We all have that one friend who eats only organic foods, enjoys yard sales and craft fairs, and makes her own beauty products. She's not exactly down-to-earth, but she sure is earth-loving. And we adore her to bits because not only does she make up for our less than environmentally-friendly habits, she's a true friend and makes you some darn good deodorant.
To celebrate your friendship, gift her a handcrafted item. If you don't have the time to make something yourself, support a local artisan so that your purchase will also go toward the preservation of craft.
Evelyn Claude Designs (Cascade Earrings, $45) (Dominion Necklace, $41) -- These lacquered and gold leafed accessories are handmade, using a thousand-year-old Japanese antique paper-making technique called Kin-maki-e.
Scents and Feel Towel, Multi Fuchsia ($69.50) -- These lightweight Tunisian fouta towels are made of 100% handwoven cotton and are wonderfully versatile. They can be used as a shawl, bath or beach towel, picnic blanket, bed cover, or table cloth.
Moss & Stone Gardens Moss Rocks! (Starting at $14.99) -- Each moss garden is a work of art, pre-hand planted in a sculptural, stone-like container that contrasts with the tufted greenery. It's also very easy to care for due to the patent-pending reservoir system and the frost-resistant ceramic.
On The Hook Crochet Lace Bowl ($28.95) -- Looking for a modern fruit bowl or knick knack holder? Hand crocheted from 100% cotton thread, these seemingly delicate beauties are actually sturdy enough to store heavier items, such as apples and oranges.
HopBox Beer Kit ($20) -- This hoppy kit is packed in Massachusetts and contains everything you need to get started with brewing one gallon of beer, tidied up in a rustic burlap sack.
Sweet Jules Caramels, Fleur de Sel (Starting at $22.95) -- These rich, buttery treats are handcrafted using only natural ingredients, sourced from around the world. Fleur de Sel (French sea salt) as a finish on the silky-soft caramels add another level of melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Tonewood Maple Wafers ($16.95) -- Handmade in Vermont of pure, unblended, and additive-free maple syrup, the artisanal maple sugar wafers dissolve in your mouth or your coffee, resulting in a sweet burst of unmatched depth and flavor.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.