Ten Good Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts for Christmas

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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…

Merry Christmas!

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Rolled Paper Woven Purse

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This is an unique lady’s handbag (or purse) handwoven from reused paper (junk mail and ad magazines). The color combinations are natural. They come from the used materials. This product has not been additionally painted. It’s impregnated with transparent glue for durability and flexibility. It’s water resistant, but still – it is made of paper, so don’t drawn it. Use a dry cloth, if it gets wet. Measurements: 25 cm long, 17 cm high and 5 cm wide. All your girlfriends will envy you!

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Pink Paper Basket (Pannier)

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This beautiful pink paper basket (pannier) is a suitable container for bread, cookies, biscuits, chocolates and other yummy stuff, but you can also use it to store make-up, jewellery, playing cards, toys, keys, lighters, condoms and and other useful items…

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It is made of reused paper (spam, ad mags, brochires, bulk mail) – rolled paper weaving technique. The original paper is pink. No additional paint is added. it is covered with transparent glue for solidity and durability. A non-toxic, environmental, reusable. eco-friendly product. 100% handmade. Size: 27×17 centimeters, height: 9 cm.

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Mountain Stone Bag

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The ”Mountain Stone” bag looks like a heavy rock, which has been brought down from the mountains, but it actually weighs less than a kilo. Dimensions are, as follows: 27 x 22 x 17 (centimeters). It has been sculptured and designed by hand, using a special technique, which is our own invention and we are very proud of it.

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It is much like paper mashing, but using different materials in a more complex way. There are several stages of production and multiple layers. Fortified by textile strings and plaster for durability. It’s waterproof, due to the acrylic varnish, used to protect the bags’ surfaces both outside and inside. Varnish helps protect them also from scratches.

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There is a nice application of ghosts, black cats and bats on the inside, created by decoupage. The handle is a textile strip – removable, in case you decide to replace it with another one. You can adjust its length (now 130 cm) according to your height and preferences. The shutter is attached to the front and back by textile bands.

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The lock is plastic, light and very easy to operate. Many things can be put in this realistic, “Mountain Stone” bag. We recommend using a purse organizer or a soft, knitted hat for convenience.

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Even Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble will envy you for this bag!

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Meteorite Purse

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Another one of our “stone” purses. This time it looks like a meteorite. Handmade and unique, as everything else we create. It took a long and complicated process of sculpturing and designing this beauty by hand, but the end result is amazing – a “meteorite” hanging right from your shoulder!

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Nice, elegant and classy. Very suitable for nightclubs, restaurants and bars where the purpose is to be seen. It is smaller than our other “stone” bags. Dimensions are: 20cm x 12 cm x 17 cm. Well, meteorites burn in the atmosphere, so that’s why the main colors are different shades of grey.

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The “meteorite” purse is water resistant and durable. You can enjoy it for a very long time. It has been covered with acrylic varnish, in order protect the inner and outer surfaces from scratches. The shape has been fortified by textile and plaster during the creative process.

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It weighs no more than half a kilo. The metal lock is stable and easy to open / close with one hand. It is a combination of blue jean straps and a belt clasp, which, of course, makes it suitable for wearing with blue jeans on a daily walk. The shutter is attached to the body of the purse by blue jean straps as well. On the inside, there is a collage, made of fashion magazines. The handle is 130 centimeters long, but you can adjust it to you height and according to your preferences.

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The handle is made of black leatherette. It is replaceable. In this nice little purse you can put all your keys, a smartphone, small change or a wallet, plus may be some lipstick and there will be space for a few condoms as well. Women will envy you for this purse.

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Handmade Paper Basket for Pets

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This handmade pet basket is a comfortable bed for cats and / or small dogs. Made of reused white paper and reused junk mail. The technology is rolled paper weaving. The combination of colors is natural. The product is not additionally painted. Sealed with transparent, non-toxic glue for flexibility and durability. Waterproof. Eco-friendly. 100% handmade.

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Size: 50x37x15 (centimeters). Practical implementations: Your pet will sleep in its own bed, not on your head anymore. Plus, you will always know where to find it. Your pet will feel like a real nobility in this comfortable lounge.

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“Stone” Bag

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Everywhere you go with this bag, people’s attention will be drawn to it. Strangers will knock on it, in order to see if it’s made of real stone. Friends will ask you: Where did you get this from? Is it heavy? You will attract puzzled looks on the streets, at airports and in train stations. Kids will want to play with it. Men will ask you to lift it, in order to see how heavy it is. Women will envy you.

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No one will ever have the same bag as you, because it is one and only in this world: totally handmade, unique in shape, made of several different materials, water-resistant, non-flexible, hard as a stone, but not heavier than any leather purse.

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Size: 23 cm long, 15 cm wide, 20 cm high, the cross-shoulder handle is 120 cm in length. Not your ordinary purse.

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