Often people say that homemade gifts are the most meaningful. Perhaps, but their not really my favorite, unless they are made by a kid, a good artist, or skilled craftsperson, like my friend Jenny Cox who made me the most amazing pillows I’ve ever seen in my life.* Well, here’s the remedy – pick up something Made By Hand online. It seems nonsensical, but it can be done!
Suggestion One: zid zid kids Draw on Me Cushions . These combine the best of both worlds. You receive the cushion, and it looks like the one on the left. Then you or your child or the giftee can attack it, ahem, put their own creative stamp on it with markers, paint, and/or a needle and thread.
2) A pillow or wall print by Jenny Sauer of Three Sheets 2 the Wind . The printing is all done by hand, through either silk-screening or block printing, and most of the fabric is dyed by hand too, so every piece is just a little bit different.
3) Thomas Wold. OK, this is for the person you like a whole lot, who has a really cruddy sense of arrangement and balance. The Block Party Credenza is custom made to order and disguises and brings order to that mess of CDs, books, tchotchkes, whatever ails you. It features custom-quality casework and a deluxe mix of solid woods, fine laminates, and precision hardware, as well as innovative cable-management for electronics, LP-height storage in the credenza, and other unique details. It’s pricey, but it is a piece customized and put together exactly as you like it, and that’s gotta make you feel more special than when Michael Scott did when his Secret Santa Phyllis gave him the knitted oven mitt on "The Office."
*Here’s the pillow Jenny Cox made me – it’s not a very clear picture, but she took this vintage ’60’s fabric she had that I freaked out over once, stuffed all the birds, quilted them, piped them in brown and backed them in green ultrasuede. They are totally unbelievable – they may be the coolest gift ever given in the history of gifts!