October 15, 2015

Why I Buy Handmade


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Why Buy Handmade?

It's no secret that I love to buy handmade. It's part of the reason why I started the Handmade Marathon series, to bring more attention to businesses making and selling beautiful handmade products.


I still shop in big-box stores sometimes, but more and more I am choosing to support handmade business, or small local, or independent stores.

Following the trend of slow food, I've been seeing more about slow fashion, and slow blogging (here and here) to name a few.

Can I coin a new phrase?
For me, buying handmade is slow gifting. It's quiet and thoughtful.  It's about making a conscious choice for gifts. It's about making gifts with love or purchasing something made with care by hand. It's an energy.


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Here are some other reasons why I'm choosing handmade


I LOVE to DIY, but...
I am a creative at heart.  I love to make gifts and homemade cards when I can.
but.
My reality has changed a lot in the past few years.  I work full-time, I am a mom of two, I operate The Petit Cadeau blog and shop, I'm passionately running my business Petit Mail, and I'm learning that despite my best intentions, I just do not have the time to make everything myself.  Enter buying handmade. I get a thoughtful, unique gift.  I support a small business. It honestly makes me really, really happy.

Quality over Quantity
It comes back to my personal choices.  I can buy my daughter 5 plastic toys, or 2 lovely handmade items.  Handmade doesn't always mean expensive (but you should be paying a fair cost for the time and effort that goes into making a product).  There are so many beautiful items available online and in local shops.

Uniqueness 
There are so many amazing, unique handmade products that you can never find in the "mass-produced" aisle. You can often request customized, or personalized versions of products, or avail of one-of-a-kind products.  There are options for everyone.

Want somewhere to start online? The Maritime Makers collective supports and promotes makers from Atlantic Canada. Browse beautiful Etsy shops (curated here).

I have made thoughtful changes to my gifting in the past few years, and you can too. What will be your reason for buying handmade?



(+) Looking for more thoughtful gifting inspiration?  Here are 5 Ways to Gift Experiences and Inspiration for Non-Toy Gifts for Kids.  

I would also love to have you join me for monthly thoughts on slow gifting and select blog updates. 

12 comments:

  1. I love this post so much! I am buying/trading handmade/indie made again this year and it makes my heart so happy! ♥ Love this initiative and hope many more join in!

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    1. Thanks Cody! I've changed my buying habits a lot in the past few years - it's a gradual shift, but it makes me really happy. Plus I love getting to know the creative that I buy from on a more personal level!

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  2. Great Post! I like the name for it "slow gifting" :)
    This year was a turning point for me. I've gotten quite a few handmade things already and the list is growing for holiday season :)

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    1. Hi Magda - I love "slow gifting" too - hooray for turning points!

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  3. This is a great idea! I love giving handmade items. I think it means so much more to give one or two handmade items than a bunch of mass produced stuff. This year I am making gifts or trading with other indie shops.
    Slow gifting is a great movement!

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    1. Hi Melanie - so great - would love to hear more about what you're making!

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  4. Love this!!! Such a great aspect of the idea of mindful living. I'm doing this as well more and more - it not only takes away the stress of jamming yourself into a packed store, especially at the holidays, but you are able to truly find something that speaks to the person you are gifting - not just "oh, this is the best of the offerings in this one store, so it will have to do...".

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    1. Tania - yes - I try to avoid crowds. One of my favourite ways to shop now is at our local downtown tax free day (lot's of small indie shops & unique items) - really sets the mood for the holidays!

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  5. Shared your post on my blog today. http://www.daftcrafts.net/2013/10/taking-stand-for-authenticity-ethics.html

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  6. I too am making the effort to buy handmade (or give experiential presents) this year. I already started my holiday shopping in September, buying local handmade presents for family members that seem to fit what they would like. It's such a great feeling to know I'm supporting other local artists and not waiting until the last minute :-)

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  7. What a lovely phrase - slow gifting - I too think I'll adopt the phrase as well! As you might imagine, I'm also a big believer in buying and supporting handmade businesses - some of my little ones' favorite playthings were either handmade or mama-made (by me!)

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