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19 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’s Handmade gifts. They’ll ship quickly and you can feel good about supporting a small business. You’ll find one-of-a-kind presents to impress everyone on your list.

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. You’ll find women-owned, LGBTQ-owned, Black-owned and Asian-American-owned businesses, among others.

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 from her woman-owned business. “Then they audit us randomly. I’ve had to send in photos and videos of my home studio, equipment and shipping supplies.”

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.” Shopping Amazon handmade gifts is one of the easiest ways to support small businesses without leaving your living room.

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Engraved Cutting Board
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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 it as a charcuterie board during parties. Straga’s cutting boards, which maintain a near-perfect 4.8-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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Personalized Name Necklace
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For jewelry collectors: Personalized Name Necklace

One of the most memorable items Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and the City wasn’t her sky-high designer stilettos or her fashion-forward couture outfits, but her nameplate necklace. In fact, it was her most treasured possession. Help a friend don their own name necklace, 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 luxuriously warm blanket comes in two sizes and eight colors sure to match any decor style (including leopard!). It’s even machine-washable. It has over 11,000 ratings and verified customers rave about its softness.

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Zodiac Candles
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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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Pint Glass With Golf Ball
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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 BenShot pint glass 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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Wooden Spoon and Fork Set
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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 that resemble leaves.

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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Black Lantern Whiskey Glasses
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For the outdoor enthusiasts: Black Lantern Whiskey Glasses

Capture the essence of the great outdoors with these hand-printed whiskey glasses. They’re dishwasher-safe, so no need to worry about the beautiful forest picture washing away. They hold 11 ounces with a three-inch base, perfect for a nightcap. If you’re looking for white elephant gifts everyone will fight over, this is the one!

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Plant Lover Coffee Mug
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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 does the trick. It’s dishwasher and microwave-safe and designed and printed in the USA. Don’t miss these other stocking stuffer gifts to maximize your holiday budget.

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Bath Bombs Gift Set
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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 is made from natural ingredients in California. They come in a variety of scents and colors and won’t stain the tub. With an impressive 38,000 five-star ratings, we’re confident this is one of those gifts for women that’s guaranteed to be remembered.

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Pregnancy Journal
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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 of 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 a new mom who’s expecting (she doesn’t need more onesies!).

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Retired Legend Whiskey Glass
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For dads: Retired Legend Whiskey Glass

Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe curated all her favorite Amazon handmade gifts, including these whiskey glasses. Each 10-ounce glass features a permanent ink design printed on both sides. Dudes will appreciate the dishwasher-safe design. It’s a homemade dad gift he’ll use again and again, and you’ll appreciate the under $15 price tag. Cheers to that.

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Palo Santo Bracelet
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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 well-being.

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Burlap Coffee Maker Mat
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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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Animal Hand Puppets
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For young kids: Animal Hand Puppets

Looking for fun gifts for kids? 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. They also make a fun and silly stocking stuffer for kids!

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Sleepytime Shower Steamers
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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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16k Gold Personalized Name Bar Bracelet
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For the custom jewelry lover: 16k Gold Personalized Name Bar Bracelet

Whether you’re looking for a gift for bridesmaids, friends or yourself, a personalized name bar bracelet is a special touch. Choose from silver, gold-plated or silver-plated finishes and three gift packaging options. It comes with an adjustable clasp and a jewelry box for safekeeping. If you’re looking for a jewelry gift, you can’t go wrong with a custom piece.

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Custom Star Map
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For the celestial friends: Custom Star Map

They say some moments are written in the stars. Now you can help friends pinpoint their special events with a custom star map. Memorialize a birth, wedding or birthday by picking a date, location, name and other little details. It’s made and printed in Florida, and the studio guarantees 100% accuracy. It also makes a sentimental homemade wedding gift.

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For the sentimental parents: Personalized Name Puzzle

New parents get dozens of diapers, blankies and pacifiers at baby showers. This personalized name puzzle stands out from the rest as the best baby gift. You can add pegs on the letters, an engraved message on the back, a stand or fun elements like butterflies and spaceships. Different colors match any theme, and they’re printed with water-based ink.

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Custom Name Necklace
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For the trendy dresser: Custom Name Necklace

Another contender for the best personalized jewelry is this custom name necklace. Pick from five chain lengths, three colors and two material options. It’s a chic addition to any outfit and goes with anything! Have an engaged friend? Get them this necklace as an engagement gift to commemorate their new last name.

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About the expert

  • Tiffany Westerly: Tiffany Westerly is an Amazon Handmade seller at Giddy Designs. She sells all kinds of modern wall decor and personalized gifts.

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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.