Gift guide: Gifts under $20

Holiday shopping can be a financial burden on many, with a seemingly endless list of friends and family to shop for. At Handmade Long Island, we advocate shopping local and handmade first, but we understand that many people are on budgets and need to shop within their means. Does shopping smart mean bargain shopping at big box stores? Despite what many think, the answer is NO!

Budget shopping handmade is not only fun, but entirely possible! Handmade Long Island presents this installment in our 2013 gift guide, a selection of beautiful gift ideas all under $20. Happy shopping!

Road Angel by Rock & Metal Treasures

Know someone who is always on the road and could use a little watching over? Rock & Metal Treasures Road Angel is charming mix of industrial and decorative materials, made to hang from a car’s rear view mirror and keep an eye on the driver. At $15, the Road Angel makes an affordable and thoughtful gift. Check out ornaments, keychains and jewelry angels as well at

Hand Painted Pillar Candle by Stacey’s Candle Couture

Pillar candles are as popular as ever, and Stacey’s Candle Couture offers beautiful hand painted candles that stand out from the pack. At $12 for a plain painted candle and $15 for one with added embellishments, these pillar candles in a variety of colors are a great choice for the happy hostess who loves to decorate. See them all at

Holiday Scented Jar Candle by Great South Bay Candles

There’s something evocative about certain smells, that makes us think of the holidays no matter what time of year it is. Give the gift of handmade scented soy candles with scents like Gingerbread, Mistletoe, Bayberry and Oh Christmas Tree. At $18 each, these jar candles are a great hostess or teacher gift, or a great token present for anyone on your list. See all the options at

Colorblock Wristlet by Emily Makes!

Some ladies love wristlets for their ease in carry, others like to use them to organize receipts or makeup, tucked away inside a larger purse. Either way, can you stop looking at this colorful handmade wristlet? We can’t! At just $10, this wristlet would make a great little gift alone, or stuffed with anything from candies to giftcards to nailpolish. Check it out along with others at

All About Faces Mini Gift Set by Scrubz

At $16, this gift set features 2 oz. travel sizes of Scrubz facial scrub, skin balm and makeup remover. All natural and locally made, this little gift set is the perfect token gift. To learn more, visit or visit in person at 571 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage (check the website for store hours).

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!