Handmade & Vintage Gift Ideas

In case you're like me and you still have 90% of your holiday shopping to do, 'tis the time for list-making and internet-scavenging! This year, I'm making more of an effort to support small and local businesses. If you want to shop independent and you're not sure where to start, Etsy makes it easy to search across many small businesses for a particular kind of item. You should also check out the comments section of this recent post on the excellent blog Door Sixteen for a roundup of links to all sorts of small businesses. Easy ways to shop local include frequenting independent bookstores, markets, and craft vendors; these shops enrich my life all year long, so it only makes sense to support them during the holidays. 

I often forget about the vintage side of Etsy, but if you do a little searching, you can find some truly unique items. There are so many affordable vintage posters, books, and household objects that might align perfectly with a loved one's special interest or aesthetic. I'm planning to gift a couple of vintage items found on Etsy, and I cannot wait to see the expressions on the recipients' faces when they open them!

These are just a few of the items I've bookmarked this season; if I have time later this week, I'll share a few more. This is probably as close as I'll get to a holiday gift guide this year, if only because I find gift guides so hit-or-miss. (Also, procrastination.) If you want to share your love for a small business, please leave links below! 

Items above, from upper left: VaseCord WrapTerrariumEarringsNecklaceHat

Beyonce x Botticelli

What do you get when you mix classic art and hip hop? The blog and apparel line Fly Art Productions, whose graphic tees, tanks, and sweatshirts combine lyrics from Beyonce, Kanye, Fergie et al. with the masterpieces you studied in art history 101. Created by Gisella Velasco and Toni Poteciano, the mashups lead to some hilariously (ir)reverent spins on famous paintings and their subjects. Here are a few of my favorite pieces: though I'm not usually a wearer of graphic tees, I'm ordering the Beyonce x Botticelli sweatshirt and wishing for this Destiny's Child number in a canine-sized tee. #RenaissanceSwag

// Shop Fly Art at Rad.co and see more at flyartproductions.tumblr.com