Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Gifts Handcrafted From Wood: Warmth, Grain, And Beauty

Carved Walnut Wood Box
We have a special appreciation for wood here at Dogwood Hill Gifts. There's nothing like the natural appeal of wood grain, and the warmth that wood evokes. The diversity in grain patterns and color mean that gifts handcrafted out of wood will be unique, and that the living nature of wood will be felt in each piece.

Look at the incredible grain of cherry and walnut wood: 
Business Card Case, handcrafted from cherry wood, flip topRustic Cheese Board Set
The burl of birds eye maple, and thuya wood:
business card case, birds eye maple wood top, brushed steelThuya Wood
We offer quite a few gifts made of wood, and particularly appreciate artisans who work with wood in an environmentally sustainable way - understanding that preserving trees is vital in order to continue to work with them. A fair trade cooperative of artisans in Thailand uses scrap wood to hand-carve their palm wood bowls and chopsticks:  
Sushi Gift Set - Palm Wood
These coasters are carved from mango wood, which is a sustainable and eco-friendly wood:
Owl Coaster Set
And we have endless appreciation for the beautiful things that artisans have been able to create using wood - it's absolutely amazing!
Multi-Wood Travel MugShaving Gift Set for MenGuitar Puzzle Box
Techniques like complicated wood inlay and yosegi-zaiku, the Japanese craft of wood parquetry, are great examples of  traditional wood craft handed down from generation to generation. You can see the complexity, the use of many different woods in the designs, and the skill required.
Wood Inlay BoxKoyosegi Cube Puzzle Box
Looking for a gift for a lover of all things wood? Please stop by - click here - and take a look at our collection of unique gifts. You'll find lots of wood...and more.
With thanks,
-Dogwood Hill Gifts

Friday, October 28, 2016

Unique Gift Ideas For $25 Or Less

Crewel Embroidery Owl BoxOwl Coaster SetMini Storage Basket

Unique gifts don't have to cost a lot. At Dogwood Hill Gifts we try to offer a wide range of handcrafted gifts at different price points so that you even if you're on a tight budget, or just need a little something for someone you know, you can still give them a very special gift without spending a lot of money.

We offer only handcrafted gifts, so no matter what you choose it will be made by hand and unique. And we offer only fair trade gifts, so even a lower-priced gift will never make you worry if it was made by an exploited worker in dangerous conditions. We care deeply that artisans world-wide are paid fairly for their work so that they can continue their handcrafting traditions.

We carry a gaggle of gifts under $25. Here are just a few:

Incense and Candle Set

Incense and Candle Set from Thailand - Perfect for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and other small gifts. The scents are lovely, not overpowering, and the color options are great.

Rosewood Cutwork

Rosewood Cutwork Decorative Box - Particularly appealing to men, and one of those wonderful gifts that is beautiful but also useful. Really nice on a desk or dresser, and excellent for someone who seems to have everything.

Sleepy Kitty Tray and Soap Gift Set

Sleepy Kitty Tray and Soap Gift Set - Cat lover? This ceramic tray with a hand-drawn cat comes with a bar of handcrafted goat's milk soap. It's an unusual, and interesting gift set.

4 Bar Cuff BraceletGold Bar Stud EarringsBlue Glass Link Bracelet

Jewelry! Different styles, all handcrafted. Always makes a great gift because there's no such thing as too much jewelry!

Please take a look at the rest of our collection of handcrafted gifts for $25 or less HERE
Our collection is always growing and changing. Any feedback? We'd love to hear from you!
Happy shopping, and thanks!

Monday, October 24, 2016

When You Give Handcrafted Gifts, You Give Love

Wood Inlay Box, handcrafted wooden mosaic decorative box
We believe that handcrafted gifts make the best gifts. Why? Because handcrafted gifts are made by people - with love, with feeling, with humanity, and with connection.

That may sound a little corny, but we think it helps all of us to stay in touch with those things. Both makers and recipients benefit.
Mass-produced products have their place, but when you want to show someone that you care, that you've thought about what makes them special, that you took some time to find them something interesting, there is nothing like an artisan-made gift.

