Buy Handmade

Why to Buy Handmade This Holiday Season (and All Year Round)

by Michelle Seitzer, Freelance Writer

Scenario 1: The alarm jolts you out of your Thanksgiving coma at 3:30am. You slowly rise to your feet, dress in multiple layers, and prepare yourself to face the onslaught of crazed holiday shoppers, long lines, and hours of exposure to the elements — all for the “big savings” and to be the first in your household to have that exclusive item that millions of others want.

Scenario 2: The thought of a leftover turkey sandwich and a cup of hot coffee pulls you from a good night’s sleep after enjoying time with family and a delicious Thanksgiving meal. You sit at the table and begin creating your gift list, marking which local stores you plan to hit on Small Business Saturday, and which online shops and marketplaces you’ll visit from the comfort of your own home on Cyber Monday.

I know which one I’d choose.

Speaking of Cyber Monday, avoid the websites of box store/mass retailers that day. Their websites will probably be bogged down due to all the traffic, and you’ll likely end up feeling just as frustrated as you would standing in line at the store on Black Friday. Consider instead sites that specialize in handmade, one-of-a-kind items, sites that feature gifts that appeal to all ages, personalities, and budgets, sites that allow you to choose a gift that will actually mean something more than a bitter “I waited in line and knocked elbows for 5 hours in the freezing cold with obnoxious, rude people so you better like this” kind of gift.

But besides the obvious benefits of shopping local or virtual, there really is nothing like a handmade gift, a gift that demonstrates craftsmanship, a gift to show off to friends, a gift that was not mass-produced overseas or built to last.

Craftsmen and craftswomen, and creative, unconventional gift-givers everywhere, let’s continue the momentum started by initiatives like Small Business Saturday (learn more about where to shop, how to promote your small business, and how to rally your community here). Let’s start a movement that encourages people to buy and sell extraordinary gifts. Let’s think out of the box when it comes to gift-giving this holiday season, and all year round.

If beautiful, handcrafted woodworks are the gifts you’d love to share — either as a maker or a giver — start your selling and shopping right here at Generation Woodworks.

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One Response to “Buy Handmade”

  1. David says:

    Hi Wade,

    Well written article. As a cabinet maker myself, I think the idea of given a “more personal” hand crafted gift is superb, although my only concern would be would the receiver appreciate it as much as you do?

    They should as it takes a lot more time, effort and work to do.

    Looking forward to browsing and reading more from you,

    Dave Ans