Artful Giving

Give it up

Looking for inspiration this gift-giving season? Check out items from these female artisans to give a personalized – and local – touch to your present lineup. 


Natural Bling

TERILYN PUGLESE, of  FIG.7 JEWELRY, makes handmade fine jewelry combining precious metals with natural stones. “My goal is to create quality pieces that will last for many, many years,” says Puglese, who counts Amy Sedaris among her fans. Her pieces are available online at

Shark tooth necklace ($425)

14k yellow gold shark tooth, cast from a local fossilized tooth found during a beach walk.

Gold hoop earrings ($485)

14k gold inner circle hoops, designed with a minimalism/modern design approach. These are a “timeless, natural everyday hoop that can be worn always,” Puglese says.

Turquoise studs ($195)

These earrings are made of 18k yellow gold, oxidized sterling silver, and turquoise sourced from Arizona.


Handmade Touch

PEARFACE CO., the effort of ALISHA THOMAS and her husband, Dallas, has unisex T-shirts and accessories drawn and screen printed by hand in Wilmington. Available online ( and at Edge of Urge, 18 Market Street.

Nothing to Worry About T-shirt ($38)

 “Dallas drew these words on a brown paper wine bag when I was stressed out one night. We scanned the bag and printed the words upside down so the person wearing it can always be reminded, ‘There’s nothing to worry about’ on the softest made-in-the-USA tee,” Thomas says.

Dopp kit ($40)

“I am in love with this little bag. It could be used for men’s toiletries or ladies makeup or really anything! All the fabric is hand painted, too,” Thomas says, adding that more colors are coming soon.

Money folder ($35)

“These tiny wallets make the best gifts because you can use them as a wallet or business card holder,” Thomas says. “They are in various prints, all printed by us.”


Print Presents

SULLIVAN ANLYAN, of SULLIVAN ANLYAN ART, describes her line as “hand-gilded art and products.” Her prints are available at

“Jagger Lips” ($35 or $60)

“Lip prints are awesome for girlfriend gifts,” says Anlyan, who has a variety of takes on them. “They come in two sizes to cover all the budget bases.

“Kevin” ($48)

“Bunny prints are a good catch-all gift. I am always on the lookout for something sweet and meaningful to give to parents, kids, and friends,” Anlyan says.

“Camel” (from $108, available in three sizes)

This limited edition print, with hand gold-leaf gilding, makes an ideal gift pick, Anlyan says. “The ‘Camel’ print is by far the most popular and one of my favorites. It is a great gift for almost anyone,” she says.


Green Gifts

SARA PASCARELL, of ART BY SNIP, makes coastal-inspired ceramics handcrafted to bring a pop of greenery to your gift list. These pots, available at, come with air plants to bring modern plant style to even those with a less-than-active green thumb.

Succulent stands (from left to right: $30, $25, and $35)

“Ideal gifts for your nature- loving friends who want homes for all their succulents,” Pascarell says.

Pedestal planter ($25 each)

“Air plants are easy to care for, which make these a great complement to any desk, end table, or bookshelf,” Pascarell says. This blue, mini-planter is about 3 inches tall.

Hanging pot ($25)

“Tiny hanging air plant homes are the perfect piece for near your favorite window,” Pascarell says. This wheel-thrown, ceramic pot, with a macrame hanger and plant, measures about 2 inches high and hangs about 1 foot.


Hands-on Inspiration

KIM FISHER, founder of KIM FISHER DESIGNS, recommends tapping into your own talents for a thoughtful gift or hooking up a creative friend with something to look forward to in 2018.

“One of the best gifts to give – especially to yourself is the gift of creativity,” says Fisher, who also is planning The New Coastal Retreats and Workshops event for March. “People will be able to sign up/purchase classes online, and we can send email gift notifications.”

Christmas Wreath Workshop ($100)

Fisher leads participants (limited to fifteen attendees) through making a traditional moss-based holiday wreath with seasonal materials and textures. Make and give one for a thoughtful gift or treat someone on your list with an early surprise to get their creative juices flowing during this hectic time. The workshop is 1-3 p.m. December 12. Materials are included. Register online ( ).