2020 has hit our economy like nothing we could have prepared for.
Our local makers are hurting. Their craft and holiday fairs are cancelled.
Their art exhibits and in person networking events are cancelled.
Everything seems to be cancelled.
Instead of spending your holiday budget with massive companies – will you consider funneling those dollars locally? To makers who have crafted goods with love? To people who will squeal in delight when they get an email you placed an order?
I have to tell you the work I have put in cultivating this list has MADE MY WEEKEND. I’ve gotten to talk to exceptional artists and explore their sites and write a bit of sales copy for them – all in an effort to funnel moola their way – PLEASE BUY STUFF FROM THEM.
Let’s spread a whole lot of love around this Christmas.
Holiday Gift Ideas
Meet Nebraska Makers
Holiday Gift Guide from your local makers
Artemis Tea & Botanical
Teas & Gifts
Women owned hand-crafted and small-batch custom teas. The real deal here, just looking at their website makes me more calm. These women are artists in every sense of the word. Beautiful gifts galore.
Inspirational Teen Gifts
Buying for a tween or teen girl this year? Then YOU ARE WELCOME! This site just makes me happy when I look at it but the inspirational gifts you can bless your teen with are going to make her delighted. Planners. Calendars. Blankets. Mugs, and more all featuring the art work of the incredibly talented, Lincoln based, Jen Landis.
Made in Omaha
Locally made gifts
Don’t tell my husband, but he’s getting a set of shot glasses from Made In Omaha. This website can be your one stop shop for shopping local this holiday season. They have hundreds of unique gifts all made in Omaha!
Oh hello, plant lovers. Quarantine brought me a new found love of caring for plants and this Omaha artist, Tres Johnson, crafts stunning succulent collections. These are housed at his local coffee shop, Drips. Excellent gift idea for anyone in your life!
Made with Grayce
Local Omaha resident, Sandy Kaye, is a custom jewelry maker. If you are gifting to a loved one that is grieving, this is where you need to go. She creates grief support jewelry and …. wow…..I’m speechless (that doesn’t happen very often).
Ohhhh, more art! Yay! Josie is an exceptional writer – but now she is also producing GORGEOUS art. Check out her highlight reels on Instagram here.
The Little Brick House Co.
SQUEEE!!! So many fun ideas on this site! Custom signs and platters and you name it out of wood gifts.
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry. I’m obsessed with some of these rings….my daughters are definitely going to be receiving a ring under the tree this year!
Custom Watercolor Paintings
Paintings, paper, portraits. If you have a pet lover in your life you MUST look at these custom pet portraits. Like, you will make your recipients day with a gift like this!!
Handcrafted bags & more!
Who doesn’t love a new bag? These gifts are so cute and so functional. Totes and pouches and masks too!
Milk & Daisy
Trendy tees & sweatshirts
Hey husband, THIS IS WHAT I WANT! 🙂 I love every single solitary product on this website and I am not kidding. These tees are spunky and fun and different and I want all of them.
OH SNAP! This is a super fun service gift. You schedule the Sleepy Mommy & Yard Xpressions Omaha team to elf your loved ones. They wake up to a fun yard picture experience + hot cocoa and other special gifts. You will definitely will some popularity points for this one!!!
Lettering & Art Prints
Hylan’s talent is WOAH! She creates inspirational & beautiful art print gifts. Be sure to check out her instagram, too! I’ve already made one purchase and I ain’t finished!!
Peter Scherr Ceramics
These ceramic pieces take my breath away. Pages and pages of incredibly gorgeous ceramic pieces. These are thoughtful gifts that are memorable. Check out Peter’s work and tell me I’m wrong…ha. SO BEAUTIFUL!
Obsessed. Clever, smart engaging drawings. These drawings are gonna make you think – sincere incredible reflections. Steer clear if you are easily offended. Buy me one of everything, okay? LOVE!
!!!! LOOK AT THESE GIFTS!!!!! You could buy something for every single person on your list on the Post Script website.
Long Grain Furniture
Heirloom Custom Wood Products
A master in sculpting. A passion for enchanting wood (I mean this, enchanting. LOOK!) . A true artist. Take a peak at this website, I’m in AWE and brainstorming how and where I add a piece of Todd’s art to my home and ASAP. His FB page is equally as mesmerizing.
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Nick Rivers at Art of Nick Rivers has gift worthy gifts for Superheroes of all ages. Nick is an award winning graphic designer, freelance artist and Owner of Omniclipse Comics .
Diane Rivers:local author whose books are available via Amazon or Barnes and Noble:
1. Raw Beats: Urban Poetry
2. Sugar Sandwich
A retired educator and foodie, Diane loves to create!
Audra’ Crafts: local crafter and author who creates scarves, jewelry and poetry performances
I’m with Brandi’s crafty creation and id love to talk with you about my work!
This is great! I’m also a local maker, just started http://www.SmallJoy.org handmade fabric bags, masks, accessories all with social justice (and good design) in mind. 💜
Check out local artist, Denise Levy, and her Etsy shop, MothballCharlie. She specializes in paintings, paper, and portraits. I’m gift-giving her 2021 cats and dogs watercolor calendars AND I had her create a custom portrait of my cats for our holiday cards.
Love what you’re doing here, gurl.
“Hey husband, this is what I want!” 😂😂😂😂
Hahahahah, I mean maybe he will read this and get sooooo many points. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLL