2024 Holiday Gift Guide

We took the guessing out of giving.

  • For the margarita maker

    These handmade ceramic juicers are sure to brighten up anyone's kitchen (or bar cart). They make all the lime-squeezing for margaritas much easier, and more colorful.

  • For the friend with too many bags

    What's one more? These handmade tote bags are made from recycled fabrics by Dorchester neighbor Ayla Gavins. Each one is unique, beautiful, and sure to attract compliments.

  • For the neighbor with endless Dorchester pride

    Gift your Dorchester neighbor a set of these pint glasses, with our custom Dorchester design etched in charcoal. These glasses have a wonderful tactile feeling when holding them. Each glass is 16 oz. and perfect for water, beer, or iced coffee.

  • For the hostess with great taste

    These handmade glass bowls are breathtaking. The curves are unpredictable and organic, and they have a wonderful striped texture. Your hostess will be sure to put this out for every future party.

  • For the coffee snob

    These handmade espresso cups are sure to impress even the snobbiest coffee drinker. Not only are they hand painted with beautiful colors, they are lightweight and lovely to hold. Perfect for that morning cortado.

  • For your stylish aunt

    We love how versatile this soft and cozy shawl is. It's reversible so you get two colors in one, and the jersey bamboo fabric provides just the right amount of warmth.

  • For the nature enthusiast

    These "sensory pond bowls" are individually handmade by local artist Maria McKnight. Each one is a combined treasure of items collected in nature, often in Dorchester Park or other Boston green spaces. Natural items include rocks, twigs, flowers, and more. Holding one of these bowls is a peaceful, meditative, sensory experience.

  • For your crafty cousin

    These colorful blocks are made entirely from recycled crayons, which means you can build with them, or draw with them. They are fun, unusual, and super eco-friendly.

  • For your Yankee Swap

    It's always tricky to find a gift that anyone would love. But we did it. We found one. This handmade wooden vase would look great in anyone's home. It's sure to get traded-for in this year's Swap.

  • For the outdoorsy type

    These handcrafted leather ornaments will class up any holiday tree. A lovely gift for the fisherman, hunter, or outdoor enthusiast in your life.

  • For the charcuterie obsessed

    A handmade cutting board may be just the thing that will take their charcuterie board to the next level. These beautiful pieces are made by local artist Christine Rameaka, and available in a variety of woods and shapes.

  • For your mom

    Even the jewelry-averse moms out there will love these elegant, minimalist studs, handmade in Somerville by Shepherd's Run. They are available in both argentium silver and 14k yellow gold fill.

  • For your Dad

    There are plenty of Dads out there walking around with a rubber band as a wallet, thinking it's perfectly fine because "it works." But why not introduce a little beauty into his daily life? These handmade leather bifold wallets are as lovely to touch as they are to look at.

  • For the intellectual artist friend

    The field|guide is a collaborative project that explores the liminal spaces between visual art, poetry, essay, and sound. This first issue is dedicated to experiences of silence, and includes work from many talented contributing artists. It is very cool and will definitely impress your most creative friend.

  • For the one who needs to chill

    This soothing lavender neck wrap is sure to get even the busiest bee to chill out for a few minutes. Use it for hot or cold therapy. The fabric is hand-printed and sewn by Sarah Bertochi, and it is filled with whole flax seeds and dried beans for weight.

  • For the friend who just moved

    Any of our art prints would make a great gift for someone who recently moved to a new home with blank walls. Buy it with our simple birch frame to make it even easier to hang up right away.

  • For the globetrotter

    The Atlas Travel Journal includes three interchangeable journal inserts so that you never need to buy another journal, just add the next chapter of your story. And, to help travelers best capture their experiences and memories, these journals include a world travel map to document one's travels, a container to collect small souvenirs, and a special international coin.

  • For the minimalist

    You probably have someone on your list who insists they don't need anything. Consider gifting them an experience, like one of our many workshops. In the New Year we have classes for pottery, candle-making, calligraphy, watercolor, and more. To gift someone one of our workshops, simply buy them a gift card so they can register. Classes generally range from $60-90.

  • It's easy.

    We want to make it easy for you to #ShopSmall with us. When you shop online, we offer:

    • FREE in-store pick-up
    • FREE local delivery, within 3 miles of The Local Hand
    • Worldwide shipping (costs vary)

    And of course, you can always come shop in person! We are open Wednesday-Sunday. See our extended holiday hours here.

  • Your money does some good.

    Where you spend your hard-earned money matters. A lot. Every time you make a purchase at The Local Hand, it directly supports a local artist or maker. We use that money to place more wholesale orders, pay instructors for workshops, and more.

    When you shop local, it can quite literally changes someone's life. Plus, Amazon doesn't need any more money.

  • Our gifts are unique.

    Everyone could use a little more beauty in their life - whether that be a walnut cutting board for their cheese, a handmade ceramic mug for their morning coffee, a special pair of earrings, or a festive hand-poured candle. These gifts are special, and a lot more exciting to open on Christmas morning.

Holiday Events

Saturday, November 25th
Ashmont Holiday Tree Lighting
Peabody Square
4 - 7 PM

Sunday, December 3rd
Introduction to Needle Felting: Make an Owl Ornament
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuesday, December 5th
Make Your Own Winter Wreath
7 - 8:30 PM

Saturday, December 9th
Holiday Open House
2 - 6 PM

Wednesday, December 13th
Watercolor for Beginners: Paint Your Own Holiday Cards
6:30 - 9 PM

Sunday, December 17th
Gift Wrapping Party
4 - 6 PM

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