LAST MINUTE CREATIVE GIFT GUIDE
Maybe you’re ahead of the game and have all your presents picked out for the holidays. Or, maybe procrastination is your middle name and you don’t even know where to begin. No matter what your situation is this last minute creative gift guide is exactly what you need!
Plus, who knows, maybe you’ll find something that would look great on your wall or in your own closet too!
Before we get to the amazing gifts I lined up let’s back up a bit and explain why I’m even sharing this with you.
If you’ve been following on with Violet Roots for a while then you’ll know that community is a major part of this blog. Rather than making this space the “Monika show” I’d much rather put the focus on the many other creative women both in and outside of this community.
With the holiday’s coming up I thought it would be a fantastic idea to take a break from the regular schedule in order to spotlight some incredible makers and small biz shakers. You’ll get to see their products, learn about their inspiration and more! The items below range from jewelry to art to clothes and cater to just about every taste.
So, with that being said, check out this last minute creative gift guide below! Prices range from $10 to $3000.
Sweater by Ruke Neringa from Lithuania; Photo by Aja Hitomi
Bio: We are Baltic Collective – a PR platform for Baltic designers. We promote, share stories and build a community to achieve brand awareness of women artist entrepreneurs from small countries.
Inspiration: I was inspired to start Baltic Collective to shine light on the very talented women designers from small countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. I grew up in Lithuania and always dreamt of helping my native artists.
Materials: Most of our designers use wool, cotton, and other natural fibers.
KATRINA NISWANDER ART & DESIGN
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Bio: I’m Katrina Niswander and I am an artist, cat lady, and all-around design nerd. I have been obsessed with old photos for as long as I can remember! My grandparents were antique dealers and I have vivid memories of spending hours going through boxes upon boxes of old objects.
Of all the things I found the old discarded photos caught my attention most. Now I create artwork; “rescuing” the figures – often of unknown origin – and giving them new life in my portraits. My new favorite thing is to use user submitted images for my subjects!
Inspiration: My main inspiration is old photography and antique objects, but I also pull from a lot of different sources. I adore textiles and often find color and textural inspiration in clothing and fiber art. I also find interior design quite compelling and am fascinated by where my art might end up, and how my audience might choose to display it in their homes.
Materials: As a mixed media artist. My materials vary. I use a mixture of acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, graphite, and most recently oil pastel. I often work on paper but sometimes create work on fabric and wood panel.
Shonalyn || San Francisco, California || Website || Instagram
Bio: Flourish is an affordable online boutique dedicated to the (B)eautiful, (A)mbitious, & (D)edicated ladies out there! Matter of fact, everything is typically BELOW $25! Their items range from approx. $10-$15. Flourish promotes its positive meanings: 1) To grow healthy both mentally & physically. 2) To succeed;prosper
Hey! I’d be a bit remiss if I didn’t give my own artwork a shoutout in this last minute creative gift guide!
Inspiration: I’m inspired by color, color, and lots of color! I usually work in cooler tones of purple, blue, and teal with hints of metallics throughout.
Materials: Acrylic paint, canvas boards, canvas panels and mixed media paper.
Bio: Deco Miami strives to put a little slice of Miami in every bottle of nail lacquer. All lacquers feature packaging inspired by colorful Miami Beach and look just as good on your vanity as on your nails. Deco lacquer is professional grade and features a highly opaque formula for full coverage in two coats.
Inspiration: I am inspired by the beautiful art deco period of the 1940s, between the colors, the vibrancy, and the architecture. I also am always looking for inspiration in celeb culture, since Deco color names are a mix of pop culture references. Champagne Mami and Miley Whats Good, anyone?
Materials: All Deco lacquers are 8-free, which means that they are free of eight toxic chemicals typically found in nail polish. The lacquer is also made from vegan materials and is cruelty-free.
The Love More Shop
Bio: I started Love More not because I have a perfect image of a happy and sweet family because sometimes we are very far from it. I started it because I know how difficult raising a family is. Every family’s struggle is different and every family faces different challenges that push them to grow together or let themselves be torn apart.
