Make an effort this year to support local artists and craftspeople by buying handmade. Forego the crowded malls and chain stores and visit some local boutiques, galleries and markets instead. Not only will you be giving your family and friends something special, but you’ll be giving back to your community as well, and chances are it’ll be a much more enjoyable shopping experience for you.
So I’d like to hear your ideas for handmade gifts – post a comment, share your thoughts or if you’re stuck for ideas, ask for some here. I have a 23-year-old brother to find a present for – any suggestions gratefully received!