The Small-Batch Holiday: Artisan-Made Gifts to Give This Season (All Under $250)
For meaningful, one-of-a-kind gifts that support independent makers—this year in particular—we vote small-batch over big-box, every time.
Enter Wescover, which ticks this box without even a need to leave home. The online marketplace allows you to browse offerings from individual “Creators” all over the globe—or connect with an artisan to create something bespoke. There are handmade wares of all sorts—ceramics, housewares, art prints, even handmade furniture and statement-making lighting by local designers—for everyone on your list, plus “buy now” offerings for the last-minute gifters among us. Or, you can filter by location to find makers near you.
Take a look at a few of our favorite picks to gift from Wescover this year, from an artist-made throw pillow to a singular brass hook—all under $250.
Above: The Handmade Stoneware Dinner Set($209.95) by Creating Comfort Lab is made in the Ukraine and has the look of concrete; each set includes a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and coffee cup.Above: The ”Flint” Throw Pillow Cover ($128) is the work of LA-based mixed media artist and textile designer K’era Morgan, woven in 100 percent cotton with a canvas back.
Above: Pocket-sized but not short on practicality (or style): A Solid Raw Brass Hook ($98) by Mumbai-based Mi&Gei Hardware Design Studio is made using recycled brass and is available in three finishes: brass, satin nickel, or carbon brass.
Above: Meditation Cushions ($168) by California brand Home are made from vintage hemp remnants and come in 10 colorways, from natural to true blue.Above: Keep maker Elana Gabriel’s Iris Tea Towel ($36) on hand for impromptu gifting through the season (it would make an excellent offering for the holiday party host). It’s made from ethically produced Lithuanian flax and screen-printed with water-based inks in Portland, OR.Above: One of Wescover’s many art offerings, the Bastille Print on Canvas by Vista, CA-based design studio Upton comes with sewn eyelets for easy hanging; a wooden hanging bar is available as an add-on. The print starts at $185.Above: Qadimi’sFarzana Rug in Terracotta (from $144) is flat-woven from long-staple Ghazni wool with bands of striped detailing.Above: And for the chef, plant parent, or consummate organizer: AHanging Dowel Kit by Keyaiira Leather + Fiber is easily assembled and can be used to store (and display) everything from wooden kitchen utensils to bath essentials to small planters. A kit starts at $36.