Why You Should Buy Handmade this Holiday Season

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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.

Deal with these crowds? No thanks.

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.

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14 thoughts on “Why You Should Buy Handmade this Holiday Season

  1. Between The Weeds: LRStudio November 19, 2012 at 7:26 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Between the Weeds and commented:
    Nicely said Megan so I had to post her words again.

  2. Kim @justByou November 19, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

    You know what…I just had this conversation with someone. Last week was Spirit Week at my son’s school. One of the days was Hat Day, and my son wore his handmade crocheted beanie hat in camo print that we special ordered. He went to school wearing it and got TONS of comments. When all his friends and teachers asked where he got it, he told them, “my mom had a friend make it special for me!” WAY COOL!!!
    ~Kim

    • MegansBeadedDesigns November 19, 2012 at 9:03 am Reply

      A PERFECT example of why handmade is so much more awesome. Thanks for sharing Kim!

  3. Heather November 19, 2012 at 11:34 am Reply

    I’m not into heading to the stores during the holiday season either, hell grocery shopping is bad enough in the off season why would I subject myself to the insanity of retail shopping ON PURPOSE! Anywho, this year I made many of the Christmas gifts I’ll giving out (thanks Pinterest for all your wonderfulness) and I bought the rest mostly from Etsy with just a few toys for my kiddo bought off Totsy. She’s got to have her Dora stuff! I do love the uniqueness buying handmade brings, like you mentioned you’ll never have to worry about repeat (or boring) gifts!

    • MegansBeadedDesigns November 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm Reply

      Exactly Heather. I love me a fun shopping trip, but not this time of year! Besides, when it comes to gifts especially, handmade is just so much more meaningful.

  4. Jessie Yost November 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Excellent point. For my nephew’s b-day this year I gave him the same book I had already given him on a previous holiday. Quite embarrassing.

    • MegansBeadedDesigns November 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm Reply

      HAHA! That’s too funny. I’m sure we’ve all done something like that one one occasion or another.

  5. Jen Anderson November 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm Reply

    I completely agree. I’m giving a lot of handmade gifts this year for my closest friends. I’m going to post this to FB.

  6. sueswordfitlyspoken November 20, 2012 at 5:59 am Reply

    Wonderful Megan, as always! I have to say that the hunt for handmade is also a very satisfying one as an artist myself. I get to see so much talent out there. Also with handmade you can be assured that each unique item is a successful one – no lemons, as you can get with mass-produced. Chances are you will not get that electronic gizmo that so and so wanted, but there are also some very creative artists out there who sell the covers for those gizmos, or other accessories to accompany them.
    Thanks again!

    • MegansBeadedDesigns November 20, 2012 at 8:12 am Reply

      Exactly Sue. I may not have been able to buy my e-reader handmade, but I most certainly made sure to buy a handmade cover for it (that I LOVE.) :-)

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