Olive Wood Triple Bowl & Spoons

Since it's made by hand, each one will be unique. And that's important in our world of  mass-production. Sure, you want your electronics to be made with precision in a factory so they will work, but a decorative box, or a wooden cheese board, or a woven scarf, or a carved figurine...you want those objects to enhance your life with beauty and detail. You want to see that each brush stroke or tool mark was made by a human being, who took care to create that particular piece you are now holding in your hands.

Blue Glazed Cream and Sugar Set
You want to know that this piece is so special that there isn't another exactly like it anywhere in the world because that brush stroke or tool mark won't be in exactly the same place. The color will be a little different. The shape slightly changed.

And when someone receives one of these unique pieces as a gift it feels special. It makes them feel unique and even appreciated in some way. It reflects well on you because the truth is that - at that moment - we judge the person by the gift they gave. And you're interesting, creative and thoughtful when the gift you give is interesting, creative and thoughtful.

At Dogwood Hill Gifts we offer a collection of handcrafted gifts that makes it easy to find a unique gift for everyone.

Blue Recycled Glass Pendant Necklace

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Unique Owl Gifts For Owl Lovers

Some people just love owls. And what's not to like? Owls are beautiful birds of prey, attached to all kinds of fascinating folklore and associated with wisdom, protection, and wealth among other symbols.
Looking for a unique gift for an owl lover in your life? At Dogwood Hill Gifts we lovingly curate a collection of handcrafted gifts, including some great owl gifts. And because they're handmade, each gift is a one-of-a-kind.

One of our most popular owl gifts is this amazing owl gourd box handcrafted in Peru by artisans who have passed down the tradition of gourd art from generation to generation. If you're looking for owl gifts for mom, this is perfect.
Owl Gourd Box | Owl gifts, keepsake box for owl decor, gourd art
This owl coaster set makes an excellent gift. Of course it's a great for anyone, but especially if you're looking for owl gifts for him. This coaster set is hand-carved from sustainable mango wood and comes in a handy holder.
Owl Coaster Set, Hand-Carved Owl Gifts For Him
This sweet box features an embroidered owl, and is a popular owl gift for kids and tweens. It's also perfect if you're searching for owl gifts for teachers. 
Crewel Embroidery Owl Box | Keepsake box for owl gifts, owl decor
Owl decor is always a welcome gift. Sitting on a shelf, table, or windowsill these little hand-carved decorative wooden owls keep watch and protect. And this gorgeous celadon ceramic owl box is a truly special gift.

Wooden Owls - Set of 2Celadon Ceramic Owl | Owl decor, owl gifts, ceramic owl box
All of these owl gift ideas can be found at Dogwood Hill Gifts, where you'll find gifts that are diverse and handcrafted, making each one a unique gift for your owl lover.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It's not too late! 
Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide:

Let's start with this, our best-selling mom gift. It's our mother-of-pearl Butterfly Pin. It's beautiful, it's unusual, it goes with everything, and it's charming. If she likes jewelry, chances are she'll like this pin.
Butterfly Pin

Next, our Celadon Ceramic Box is elegant and useful. Just like mom? Yes, but she's more than that, and so is this lovely box that will look amazing on her desk or table.

Celadon Ceramic

Give this mom to your mom. Our Owl Gourd Box depicts a protective and loving mom watching over her owlet, and gourd art from Peru is incredible.
Owl Gourd Box | Owl gifts, keepsake box for owl decor, gourd art

A colorful serving set for a colorful mom. Our Rainbow Cream and Sugar Set will greet her every morning, bringing cheer and charm.
cream and sugar set, rainbow, hand painted ceramic rainbow colors

A pretty spring-time bracelet to celebrate the season. Our Green Amazonite Bracelet always makes a thoughtful gift with its gentle color and versatile style. 
Green Amazonite Bracelet

Is mom a cat lover? Give her our hand-painted Si-Sawat Cat Box from Thailand. Such a beautiful decorative box, and a symbol of good luck!
Si-Sawat Cat Box

These are just a few ideas, with so much more to see at Dogwood Hill Gifts. Unless otherwise noted, your order will be gift-boxed to make gift-giving easy. And we ship quickly! 

