & back to work can be a little more fun with these vinyl fun-loving Monster Pouches for pens, calculators or for money & change. Take out a pen and smile. Enough of those boring office store generic pouches. All Monster Pouches are one-of-a-kind, choose your colors of the zipper & the vinyl, have some fun. Love this artist’s stuff, it’s all about bold colors, random fun and unique things. $16
Remember when Back to School was so exciting? You got everything new & couldn’t wait to get to school. It hasn’t changed & this artist has made it so very special for some lucky kids. She makes personalized backpacks, lunch boxes & even napmats all personalized with child’s name. They even come in preschooler size or elementary school size. So sweet. Washable, lined & monogramming is included in price. Backpack & Lunch Box Set $59.99
If you know a teacher, you have to give this to her as a gift. It’s beautiful! The artist created this for her sister who is a teacher & tailor-made it for all the teacher’s planning needs. It is completely hand-made, lovingly assembled & personalized on front & back of planner. These really are a labor of love, so plan ahead & get your teacher-friend something really thoughtful. Pretty, stylish and personalized. Love it. $38
Perfect for back to school, or dorm or just getting organized. It’s not paper, it’s chalkboard paper. So clever. Why not decorate a wall with something you can actually use & re-use? This is high-quality chalk-board vinyl, which can be removed without leaving any marks. Use regular chalk or chalk-ink pens. Get arty, rearrange the squares. Organized chaos! It’s got that cool “architectural loft” style. Good gift for one of your right-brain friends who would enjoy organizing more, if it was a little more fun. This’ll make it fun. $68