Buying presents can be a bit of a nightmare. Finding the perfect thing can be tricky whether you’re looking for a birthday present, a Christmas gift, something for Mother's Day or Father's Day, or just something to show someone special you care. You want to find something they’ll really love, that they won’t already have, and that won’t cost you the Earth.
Luckily, there is an easy way to find a perfect present for even the hardest people to buy for: go for a handmade gift!
There are dozens of reasons why buying handmade gifts is a good idea, and why it can not only benefit you and the person you’re gifting to but also the local economy and even the planet. We’ve rounded up some of these key reasons for you, to help you see that buying something handmade for your next gift is the way to go.
Support small businesses
Buying handmade products means you can support small businesses. Buying from Coastal Craft Collective means you can not only support us but also all of the artists who make the beautiful products we sell. Buying from big businesses is perfectly fine. However, when you buy a handmade product from a small business, every purchase will make someone’s day.
Support the local economy
Even if you aren’t local to us down in Devon, if you buy a handmade gift from us you know your money is staying in the UK and is boosting our economy, rather than going off to a country which is mass producing products. Your money will directly support local artists so they can continue to create great work.
buying online might seems like the easy option, but buying handmade can be just as easy! At Coastal Craft Collective we have a handy online shop where you can browse all of our products and buy your handmade gifts with a couple of clicks, delivered to your door.
Buy from real people
When you buy a handmade gift you are buying from a real person. This means you can be sure that it has been lovingly and painstakingly created by someone who really cares about what they make. You can expect your gift to be beautiful and high quality, and made with love.
Buying from real people also means you can communicate with a real person about your orders with any questions or queries, without having to wade through layers of automatic responses and busy help centres!
Be environmentally friendly
Buying a handmade gift is a great way of making your gift giving more environmentally friendly. You can be sure that it wasn’t made in a big factory, churning out carbon emissions, and that it won’t be drowned in layers of unnecessary packaging. Instead, our handmade gifts were all individually crafted in a studio.
The fact that most of our handmade gifts are made locally means that they don’t have to be shipped from all around the world, so have a minimal carbon footprint on their journey to you.
Find something unique
By going for a handmade product, you can rest assured that your gift will be totally unique. Even if an artist makes several of the same product, each one will have differences and character. When you buy handmade gifts, each item will be one of a kind. This makes handmade gifts a great option for that person in your life who seems to have everything, as you know they won’t have anything quite like this!
Make your own gift
If you want to go even further to making something unique and full of love, you could make your own handmade gift with one of our crafting kits, or by coming along to one of our workshops and making something under the guidance of one of our artists. What better way to show someone you care than by spending time making something for them? And you might even pick up a new skill or hobby along the way.
So what are you waiting for? You can find our gorgeous range of handmade gifts on our website. Or for advice or information, you can get in touch with us at Coastal Craft Collective.