1/ You sponsor local artists, instead of international companies.
And, trust me, they need the money. Supporting local communities is always a good idea. Plus, Christmas is the best time of the year for giving back…
2/ You’ll have a different gift for everybody.
All those friends and relatives, and colleagues! Choosing different gifts for so many people can be a chore sometimes, especially in the era of mass production that we live in. Handmade gifts are the best way to ensure that everybody gets a different gift for Christmas. Even if you buy at the same shop! Handmade gifts eliminate the probability of two people buying the same thing for the same person, as well.
3/ Art is always a good idea!
For a Christmas gift. For any gift, in fact.
4/ Plus, it does not have to be expensive.
Especially, if you compare the prices of handmade gifts to those of fashion clothes and hi-tech products (smart phones, tablets, personal computers). Expensive. Boring. Mass. Production. Being original at a lower price saves money, but it also makes you stand out.
5/ Quality matters.
Speaking in terms of quality, we would never compare a beautiful handmade gift, designed by a skillful hand and made with love, to a mass product, coming out of a Chinese or a Taiwan company by the millions. How do you think, which of the two options shows a more personal attitude?
6/ It’s ecological.
Handmaders rely mostly on reused products for materials. Their craft does not have a negative impact on the environment. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “Miracles made of paper and waste” is our motto, for example. We do not only create art from stuff that people usually throw away (like spam brochures etc). We teach and inspire environmental thinking (as a way of life) with our work.
7/ It’s a way of saying NO to exploitation!
The expensive brands that you buy at the local mall are usually made by poor people (and sometimes even kids) in poor countries. They work long hours in miserable conditions, they get harsh treatment by their supervisors and they receive minimum wage. Three dollars a day is not a rare example. It’s enough to buy rice, but it is not enough to be a human being. Economists call it “outsourcing”. We call it slavery. Buying handmade gifts for Christmas is a way of saying NO to “profit maximization”, which is usually the synonym for exploitation.
8/ Souvenir is the French word for gift.
When giving a gift, we try to create a lasting memory. Souvenir is the French word for gift. It means “memory”. Handmade gifts are the best way to impress and to be remembered…
9/ The choice is immense!
There are millions of handmaders around the world and every one of them is creating hundreds of unique items that have no replica on this planet. This is what we call “variety”!
10/ And what do you choose for somebody who has it all?
Remember that Art is always a god idea? Well, handmade gifts are probably be the most affordable pieces of Art that you can buy for somebody who has it all…
GG Sisters is part of the initiative “Kapana Creative District” organized by Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019.