If you are looking for unique gifts, Patch found some amazing ideas in the Delmar Loop. There is nothing more special than hand-crafted gifts and we found plenty handmade jewelry, pottery, glass art, hats, scarves, and gloves by true artisans from St. Louis and beyond.
Patch handpicked, pun intended, more than 20 items you are sure to love. And so will the recipient of your gift.
Check out our list below, happy shopping and happy holidays to you all.
Susan Fleming Jewelry, Artist Susan Fleming from Jackson, Wyoming
Hand fabricated sterling sliver jewelry set with Japanese Chiyogami papers which are protected by a thin waterproof layer of resin. Incredibly ornate these papers are used rather than traditional gemstones. Retail: Small Double Chiyogami pendant $96, Chiyogami pendant $68, Sterling silver w/diamonds $174, Sterling silver w/diamonds $180, Sterling silver w/diamonds $132, Large Chiyogami pendant $136, Silver and Chiyogami rings $88.
Hand-blown Glass Ornaments, Artists vary and reside locally and nationally
Every holiday season Craft Alliance celebrates with a breathtaking and colorful display of hand-blown glass ornaments. They are the works of local and national artists. Retail: $20-$28 each.
Ceramic Clay Collage, Artists Ed and Kate Coleman from Swannanoa, North Carolina
These ceramic clay tiles are hand-made and hand-painted with bright, cheerful glazes which make a beautiful presentation. Retail: Small approximately 3.5” $24, Large approximately 10.5” $64
Bronze Wall Tiles, Artists Alice and Jack McLean from Johnsburg, Illinois
Each unique piece is a bronze construction welded, machined and colored with a hot process. Found objects such as antique and glass beads, clay spindle Whorls from Ethiopia, copper heishe, and recycled glass from Bali are used to make interesting still life as a study in color, composition and texture. Tiles are 9x9 Retail: $330.
Wooden Wall Art, Artist Sylie Rosenthal from Maddison, Wisconsin
Adorable birds are the focus in these pieces handcrafted by master wood worker Sylie Rosenthal. The wood is painted then the image is carved into the wood. Retail: Assorted sizes $85-$145.
Ceramic Vase, Goblets, Plate, and Bowl, Artist Alan and Brenda Newman from Salem, Oregon
Known for their functional porcelain, these artists have developed flowing, matt, microcrystalline glazes that add beauty that is so unique to each piece. Their porcelain combines botanic elements with sculptural forms. Retail: Vase $60, Set of two goblets $72 (two shown), Plate $65, Bow $75, Set of two goblets $70 (four shown).
Wall Hanging, Artist Houston Llew from Atlanta, Georgia
Made of enamel, copper and wood these unique wall hangings make an interesting art piece together or solo. Each one has a few words of wisdom and reflection that will cause the reader to pause and think. Retail: $96 each.
Ceramic Tea Pot, Artist Jimmy Liu born in Taiwan, resides in St. Louis, Missouri
Liu’s unique teapots are whimsical and tell stories. Animals are often used as protagonists. Each piece of art is special and shows his wonderful sense of humor and his remarkable skill as a ceramic artist. Retail: Varies depending on design and size.
Sterling Silver Jewelry, Artist Judith McLaughlin resides in St. Louis, Missouri
Hand-fabricated using sterling silver, fine silver, semi-precious stones and glass enamels, McLaughlin’s work is sometimes described as delicate, lyrical, detailed and fun. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Retail: $55-$500.
Magnets and Pins, Artist Kaeko Maehata resides in St. Louis, Missouri
Kaeko Maehata wastes nothing in her studio. Using clippings left over from making bowls, vases and other art pieces, Maehata constructs magnets and pins using intricate processes. Rods of glass are fused together then twisted. After they are put together, they are twisted yet again making these lovely and amazing pins and magnets. Retail: $10.
Ellie Pooh Handcrafted Paper Products
Handcrafted with a mixture of elephant dung and post consumer paper. These products are pulped to perfection by the elephants of Sri Lanka. Yes, it is purified before packaging. Retail: Note paper in various designs $10.50, Notebooks in various designs $10.50, Greeting cards $4.00, Pins $3.00, Magnets $3.00.
Peel Pals Elves and Pixies
Handmade with 100 percent recycled orange peels gathered from Columbia’s thriving street juice vendors Peel Pals will give you wishes of carefree, happiness and love. Orange and greenish coloring is from the natural color of the oranges. Eco-friendly. Fair trade. Retail: Eleves $15.95, Pixies $7.95.
Hats, Gloves, Mittens and Scarves by Venus Imports, Inc.
Hand-knitted with 100 percent wool and/or 100 percent recycled Sari silk in Kathmandu, Nepal and Venus. Knitters who work from their own homes make these products and are paid above the fair trade standards. Retail: Scarf $26, Gloves $14, Mittens $16, Hat $18.
Terracotta Reed Jar
Decorate your home with this lovely terracotta jar. The smooth and textured combination design is interesting and will add beauty to any room in your home. Retail: $48.
Terracotta Bamboo Vase
This bamboo inspired vase will have your home looking great. Add a few natural floral accents for a polished look. Retail: $52.
Semi-Precious Sterling Silver Rings
Hand-made rings are crafted using sterling silver and gemstones. Each one is unique in design. Various colors, stones and designs are available, but are not shown. Retail: Silver Moonstone $68, Silver amethyst $64.
Gloves, Hats, Hooded Scarves and Slippers from Napal International
Hand-made wool gloves, hats, hooded scarves and slippers are by Napal International. They are made in Southern Asia. Slippers are lined. Retail: vary $12.50-$36.