Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

The Perfect Gift

Posted December 19th, 2012

It’s time to start shopping! Each week we’ll highlight products from our vendors in the Perfect Gift Guide. For mothers, sisters, dads, cousins, hostesses and the boss…with more than 100 vendors, CRAFTED has the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. And when you make it a handmade holiday, your gifts are twice as nice – supporting a community of independent artists and craftspeople.

This week our spotlight is on….

Cozy Winter Wear Around the Market


The brains behind Wood Brain is the amazing woodwork artist Lindsay Zuelich. Lindsay creates unbelievably intricate wood working creations from her personal studio. Wood Brain also has gifts for every price point – her wooden hair ties are only 5 bucks! She has also handcrafted an iPhone dock using recycled wood. For the men on your shopping list she has gorgeous wooden flasks, tie clips and money holders –perfect to hold all the CRAFTED CASH and Christmas loot!



Skin Like Butter

Skin Like Butter offers beautiful bath and body options for the perfect gift. The scented candles come in six sweet and satisfying scents packaged beautifully for the perfect stocking stuffer. Alexandria of Skin Like Butter also offers 3 packs of mini scented lotions so there’s no need to pick a favorite – just try them all.




The incredible artist Tomoko of Silver Blue Glass imagines sweet characters that will make you smile. Perfect for kids, her stuffed plush creations are so cuddly and cute. She has made a children’s book with her own illustrations for 18 dollars – a total steal! Her shop also has gift tags & holiday cards that will adorn your presents with a unique touch.




2 Market Street

Judy at 2 Market Street offers dozens of cookie cutters for that baker on your list. These extremely affordable cookie cutters range from dinosaurs to gingerbread men & women and even the entire nativity scene! If your child is a future Top Chef, purchase a kid-friendly apron with adorable designs to fit both boys and girls.




Red Car Market

Red Car Market has a Red Car Special that makes the perfect gift for all those office parties, Secret Santa’s and gift exchanges! The Red Car Special is a Salad and Pasta Dinner for only $15! It includes David’s Unforgettables Balsamic Vinaigrette, That’s a Nice Primi Piatti pasta, and Sicilian marinara sauce. They also offer scrumptious gourmet chocolates, and a delicious sampler of 16 Olive Oils in gorgeous holiday packaging. For that foodie on you shopping list – Red Car Market will be sure to impress!




Daniel Randolph is a fine artist specializing in paintings, sculpture, printmaking and murals. He has designed and created holiday cards with art of San Pedro and other local neighboring cities. The detail on these cards are intricate and fantastic. His amazing artwork will leave an impression and will make the perfect gift for family and friends both near and far away.




Philip Vargas is a local artist based in Long Beach, CA. Take home his amazing craftsmanship with a laser engraved Christmas ornament, starting at $8! He is also creating custom orders for the holiday season. The small and delicate wooden ornaments will be a great keepsake for years to come. Our favorite is the owl design, with “Merry Christmas 2012″ engraved in the center. Philip Vargas also creates gorgeous hand-painted one-of-a-kind journals – which will make great stocking stuffers!






Rain Hannah of Honey&Ollie is a multitalented artist creating charming jewelry with gorgeous gemstones, birthstones, silver charms and more. Design a custom necklace with Rain using her finest stones and silver charms to add a delicate and personalized touch. Stop by and see her beautiful sterling hoop earrings that make great gifts!



Tish Pollack of Diva Beads designs elegant crystal necklaces, eyeglass holders, & earrings – the list goes on and on! Her elegant holiday-themed glass & crystal earrings are sure to be a hit this winter season. The lovely crystal & lace necklaces will look gorgeous with any winter dress. She has so many options to choose from – you can’t leave without a perfect present!




Kelso Doesn’t Dance

Kelso Doesn’t Dance creates cute and colorful stationary, handmade wallets, notebooks and more! Founded in 2008, Kelso is all about nostalgic, eco-friendly, upcycled products. So if you are a hip yet conscious consumer, browse Kelsey’s shop for a one-of-a-kind piece that works with every budget! Kelso’s pieces are all completely original, creative, and are guaranteed to make you smile. Pop in to Kelso Doesn’t Dance for a gift for every man, woman and child on your shopping list!

Desiree B.

Soft and cuddly creations are where it’s at. Desiree B. designs cuddly critter plush, pillows and accesories. These cute and crafty creations are perfect to snuggle up to on a toasty winter’s night. Kids of all ages will love the funky owl plush and lil brown bear plush. These designs are unique, classic and super special. They will definitely be treasured for many seasons to come!



Parchment Cookies

Parchment Cookies specializes in tasty custom cookies that are perfect for the holiday season. Winter variety sugar cookies, snowflake sugar cookies, and holiday lights sugar cookies will be available for special order. Your holiday party will be talked about until New Years with an order from the unique and delicious oven of Parchment Cookies.

California Bungalow

California Bungalow will get you ready for the holidays with a bit of California flair. Their retro-style aprons are made with vintage textiles and will have you ready to bake ’till your heart’s content this holiday season. They also offer plenty of upcycled and green gifts like boutique handbags and paper brooches that will make gift giving this year a cinch. Make sure to stop in and meet our friends at California Bungalow!

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