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We’ve discovered a host of Memphis moms and dads whose handcrafted toys, jewelry, and jackets will make your holiday shine. Happy shopping!
Need a roomy bag? Texstyle Bags by Samilia Colar combine clean lines with inventive design, even rich ethnic prints from Nigeria. Her bags will make you stand out from the crowd. • $50+ | Available at texstylebags.com, or locally at K’PreSha’s (323 South Main) and 5 in 1 Social Club (2535 Broad Avenue).
Winter calls for stylish wraps and that’s the focus at De Novo. Memphis designer Elizabeth Holliday works with lush fabrics like Italian Merino boiled wool and alpaca wool that make her sophisticated designs flattering as well as warm. “I like the personal aspect of selling one-on-one,” says Holliday, who recently showed at the Tennessee Craft Fair in Nashville. • $250+ | At Denovostyle.com
Handsome oak and maple toy chests by carpenter Doug Swenson are perfect for keeping clutter at bay. In addition, Swenson turns bowls, baseball bats, and more from exotic woods. • $100+ | Available at Facebook.com/Swencomillwork or email@example.com
Biggy Piggy creates sweet felt animals and dolls hand-stitched by artist Jamie Acor. Many of her ideas stem from Golden Book illustrations from the 1950s. From giraffes and birds to little piggies, you’ll want to bring these friends home. • $10-$100 | At biggypiggy.etsy.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautiful fused glass pendants, bracelets, and cuffs define the work of Elucido Glass. Using kiln-fired glass and metal, artist Lisa Butts marries rich colors with interesting metalwork and beading to make her fused glass jewelry truly unique. • $20-$300 | Available on Facebook.com/LisaButts.ElucidoGlass
Metalsmith Nancy LaPlace designs beautiful bracelets, earrings, and necklaces using fine metals and semi-precious stones. Her love of nature is reflected in her choice of materials, with delicate bracelets in silver, copper, and 14K gold-fill. • $30-$300 | At nancylaplacedesigns.com
Want a cool reminder of Memphis? Artist Andrea Manard puts together mixed media collages that capture unique visuals from around the city. Drawing from her huge paper collection of old maps, photographs, and quirky memorabilia, you’ll find something special in her one-of-a-kind wall hangings. • $35-$400 | At andreamanard.com
Whimsical creatures by Mr. Sogs make a colorful addition to any playroom. Created by University of Memphis art grad Joelle Medici, her business started with baby gifts for friends. Now, her sea sucker, penguins, and bumbles of all shapes are carried by more than 130 shops nationally. • $22-$50 | At mrsogs.com
When you’re in the market for handmade goods, check out WinterArts. Their pop-up store opens November 29 and runs through Christmas Eve. Located in the old J.Jill storefront. • The Shops of Saddle Creek North, 7605 West Farmington Rd. Find them on Facebook here.