MarfDaze’s Second Annual List of Handmade Gift Suggestions

In search of holiday gifts to give your lovies?

I’ve once again scoured the Web for good stuff just for you, Gentle Reader. And this time, it’s personal. I’ve road tested each of these products and I am in love.

In no particular order:

1. These fancy ear baubles from ElegantEarCuffs

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Back in the late 20th century, there was a curious invention called the earcuff — a punky bit of cartilage-crunching flair for young‘uns who couldn’t commit to piercings. I had one with a little dangly cross when I was about 14.

Anyway, Fiona, a fabulous craftslady with 21st century taste, has reimagined edgy earcuffs as elegant statement pieces that can be worn to the office, parties, or to one’s sewing studio for late-night stitchery. And they are as comfortable as they are pretty. They are shapeable and rest nicely on your lobes, so there’s no need to squeeze your poor ear in any way.

2. This shiny, shiny nail polish from LynBDesigns

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I am a fan of the BBC’s Sherlock, but that’s not why I love this James Moriarty-inspired nail polish. It’s the colors. Rich blues and blacks with sparkles that mesmerize in the sunlight. I don’t care that I look like a weirdo waving my hand in front of my face, catching the light, because, Oooooooooh. Spaaaaaaaarkly.

3. These amazing crafting doodads available at Cloth and Bobbin

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Ok, technically, not a handmade thing, but I promise you that your sewing friends will love you bunches more if you get them Wonder Clips. They come in handy when working on materials that would be damaged by pins, such as leather and oilcloth. I like to use them when I’m sewing at craft fairs because they’re much easier to keep track of than straight pins.

4. This unbelievably cute Droid Apron from PandorasProductions

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Pandora makes clever and meticulously constructed aprons for cosplay. (While they are certainly built for stamina and the rigors of the kitchen, I would never put my precious Pandora creations (I have a TARDIS, too) in the line of fire that is my, um, ebullient cooking style.) Her stuff is simply the best.

5. This surprisingly rugged ring from Simply Charmed 21

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I like rings, but I have chubby fingers and it can be hard to find rings that fit. Happily, Etsy is teeming with ring makers who make custom sizes. I particularly appreciate the amethyst wire-wrapped ring I got from Simply Charmed 21 because it has stood up to its share of punishment. I’ve worn it almost everyday for six months straight. It’s just fine after hiking, weight lifting, craft fair tent set ups, dish washing, etc.

Plus, it’s cute!

Happy Holidays! I’ll be back next week with tales of my adventures at this weekend’s Walker Stalker Con.

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