After taking last year off, our holiday gift guide is back! We always love putting these together, as a way to encourage gift-giving that is not only creative but supports local artisans and businesses. This year, we've got everything from one-of-a-kind birdhouses crafted from reclaimed materials to hand-stamped jewelry to all-natural candles. Happy shopping!

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Ashley Bonney’s jewelry line Summer Wind might be best known for its colorful and bohemian wood pendants. But this year she added a new product to Summer Wind’s catalog: wood slice ornaments.

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Lauren Knapp made her first candles in May 2018, when she was pregnant with her daughter and in search of “natural candles that still smelled and looked great.”

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Kime Design, run by couple Matt and Bethany Kime, grew out of necessity. “Seven years ago, during our first year of marriage, we were DIYers in need of a headboard,” says Matt. “So we found some scrap pallets and spent way too much time prying them apart.”

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Laura Dawson began by making hair bows, in part because her oldest daughter was born with a head full of hair, she says. Her business grew to include other items, including bibs and burpcloths, pillows, tag-style blankets for babies and even unicorn dreamcatchers. 

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The tagline for Geppettoz Primitive Workshop, the business run by Rich and Mary Michealsen, is “OLD is the new NEW,” a nod to the couple’s knack for turning reclaimed materials into one-of-a-kind pieces.

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If you’ve ever worked on a high school theater production, no expression rings truer than: “I can’t, I have rehearsal.” This is just one of the popular theater references apparel company Cranehill Studios has capitalized on with its Theatre Tees, a line of products aimed at thespians.

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Carolyn Peters, who runs Carolyn’s Corner, designs everything from welcome signs to wall art to key holders. Some pieces are exclusively metal while others combine metal with wood.

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Monty & Peggie specializes in peg dolls and knitted creations with names like Rockstachie and Monstachie — knitted rocks and monsters with mustaches.

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