There’s nothing like a handmade gift to make someone feel loved – even if they don’t personally know the artisan who created it.
Here are some unique handmade gifts that celebrate craftsmanship and turn travel into an art.
These handstitched knit oxfords are foot-friendly and planet-friendly, anatomically designed and certified biodegradable. They may be the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn, and are perfect for travel because they’re also machine washable. It comes in a handful of colors, all adding a touch of style to even the most casual outfit. Price: $115
A sweater is a smart travel choice, and this chunky cardigan will become your favorite because you can wrap it around yourself like a hug and because it’s lovingly handmade – by you. We Are Knitters offers kits that include everything you need to create your own masterpiece, no matter what your skill level, and they are easy to take on the road or on a flight. They even have a new book, We Are Knitters: A Guide to Knitting Anywhere and Everywhere, that will inspire you to buy some of their luxurious yarns and get knitting. Price: The kit is $139, the book is $24.99
The next best thing to actually cuddling up with a baby alpaca, these cozy legwarmers are a beautiful way to layer. Lighter and warmer than wool, alpaca fiber is soft and luxurious, and its use promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes. The legwarmers are handknit by artisans in Peru – there are other patterns to choose from, including the cutest alpacas, and you will treasure them forever. Price: $79
Not only does this new FEED bag look great but, most importantly, its purchase provides 50 meals for children in need. Handmade by female artisans in India, the bag features a gorgeous, patterned, one-of-a-kind crossbody strap, a snap closure and interior pocket. It’s a real conversation piece that will give you a chance to spread the message of feeding hungry kids around the world. Price: $128
No one will mistake your bag for theirs with this purple paisley luggage tag that gently warns, “Mine.” Joanna Taylor hand-embroiders custom tags out of textiles rescued from the global waste stream – the message itself is up to you, and she’s happy to make it as edgy as you’d like. She can even add your name and phone number to make it clear that “Mine” is not theirs. Price: $62
Sometimes you just want to take off your earrings and necklace while flying so they don’t get lost in the seat when you adjust your headphones or neck pillow. Take out this rich leather jewelry roll from Ghurka – a name that’s synonymous with craftsmanship and quality – to protect everything, and you’ll suddenly find yourself sitting straighter and feeling proud of your good taste and sense of style. Price: $395
Every woman needs a good LBS and this Ballerina Flat will become your travel staple. Handmade in Mexico, this simple leather shoe is cushioned and comfortable for all-day sightseeing, professional enough for business meetings and elegant for evenings out. Plus, it’s easy to slip on and off to go through airport security or during a long flight. Price: $128
Each one of these handmade recycled leather cases features a piece of an actual New York City subway map. It takes up little room in your bag but is roomy enough to fit both your passport and boarding pass, and snaps shut to keep everything safely in place. Navigating the subway should be so easy. Price: $19.99