Handmade Holiday Guide

There is an extra level of love and care when you gift items that are handmade with an artists little hands. Especially when they also live in your local community.  We believe that all year around, every year and every day is a great time to show support for our friends and neighbors. Which is exactly why our boutiques and web store are filled with products made by folks in your neighborhood.  Since the holidays are here and that means extra giving we put together an easy to love handmade list for you.  And to give you a little bit for loving us, all your orders over $50 will ship (within U.S.) for FREE!!  Use code SHIPFREE50 


hawaii made soy wax candle Just about everyone loves a candle.  I certainly do, as a result we have the best selection of ethically made candles in our boutiques. This hawaii made, soy wax candle is an excellent choice.  We have the 8 oz tin available in all 3 locations or the upcycled glass version in our Kauai shop.  All scents divinely reminiscent scents of Hawaii. 




Kopa Kauai Soaps have probably been the #1 gift choice in our Kauai boutique, every holiday season since Kopa Kauai started creating these natural ingredient, unbelievably yummy soaps in their Princeville home. 

Malie, based in Kauai, is a wonderfully luxurious choice. We have body creams, body oils, soy wax candles, and soaps available in our Portland atelier and on our web shop. 


Maybe you are looking for something just a little more special like jewelry?



In Hawaii the must have item is the COR seaglass and sunrise shell wrap bracelet.  We just recieved this one from Caitlin and if you act quick it can be yours (or hers)!  Also shown are the Sunrise shell drip earrings and we have this exact pair still availble in Kauai or online.  Otherwise we have many more choices in our Kauai shop.  We are happy to send you pics of current seaglass and shell options.

We just received a batch of Silver hand made jewelry from Portland artisans Indigo Alice Designs.  A little Earthy and edgy, choose large or small piece s and even Brass choices are available in both stores and a favorite few online 



A Trucker Hat could be a great choice for him!   

We have a hard time keeping the Surf Art Trucker Hat of Spencer Reynolds on the shelves.  My long time friend Spencer paints the original art pieces in his Oregon gallery, Semi Aquatic. These are also available in many other prints in our Kauai, Portland and online stores.

   Recently (after months of pleading) we received these trucker hats with Kauai's Troy Carney Art on them.  Also flying out the door since their arrival, these are sure to be a crowd pleaser for the whole family.  Available in 3 other colors online and in both shops.

Cozy time

I am so happy its sweater weather.  The Portland atelier is loaded with cozy natural fiber sweaters.  This eco jacket made with bamboo fleece is the creme de la creme from the winter a.ell design collection. We made these in our Portland atelier along with matching fleece hats, bamboo fleece scarves, and sustainable fingerless gloves.  (They are extra sustainable because we use our leftover fabrics to create these smaller accessories, which means we save a ton of fabric from the landfill)


Products for the home can be a perfect choice for the person who is hard to shop for. 

Everyone eats, has a fridge, and if they care just a little about the environment might really enjoy the Meli Bees Wax Wrap.  Use these adorable wraps in lieu of plastics such as saran wrap or baggies.  Made in both Kauai and Oregon you'll be loving on my 2 favorite states when using these.  


Last but not least the Hawaii art printed on these gorgeous tea towels brightens up any kitchen.  Cultivate Hawaii is based on Kauai.  With many different art work designs I am confident you will find something for your dear one.  

I hope this handmade gift list helps in your holiday hunt just a little bit.  Order now to receive in plenty time.  I would recommend ordering before Saturday to ensure you receive your care package in time.

Let me take this time to sincerely THANK YOU for collaborating with a.ell design & atelier   these past 10 plus years. Whether you are creating products, visiting our boutiques, following us on social media or shopping and supporting our local artisans, we Love you! 


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