If you find yourself naturally drawn toward scouring the online super shop that is Etsy this time of year, in search of the perfect handmade original holiday gift, here are a few shops to take a peek at, not only on behalf of their offerings, but also their local ties.
Typecase Industries LLP
Nestled in the heart of Washington D.C., is Typecase Industries LLP. Here, friends Emily Detoro Doenlen, Alessandra Echeverri and Stephanie Hess have shown the magic that can happen when old school printing meets new school design. Along with their design services, the shop breeds loveliness in the form of all things letterpress, thanks to the 50-year old, 1,300 pound Vandercook 4 press they hauled all the way from Florida to D.C. to get things going.
From coasters to customized wedding invites, greeting cards and more, this trio can create most anything that you can dream up, and even hosts workshops to show you the tricks of their trade, and give you the chance to try your own hand. Although much of their work is customized and made to order, you can find quite a few pieces available for purchase via their Etsy store, including a collection of festive greeting cards, perfect to personalize with a note to send to a loved one, or to simply pass along as a keepsake if there is someone in your life who happens to be a printing nerd, like we are. Washington Post recently gave Typecase Industries some kudos within their own Gift Guide, so you can rest assured these handmade pieces will be in extra high demand.
If you can’t quite decide on the right gift, you can always purchase a custom gift card for any amount, good toward letterpress goodies, shop items or workshops. etsy.com/shop/typecaseindustries
For a look at Typecase Industries’ services, workshops and portfolio, visit typecaseindustries.com.
If you happen to fancy feathers, or have someone on your shopping list who does, the holiday season is the perfect time to go loco for CoCo Feathers—handcrafted jewelry by Corrie Lail, Northwest Florida native currently located in South Florida. While the theme of her pieces may be feathers, the materials don’t stop there. Her collection includes pieces ranging from antique brass necklaces to magnesite stone earrings, plus an array of hair clips. All pieces carry a signature eclectic vibrancy and colorful charm. Although the beauty of the Etsy shop is that it allows you the comfort of sitting back, relaxing and shopping anytime, as a Black Friday special, CoCo Feathers is offering 15% off using the BLACKFRIDAY coupon code. etsy.com/shop/cocofeathers
If you’ve previously stepped foot in Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant on Gallery Night, you may have spotted Crystal Tremer’s assortment of jewelry on display. Each handcrafted piece includes bone or metal that is drilled, pounded, bent, and manipulated to result in something that is sure to be a conversation piece. Said pieces range from whimsical dream catcher earrings, to those that incorporate bullets, deer antlers, wisdom teeth and howlite. In addition to selling frequently at markets amid her current stomping grounds of New Orleans, you can find Tremer’s Etsy store to be consistently stocked with alluring pieces. etsy.com/shop/SavageRepublic