Written by Kaitlin Ruby

Don’t know where to begin on your quest for that unique, handmade, one-of-a-kind present? You’ve come to the right place! Here at RAW, we dig the underground, so let’s see what unique gift ideas we can unearth for you during this holiday season.

We chose a few of our favorite indie artists for you – and we are covering everything from incredible cookie designs, to fantastical candles, to playfully cozy knits, to pottery essentials, and more! 

So without further ado, we present (Get it? Present? Gift?) this handy dandy holiday gift guide to supporting local artists! 

Let’s dive in, shall we?


Cookie Virtuoso, RAW Cleveland

What could possibly be better to receive than a tasty cookie? Well, how about a tasty cookie that also completely blows you away with its breathtakingly elaborate designs? Cookie Virtuoso from Cleveland, OH has you completely set on baked goods that are also stunning works of art all on their own. In fact, they are so elaborate and creative, you probably are considering wanting to frame them instead of eating them! This is why sugar cookie artist Abby Tucker is high on our list for holiday gift must-haves. You really can’t go wrong with giving someone a sweet treat to munch on while snuggled up by a cozy fire. In a nutshell: cookies + art = fun times had by all!


Candle Savvy, RAW Orange County

Talk about a candle that will knock your stockings off! These ornate LED-carved candles are sure to leave a stunning first impression on anyone who receives this special gift. As an added bonus, the burn time on these puppies last FOREVER (literally), because they are oil-burning. So... it has an eternal flame AND they look that cool? It’s clearly no secret why Candle Savvy by Savannah Dawn made our list as holiday gift must-haves! 


Kendle Meacham, RAW Seattle

Did someone say... sweater weather? Never fear, Kendle Meacham is here! With cozy, one-of-a-kind knitwear, Meacham absolutely blows our socks off with their fun, zany designs that reverberate the energy of the crazy world around them. It may be time to fully embrace sweater weather and consider giving the gift of high-fashion knitwear that is sophisticated, yet unabashed in fully embracing the colorful and playful side of life. These beautiful creations are the perfect stand-out gift this holiday season!


Vana Handmade Studio, RAW Cleveland

We all love to cuddle up to a good warm cozy fire during the winter, so wouldn’t we all love to own some wildly creative pyrography art to layer up the coziness factor? Vana Handmade Studio has you covered this holiday season. Using a heated metal pen to burn different decorative patterns and designs into wood, giving the gift of pyrography art is a sure-fire way to wow the receiver! 


Cheres Pottery RAW Cleveland

For the modernist in your life – how about some modern pottery that is reminiscent of the ancient Hebrew Style? Cheres Pottery has everything you could possibly dream of, and is the perfect gift for practically anyone! Making everything from beautiful bowls to handmade decor, don’t forget to check out Sara’s incredible artistry this holiday season!


Hopefully this helped kickstart your search for the perfect gift! This holiday season, remember to pay attention to where your goods are coming from. Nothing says “unique” like a handmade gift from an incredible artist! Not only that, but it makes the receiver feel special and one-of-a-kind themselves. Plus, you can feel extra good knowing that you are directly supporting the livelihood of artists in your community! 

DON’T FORGET: Our annual holiday showcase is coming up, Holiday RAWk, so be sure to check out our website for any upcoming showcases in your area to score some last minute handmade goodies! 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at RAW, and happy shopping!