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15 Amazon Handmade Gifts to Support Small Businesses

Amazon Handmade gifts offer unique presents, all with the convenience you love from shopping the e-commerce giant's website.

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They say the best gifts are handmade—but what if you’re short on time or talent? If your skills stop at macaroni necklaces and stick-figure drawings, choose a beautiful product from Amazon Handmade gifts. They’re similar to other Amazon Prime gifts in that they’ll ship quickly, but you can feel good about supporting a small business. You’ll find one-of-a-kind presents to impress everyone on your list, including gifts for her, gifts for men, gifts for kids and even gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.

What is Amazon Handmade?

Amazon Handmade is a community of artisans from more than 80 countries who are following their passion and selling their handcrafted wares through Amazon. There’s no bait and switch to worry about here, as each artisan goes through a verification process. “In the applications process, Amazon actually makes sure we are really handmade,” explains Tiffany Westerly, who sells modern wall decor and personalized gifts. “Then they audit us randomly. I’ve had to send in photos and videos of my home studio, equipment and shipping supplies.”

How does Amazon Handmade work?

From a consumer’s standpoint, purchasing a product from Amazon Handmade is no different than purchasing anything else through the site. “Items in the Handmade category show up in the regular search results just like all the other items,” says Westerly. “Many people don’t realize they ordered a handmade item until it arrives, and they see an insert thanking them for ordering from a small business.”

Evaluation Criteria

We perused the listings across every category, including home decor, kitchen and dining, beauty and grooming, clothing and accessories and toys and games looking for extra-special items. Then we chose Amazon gifts for women, Amazon gifts for men and Amazon toys with the highest ratings. We made sure to include something for every personality type in a variety of price points, too. Shopping Amazon handmade gifts is one of the easiest ways to support small businesses without leaving your living room.

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For newlyweds: Engraved Cutting Board

Every couple needs a wooden cutting board in their kitchen, whether it’s for carving a Thanksgiving turkey or using as a charcuterie board during parties. Straga’s cutting boards, which maintain a near-perfect five-star rating, are classy Amazon handmade gifts they’ll use over and over again. This personalized gift allows you to select the size, wood stain and custom-engraved text.

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For jewelry collectors: Personalized Name Necklace

One of the most memorable items Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City wasn’t her sky-high designer stilettos or her fashion-forward couture outfits, but her name necklace. In fact, it was her most treasured possession. Ever since, women have been donning their own name necklaces, like this option from Trangel. You can personalize it with up to 10 letters. Then choose from five lengths, three finishes and various fonts. Check out these other best friend gifts that celebrate your BFF status.

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For homebodies: Oversized Throw Blanket

Cozy up on the couch with a glass of wine and your favorite TV show, and don’t forget a faux-fur throw from Graced Soft Luxuries. This luxurious blanket comes in two sizes and eight colors sure to match any decor style (including leopard!). It’s even machine-washable. It has 10,000+ glowing reviews and verified customers rave about how soft it is.

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For astrology lovers: Zodiac Candles

Each astrological sign has its own characteristics and vibe, and Wax & Wit captures that essence in each of its zodiac candles. For instance, the Aries candle is infused with amber, driftwood, orange and chili pepper (it’s a fire sign after all!). It boasts the mantra, “Everyone was thinking it, I just said it.” Each candle has 100% natural soy wax, burns for 50+ hours and is crafted locally, earning it a top spot on our Amazon handmade gifts list. Here are even more zodiac gift ideas for any horoscope-obsessed pal.

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For golf enthusiasts: Pint Glass With Golf Ball

Talk about a hole-in-one when it comes to Amazon handmade gifts! This 16-ounce pint glass from BenShot has a real golf ball embedded in its side. It’s hand-sculpted in a glass workshop in Appleton, Wisconsin. It’s sure to amuse any avid golfer who likes to toss back a cold one after the 18th hole. And yes, it’s safe to drink from, and even freezer-safe too, so it’s a gift for golf lovers they’ll actually use.

