Who else is tired of buying? I have serious consumer fatigue. I am trying to take a break from spending, for my economic health and just my general sanity. Here is how I will navigate those gifting situations where you normally need to buy.
Hostess Gift: Homemade No-Knead Bread
Birthday: To make an easy favorite scrubby face mask, mix together honey, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
For kids: Did you know you can make your own temporary tattoos??? It looks so easy!
For soul sisters: How fun to make one of these swing dresses together!
Wedding: A homemade blanket or quilt, or a homemade woven pillow.
A packet of seeds with a loving note and personal illustration.
Thank You: Cinnamon Roasted Pecans
Mother’s Day: Handmade Paper Wreath
Father’s Day: Your top 5 recipes, hand written.
Valentine/ Anniversary: Home cooked meal with a handmade card
Recently, my sister and I visited an antique shop in New Harmony, Indiana and found some pieces we really, really loved. It was such a fun experience that involved connecting with the local owners of this small-town shop and imagining histories of these beautiful objects.
My sister bought these amazing shoes for $18!!! Giving these handmade leather products a new life is more ethical than buying new (often mass-produced) products. They will need a little extra care to prolong their life, but she wore them almost every evening after she bought them.
I bought this beautiful turquoise and silver bolo/ring set for $80. I’ve seen each piece of jewelry sell for twice that on its own when purchased new. These are also handmade, and having been found in an antique store, they have a history and could have come from anywhere. I love speculating about the story that goes with these items. Maybe a cowboy wore them at his wedding, or a Navajo silversmith made them for her father. (They are not stamped as Navajo silver, but bear the markings of traditional Navajo design.)
And then, there is this amazing maker we found on Etsy! These are not repurposed- they are made new. And made with care! Each pair cost $30, which is such a steal for handmade leather shoes, and she made the men’s pair in a custom size for no extra cost. The adorable his/hers pair of keychains were a bonus she through in. I’ve posted about the pair featured below.
I loved finding these one-of-a-kind pieces. Do you have any amazing handmade or repurposed finds that you cherish?