2011 Handmade Gifts for Older Kids and Teens

Today I’m featuring some handmade gift ideas for older kids and teens. Shopping handmade contributes to local economies, supports small business, and often helps with recycling. Join the handmade movement and purchase handmade this year.

All these gifts suggestions are handmade, and because I have great taste… the artisans that I’ve featured have exceptional designs and products!

  • Here is a great gift idea for the teen who’s not girly-girl but still likes to wear some jewelry. From the artisan… “A leather and sterling silver bracelet you will never take off. Custom stamped with your personalized message.” You can purchase this bracelet or other personalized jewelry from Studio Jewel.

  • A little bold and retro for the boy who needs a time keeper. From the artisan… “1-1/2″ wide of hand-cut vegetable-tanned leather, treated with an oil to give the band a supple and broken-in feel.” You can purchase this watch or others from Creative Urges.

  • A lovely original, one of a kind, fiber art piece that can go from middle school to college and beyond. A gift to last for years. From the artisan… “In this original, one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered work of fiber art, three circular or oval flowers are featured. They were cut out from fabric scraps in lavendar, purple, white, gray, and pale blue. I then used embroidery thread to adhere them to the medium gray cotton background, and used the embroidery thread to also create many little details within each flower. Their stems are a single line of thread, and from the stems you can see tiny leaves, swirls, and little threaded pods.” You can purchase this lovely embroidered piece of others from Sometimes I Swirl.

  • A manly skull tankard for the guy who needs to be tough and get his morning brew. From the artisan… “This very large tankard sports a single large skull and crossbones with XX Zombie Eyes. It has a soft feathering of various blue-green copper colored glazes in gloss and satin textures with a little pale white that blend bronze/black where they meet and blend with the matte/metallic black skull and crossbones outline. The interior is a satin creamy clear. This stein feels really nice to hold- the wavy handle is very comfortable and the cup is weighted well.” You can purchase this mug from Nicole Pangas. Please note at the publication of this post Nicole was in the middle of production. She will have more mugs available the week of 11/21/11.

  • A pretty yet durable leather journal for those daily happenings, romantic dreams, or angst-ridden diatribes. From the artisan… “This adorable yellow leather journal will fit well in your purse or backpack and can be carried with you everywhere you go.” You can purchase this wonderful journal or others from The Binding Bee.

  • A graphic tee for the Ninja in your life. From the artisan… “This is My new Ninja Boy Tee. Each shirt is hand-printed by me, so slight imperfections and color variations will exist.” You can purchase this design or others from Namu.

  • This cutie is perfect for the tween girl who is not quite grown-up. From the artisan… ” Meet Rafe. Rafe has all the rakish charm and sophistication of a cultured French bachelor. If he were a person, you’d spot Rake at the nearest cafe, espresso in hand reading Sartre; because fiction is so pedestrian, non? Rafe is a philosopher, a poet and an activist. His shaggy brown fur is like that guy who rolls out of bed with the hair that looks like messy perfection.” You can purchase Rafe or other personalities from Bijou Kitty.

  • For the fan of steampunk or alternative history a wonderful print of King Congo. From the artist… “From the series “Order of Nefarious Villains.” Imagining an alternate world in which Steampunk villains inhabit a Victorian society, the Order of Nefarious Villains are represented from a variety of countries, each with their own unique abilities.” Your can purchase King Congo or many other villains from Chet Art.

All photographs are the property of their respective owners. Photographs used for illustrative purposes only.

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