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20+ upcycled gift ideas to buy- shop small!

20+ upcycled gift ideas to buy- shop small!

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A curated list of upcycled christmas gift ideas to buy from small shops.

20+ upcycled gift ideas to buy- shop small!

This post is a little different from 99% of my blog! I normally highlight things to make or patterns and kits to buy that let you make something but I’ve heard from a few readers that they wanted suggestions of where to BUY when they didn’t want to DIY. All of these small shops are working with upcycled materials in some part, I had *so* much fun researching this list and even bought a few things for myself.

One of the shops I contacted about including them, asking permission to use their photos, turned me down because my blog was “for makers” and not for lifestyle and influencers or what have you. Which is totally their prerogative and part of why I ask! But it really got me to thinking, I feel like it is an unnecessary tension between makers and small businesses. I buy stuff alll the time that I could make – whether it is a handsewn product, restaurant food, or a PDF form. I’m buying it because I’d rather pay them and save the time, or maybe they have a unique print or feature I love, or buying all the materials for something would be cost prohibitive, I’d rather just buy it premade.

Anyway, all of that to say of course don’t be rude and look at someone’s product and ask them how they made it, blatantly copy it and sell it, or talk about how you could make it (that applies mostly to in person shows of course). Some things on this list are things I have made, or already have tutorials for or even tutorials planned for in the future – but of course I’m not going to start selling a pattern for a sweater bluejay ornament. I actually found something made FROM two of my patterns at a local handmade market this morning so it can really be a circle.

SO I hope you have fun shopping! Most of all, I think people who are makers appreciate and understand the pricing and work that goes into something handmade. I love shopping small almost as much as I love making things (and sometimes more, depending on the project, ha!).

If you’re not keen on upcycled gifts, Etsy also has a personalized gift section of suggestions that has great ideas!



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Sharon

Friday 2nd of December 2022

Thanks so much Stephanie for reminding makers not to copy other makers' creations. It's important to respect one another.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 2nd of December 2022

Definitely!

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