Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Handmade in KC Holiday Shopping List

My Handmade in KC Holiday Shopping List
by Laura of Handmade by Lolo Z

While I am one of those who don’t start shopping for Christmas gifts until MUCH closer to the big day, one can’t help but be very aware that the holiday shopping season is upon us!  Once again this year, I am working on making 2014 a Handmade & Local Holiday.  With a wide variety of people on my list (I am the oldest of 5 siblings, my husband the youngest of 5) buying handmade can be challenging but is always SO REWARDING!  

So here in my Handmade in Kansas City Christmas Shopping List

The Kids – I have just shy of twenty kids between my daughters, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and kids of very close friends to shop for.  Ages range from 2-20 and interest range is just as broad.  Luckily, the Handmade in KC artists are just as diverse as the little ones on my list!  Here are a few things that fit the bill!

I also have a slew of women folk that need gifts!  Between mom, mother-in-law, sisters, sisters –in-laws, adult nieces and my very best girl friends, there are about 15 females with 15 different styles and needs!  I found perfect gifts for each in these Handmade in KC member shops!


There are fewer men on my list, but I do have my husband, dads/in law, brothers/in laws!  But what do you know… I found perfect purchases for them, as well,  in some basic MALE gifting categories -  edible, sports related or Star Wars.
This post was originally going to be about WHY we should shop handmade and got derailed once I started visiting each of the pages for some pictures and the shopaholic inside took over.  

So, the main point of all of this is that there are so many reasons for buying local and handmade, but FOR ME the best part of shopping for others is finding just the right gift that shows how special they are to you and there is no better way to do that than handmade!  

Each item is as unique as the person for which it was purchased!  
Clearly, if we look at the big picture, the most important reason why we should by handmade and local is simply that if we don’t support our small local businesses, they won’t be able to continue to exist.  Not to mention, you can build relationships with your local handmade sellers that you just can’t with large retail stores!  Every customer is vitally important to a small local handmade artisan – and they will treat you that way!  I love getting the handwritten notes, seeing special personal touches and just being remembered – your name, your favorites.  

Finally, I love the emotional connection that comes with buying handmade… that indescribable feeling of knowing you have purchased something SPECIAL, something unique, something with love built right in to it.  
Being a maker myself, I know the care and attention to detail that goes into making each item.  
You aren’t just buying a THING – you are buying a tangible piece of that artist’s heart and soul.

I encourage each of you to visit the Events tab and check out some of the places that the Handmade in KC members will be in the next few months.  There are links to each of our shops on the Sellers tab.

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