This pendant was ordered by one of my friends for a Christmas gift :)
Ένας φίλος μου το παράγγελε για να το κάνει δώρο στα Χριστούγεννα :)
Этот кулон был выполнен по специальному заказу, как подарок к Рождеству :)
Here are 10 awesome reasons to buy handmade gifts this year:
1. You support local artisans, and therefore their local economy and
community. Supporting local business has a huge list of benefits all to
itself, far too many to list here, but it’s a good thing, trust me.
You get high-quality items that are built to last, not all the stuff
that has the “How cheap can I produce this?” mentality. It’ll probably
fall apart in a year or two, but handmade items have longevity.
Artisans have pride in their work, and want it to last. Even the
materials are hand-picked by an individual, and what big manufacturing
company can say that?
3. Your gifts are the best on the block.
Cool, trendy, unique, and usually one-of-a kind, you can find some
really awesome handmade stuff that’ll make everyone ask “Where can I get
4. Customization! Since each and every item is made by
hand, and you are usually talking directly to the person making it, you
can tweak the color or size of something you are interested in, or even
get a fully commissioned custom order done. This avoids you having the
excuse of “it was all the store had left.” Want a cool case for your
new gadget, but maybe you have some weird size the store doesn’t offer?
Get is custom made to your exact dimensions! Doggie sweaters from the
store never quite fit your beloved pooch? Customization to the rescue!
The possibilities are endless really.
5. You’re helping the
environment. It’s always a nice feeling to ‘go green’ isn’t it?
Handmade items aren’t made in a waste-producing factory and shipped
halfway around the world using fuel and energy. Buying handmade
(especially really locally) can greatly reduce your carbon footprint on
6. You gain a unique connection with an artisan. You
can be in direct contact with the person who made the item with their
own hands. For some reason this is just really cool. I mean, think
about how awesome it’d be to meet your favorite clothing designer,
artist, author, or chef. It’s kinda like that feeling, but on a much
smaller and more intimate scale.
7. Let’s not forget the warm
fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped support someone very directly. For
example, when you purchase something from my shop, you just helped put
food on the table for another meal (and I thank you deeply for that).
You don’t have to pay the shop’s cashier and the various levels of
management and the supplier and the designer and the manufacturer,
because just one person is all those things!
8. Avoid crowded stores. How annoying is it to maneuver yourself (and
your cart, and possibly kids) through packed store aisles only to fight
with someone for the last thing on the shelf then wait in a line for
hours with a cart full of stuff and realize you still need to get
something for your mother-in-law or coworker or neighbor? Talk about
stressful. Buy handmade items at local craft fairs, markets, and
boutiques, or shop online to avoid people altogether.
9. Get it
gift wrapped. This may not apply to all handmade goods, but a large
number of sellers do offer a gift wrapping service (sometimes even
free). Even if it’s not free, the few dollars it costs you may be well
worth it, especially if you can’t find the gift wrap you bought last
year so you have to go out to another crowded store to buy more, then
find a free afternoon to clear space on the crowded dining room table
for all the wrapping paper, tape, scissors, gift bags, tissue paper, and
gifts. Save time and energy!
10. Get it all done at once. Find a
large craft show in your area and get all that holiday shopping done at
once. Craft shows usually offer a much wider range of goods than your
typical store, so you don’t need to run to a bunch of different places
to get everything you need. This is even easier if you shop online.
Online marketplaces have goods from thousands of handmade artists all
over the country, and from around the world, so you’ll have no excuse
not to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Всякий раз с наступлением нового года страницы различных ювелирных
порталов начинают пестрить сообщениями о ювелирной моде на предстоящий
год. Что прогнозируют эксперты, какое влияние на ювелирные украшения
окажут цены на драгоценные металлы, какие модные тренды и направления
ожидаются в нынешнем году?