47 LOCAL & HANDMADE BUSINESSES TO SHOP AT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Whether you’re making connections, curating your style, or physically making products, we all need that place to express our creativity. NextFab proudly helps support small, local handmade businesses by providing a shared community of professional resources, tools, and support to go from making to selling, and from selling to thriving.
In this year’s Gift Guide, we aimed to provide a roadmap for everyone’s creative aesthetic or intention to shop for even those that have “everything.” Each product you purchase not only supports the local maker community but provides an avenue to connect your motivations in a new and unique way. “Feel Empowered” to encourage gifts with meaning. “Elevate your aesthetic” to expand on current trends. Modernize your home through a maker’s craftsmanship, instead of the latest tech. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and be “Playful yet Practical” with the space in your apartment. Stay “Sustainable and Stylish” by providing a positive impact on our people and our planet. It is our pride to be able to connect you with some of our favorite designers for the holidays, all while fostering what matters most this holiday season – our communities, our local businesses, and the creative makers that make it so wonderful.
“At NextFab, we believe in local artisan entrepreneurs and our team dedicates itself to helping more people to make things for themselves – and to feel empowered, to create new art, new products, and new businesses. With the opening of our new North Philadelphia space last year, we will be able to do that at an unprecedented level.”
Evan Malone, President, NextFab
This year’s Gift Guide showcases the talent of over 40 of our makers working out of the NextFab makerspaces, both of who are already successful, as well as many budding artisan entrepreneurs. Showcasing their creativity and craftsmanship that provides a little something for everyone, we’re thrilled to introduce another year of NextFab members, small business artisans, and professional creatives in the 2021 Gift Guide. From our community to yours, happy holidays and even happier shopping!
A break from the digital, a handmade good that inspires greater meaning in your space.
Yemisi art designs and produces hand-printed and hand-dyed fabrics for exquisite women’s clothing, home furnishing, and every women’s essential accessory – silk scarfs, tee-shirts, and bags. $20 – $500 @yemisi_art
Saint Manifest’s artwork seeks to destigmatize sex and instead celebrate it as the physical expression of love and connection. With self-love comes freedom, and with freedom comes peace. Wanting us all to live a life full of joy, pleasure, and self-actualization, hope my artwork can inspire you to be true to yourself. $1.50 – $100 saintmanifest.com
Asata Maisé Beeks is an independent designer based in Wilmington, Delaware. The designer is an advocate for preserving tradition through storytelling with handmade, slow fashion, and currently offers limited quantities of accessories, such as handbags and jewelry. $50 – $400 asatamaise.com
Nudeworks is an art shop filled with works modeled after the women of nudegang. The works sold by nudeworks aims to help all women feel better about their bodies and change society’s view on them, and include custom sculptures, wall hangers earrings, and photographic prints. $12 – $200 nudegang.com
721 stands for 7 days a week 21 hours of grind, 3 hours of sleep, in unique and creative apparel. If you’re passionate about making and creating a brand that the world will never forget, Seven21 Apparel is the foundation for your brand brand. $10-$100 Seven21apparel.com
Modest Transitions aims to empower women through conscious clothing, beauty, and inclusion. From sourcing fabrics with integrity to creating baths of natural dyes—our products help eliminate toxic waste while creating timeless, aesthetically pleasing wearable art to help embrace your natural self. $35 – $500 modesttransitions.com
Kpelle Designs makes handmade jewelry and accessories which include earcuffs, loc jewelry for hair, and headscarves. Powered by their mission to create jewelry for women to feel inspired, empowered, and educated on the power of embellishing themselves in culture. $10 – $48 kpelledesigns.com
GreyTeeful offers a variety of print services for apparel and other promotional items via vinyl graphics, direct to garment (DTG), embroidery, patches image transfers (HTV), screenprint, graphic design, logo development/edits, and more. $10+ greyteeful.com
Historical Dream is a small women-owned online business that specializes in reawakening and paying tribute to society’s pioneers across the cultural spectrum, portrayed with jewelry, apparel, upholstery items, and more.