So celebrate mom, and all the special days of the season with handcrafted gifts. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Decorative Pillows

Decorative Pillows | Embroidered throw pillow with black and bright colors

Decorative pillows add a lot of punch to any room, and, as you know, swapping them out is a relatively inexpensive way to change the whole feel of a room quickly and easily.

decorative pillows | pink and purple suzani embroidered throw pillow

We've added some fantastic throw pillows to our collection of handcrafted gifts because beautiful decorative pillows are always welcome!

Our pillow covers are fair trade, just like every unique gift in our collection. We think that ethically sourced products are important, and we're thrilled to help support that effort. 

Decorative Pillows | crewel embroidery throw pillow with blue and green

We feature gorgeous embroidered pillows and hand block printed pillow covers, all created by artisans earning fair wages in good working conditions.

So go ahead and change it up - add color, add texture. 
Decorative Pillows | Purple throw pillow with floral embroidery

You can find our collection of decorative pillows here, And new designs coming soon!
The pillow covers can be purchased alone or with a cushion insert.
Let us know what you think!

Thank you,
                            Indigo Hand Block Printed Throw Pillow-Dogwood Hill Gifts

Friday, February 12, 2016

Why Handcrafted Matters

Please don't get me wrong, I love technology. Our computers, tablets, smartphones, even our factories, plastics, and robots...they've helped us advance and connect in incredible ways. But the more technology we absorb the more we need to embrace handcrafted work.

It's the balance we need to stay connected to ourselves, and our humanity. And staying connected to our humanity makes us better people. When we see each other as humans, our differences get smaller.

Our hands have been our tools since the beginning of our time on Earth, and staying in touch with that knowledge and that legacy is what connects us on a very fundamental level.

When we work with our hands we feel a visceral grounding. If you've ever knitted, carved wood, embroidered, hammered metal, or thrown a pot you probably know exactly what I mean. It's a meditative, centering experience. It can make you feel both calm and focused, and it connects your head and hand, just as it always has for artisans all over the world, from the tiniest village to the biggest city. That is a truly world-wide connection. And it's clearly something we're craving. More and more people are getting involved with handcrafting goods, whether for themselves or to share. It's feeling good, and it's feeling right.

Manufacturing and mass production have their place. I'm grateful that our machines work, and that healthcare advances, and discoveries are made. But let's continue to balance ourselves. Let's continue to go home and pick up that handcrafted project we've been working on. Let's continue to appreciate what other artisans have created with their own hands. And let's continue to celebrate each other's talents through handmade work. I think it's important.

What do you think?

Please feel free to use the internet to respond, or just crochet your thoughts :)

-Erica Bouchard Rabins
Dogwood Hill Gifts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Business Card Cases - Boring? We Don't Think So

 Maple Crossing Business Card Case - Dogwood Hill Gifts
The act of giving your card can say a lot about you. As you pull the card out, what impression are you making?

We love the business card cases in our collection because they say nothing but good things about their owners. Tasteful, straightforward, and elegant.
Walnut Slim Business Card Case - Dogwood Hill Gifts
Like every item in our collection, our business card cases are all handmade and fairly traded. They're  made by hand so that each one is as unique as the person who carries it. They turn the act of giving your card from something perfunctory, into something personal.
Business Card Case, Birds Eye Maple - Dogwood Hill Gifts
And that can make a difference in a business encounter. Your beautiful business card case is a conversation starter, and something they'll remember about you.

They make special gifts for recent graduates, the newly promoted, your favorite entrepreneur, and you.
Cherry Slim Business Card Case - Dogwood Hill Gifts
Please take a look at our site, Dogwood Hill Gifts, for more information on these beautiful cases.

Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you.

Thank you!