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Let’s face it, gift giving can be a chore. It’s hard to figure out what a variety of people in your life would like to receive and it can be downright awful visiting a retail store this time of year. While we can guess a new home in Henderson may be on most wish lists, it definitely won’t fit under the tree!

Buying local is a great way to support our community, and receiving a handmade gift often feels more special than something from a big-box retailer. You don’t have to wait for the next Henderson art festival to support local makers! We’ve scoured the web to find local artisan goods that can cover everyone on your “nice” list. Here’s the best part: they’re all under $50.

For the Fellas
As the age-old saying goes: if you like it then you better put a bolo tie on it. At least, if the guy digs southwestern flair. Designs by Maral creates many bolo ties to choose from. We are especially fond of this one. If a standard tie is more the style for the men on your list, shake up the humdrum of ordinary life and give them an artisan made tie tack to induce office jealousy.

For the Home Chef Extraordinaire
The Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse in your life needs this salt cellar to impress guests and use words like “bam” when seasoning — extra points for using Salt Man flair.

For the Bookworms
These literary-inspired scented candles are sure to please the reader in your life. Bundle with the newest New York Times bestseller and you’ve got a winning gift.

For the Obsessed-With-Their-Dog Friends
Everyone has someone in their life that, if we’re being honest with ourselves, would prefer spending their time with their furry friend than with us sometimes. Provide a practical solution to the questions “Where the heck do I put this leash?” and “Where are my keys?” by gifting this leash and key organization system. The seller has multiple options (single dog owners, owners of multiple dogs, etc.), so you’re bound to find the right fit.

Also, the Dogs of Inspirada calendar, while not artisan made, is a community project benefiting Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility and a great gift for dog owners. Stop by the fresh52 Farmers’ Market on December 9th to snag your limited edition copy – and pick up a few for presents, too!

For the Lovers of Vintage
Gather and Roost, a local Etsy seller, has a wide variety of items from yesteryear for your vintage-loving pal. While vintage isn’t necessarily locally made, you’ll be supporting a local seller and giving the best gifts.

For the Cool Coworker
Bring a bit of cheer to your best-coworker mate’s desk through these novel, hand-painted pin dolls. Choose from famous characters — Wizard of Oz, Rick and Morty, or Game of Thrones to name a few — and even custom options (though we should note the custom items tend to cost more than $50). We never thought we would covet pin dolls, but there’s something so charming about these guys!

For the Writers and Doodlers
For those who enjoy writing, keeping a journal, doodling, recording travel adventures, or simply need to write down things in order to remember them — give the gift of this gorgeous leather journal.

For the New Moms
The mommas in your life will appreciate this colorful and downright pretty necklace made with teething-friendly wood and silicone beads.

For the Self-Professed Comic Nerds
You don’t need to know about radioactive spiders or kryptonite to get a great gift for your comic-loving friend. 831GRAPHICS offers affordable, original art featuring beloved comic characters.

For the Remote Workers and Stay-at Home-Parents
This is something your friend will be exceptionally grateful for, especially if they work from home: a somehow-charming no soliciting sign.

For the She-Already-Has-Everything
This classic, simple necklace is perfect for layering and comes in silver, gold, and rose gold options, perfect for the gal pal who is especially difficult to purchase a gift for.

For the World Travelers
Whether it’s for work or pleasure (or both), we all have that friend that seems to constantly post photos in foreign countries. This unisex, leather passport holder-wallet combination will become their new favorite accessory.

While we’d love to give the gift of a new home in Henderson to our loved ones, we know even Santa can’t squeeze it down the chimney! But, with this list, you’re bound to find something for all of your pals. We call it a win-win when you can both support local makers and avoiding the holiday shopping crowd. If you are looking to treat yourself to a gift of a new home, check out our list of available homes.