There isn’t anything that makes you more frustrated or more insane than trying to do life while living so intimately with other humans trying to do life; and at the same time, there is nothing that makes you happier or more content than your family.
I started Love More because we all need to be reminded to love more in the rough times, not aim to appear perfect to the rest of the world.
Giving back to parents to spend intentional time together and nurture their love is our way of helping people in an incredibly important yet rarely thought about way. Raising good people requires parents to be loving and grounded. To do this, parents need to take care of each other and of themselves to be their best selves for their children.
Inspiration: Your kids push your buttons and your partner/lover/bff makes you feel like you could literally explode at any moment? You sometimes (often) need to be reminded to love them more? Yea, I feel you. The Love More Shop is a love inspired brand that reminds people to love their family, friends, and world more each day because creating empathetic, kind, whole human beings starts in a loving home.Our shirts remind each other to love a little more each day – because there is ALWAYS more love and sweetness to give.
You want to teach your kids to be kind, compassionate creatures that always choose the path of love. So do we and to do this, parents have to take care of each other. For every item sold we will put $1 in a Love Fund and each time the love fund reaches $100 we will send a lucky winner a gift card to go on a date with their partner and nurture their love for each other.
Materials: All designs are original and printed (when available) on materials made in the USA. We also source local artisans to create jewelry and cloth banners, with our message, to hang in your home.
Bio: Faith Costa is a 23-year-old freelance artist from New Jersey who has spent more than half of her life making art. From oil painting to printmaking, or from illustrating to creating album cover art for local bands, Faith has never been pinpointed to only one specific medium and does custom commissioned work.
In addition, her online store on Society6 has given her original artwork the opportunity to be made into some great, high quality and unique merchandise.
Inspiration: “Most of my inspiration comes from things that I find the most beautiful. Flowers, skulls are portraits of people are probably my favorite subjects, though never limited to anything else. I love playing with contrast and like to keep things semi-realistic with a slightly surreal twist.”
Materials: Oil paints, acrylic paints, oil pastels, chalk pastels, micron pens, linoleum blocks, ink, watercolor pencils, watercolor paint, graphite, charcoal.
YONA NEW YORK
Bio: Yona Love is a plus size woman who designs fashionable, effortless apparel for women who wear sizes 14W-24W. She selects fabrics which stretch and flow to leverage the natural beauty of larger women. Everything is designed and manufactured in NYC. She is also a two-time sponsor of FFFWeek.
Inspiration: “When a woman wears my designs, she can tackle the world. They will empower her and she will feel great and look great,” says Yona. “My clothing helps women feel professional, fun, sexy, fierce, confident and comfortable… all at the same time!”
A GILDED LEAF
Bio: Based in NYC, we are founded by two beautiful and strong ladies. We are a small NYC based jewelry company specializing in handmade vintage and modern inspired fine jewelry. Our work ranges from delicate minimalism to bold architectural statement pieces for rings, necklaces, and bracelets.
Inspiration: Apart from making quality products, our focus is aimed at being a business that is socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible. We ethically source our diamonds, use eco-friendly materials, believe in sustainable production processes, and are a proudly fair trade company. We care as much as about the environment and its people as we do about jewelry.
Materials: 14k Solid Gold, 18k Solid Gold, Conflict-free/ethically sourced diamonds, Genuine gemstones
HILARY WINFIELD FINE ART
Bio: Hilary Winfield is a Portland artist who specializes in modern, abstract paintings. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember but officially started art as her full-time job in 2011.
She has won awards including first place in the abstract art category of the American Art Awards, had one of her paintings selected as the design for the cover of a book, and has been included in the permanent collection of a fine art museum.
Inspiration: Dynamic elements of nature: a thunderstorm rolling over the ocean at sunset, peeling paint on a dilapidated building, and city lights reflecting on a quiet lack at night are all inspiring.
Materials: Hilary uses acrylic paints on canvas but also has hand-painted jewelry which are made of various metals (copper, gunmetal, and bronze) and glass.
What do you think of this last minute creative gift guide? See anything you’d like to take home with you?