Holiday Gift Guides

Our four Holiday Gift Guides make it easier than ever to find the perfect handmade gift this season. Shop our picks for One-of-a-Kind Gifts, Gifts that Give Back, Gifts for Holiday Warmth, and Gifts under $150.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Each of these gifts is completely one-of-a-kind, embodying the distinctive, irreplaceable aesthetic that sets handmade design apart.

  • In the history of Pueblo culture, seed jars were traditionally smashed to harvest seeds for the arrival of spring planting season. Now, they are treasured as collector's pieces and make beautiful home decor accents.

    Fine Line Geometric Seed Jar, $255.

    Shop Acoma Pottery.

  • Made from vintage fabric on slit handwoven looms, each of these Turkish Kilim pillows has a completely distinctive look.

    Teal Kilim Wool Pillow, $139.

    Shop DARA Collection.

  • Designer Simon Alcantara crafted this belt with sponge coral, which he believes imparts a sense of harmony with nature.

    Multi Strand Sponge Coral Belt, $1,250.

    Shop Simon Alcantara.

  • This stunning cotton textile was handwoven at the Leki Weaving Studio in Bhutan. The cloth's intricate, one-of-a-kind pattern makes a beautiful table runner or bed scarf

    Bhutanese Double Thunderbolt Textile, $350.

    Shop Bhutan for the Collector

  • Featuring natural aquamarine gemstones interspersed with 18k gold beads, this necklace is guaranteed to stand out.

    Aqua Gold Bead Necklace , $975.

    Shop Lena Skadegard.

  • Jim Franco creates subtle variations with his signature double glazing technique, so no two bowls are alike.

    Franco Bowl 25, $95.

    Shop Jim Franco.

  • Artisan Rustam Usmanov is known for the richness and precision of his patterns and draws inspiration from the culturally rich Fergana valley, located on the Silk Road. His designs are all one-of-a-kind and much sought after worldwide.

    Rishtan Petal Decorative Platter, $375.

    Shop Rustam

  • The Antonio family is well-known for its masterful renderings of traditional Acoma pottery, with techniques passed from generation to generation. Featuring a superbly detailed design, this unique vessel is no exception.

    F.V. Antonio Acoma Pot 1, $1,470.

    Shop Acoma Pottery.

  • DARA Artisans is the exclusive U.S. partner for Colibri's world-renowned pieces of Guatemalan craftsmanship, including this beautiful handwoven tablecloth.

    Guatemalan Blue Striped Tablecloth, $300.

    Shop Colibri.

  • This necklace is crocheted with a combination of moss aquamarine, aquamarine, and iolite. Together, these stones are meant to bring good fortune and balance--a meaningful gift for any loved one.

    Moss Crochet Necklace, $780.

    Shop Lena Skadegard.

Gifts that Give Back

These pieces capture the true spirit of the holiday season with their inspiring contribution to social responsibility.

  • Colibri connects Guatemalan artisans to the global marketplace, providing more than 500 Mayan women with a sustainable income.

    Guatemalan Red Striped Placemats - Set of 2, $48.

    Shop Colibri.

  • This Meyelo tote is handmade by Maasai women in Nairobi. A portion of every purchase is donated to Meyelo's non-profit partner, A Voice Is Heard.

    Leather Tote, $150.

    Shop Meyelo.

  • Kara Weaves is a social enterprise working with co-operatives to create fair-trade handwoven textiles in south-west India. These elegant striped napkins bridge the gap between the art of traditional weaving and a contemporary aesthetic.

    Candy Stripe Cotton Napkin Set, $39.

    Shop Kara Weaves.

  • Sasa Designs employs deaf women in Nairobi, Kenya, providing jobs in a country where an estimated 85% of deaf people are unemployed. This stunning wrap bracelet is handcrafted by a deaf artisan.

    DARA Blue & Gold Bead Wrap Bracelet, $45.

    Shop Sasa Designs.

  • Lemlem supports traditional weavers in Ethiopia, like the artisan who created this handwoven scarf.

    Grey Megaz Scarf, $135.

    Shop Lemlem.

  • These colorful wrap bracelets are not only great stocking stuffers--they also make a difference in people's lives. For every piece sold from the e.f.i. collection, Chan Luu will give a pair of reading glasses to an artisan in need.

    Single Wrap Bracelet, $20.

    Shop Chan Luu.

  • Creative Women works with women-owned and led studios around the world to create a positive impact in communities through long-term, reliable employment. By purchasing this beautiful tablecloth, you are helping to support more than 40 full-time artisan jobs in Ethiopia and hundreds more.

    Blue Stripe Tablecloth, $170.

    Shop Creative Women.

  • This chic and simple clutch is handmade by Maasai women. A portion of every purchase is donated to Meyelo's non-profit partner, A Voice Is Heard.

    Lulu Clutch, $49.

    Shop Meyelo.

  • This intricate scarf was handwoven by artisans on the Mulberries silk farming cooperative, an enterprise dedicated to reviving the traditional Lao practice of silk production while aiding the social and economic development of rural villages.

    King Naga Silk Scarf, $690.

    Shop Mulberries.

  • This stunning necklace is part of the Raven + Lily Kenya collection, which empowers women in the Esiteti region of Africa with female-focused health and education initiatives

    Nama Teardrop Necklace, $119.

    Shop Raven + Lily.

Gifts for Holiday Warmth

Wrap your loved ones in the gift of stylish holiday warmth with these luxurious scarves and shawls.

Gifts under $150

Discover impeccably handmade gifts that won’t break the bank.

See our Feature : Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Shop One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Shop Gifts that Give Back

Shop Holiday Warmth

Shop Gifts Under $150

Written by DARA Artisans.Oct 26, 2015
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