2014 Great Handmade Dad & Grad Gift Guide

The Arts Business Institute present a wonderful collection of gifts for Father’s Day and the new grad.


Copper Fish

Delightful gift for the fisherman or nature lover. Handmade by Haw Creek Forge, these copper fish come in a rainbow of colors. Designed to rest on 36″ copper coated steel stakes, they also display well on a table or desk.  11″ long, 5″ high, 3″ deep. $80 each.

Todd Elias

This handmade self-tie bowtie from Todd Elias is terrific for the dad (or grad) who wants to make a fashion statement. Made with 100% cotton vintage fabric, it is sized for a 15.5″ collar, but can be adjusted to fit between 13″ to 20″. Retails for $33.

Coke Zero

Why not give a classic, perfect for Dad’s or grad’s home or office? “Coke Zero,” an original 20″ x 16″ oil on canvas painting by painter Connie McLennan features a vintage Zero electric fan and 60’s era Coke. Priced at $650, which includes copper-toned frame (22″ x 26″) and shipping.

Evelyn Pelati Bracelet

From Evelyn Pelati Jewelry, this unisex chain bracelet is hand fabricated of fine and sterling silver. Each link of the chain was formed and joined by hand. Finished with textural dot pattern Art Deco style findings, it has an oxidized and polished finish. One of a kind. It measures approximately 7.5 inches. Snap it up for $165.

Oh Geez Congratulations card

Say “Congrats” with this colorful, geometric card from Oh Geez Design. Measures 5.5″ x 4.2″ and is printed on high quality UV coated card stock. Blank on the inside for your own personal message. Comes with a white envelope and cello sleeve, and sells for just $3.

Harlequin cup

A real conversation piece! This “Harlequin Cup” is bright and bold handmade ceramic with a high gloss glaze over red/brown clay. About 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ tall, it will hold at least 12 oz of a favorite drink. Retails at $30, from Lakeside Pottery and Glass. Hand washing recommended.

Betsy Bensen

Gorgeous cufflinks from Betsy Bensen are Hell’s Canyon herringbone petrified wood and sterling silver and would make an impressive gift. They measure 1″ across, and are priced at $210.

Pine cone pen

Another elegant gift, perhaps for Dad to write his memoirs, or the grad to sign an employment contract! This rollerball pen is made by Richard Altenhofen with pine cones from the Eldarica, a hardy variety of pinetree, stabilized with resin. It comes with a Schmidt non-dry rollerball refill. Priced at $90.

Lumberjack cologne

The perfect masculine gift. Esscentual Alchemy’s Lumberjack Man natural botanical cologne is handmade with notes of Tobacco, Labdanum, Agarwood, Ylang ylang, Ginger, Lime, Wormwood, Saffron, Black Pepper, and Rosewood. Comes in 1 oz. silver spray bottle, in an ivory embossed box with dried pink rose and secured by a dragonfly wax stamp and ribbon. Retails for $90.

Montana Agate Necklace

On a feminine note, this sterling silver necklace made by Linda Blumel is made with Montana agate and citrine, and has a lovely glow. Your favorite grad will love it! One of a kind, it comes with either a 16″ or 18″ chain. Priced at $260.

Wunkywerks Guitars

For the music lover ~ Wunkywerks Guitars are a fun new approach to 3-string slide guitars. Using the simple, straightforward building techniques of cigar box luthiers, these one-of-a-kind art guitars with custom designed bodies using re-purposed, recycled and up-cycled materials. Sizes vary but the guitars average 34″ long, 10″wide and 2″deep. Acoustic and electric models available. Prices start at $200. Custom orders welcomed.

Barbara Klar

Very hip! These heavy weight chains and fobs are designed to be worn to attach keys or wallets to your pants, or wear them as wrap-around bracelets and neck chains. Wear one or more: collect charms that can be added as multiple accents. Handmade of solid Sterling Silver and feature links and chunky locks by Barbara Klar in her Hudson Valley, NY studio.  Vary from 19″ to 24″ in length,  price range $1250-$1500.

Chesnik Scopes

Consider giving Dad or your grad a fascinating “Signet Agate” kaleidoscope, shown above in both brass and chrome finishes. One wheel in this particular style is composed of hand cut Brazilian agate stone, and the second wheel of highly reflective, textured dichroic glass. In combination, they produce intense, colorful images. Handmade by Chesnik Scopes, each retails for $264.

Skeleton Key Necklace

Your grad will treasure this skeleton key necklace by Days Long Gone.  Silver ox swallow brass stamping adds interest to this brass clock key, which measures 2″ long x 1.75″ wide. Hangs from an antique bronze iron cross chain that measures 30″ long, with lobster claw clasp. Necklace retails for $56.

Sleepy Head Mug

For a fun gift, pick up this stoneware sleepy head mug by artist Leslie Hagen. Wheelthrown and then hand sculpted, mug has been twice fired and glazed with iron oxide and robins egg blue with brown eye brows. Holds 14 ounces. Food, dishwasher and microwave safe with care. Signed and dated, it sells for $34.

Zarema Mamedova painting

This textured Red Blossom Tree palette knife painting is a unique addition to home or office. Created by artist Zarema Mamedova, in brilliant red on black and white background, this piece is gallery wrapped canvas and ready to hang. Steeply angled stretcher bars enhance the painting with a dramatic floating effect when hung on the wall. Edges are painted in black. Priced at $250.


Get lucky with this handmade dice-themed eyeglass lanyard, $33 from Stone Mountain Jewelry. Made with Myuki Japanese seed beads, matte black Toho beads, coconut wood beads, Pukalet wood beads and hand carved bone beads. Glass dice have an antique finish which give this lanyard a cool sophisticated look.

Tricia Skoglund Cityscape

Fabulous wall sculpture by artist Tricia Skoglund titled “Cityscape 2014″ will make impact in home or office. Mixed media, acrylics on torch-cut steel mounted on a wood frame, this one of a kind piece measures 32″ H x 50″ W x 3” D and sells for $2500.

Men's Macrame BraceletGive him this Men’s hand-knotted, fiber macrame bracelet by designer Coco Paniora Salinas of Rumi Sumaq. A great look for a retail price of $98. Made of waxed nylon and hematite stones.

Kim Gordon Greeting Card

Congratulations are in order! Celebrate the grad with this card with original design from Kim Gordon. Sleeved card and envelope. Printed in Minnesota, blank inside, FSC-certified paper containing post-consumer fiber, A-7 size (5”x7”). $3.50 Retail.

Trudy Brown quilt art

For the fantasy fan, consider this fiber art from Trudy Brown. Majestic dragon overlooks a castle on a mountain in the distance. Printed on fabric from her original design, then quilted and wrapped around a wood stretcher bar frame. Batik fabric border. Measures 12″ x 16″ and retails for $125, including shipping.

Sabrina Avila cufflinks

Super fun gift choice by Sabrina Avila for Sabyloo. Pop art dog breed cufflinks are original artwork hand crafted and applied onto silver plated cufflinks. Price is 40.00, with many breeds available.

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  1. Wow, what a stunning collection of gifts and amazing artistry! Kudos to each of you.

  2. Great gifts, great artists!

  3. What a wonderfully varied collection, something for every taste & budget. So much talent represented!

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