Gift guide: Shopping for him

Is there a difficult to shop for man in your life? Is your husband, father or husband one of those “just buy me socks” kind of guys? Holiday shopping is supposed to be fun! This holiday season, consider buying handmade as an alternative to the “same old” gifts you find in the department stores.

One of the great things about shopping handmade is that you’re shopping unique. By thinking outside of the box (and outside of the big box stores), you’re opening up a whole world of possibilities for gifts for the men in your life. And so, Handmade Long Island presents this installment in our 2013 gift guide, a selection of creative gift ideas for him!

Beer label coasters by BEerCRAFTY

Is the guy you’re shopping for a craft beer drinker? Tailor your gift this holiday season to his interests with these handmade beer label coasters. Waterproof on the top and padded on the bottom, this coaster set is durable and won’t scratch your table. Don’t miss beer photo frames or beer cap magnets. Not much of a beer drinker? Check out baseball and New York Mets coasters instead, all at

Commissioned portrait by EmsDRAWNart

Shopping for a family man? Amelia of EmsDRAWNart can turn your family photograph into a stunning drawing which he (as well as the rest of the family) is sure to treasure. Available in black and white as well as color. Commissioned portraits take time, so plan to order early. Visit at to see the full range of options.

One of of a kind shark statue by BlacknickSculpture

If he can’t get enough of shark week, then you need to take a look at this handmade one of a kind sculpture of a mako shark by artist Brian Blacknick. 15 inches long and 8 inches high, this amazing sculpture is mounted on a wood base and would look amazing on a shelf or mantle in home or office. This piece is truly unique, and fine art makes a great gift. See more at

Customized items by East Coast Brushworks

East Coast Brushworks offers it all – easily customize everything from clothing (t-shirts, denim, leather, etc.) to helmets and masks. If you’re shopping for an athlete or biker, personalize his helmet! Design a custom sweatshirt for dad! There are plenty of great options available, and you can visit at the Tri County Flea Market on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown to take about your design. For more information, visit

The Handmade Long Island Gift Guide includes items made by members of the Handmade Long Island directory who have e-commerce websites or online shops. Visit the directory for the full listing, including artisans who can be seen at local craft fairs and events and who offer customized designs. Please note that items included above may sell out or change price at the discretion of the business owner.

If you miss out on your favorite item, please review the rest of the website or shop – you’re sure to find another piece you love just as much!