Since I have taken the Handmade Pledge this year for Christmas gifts, I've challenged myself to come up with presents for friends and family that are unique, sustainable, but also something they may not have thought of themselves. That means no Christmas lists for me this year, which can be a stressful prospect. It's always easier to shop for someone when they tell you the want an iPhone 300, or a paticular DVD or CD...but it actually takes some thought when you shop handmade...and don't we always say that it's the though that counts?
It seems that every year toy stores massively recall items after Christmas, citing lead or some other toxic substance that may harm us...not to mention the BPAs or PVCs that have been linked to cancer and other ailments. I firmly believe a child can be just as pleased with a lovely handmade toy as he is with something purchased at Wal Mart or Toys R Us, and they'll be healthier too...
But since there is no "Handmade Wal Mart" so-to-speak, where will I be doing my Christmas shopping this year? Well, hence the title, it's going to start at the One of A Kind Show which runs from November 26 to December 6 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. The show features the work of hundreds of artisans, and there is something for everyone. This year the show will be expanding to include crafting workshops, which can be purchased for an additional fee. You can dowload the Gift Guide on the official website, which will help you shop prudently for everyone on you list.
After that, I'll be heading to the City of Craft Show on Queen Street December 12 and 13. For only a $2 admission fee, you can browse local craft vendors to your heart's content. I'm looking forward to some amazing finds!
Both of these craft shows offer viable alternatives to DIY crafting, but stay tuned each week for a craft posting each week until Christmas this year if you're more of a DIY-er...I'll be scouring the internet to find the loveliest crafts that you can make with a little panache and some elbow grease...Technically, I think that's more in the handmade spirit anyways, right?