By Kim Ryan, Owner, Kim Ryan Makes
I’m always suprised by the number of people who flock to the malls at Christmas. They spend hours looking for parking, fighting crowds and for what? To buy the same stuff as everyone else. I say Bah Humbug to foreign sourced, mass produced crud.
This Christmas show someone you care by giving the gift of handmade. Handmade gifts are unique celebrations of local creativity. Buying handmade supports small entrepreneurs and keeps money and jobs in our community.
Okay, now you know why buying handmade is better, here are my suggestions for handmade gifts made by Toronto area artisans.
There are lots of options when it comes to handmade jewellery in Toronto. Much of it however seems to look the same…then there’s Maria Lopez Designs. Using high quality resins, Japanese paper and natural leaves, Maria creates jewellery that is clean, simple and with a unique nature inspired aesthetic.
I don’t wear much jewellery myself, but I have a few of Maria’s pieces and absolutely love them. The metal parts of the jewellery are silver or surgical steel which makes them hypo-allergenic. For handmade jewellery I think Maria’s prices are a super value…a small pair of earrings is approx $25.
Maria’s creations are available at the Arts Market locations at Leslieville, College St. and Riverside and at her online store. Continue reading “8 Great Handmade Toronto Gift Ideas”