gift guide: for the handmade lover

Sometimes the loveliest gifts are the ones made by hand (even if not by your own!).

I think these marble cleat boxes would make a very special gift. They are handcrafted in India.

How about giving a beautiful pillow cover from Arianna Belle?

...or a bauble from Miss B Jewelry Designs? I've been a big fan of her jewelry for years now, as I own the bracelet I have pictured below, a pair of her earrings, and have given her earrings as hostess gifts before. Save 20% off your entire purchase through 12/31 with code HOLYCITYCHIC.

The perfect straw basket for toting to the market.
I can think of many friends who would love this pineapple print.

Or maybe give a gift that keeps on giving, like a monthly subscription to Batch, a service that delivers high-quality, hand-selected local goods to your doorstep each month. In their holiday gift subscription, you can pick which city appeals to your gift recipient most so that they will receive local items specifically from that place. They currently offer Nashville, Charleston, Memphis, and Austin. They offer 3, 6, and 12 month pricing. Pretty cool, right?

Another jewelry designer I love is Alloy Jewelry and I think any lady in your life would too. I have this bangle and I'm in love. You can choose whichever quote you'd like on it. Mine says, "What if I fall?" "Oh, but darling, what if you fly?" -E.H.

Giving a magnolia tree tied with a pretty bow is pretty much the sweetest thing ever.


  1. what a fantastic list of ideas! I foresee that magnolia tree in my future!

  2. the batch subscription would be such a great gift! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. Love the Batch and magnolia tree ideas!

  4. Love the bracelet - where can I buy one? There was no link attached.

  5. Hi Chris! Here's the link: http://www.shopalloyjewelry.com/#%21product/prd1/3190821221/you-were-born-with-potential...brass-quote-cuff

    It's a great bracelet!

  6. Thanks Megan! Love your blog. My daughter in-law is starting a blog called 'Fly Darling' based on this quote. I'd like to buy her this as a gift.

  7. I love the idea of buying things like the handcrafted box from India, reminds me of the clip from the E! special on Lauren Conrad. Very cool :)



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