(Graphic: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight)
Here at TueNight we love to think of ourselves as crafty and creative, but the fact is we’re busy and distracted and still haven’t quite finished that scarf we started knitting in 2007. That’s why we’re grateful for our relationship with Great.ly and the textile designers, artists, jewelry makers, knitters and carpenters who actually put their tremendous skills to use. There’s no better way to say “I care” than by giving something handmade while supporting a true artisan. You can finish that scarf next year.
1. Flower Designs Coloring Book
For your work friend who knows more about your daily life struggles than your mom does. These grown-up coloring books are ravishingly pretty yet inexpensive enough to justify as a sweet treat. And there’s a reason these books are trendy among stressed-out adults; they’re highly meditative.
2. Gold foil lip print
There’s something so Debbie Harry about these luxe gold lips. Remind your old college pal of your youthful indiscretions with this fabulous minimalist print.
3. Leather and copper air plant holder
For your bud who wants to grow plants and just can’t, a trio of air plants in this handsome holder (air plants not included!) are about as simple as it gets. Warning: The holder does not guarantee a green thumb.
4. Envelope clutch in giraffe print
This linen-lined clutch is so sophisticated and playful at the same time — it’s the perfect charmer for your fashionable friend who dreads the dreary winter season.
5. Silver cuff ring
This sterling silver cuff is on my own list this year. It’s strong yet delicate, classic yet unusual. Gift it to the pal who has helped you through everything from breakups to bad haircuts.
6. Photo, print and embroidery thread artwork
I love giving artwork; it’s supremely unique and never goes out of style. This jaunty collage manages to be both old-fashioned and feminist, making it the ideal gift for the friend who talked you into attending your first protest.
7. Baby alpaca throw
Sometimes your friend needs a hug. And sometimes that hug takes the form of a wonderfully soft and lightweight Scandinavian-inspired throw blanket.
See more of our Great.ly 2015 Holiday Picks here!
Or if you’re feeling the pinch this year, try our Best Gifts Under $35.