2

The Best Handmade Gifts

Posted: November 24, 2018
The Best Handmade Gifts

Obviously the best handmade gift you can give someone this year is a piece of pottery made by a sexy lady and the ghost of her (even sexier!) murdered lover. But. In absence of that, the following handmade gifts are pretty good alternatives.

Handmadeness and badassery are the only qualifications I used in selecting these items for my best handmade gifts list. They aren't gender specific, so if you're looking only for gifts for men or gifts for women, head to those sections in Dude's gift guides.

Note: Prices for the best handmade gifts are listed as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.

Bicycle Taxidermy Wall Display Bike Racks

Bicycle Taxidermy Wall Display Bike Racks
Bicycle Taxidermy Wall Display Bike Racks

You might hunt elk and deer in the woods to taxidermy into prized wall art, but in Portland they make theirs out of saddles and handlebars hunted down in the hipster Goodwills. Home furnishings designer The Iron Roots hand-crafts this series of Bicycle Taxidermy bike wall display racks from a shop in - no surprise here - Portland, OR.

$99.99 to $144.99 ➠ Amazon

Golf Ball Cannon

Golf Ball Cannon
Golf Ball Cannon

Having made a whole list of the best projectile launchers, I know a good desktop cannon when I see one. And, dude, this golf ball cannon is one damn fine desktop cannon. Handmade by Butterfield Machine, the Black Powder Golf Ball Mortar is a 5.3 pound badass whose barrel is machined from a solid 2.5" 1018 steel round bar. An oak carriage and brass hardware support the barrel, and add to the cannon's elegant industrial aesthetic.

$399 ➠ Amazon

Deer Antler Beer Tap Handle

Deer Antler Beer Tap Handle

Antler Artisans uses real white-tailed deer antlers - shed antlers only, so no Bambis are harmed - to create a range of household goods. Their beer tap handles for kegerators, keezers, and bar taps are the most standout to me, and a top choice for anyone seeking unique beer gifts for their favorite suds lovers.

$54.95 ➠ Amazon

Fishing Man Table Lamp

Fishing Man Table Lamp

Know any fishermen, plumbers, electricians, or steampunk enthusiasts? Mr.J + Mr.C's Fishing Man Table Lamp covers a whole lot of bases for those looking for a gift for a man. And even if he is none of the above, the design of the pipes and exposed bulbs in this piece make it a standout twist on the industrial pipe lighting trend that would be a welcome addition to any desktop.

$169.99 ➠ Amazon

JHO Knives & EDC

JHO Knives & EDC
JHO Knives & EDC

Simple and clean look sharp. Meticulous design and robust metals make sharp. JHO blades and implements of EDC are nothing if not sharp.

$95 to $1,250 ➠ JHO Knives

Air Plant Living Chess Set

Air Plant Living Chess Set

Living Chess makes the flora-filled sets with water-lacquered bamboo boards and tiny planters 3D-printed to: 1) maintain some of the classic characteristics of traditional chess kings, queens, bishops, knights, rooks, and pawns; and 2) provide a good home with plenty of space for air circulation and full body watering to their resident air plants.

The chess sets come with the 16 x 16-1/2" board and 32 black and white planter pieces hand-padded with felt. You'll also get 32 air plants. Living Chess recommended plant care includes soaking the dry plants in their containers once every 7 to 10 days, climate dependent.

$200 ➠ Etsy

3D Compass

3D Compass

A 3D compass isn't so much an invaluable outdoor tool as it is a nifty demonstration of physics and Earth's magnetic field. Don't get me wrong, it might be the most accurate compass you'll ever use. But being made of neodymium magnets encased in a domed glass housing, this 3D compass is better suited as a decorative paperweight or gift for a geek than a must-have addition to your survival gear.

$27.89 ➠ Etsy

Crazy Horse Craft Origami Leather Wallets

Crazy Horse Craft Origami Leather Wallets
Crazy Horse Craft Origami Leather Wallets

Native America meets old world Japan in Crazy Horse Craft's leather origami-style wallets. The minimalist cash and card carriers have a classic, scholarly look, with 2 openings for quick access, and two interior compartments, plus a hidden pocket for cards, bills, and coins.

$39 to $45 ➠ Amazon

Kyle's Kinetics Balancing Sculptures

Kyle's Kinetics Balancing Sculptures
Kyle's Kinetics Balancing Sculptures

Kyle's Kinetics are a collection of metal sculptures in motion. Each one - from Tiny Tim, bearer of a bent barbell, to Sparky the spark plug airplane, to an intricate, expertly smithed beach cruiser bike - is mounted to a bar and balanced to perfection with counterweights. So that it lolls and rotates with Cirque du Soleil finesse around its cylindrical base. Often on a Cirque du Soleil-style tip no bigger than the point of your pen.

$95 to $399 ➠ Kyle's Kinetics

Mille Cuirs Leather Grimoires

Mille Cuirs Leather Grimoires

Grimoires are books of magic. Recipes for cooking up spells, crafting talismans, and calling forth angels and demons. The pages of a grimoire can protect the secrets of witches and wizards, binding them in leather and charms so none but their creators can use them. Or they can, like, act as the food journal that's part of that 2019 diet you're trying out.

These handmade leather grimoires from Mille Cuirs could be a perfect gift for the girlfriend who diaries, the Lovecraft fan who draws, or the beer and fantasy fanboy who keeps notes on all the microbrews he tries.

$162 to $172 ➠ Etsy

Hand-Carved Real & Replica Skulls

Hand-Carved Real & Replica Skulls
Hand-Carved Real & Replica Skulls

Zane Wylie carves skulls. He carves them, real and replica, intricately and elaborately, with themes ranging from Celtic warriors to Asian dragons to Goonies maps and Mandalorians. Replica skulls are made of resin, but shaped and carved to look pretty darn real.

Price Varies ➠ Zane Wylie

T-Rex Folding Knife

T-Rex Folding Knife

Caution: both ends bite. Metal Worn's T-Rex Folding Knife don't need no stinkin' proportionately-sized arms to do pushups or give high-fives. He don't need no stinkin' arms at all! With a 3.25" 440C stainless steel "tail" heat treated to 60~62HRC, this custom beast of a design is doing just fine without all your stupid extra appendages getting in the way.

$449 ➠ Metal Worn

ShaveSmith Custom Straight Razor Kit

ShaveSmith Custom Straight Razor Kit

ShaveSmith handcrafts all parts of the straight razor kits, collaborating with buyers over email to establish preferred designs, details, and blade features. Blades are made from high carbon steel, hand ground into your choice of French, Spanish, round, square, or barber's notch tip. ShaveSmith then carves an elegant wood handle for holding and housing the blade, whittled from your choice of over 15 species of wood. Prices for the work, samples of which show blades etched with cresting waves and Celtic designs, and handles with aesthetics ancient to ultra-modern, are steep. They vary according to the level of kit you select - the larger the blade and more fine the handle material, the higher the price.

$350 to $550 ➠ Etsy

Inupiat Ulu Knife

Inupiat Ulu Knife

This handsome devil of an Ulu knife is handmade in central Alaska by the North Star Knife & Ulu Company. Its damascus-style blade is a combination of 1074 carbon steel, 15N20 steel, and about 2.5% nickel for added toughness. North Star Knife & Ulu also points out that they're located in a place where temperatures can drop to -60 degrees F in the winter, so they have no choice but to use rugged, hardy materials in their products to withstand the weather.

The Ulu handle is made of walnut.

$109.99 ➠ Amazon
More Products You Might Like