Last Minute Gifts - 2016 Procrastinators Guide

Hey there fellow procrastinators! Don't let your fear of the swiftly approaching holidays force you into ordering gifts for everyone still left on you list from Amazon Prime! There is still time to shop independent, and support your favorite makers and small businesses.

Top tips:

  • Shop brick and mortar - instead of heading to the internet, make the trek out to a shop that stocks the work of local makers. Can't think of any? The "stockists", "stores", or "retailers" page on your favorite designer's website is a great place to start.

  • Attend the last few gift fairs this weekend. In San Francisco, check out the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair on Sunday December 18th. There you will find gifts for everyone, all made locally. 

  • Scan social media for last-minute offers, and Open Studio events. Our own Sharon Zimmerman, along with studio-mates Corey Egan and Christy Natsumi, are hosting extended Open Studio hours Monday, December 19th through Wednesday, December 21st 5pm-8pm. So much more fun to shop while enjoying festive beverages in a gorgeous artist's studio! 

  • Double check shipping deadlines on your favorite websites, and pay for expedited shipping if necessary. Send an email to the artist first to make sure your items will arrive on time, and consider shipping directly to your recipient. Most artists will include a gift note and gift packaging, sometimes for a small fee, and if you request it.

Or, just order one of these still-available favorites from the top of the post, and wrap up your shopping in style: