Winter and Holiday Gifts at Handmade Arcade 2017
– By Jolene Miklas Schneider
It’s the hap-happiest season of all! For many, Handmade Arcade kicks off the holiday shopping season. From snuggly winter accessories to holiday cards to stocking stuffers, we’ve got your holiday needs covered.
Let’s start by setting the mood, shall we? Welcome a winter atmosphere by lighting a candle by 837 North Candle Co.. Their deliciously-scented jars fill your home with scents like Blue Spruce + Pine and Cinnamon + Bayberry. 837 North Candle Co. operates out of Pittsburgh and hand pours candles made of 100% USA grown soy wax, cotton wicks, plant extracts, and essential oils. The candles are easy to love and easy to gift.
Don’t forget to write out your holiday cards! But this year, mix it up with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Robot” and “Silent Night of the Living Dead.” Alternate Histories combines historic and vintage images with pop culture, sci-fi aliens, robots, and more. Artist Matthew Buchholz will be bringing cards with monsters, dinosaurs, and zombies running through classic holiday scenes, as well as prints, cards, and calendars featuring monstrous mayhem for your year-round needs.
Ready to decorate? Garbella’s pierogi ornament is ready to hang on any yinzer’s Christmas tree or holiday hangout. If you’ve got Pittsburgh fans on your holiday shopping list, you’ll love Amy Garbark’s locally-inspired pins, tees featuring a love letter to our fine town, and even onesies for baby ‘burghers! Check out all of her screen-printed apparel, accessories, and home decor.
Now bundle up, get out there, and finish your holiday shopping! Nina Ramone Knitwear will be showcasing beautiful wraps and scarves to keep you toasty while you brave the cold. Drape yourself in the Colossal Cowl infinity scarf, available in rich colors like eggplant and charcoal grey. Her hats, extra-long scarves, and snuggly neck warmers make excellent gifts – if you can part with them.
Warm your loved one’s hands and hearts with gloves by Reduxion. Browse beautiful accessories constructed almost exclusively from discarded or thrifted materials: gloves made from cashmere sweaters, coats repurposed into slippers and hats, and skirts making their encore as a capelet. Reduxion proves that it’s possible to reject disposable culture while indulging your loved ones with luxurious holiday gifts. What a meaningful way to make their 2017 holidays bright!