There’s creativity around every corner of our community. Full-time, part-time or in-between-times artisans are following the call to create—molding, sewing and crafting beautiful works with their own two hands. This holiday season, elevate your giving routine with unique and handmade gifts by local makers. This is feel-good gifting at its finest—giving locally-made products reduces your carbon footprint, supports the local economy and can make this a holiday to remember with special, hand-selected surprises for your friends and family. Follow this curated gift guide to the design studios of women from our region who are committed to creating quality, one-of-a-kind goods that will help you finish your holiday shopping in style.
Shine by Mamie
Each handbag, backpack and wallet designed by Mamie Beckner of Liberty Township’s Shine by Mamie is a work of art that is stitched with love. Beckner’s elegantly styled bags feature unique shapes and colors in vinyl and leather. From clasps and clips to straps and embellishments, her attention to detail truly makes her work shine. Choose a handmade bag by Shine by Mamie for your favorite fashionista.
The ceramics of Mason artist Holly Barrett are carved and painted with intricate and compelling designs. An Artist in Residence at Queen City Clay, Barrett explores themes of memory, storytelling, community and perceived value. She was named an Ohio Emerging Artist by the Ohio Craft Museum this year. The whimsical illustrations on her vases, bowls and platters inspire imagination and delight. Spoil your loved one with a Barrett original.
Deer Friends Boutique
The décor items crafted by Deer Friends Boutique add country and festive charm to the hearth and home. Two Mason friends and their daughters make up this woman-owned small business, a favorite stop at local arts and crafts shows. Their friendship is woven into the pieces they create: seasonal wreaths, wooden door hangers, centerpieces and lighted rag garlands invite friends and family to gather with love and laughter.
Surreal Soap Company
Nothing beats the purity of the bath and body products made completely from scratch by Liberty Township’s Missy Hagan, owner of the Surreal Soap Company. Hagan handcrafts her all-natural products from oils, clays, herbs and flowers in pleasing scents and appealing packaging. Give the gift of an at-home spa experience with a selection of colorful bar soaps, shower steamers, bath teas, lotions and body butters from Surreal Soap Company.
Designs by Glenda
The bee-themed jewelry collection by Designs by Glenda is a fashion statement for the queen bee of your hive. Glenda Hain of Mason styles buzzworthy bracelets, earrings and necklaces, crafting them from vintage brooches, chains and beads. The unique, upscale pieces range from subdued to sparkly. Hain’s originals put a new spin on an ancient motif symbolizing community and hard work, a reminder to embrace the sweet life.
The MomEPotamus shop is all about personalization. Owner Amy Harden of West Chester embroiders names, monograms and animals on anything you might imagine, creating specialty items your loved ones will treasure. Brightly colored towels, blankets and stuffed loveys marked with names and important dates are front runners for kids of all ages. Monogrammed totes and bag tags make great group gifts for holiday family reunions. Stuff their stockings with MomEPotamus designs.