2nd Annual Great Handmade Holiday Gift Guide – Under $50

The official Holiday Shopping Season has begun! Check out these fabulous “under $50″ gifts by artists and craftspeople, all Handmade in America.


cutting board


Make a statement in the kitchen. This unusual cutting board with a map of the world is handmade from reclaimed popular wood by Richwood Creations, $42.00. Dimensions are 13″ x 9 1/2″. Other types of wood are available – just ask!


travertine coasters


Continuing the map theme, these 4″ x 4″ travertine coasters by Paper and Place can be custom created to bring back memories of favorite destinations. Your maps will be clipped from a book, distressed and sealed with several layers of sealant. $45.00 retail. Give these to someone you love to travel with!


recycled earrings


Funky handmade earrings created by Emma Lalumandier of Lamplighter Jewelry are a festive gift for a favorite person! Made of copper, washer, midnight blue cultured pearl, sterling silver and patina, they measure 2 1/4″ from the top of the silver earring wires and are priced at $35.00.


shoe clock


Need a gift for a shoe lover? Check out this colorful clock by Pam Corwin of Paper Scissors Rock, $34.00. Created from an original painting, the clock is made from a print dry mounted onto black foam board and heat sealed with a protective laminate – but looks just like a ceramic tile. The Quartz movement runs on a single AA battery. Each clock comes in it’s own gift box.


Nest Ornament


How sweet. This little nest of eggs is an ornament ready to hang on your tree. Made by Marie Mayhew, the nest is knit using wool yarns and natural fibers, with tiny needle-felted eggs inside. Comes in a gift box with the Legend of the Christmas Nest inside. $24.00 each.


whale pendant


Inspired by a whale’s tail, this sterling silver pendant is 1″ x 3/4″ . Handmade by artist Jared Richards, it comes on an 18″  faceted ball chain for $48.00.  It represents strength, prosperity, abundance, fertility, and a great respect for the sea. Does someone on your list need this lovely treasure?


ceramic mugs


For your favorite commuter, Sara Hunter Designs offers these travel mugs made of white earthenware clay, lead free and food safe underglaze paints and glazes. $28.00 each.  Super convenient to use – heat up your coffee directly in the microwave in one of these wonderful mugs!


watercolor pendants


One-of-a-kind art makes a thoughtful gift. Watercolor artist Kim Shirley places her whimsical original paintings into metal pendants, sealed with resin. Each one measures 1″ x 1″ and is $35.00 retail. Choose from florals or fun animal designs.




Sing in the  holiday season with these delightful Christmas cards featuring Roosters Caroling, from artist Sarah Hudock of Lighthearted Art. These 5″ x 7″ cards come in a boxed set of one dozen for $36.50, which includes shipping.


shrink art jewelry


Artist Marci Molina reminds us “Do What You Love” on this fun necklace made from shrink film – Yes, like Shrinky Dinks but all grown up! It measures 1.125″ long x 1.25″ wide and comes with a 16″ or 18″ stainless steel magnetic choker. Retails for $30.00. Check for more inspiring word jewelry on her website.




A charming and useful gift for someone who cooks is Claudia True’s “Cooking with Friends” calendar, $22.00. Each month has a recipe from a friend with cute story, and a painting by Claudia to interpret it. Printed on glossy paper, it measures 11″ x 17″.


Clock Pendants


It’s time for the holidays, so share one of these fun time-themed polymer clay pendants by Jeannie Dukic, $20 each. This collection is called “Time Flies” and will be a really conversation piece for the lucky recipient!


handmade soap

Cold press soap in Cranberry Punch by Soap for Your Soul is festive and fruity with a spicy note. Each 4-4.5 oz. bar of handmade soap retails for $6.75, but you will want to pick up several for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Soap comes in gift packaging made from 100% recycled and/or reused materials.


Copper Bracelet


Very stylish. Cocoon wrapped beads link with figure eights in this unusual handmade bracelet by AmyRenee Cornelius of Satorious Designs. Made with 18 gauge and 20 gauge copper wire and given a patina for an antique look. 8″ long and sells for $42.00




Pretty floral compact from artist Melissa Burnes is actually a photograph of a kaleidoscope design. Inside are both regular and magnifying mirrors. This compact measures 2 3/4″ in diameter, and retails for $14.00. A very unusual gift for someone on your list!




Perfect for the gardener who is itching to get outside after the weather warms. This garden plaque from Poemstones is actually made from a type of ceramic sculpted in shape of a stone, with vintage font lettering. Approximately 10″ x 12″, weighing 6 lbs., it sells for  $50.00.


glass pens


A wonderful handmade gift, these blown glass, refillable ink pens are $15.00 each or two for $25.00 from Delish Glass. Each pen is 6 inches long and 3/8 inch around.


greeting cards


Share the joy! Six festive greeting cards featuring a colorful ornament with the text “Joy” and a row of snowflakes from Becky Tomac of Oh Geez! Design. Blank inside for your personal message, they have matching bright red envelopes and come in a clear cello sleeve. $12.50 for the set.



rose studs


From Harlequin & Lionhead, stud earrings that feature a little rose in full bloom. Cast in brass/bronze and then brush plated with 24K gold to slow down the tarnishing process. The earring posts are of sterling silver. 5/16″ of an inch in diameter, these little beauties retail for $48.00 and will melt her heart.


nutcracker ornament


This dashing nutcracker ornament will be perfect on the tree. 2 1/2″ high plus his little feet and stylish cap. Artist Doreen Kassel sculpts her creations by hand out of polymer, over glass and paints them with multiple coats of oil paints. $49.00 each.