For the warm, forward-thinking person to turn their house into a home.
Pellegrino Cutlery designs and builds high-performance tools for the kitchen and field bringing unencumbered designs for the home cook and the professional. $300 – $1,500+ pellegrinocutlery.com
Artist Maria Schneider crafts compositional hand-colored photography and laser-engraved images on plexiglass to adorn your spaces. $300+ mariarschneider.com
Every room in your home should bring you peace and joy. Rosewood Home’s mission is to help you make those spaces special through inspired products and decor for your home. $10 – $100 rwhphl.com
Untitled_Co is a home goods and furniture design studio based out of Philadelphia. With a mindful approach, we create heirloom quality goods with an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and sustainable design. $10 – $220 untitledco.design
Wilmington-based artist Eric Zippe Art crafts photographs transferred onto wood, laser engraved art, and fine art prints. $5 – $500 ezippe.art
COVR products are appealing, decorative solutions that cover, enclose and disguise unattractive gas meters, electric meters, pylons and other utilitarian hardware to enhance the visual and curb appeal for homes and businesses. $50 – $450 covrproducts.com
Pandemic Design Studio is a design and manufacturing enterprise that specializes in organic and contemporary ceramics, lighting, and furniture. $40 – $400 pandemicdesignstudio.com
Loma Living creates home goods that look beautiful and solve real problems for their customers. Offering solutions for most rooms in the home including home office, kitchen, bedroom, and living room. $12 – $175 lomaliving.com
Handcrafted furniture and home goods that are focused on helping promote and encourage the talents of local makers while bridging the gap between consumers and designers. Specializing in handcrafted furniture and home goods, we also offer custom residential and commercial fabrication throughout the tri-state area. $30 – $500 thegoodmeasure.com
ABI Woodworking crafts decorative 3D relief wood carvings for home and business, featuring plaques for desk, shelf, wall with standard or custom quotes and images. $25 – $300 decorativewoodcarvings.com
Engrave My Achievement creates uniquely shaped laser-cut and engraved imagery from your favorite photos. Their Engrave My Animal line focuses on pets even working pet’s name into the unique shape. $50+ emaengrave.com
You’re fun, but level-headed, and deserve a gift that matches that mood.
Fishtown Signs handmakes unique and whimsical wooden fish and maritime-related signs for people’s homes, businesses, and beach houses. $150+ fishtownsigns.com
Show your love for your hometown with a hyper-local Jawnament! Offering unique “that’s awesome” gifts, including holiday ornaments for lovers of Philly, NJ, Boston, NYC, MD, RI, NH (and soon for Seattle, San Fran, and LA). $15 – $20+ jawnaments.com
miniAlley Bookshelf Insert is a fully assembled, high-quality, handmade gift, perfect for the bookworm in your life.Combining laser cutting and 3D printing technologies burnished with an artisan’s touch, each miniAlley will transport you to a new world. $199 – $239 minialley.com
Cartrageous crafts stylish necklaces, earrings, tie tacks, and cuff links that are true conversation starters utilizing the most iconic image of our consumer-based culture: the shopping cart. $80 – $285 cartrageous.com
Handcrafted scrap metal clocks and lamps and sculptures inspired by work in the auto shop. $45 – $120 scrapyardaesthetics.com
Cocoa Press offers personalized, 3D-printed artisanal chocolate for any occasion. $20 – $60 personalcocoa.com
Philadelphia Laser & Industrial Design creates useful, beautiful, and clever housewares and gifts. $8 – $150 laserphilly.com
Girl Holding Pen is a calligraphy-based design company that focuses on Christmas ornaments, weddings, and signage. $24 – $150 girlholdingapen.com
The T-shirt Box by Mado is a mystery t-shirt subscription box, with a twist! Each month you will receive a new premium soft style tee and an informational card about that month’s brand. Managed by one-stop-shop creative agency, Mado. $65 – $100 thetshirtbox.com
Stay “Sustainable and Stylish” by providing a positive impact on our people and our planet.
