After taking last year off, our holiday gift guide is back!

We always love putting these together, as a way to encourage gift-giving that is not only creative but supports local artisans and businesses.

This year, we've got everything from one-of-a-kind birdhouses crafted from reclaimed materials to hand-stamped jewelry to all-natural candles.

Happy shopping!

Ashley Bonney’s jewelry line Summer Wind might be best known for its colorful and bohemian wood pendants. But this year she added a new product to Summer Wind’s catalog: wood slice ornaments.

Kime Design, run by couple Matt and Bethany Kime, grew out of necessity. “Seven years ago, during our first year of marriage, we were DIYers in need of a headboard,” says Matt. “So we found some scrap pallets and spent way too much time prying them apart.”

Laura Dawson began by making hair bows, in part because her oldest daughter was born with a head full of hair, she says. Her business grew to include other items, including bibs and burpcloths, pillows, tag-style blankets for babies and even unicorn dreamcatchers. 

The tagline for Geppettoz Primitive Workshop, the business run by Rich and Mary Michealsen, is “OLD is the new NEW,” a nod to the couple’s knack for turning reclaimed materials into one-of-a-kind pieces.

Theatre

If you’ve ever worked on a high school theater production, no expression rings truer than: “I can’t, I have rehearsal.” This is just one of the popular theater references apparel company Cranehill Studios has capitalized on with its Theatre Tees, a line of products aimed at thespians.

Carolyn Peters, who runs Carolyn’s Corner, designs everything from welcome signs to wall art to key holders. Some pieces are exclusively metal while others combine metal with wood.

Monty & Peggie specializes in peg dolls and knitted creations with names like Rockstachie and Monstachie — knitted rocks and monsters with mustaches.