Our Fave Part About Amazon? Supporting Small Businesses via the Site's Handmade Section
You want to support small businesses, but you also really want that two-day shipping? Amazon is the answer. The mega online retailer features a "Handmade" shop with a curated selection of handcrafted products by local makers and artisans (yes, local—you can explore by region to find items crafted in your area). But, we're also making the case for patience, because there are a lot of Handmade items not on Prime that are absolutely worth the extra delivery time. Below, our handpicked mix of both, so that you can support the small guys while buying your bulk order of toilet paper.
1. Cactus Soap Gift Set
Prime EligibleWe know what you're thinking—the plant lady in your life would love these. This set of plant-based soaps made in Delaware comes with four cute little cacti in a fresh aloe scent.
2. Afro Stickers
Made for decorating scrapbooks, laptops, bullet journals, planners, etc., these petite stickers are made by Shea Design, a small business from New York.
3. Wooden Dumpling Cutter
Designed after a museum piece from 1800, these pasta cutters (the small size is for fettuccini noodles, the larger for slicing up dumpling dough) are made in Arkansas from Cherry and Walnut woods, resulting in a beautiful two-tone work of art.
4. Simple Eats Meal Planner
This weekly meal planner will keep you organized and healthy. It even features tear-off shopping list pages to bring to the grocery store. And don't worry, it's undated, so if you miss a week, you won't waste any paper. It comes in two colorways and is designed, printed and packaged in Lawrence, Kansas.
5. White and Gold Porcelain Bud Vases Set of Three
Each bud vase is handmade in Georgia and finished with a clear glossy glaze and gold leaf. These would make an excellent hostess gift...or a welcome addition to your own bookshelves.
6. Amethyst Classic Wooden Rattle
Prime EligibleWe love wooden toys for their baby-safe makeup, and this precious rattle is no exception. It's finished with natural beeswax and flaxseed oil and has two food-grade silicone rings for a pop of color, in addition to two wooden ones. It's 100 percent non-toxic, lead-free, BPA-free, is CPSIA compliant and made in Iowa.
7. Abstract Minimalist Wall Art
Prime EligibleHow chic would these look on that empty wall space you've been meaning to fill? This watercolor print set of two is made in New Jersey and ready to frame at an ideal 11-inches by 14-inches.
8. Favorite Hoodie Soy Candle
The name alone already has us feeling cozier, but the notes of tobacco, musk and vanilla (meant to capture the essence of a fall nights in your favorite sweatshirt) in this 100 percent soy candle will make it a bit more permanent. The Colorado-based maker, KarmaLit, will also donate a percentage of the sale to DonorsChoose, a non-profit for teachers, by teachers that helps fund classroom needs.