A holiday gift guide to make shopping less stressful.
Can you believe it? The holidays are nearly upon us! Whether you've been shopping since October or you're a last minute scrambler, it can be challenging to find the perfect gift for your loved ones.. and sometimes even harder within your budget. I hope I can make it juuuust a little bit easier with this holiday gift guide!
Before I dive into the fun stuff, I'll first walk you all through my thought process. As my business has grown and I developed a more consistent brand image, I've adapted my website so that art collectors can navigate the key components easily. While that has been a huge benefit in some aspects, it also doesn't necessarily mean that it's the easiest set up for classic holiday gift shopping. I decided I wanted to create a space where my work, as well as a few favorites from other creatives I've met, can be easily found and shopped!
It can certainly be easier to head to a big-name retailer, throw a bunch of things into your cart, swipe your card, and call it a day... I know that... but when you shop from a small business and/or artisan you know exactly who you're supporting. You're helping pay a rent check, and not padding the pockets of the figure heads of a large corporation.
Whether you're shopping for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan Eid, and/or more, I hope that you're able to find the perfect gift (or two) here! Thank you so much for choosing to shop small, for supporting my business, and my small little family!
$15 and Under
Vote 4 Women Pin Collection
The Vote 4 Women Pin Collection is the perfect gift for anyone from your favorite feminist to the ultimate history lover. This project was a nod to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification, and features women who moved mountains during their time for the rights of ALL women: Ida B. Wells, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott. Each pack contains six 2x2 inch metal pins featuring one portrait each. Buy the pins directly on my website, here.
All Purpose Balm by Eros + Arch
Eros + Arch is run by one of my friends from high school, Raven, and she specializes in organic balms, sprays, scrubs, and soothing candles. This all-purpose balm would make the best gift, and is made from jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, lavender and tea tree essential oils, and arrowroot powder - making it the perfect antiseptic, deodorant, lotion, etc! Get yours here!
Bailey Campbell Stickers
Over the years I have added numerous stickers to my collection, ranging from your favorite St. Lawrence buildings, notable women, Star Wars, and more. All stickers are made of vinyl and are perfect for laptops, waterbottles, etc. Please note that if they are run through a dishwasher, the designs will fade more quickly. Depending on their size, the stickers range in price. You can check out the sticker selection under the "gift" section of my website, here.
$50 and Under
2021 Calendar - The Present is Female
The Badass Ladies Calendar has been the ultimate holiday gift year after year! Inspired by some of our most notable female leaders, the 2021 calendar marks the third annual iteration. Wall calendars are 9.5x17.25 and are made from white, eggshell finished 120lb. paper. Pages are bound with black spiral binding, and have a hole for hanging (centered and 1.2 cm from the top).
Your new calendar will include portraits of Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Angela Davis, Katie Sowers, Rachel Cargle, Rupi Kaur, Nala Toussaint, Cristina Jiménez, Blair Imani, Quannah Chasinghorse, Tina Tchen, Kamala Harris, and Chelsie Hill. Stay badass all year round by buying yours here.
"I'm Speaking" Apparel
I was so inspired by our next VP, Kamala Harris's, performance at her debate, and so the very next day the "I'm Speaking" collection was born. My original digital drawing is available on cotton youth tees, unisex tees, and t-shirt dresses in a variety of colors! While I always love testing out my products, I have to say this one might me my favorite. If you end up just buying one for yourself, I promise I won't tell! Check them out here.
RBG Stationery Set
Let's be real, quarantine got us all down this year. Do you know of a loved one who got busy with snail mail over the last eight months? Help them replenish their stock of notecards with this tribute note card set featuring the one and only Ruth Bader Ginsburg! All note cards are blank inside and paired with white envelopes, making them perfect for invitations or classy correspondence notes. Notecards come in sets of 10, and are 5.5" x 4" folded. There's a limited stock remaining, so if this is the perfect gift for someone you know - don't wait to order these! Order yours here.
"To Moving Forward Together" & "Energizing the Conversation" Prints
In solidarity with the ongoing efforts of organizers & activists around the globe, these prints are where your love of art can meet your dedication to fighting racism. 100% of the profits from print sales will go to the the Movement for Black Lives. They're available in four colors and two sizes, 5x7 ($20.00) and 8x10 ($40.00). Prints are on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, and are made to order. Buy yours here: TMFT & ETC.
"Badass Ladies" Prints
Know someone that's missing their favorite badasses from calendars past? Reproductions of my 2019 and 2020 Badass Ladies are available in print format, and are the perfect gift for anyone on your list! The 2020 portraits ($40.00) are available in 8x10 and are printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper. Keep in mind that these prints are made to order, so you'll want to plan accordingly so that they arrive on time. The 2019 portraits ($25.00) are available in 9x11 and are printed on cardstock. These are pre-printed, and I'm down to my last few - don't miss out on these! You'll be able to peruse all of the portraits under "Paper Prints" on my site, or by clicking here.
