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10 Reasons to Buy Handmade this Christmas!

by Hilary Pullen

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The Top 10 Reasons for Buying Handmade Gifts this Year

We want to shout it from the rooftops – handmade gifts are the best!  Better, more thoughtful gifts, better for the environment and often better for our local economy.  Please read through our ’10 reasons to buy handmade’ and if you can think of a few more please leave a comment!

Glass Baubles by Dakini 

merry craftmas imagine atticMerry Craftmas Papercut from Imagine Attic

  • You’re getting a unique product that is not mass produced.
  • The quality is high because the maker is the quality control department.  If even a tiny detail isn’t quite right, they’ll know!

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Merry Craftmas Felt Ornaments from Pea Green & Blue

  • When you buy handmade you are supporting small, ethical businesses.
  • Buy buying handmade you are supporting artists and designers, people who love what they do and that passion shows through in the product.

Merry Christmas from Illustrator Sherbert Lane

  • Buy buying handmade you can talk directly to the person who made the gift and when your friends unwrap it, you can tell them the story of this unique piece.
  • When you buy handmade you can often commission the maker to personalise an item to make the gift even more special.
  • When buying handmade you don’t need to worry about who or what got harmed in the making of the gift.

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Merry Craftmas letterpress bunny from Ellie Press

  • Items that are handmade in small quantities are less damaging to our environment than mass-produced items made in large factories on the other side of the world.
  • The materials used to make the gift will often be either locally or ethically sourced (just ask the maker direct if you have questions!)
  • Buying handmade items from local artisans and designers supports your own local economy.

Trudi Murray, Merry Craftmas, shop independent

Merry Craftmas painting from artist Trudi Murray 

All the items from Folksy.com are made in the UK.  Not a penny leaves the country when you buy from Folksy.  We are based in the UK in Sheffield (up North!).

Our handmade marketplace is not owned buy a big corporate giant on the other side of the world. We don’t have millions in venture capital funding and we’re not a hot start-up, we’ve been online since 2008. We do however have the support of a wonderful community of designer-makers who believe in the same things as us. We are a small team who are all passionate about supporting contemporary British craft. David, not Goliath.


The Folksy Manifesto and why we do what we ‘do’

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Throughout this post we’ve shared a few of the fun ‘Merry Craftmas‘ greetings our community of makers have shared with us – to see the full board head to Pinterest.

Read more about the Folksy story here and please share our Manifesto above!


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