Ray’s Reusables sells eco-friendly lifestyle items in addition to bring-your-own-container style refills. $5 – $40 raysreusables.com
Idol Light is magic channeled through jewelry. Using salvaged scientific glass to capture UV light and raise your vibration and like to believe everything is connected. $69 – $600
Addi Naturals uniquely grows personal care products for men, women, babies, pets, and homes from seed using organic farming methods and hydroponics. $5 – $400 addinaturals.com
A series of iconic figurative sculptures in a broad range of themes that exhibit tremendous geometric freedom and vitality while incorporating innovative and unique construction and finishing materials. Sculptures on bases “found” at NextFab. $100 – $700 samyankellart.com
Ordinary O is a collection of unique sculptures for your home that highlight the extraordinary in the ordinary. The work is about finding and creating moments of joy and intrigue in the home and our everyday lives. Adorn your home! $40 – $200 ordinaryo.com
RethinkTANK Manhole covers from around the world are permanently etched into functional art. Dedicated to celebrating the art that’s underfoot, but often overlooked, products include 100% sustainable cork coaster sets and trivets, wooden magnet sets, and wall art. $16 – $125 rethinktankdesign.com
LEL Fashion is an independent sustainable fashion designer who currently offers 14 scrunchie styles, 18 square scarf patterns, 5 llama fashion illustrations with variations, and soon-to-be one-of-a-kind jackets and handbags. Items are made out of organic cotton jacquard, sateen, locally printed art prints, secondhand clothes, and wood and recycled canvas, respectively. $5 – $200+ lel.design
Salvaged Woodworks provide sustainable, one-of-a-kind goods as unique as you and your home. $20 – $300 salvagedwoodworks.com
Small Wonder Honey is a women-owned and operated apiary located in Delaware since 2017, starting with two hives and expanding to 8. Shop for local honey and infused honey such as hot honey and cinnamon, as well as products from the hive including lip balm, soaps, and candles. $5 – $10 facebook.com/smallwonderhoney
“Elevate your aesthetic” to expand on current trends.
Handmade jewelry and accessories for the everyday fashion icon that has a meaning, tell a story, and create lifelong memories! $20 – $350 chernealtovise.com
Feast is a line of handmade ever-evolving jewelry and accessory capsules that is inspired by both industrial design and nature. Combining found and sourced organic elements of pearl, shell, coral, and glass, Feast borrows from the environment with restraint, and up-cycles vintage and deadstock chain when possible to lighten the footprint of the brand while adding a vintage aesthetic. $32 – $120 feastjewelryshop.com
Mixed-media jewelry made with purpose and intent, to be adored and adorned, made with polymer clay, resin, jewels, metals, and precious stones. Buy a meaningful piece with a message from the #passmypieces line and pay it forward to another when it’s time. $28- $50 piecesandpardons.com
Ursa Marea is a small-batch clay and metals jewelry studio that began as a creative exploration during the pandemic. Each piece is made by Annette in her home and is designed to be a natural extension of the human form so that jewelry and body complement and augment each other. $25 – $75 etsy.com/shop/ursamareaclay
Rebecca Ledbetter is a Philadelphia-based artist who paints abstract oil paintings and encaustic work utilizing inspirations from beloved novels, memories, the intensity of communication, and the narratives around us to guide her work. $350+ rebeccaledbetter.com
Playful and elegant explorations in ornithology. KKACHI art and jewelry comprises mixed materials and processes.
$25 – $100 instagram.com/kkachi_curiosities
Local artist Linda CelestianNature crafts inspired, laser-cut wood and acrylic earrings and pendants. $25 – $60 lindacelestian.com