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We’re Giving Handmade Gifts This Year — and These Are Our Favorites Under $100

published Dec 7, 2023
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It’s no coincidence that some of the best gifts we’ve ever gotten were handmade: There will always be something extra special about receiving a unique creation made by an independent artist. And we love shopping for these kinds of gifts, too. Spotting something whimsical, crafty, or creative and knowing just the person who’ll love it — well, that feels like a present all its own.

This year, we’re finding that feeling over and over again at the new MakerPlace by Michaels. Long our favorite destination for craft supplies, Michaels now has its own platform to help makers sell their handmade designs to creative gift-givers like you.

Think of MakerPlace like a digital village of cute boutiques and artisan shops: an online marketplace of one-of-a-kind jewelry, home decor, art, clothing, and so much more. With new listings added daily, you can discover artisan treasures for everyone on your shopping list — and support small makers in the process. Here are some items we’re eyeing this year.

And remember: Because you’re supporting independent artists and makers, be sure to check each seller’s holiday shipping deadlines to ensure your gifts arrive in time!

Credit: Once Upon a Felt on MakerPlace by Michaels

Even the folks who seem to have everything probably don’t have one of these: Just send the maker a photo, and she’ll turn it into one-of-a-kind felt art! Use a beloved family pic or give your favorite animal lover a pet portrait for a surprise they’re sure to cherish.

Credit: Damzelle Creations on MakerPlace by Michaels

Is there a better word for these cuties than delightful? With their whimsical shape and sweet candy colors, they’re an unexpected alternative to tapers and jarred candles. Buy extra for your friend who loves quirky decor, pastel palettes, or subtle ambiance.

Credit: Sun Sprinkles on MakerPlace by Michaels

We dare you to feast your eyes on these cheeky ceramics without smiling. Adorned with brightly colored shapes and squiggles (and one very chic tiger), these mini vases look just as good empty as they do filled with flowers. Anyone with a flair for boho style or maximalist accents will be thrilled to receive one.

Credit: Imagine Peace Pottery on MakerPlace by Michaels

For a coffee or tea lover, there are few things more satisfying than a great mug. We love the heft of this handmade beauty, which features an unglazed clay base and a glazed body reminiscent of a blue sky. It’d make a lovely gift packaged with the recipient’s brew of choice.

Credit: Ellingboe Wood Craft on MakerPlace by Michaels

This is for the loved one who prefers to savor a different kind of beverage. Made of gorgeous black or claro walnut, these boards are designed to hold four or six small glasses for an elegant tasting experience. For an extra special touch, get it laser engraved.

Credit: Glitter and Glow Co on MakerPlace by Michaels

We love ugly sweaters as much as the next person. But if you REALLY want to look stylish at holiday parties this year, may we recommend festive statement earrings? These floppy bows are lovingly handmade from polymer clay and have nickel-free, stainless steel posts. They’re fancy enough to dress up any December outfit and versatile enough to wear year-round, too.