A charming gift for the geek! The circuit board pieces in these cufflinks are hand cut and combined with resin for shine and protection. The silvertone cufflinks have a swivel back and are 3/4″  across. Made by Amanda Preske, they sell for $35 per set.


cat magnets


Cute magnet set for the cat lover, this tin of fun designs is the creation of artist Liane Fried. Selling for $19.25, these will give their fridge some “catitude”.


ivy vase


Patina copper ivy leaf wall vase is made from earthenware clay by artist Beth Clouse. The pillow shaped vase itself measures approximately 8-3/4″ tall and 3″ wide.  Perfect for indoors or out. $25.00 buys this special gift.


silk sack


Here’s a lovely and functional idea as a gift – a “silk sack” which can wrap a bottle of wine, or cover a vase beautifully. Handmade by artist Ellen Brook, each is unique. Only $17.00 each.




A beautiful red cardinal greets the winter day in this print from artist Cindy Lindgren. The 8″ x10″ giclee print with rich inks on a fine art paper is $30.00 retail. Frame not included.


bracelet green


Fun and trendy Green Crazy Lace Bohemian Bracelet by YaY Jewelry will be a big hit. $38.00 buys this 8″ stylish handmade accessory, made with agate, silver plated brass and Czech glass.




Delightful paperweights with designs created by Jean Rill-Alberto of With Heart by Hand are 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ ovals, with coordinating colored felt on the bottom. $28.00 each.


organic moisturizer


A lovely daily moisturizer, Saving Face Salve is organic to calm, sooth and hydrate the skin without icky chemicals. Wonderfully scented, it is made by Emily at Sustainable Shanti. $15.00 for a 2 ounce tin.


monster alphabet


Have a little monster who needs a gift? Don’t miss the “Monster Alphabet” poster by artist Gretchen Deahl. This 13″ x 9″ fun art image shows monsters celebrating from A to Z. $30.00 retail.


map bracelet


Map bracelet is custom made to your specifications – want to celebrate the places you have traveled as a couple? Give her a special treat from The Blueprint Custom Made Gifts, Shiny Sterling Silver 7 1/2″ overlay bracelet, $45.00.


iPad Bag


Super versatile bag will hold an iPad or tablet with room for wallet, keys, glasses on the side. Attach the strap and you have a shoulder bag, adjust the strap and you have a cross body bag, remove the strap and you have a clutch. Padded, with secure zipper. From Rose Duffy of DAGhandbags, only $45.00.


glass ornaments


How elegant! Blown glass tree ornaments from Sokoloff Glass, in a classic style. Made with Borosilicate Glass, they are $26 – $28 each and can be more than 6″ long. Not to be missed!


beach print


For the beach lover dreaming of their next vacation, this lovely photograph by Vena Sensenbaugh captures a perfect moment. Taken at Oklaloosa Island, in Northwest Florida. 8″ x 10″ print is priced at $20.00.


wine glasses


Gorgeous for the home! Beautifully etched wine glasses by Art Parlor with flowing poinsettia designs, $38.00 for the pair. Each holds 20 oz. and is dishwasher safe.


eiffel tower


Ooh La La! The perfect gift for a Francophile, this charming tree ornament is handmade by Darlene Koppel. She used  vinyl wood, decorative paper, art stamps, glitter, cord, and ribbon in this original piece, which measures  4 3/4″ tall x 2 1/2″. $12.50 retail.


wine stoppers


Clever and functional, these wine stoppers are made with handmade glass cabochons by Francesca DeCaire, and are hand sculpted one at a time. $27.00 each.


earring holder


Here’s a smart way to keep her jewelry – wheel thrown base with a handbuilt top, this jewelry holder has an impressed lace design. Room for plenty of earrings, and other jewelry on top. By SheaClay Pottery, it measures 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Sells for $32.00.


bird ornament


A little bluebird to decorate the tree, $12.00 from Raven Hill Pottery. Made from a porcelain and stoneware blend, it is high-fired and hangs from a natural hemp cord. Dimensions 3″ x 2 1/4″.


peppermint soap


Mmmmm . . . love that smell of peppermint! Angelic Soaps and Gifts serves up an herbal bath soap which adds minty sweetness while conditioning your skin. $4.75 per bar, each around 4 oz.



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  1. What a wonderful selection of gifts. I am particuarly fond of the work of artist Melissa Burnes. She makes the most awesome kaleidoscope designs. From jewelry to accessories, really would be difficult to select just one to have…but then again, there is no limit!

  2. This is a wonderful collection of unique and affordable gifts. You have included something for everyone and every budget.

  3. Thanks for including my work in the 2nd Annual Great Handmade Holiday Gift Guide – Under $50! Great collection!

  4. Thank you for including my creation in your 2012 Gift Guide! I am honored to be a part of this amazing collection of work!

  5. Thank you for including my Lighthearted Art Roosters Caroling cards! I am thrilled to be included in your list!

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