Macrame Boobies by ERM Creations
I am so excited to include these amazing macrame boobies made by the talented ERM Creations. I went to college with Emily, who now works full-time as a high school chemistry teacher, and was thrilled to support her crafty adventures earlier this year (fun fact, the top boobies are actually the ones I purchased for my studio!). Each set is handmade with love, and are described as "perfectly imperfect" - just like the real things! She also makes other macrame creations, like pot holders and other wall hangings. You can order directly through the ERM Creations instagram, and payments are made through venmo. Here is her instagram profile - don't forget to give her a follow, too!
RBG iPhone Case
If you have a Ruth Bader Ginsburg fan on your list this year, this iPhone case is the perfect gift. It has a solid back and flexible sides that make it easy to take on and off, with precisely aligned port openings. The sleek design is available for iPhone 7/8-11 Pro Max.
I may be able to replicate this design with other Badass Ladies portraits if given sufficient time - please just reach out to me directly if this is something you're interested in! You can get your RBG iPhone case here.
Floral Headband by CAF Creations
Corinne is one of my insta-friends that I met (virtually) through the creative community, and her work is beautiful. She works primarily with acrylics, and creates vibrant and expressive florals and landscapes. I was gifted one of her headbands last Christmas, and it's seriously one of my favorite things to rock in my studio. If headgear isn't what you're looking for, head to her website and check out her g o r g e o u s originals and prints instead! Her use of bold colors and creamy, unapologetic textures is so energizing to look at - a perfect gift for an art lover, or someone who loves a bold accessory! Check her out here.
$150 and Under
The ARTcuterie Collection
If you have an cheeseboard-obsessed loved one in your life (AKA me), these prints will take their charcuterie game to the next level. Inspired by That Cheese Plate, my four digital drawings are available in two sizes, 8x8 ($105.00) and 10x10 ($145.00). You will receive the entire collection, which include prints of Camem-Berry, Brine Thyme, Peas & Thank You, and Cashew Outside. Prints are on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, and are made to order. If you think a single print is more your speed, you can order them individually for $30.00-$40.00 depending on size.
Order the collection here.
Aquamarine & Moonstone Necklace by Roots and Jewels
I'm so excited to include the work of my dear college friend, Emma, who makes incredible handmade jewelry from Hawaii! Each Roots and Jewels piece is beautifully handcrafted with materials that forge connection between the wearer and the earth, and her price ranges make it easy to fit in any budget! For example, this necklace is made with aquamarine (whose calming energy reduces stress and quiets the mind) and moonstone (which enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and brings opportunity). While many of her pre-made pieces are necklaces, she also does amazing custom work ranging from anklets to earrings! Check out her store here.
This painting is one of many original pieces available on my website! Summer Succulent is a 2017 original acrylic painting on 20 in round canvas, making it one of the few remaining B. Phelps Art pieces. It can be purchased here.
If you're interested in looking through any of my other original works for purchase, click the following links to see original acrylics, original watercolors, and original drawings. All of the available works are the remaining B. Phelps Art originals, making them even more special!
Baxter by Loominary Design
I'm so exited to be including the work of another insta-friend, Natalie, of Loominary Designs! I stumbled upon Natalie's work because I was looking to commission a piece for my home, and AM IN LOVE with her work (especially my custom piece!). Natalie is a professional swimmer, and her work with fiber started as a way to manage the anxiety of being a professional athlete .. and now she's able to make money from doing two things that she loves! Baxter is a piece from her newest collection, which combined weaving techniques and punch needle, and each piece is freely made (no patterns). She also offers beautiful custom pieces, but she has several pre-made works on her site, here!
Gift Card from Luna Boutique, Canton, NY
If you're a Northern NY follower, you definitely don't want to miss out on Luna Boutique in Canton, NY! Hailey, the owner, is one of my besties from high school, and she has created a true gem in the NoCo. I can personally vouch for the amazing customer service, as well as the fun, fashionable products available. If you're not shopping locally, you can order online (but if you're ever in the area, stop by! It's definitely a pitstop must for me). If you're shopping for a non-NoCo resident, the Luna Lookbox subscription service is the perfect alternative! Check out Luna's website, here.
Digital Gift Certificate by Cristina Fenner Photography
HINT: 50% OFF ON BLACK FRIDAY!
This is one is a HUGE deal, because my friend Cristina is a HOT commodity in Northern NY! Whether you're shopping for a recently engaged couple, a family, or rising-senior, a gift certificate for a portrait shoot with Cristina Fenner Photography is a perfect gift. Her work is s t u n n i n g , and especially during a year when we're all feeling extra far from one another, some beautiful photographs to share can bring the biggest smile. This would be the ideal gift for someone who lives in Upstate NY, or once called it home and is ready for a visit! The 50% off deal only applies to TEN (goes live at 3PM on Black Friday), so think fast! You can find out more about her work, and contact her for gift card information here.