There are plenty of reasons to buy handmade creations over mass-produced crap. Within the next month or so you’re going to hear all of the mushy-gushy ones, aimed at persuading your conscious.
For starters, when you buy handmade you simultaneously support individual artists and small businesses rather than lining the pockets of cooperate executive who probably don’t need another indoor pool or personal jet. Not to mention that you’re also saying “No!” to inhumane labor practices certain factory-made products utilize. Obviously, this is a pretty big reason for buying handmade in general. Whenever you can, buy a handmade widget over a mass-produced widget. If for no other reason, do so to give yourself the ego boost that going vegetarian hasn’t manage to provide you yet. (I’m not about to give up bacon yet hipsters, keep trying!)
This post isn’t about why you should buy handmade at all, I think those reasons are evident enough for most of you. I’m practically preaching to choir here anyway.
What I’m talking about is the main reason you should buy HANDMADE GIFTS for your friends and family this holiday season.
Of course there are the perks of avoiding tragically crowded retail stores, as much as we all LOVE to hear a trashy-remake of Santa Baby on repeat over the sounds of crying children and bickering spouses. Good times.
No, the MAIN, #1 reason you should buy handmade presents this year is to avoid the repeats.
As migraine-inducing as it is to visit that crowded big box store to buy your presents initially, it’s even worse to have to return at the last minute in order to find something else because you found out Aunt Susan got your nephew the same thing you did.
Handmade products are often entirely unique, personalized, lovable gifts that you won’t find at the local mall or Target. When you buy handmade presents, you don’t have to worry about double-checking with all of the other people that might have gotten the same thing for the same person. You’ll be able to order with confidence, knowing you’ll be giving your loved ones something extra-special and irreplaceable this year.
When you’re sister opens up her package on Christmas morning and exclaims, “Wow! This is beautiful! Where on earth did you find this?”
You can proudly proclaim, “I had an artist from Canada/Texas/Australia/Ohio/Wherever make it for you.”
Oh, yeah. You’ll be the best Christmas-gifter ever. That shyte feels good.