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.
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.
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.
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.