You’ve heard the saying that giving is better than receiving. Well, it is true. You were probably thinking I was going to say something unique and enlightening about that statement, but I’m not. Unfortunately, all that is to be said is that giving just feels so good and making purchases from local artists this holiday season will not only fill your home with unique goodies made with love but it will also help small business owners realize their dreams!
Let’s face it. Handmade crafts simply make more meaningful gifts. Because one of the most important elements to gift giving is often overlooked, despite quite possibly being the most valuable, and that is thoughtfulness. Forget the price tag and the size of the object, the amount of thought is what will earn you the biggest smile, the tightest squeeze and make someone’s day that much sunnier and your heart that much warmer.
We have culminated a list of our top five favorite gifts from some of our previous and upcoming RAW artists to help make your gift giving a whole lot easier this December.
We made a list and we’re checking it twice! Or three times or four or more…
1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - NOHEMN BY NOHELIA
If you are looking to sparkle up your outfit and not just your eyes, then Nohemn has the perfect accessory to decorate yourself with.
Ranging from stars to beads, Venezuelan Nohelia tries to express a versatile, modern woman, immersed with glamour at any time of the day. She only works when truly inspired and once she has completed a work, she feels immense satisfaction because she has such a passion for what she does. She believes jewelry is one of the ways we can express our inner beauty.
Pick out one of these gems that you think best describe someone’s personality or fashion sense. They'll think of you every time they wear it!
You can follow Nohemn by Nohelia on instagram here
She is featured in this upcoming show:
RAW MIAMI PRESENTS REFLECT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST @ 06:30PM REVOLUTION
2. Come On Baby Light My Fire - HORN WOODWORKS
There is nothing more romantic than curling up next to a flame, hot chocolate in hand and the warm and fuzzies in heart!
Mark Horn has designed the perfect custom wooden candleholder for you.
If you feel like switching off technology and reconnecting with someone you love next to a flickering flame, then Horn WoodWorks might be just what you need. There are so many unique designs, shapes and sizes in both light and dark wood. From name-card and candleholders, personalized beer totes for groomsman gifts or wedding arches. Horn specializes in custom furniture pieces as well as wedding crafts or decor.
You can follow Horn WoodWorks by Mark Horn on instagram here.
He will also be showcasing here:
RAW CALGARY PRESENTS REFLECT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH @ 07:00PM MARQUEE
3. Santa Baby Soap - LILYBLEU SOAPWORKS
As the days get colder, the more baths we want to take and there is nothing like enjoying a bubbly with some natural homemade soap!
Ami Johnson is a wife and mother and she needed a fulfilling hobby that she could work on in her free time. She came across soap design. She employs the cold process method and with each and every batch she creates something beautifully functional but also unique in its design.
We are particularly loving the red, white and green soap colors for the holiday spirit.
You can follow Ami Johnson’s Lilybleu Soapworks on instagram here.
4. Cushion the ‘Snow’ - RUTH + RHONDA
The Amur Pillow with its sunset glow, white handpainted leaves and twinkles is perfect for cozying up with this December. Or browse through all of the block printed original patterns. All of the designs are strong, bold and eye catching.
Ruth + Rhonda is a hand printed textile shop named after Ruth’s two late grandmothers: Ruth who was a silver tongued storyteller and Rhonda who was a party-loving seamstress. Combining their influences together with Ruth’s love for textiles, it inspired her to create a line of hand block printed patterns with the aim to tell stories. Chicago is the hub of the hand printed and sewn items.
You can follow Ruth + Rhonda by Ruth on instagram here.
She will also be showcasing here:
RAW CHICAGO PRESENTS REFLECT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH @ 07:00PM THE METRO
5. Deck The Halls with - PRICKLEPANTS
If it has been a bit of a rough year and you need a little something to brighten your spirits and home, then Amanda’s hand-painted potted plants are perfect for you!
Amanda is a self taught artist with a tremendous passion for painting, creating and planting. Heavily inspired by both the 60s and 70s design and fashion, she injects color, fun and quirkiness into everything she creates.
She handpaints and decoupages posts in various designs, colors and patterns.
Jack had only three beans, but he manifested a beanstalk. See what you can grow in the New Year in your wishing pot!
You can follow Amanda and Pricklepants Cacti on instagram here.
She will also be showcasing here:
RAW AUSTRALIA PRESENTS REFLECT [MELBOURNE]
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH @ 07:00PM MELBOURNE PAVILION
Wishing you all Happy Holiday Shopping!