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For the entertainer: Wooden Spoon and Fork Set

File this under perfect Amazon handmade gifts for the hostess who loves entertaining. Serving up a salad or doling out pasta has never looked so elegant thanks to this set of wooden kitchen utensils. This four-piece set comes with two salad spoons, a small condiment teaspoon and a spaghetti fork. Each handmade piece is crafted from natural hardwood by artisans in Vietnam. After washing them, simply use olive oil to restore their luster.

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For wine lovers: Engraved Stemless Wine Glass

Did you know that meditation and wine drinking can exist simultaneously? Sometimes, you just need to “Let that sh!t go” and that’s exactly what this stemless wine glass reminds you to do. This sentiment is laser-engraved, so it won’t peel or crack. And since it holds 17-ounces, chances are you’ll have let most everything go by the time you reach the last drop. If you’re looking for white elephant gifts everyone will fight over, this is the one!

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For plant parents: Plant Lover Coffee Mug

For those with a green thumb, there’s never enough greenery around. But since they’re probably picky about their plants, choose a safe choice that honors their passion. A “Yes, I really do need all these plants” mug from Loftipop mug does the trick. It’s dishwasher and microwave-safe and designed and printed in the USA. Don’t miss these other cheap Christmas gifts to maximize your holiday budget.

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For those in need of self-care: Bath Bombs Gift Set

A bubble bath is the perfect way to relax after a long day, especially when you pop in a handcrafted bath bomb. This pretty-packaged gift set of a dozen fizzies are made from natural ingredients in California. They come in a variety of scents and colors and won’t stain the tub. With an impressive 36,000+ five-star reviews, we’re confident this is one of those gifts for your sister-in-law she’s guaranteed to love.

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For expecting moms: Pregnancy Journal

There’s so much to capture during each stage of pregnancy, which is why this pregnancy journal from Nuts & Bolts Paper Co. makes our list for thoughtful Amazon handmade gifts. The pages within take you on a nine-month journey, with prompts for what to expect each week and a keepsake folder for mementos. It’s a sweet gift for your sister that’s expecting (she doesn’t need more onesies!).

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For groomsmen: Groom Squad Whiskey Glass

Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe curated all her favorite Amazon handmade gifts, including these whiskey glasses. Each 10-ounce rocks glass features a permanent ink design printed on both sides. Dudes will appreciate the dishwasher-safe design. If you have a large squad, you’ll appreciate the under $15 price tag! Cheers to that.

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For yogis: Palo Santo Bracelet

Palo santo is a sacred wood native to South America. In many cultures it helps clear negative energy, reduce stress and anxiety and provide a sense of calm. When you aren’t able to burn palo santo sticks, reach for a palo santo bracelet instead—it harnesses the same powers to keep your body, mind and spirit balanced and harmonized. It’s a unique gift for your wife that shows you value her wellbeing.

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For java junkies: Burlap Coffee Maker Mat

Looking for gifts for coffee lovers? Jazz up their morning routine with this Farmhouse-style burlap placemat printed with their favorite phrase: “It’s always coffee time.” It’s designed to fit under a coffee maker and protects counters from spills. Plus, the mat has a fabric protector treatment to help repel and resist stains.

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For young kids: Animal Hand Puppets

Puppets are an excellent way to unlock a child’s imagination, help them role play and provide hours of entertainment and snuggle time. Betterline’s plush animal hand puppets come in a set of two—and make for one of those memorable Amazon handmade gifts every parent will also appreciate.

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For the sleep-challenged: Sleepytime Shower Steamers

Catching zzz’s has never been easier thanks to these Sleepytime Shower Steamers. They’re like a bath bomb, but for your shower. This pharmacist-founded natural wellness company specializes in essential oil shower steamers that target common ailments, like Cold Kicker, Headache Rx and Morning Energy. All of their products (which make A+ self-care gifts) are made by hand at the brand’s shop in Philadelphia. Even better? There are no artificial fragrances, just pure essential oils.

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Jill Schildhouse
As an editor-at-large for Reader's Digest, Jill Schildhouse regularly covers travel, wellness, food, beauty, consumer products and product reviews. She has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning lifestyle writer and editor, and she frequently contributes to Travel + Leisure, Bride’s, Southern Living, Taste of Home and Insider. Jill has traveled to 36 countries and is always planning her next domestic or overseas adventure.