Cute, unique & fun gifts to check out.
Enough with the Webkinz and Pillow Pets. The kid in your life deserves an enviably cool and unique gift for her next birthday. So, we scoured craft fairs, artsy boutiques, and Etsy to find these treasures for every age. Not only are the items one-of-a-kind, but they’re handmade with high-quality, often eco-friendly, materials by crafters based right here in the East Bay. Happy shopping!
Jasper Hearts Wren / A quest by Oakland moms Heather Jennings and Lisa Schwartz for vibrant, edgy clothes for their children (Jasper and Wren, natch) evolved into an idea for their own company, featuring contemporary onesies, tees, and hoodies with felt embellishments; $30–$52. jasperheartswren.com.
Modify/d / Apparel companies often discard samples and damaged items, sending luxe fabric to landfills. Lisa Solomon of Oakland and Candice Gold of Marin give these scraps new life as one-of-a-kind home accents and toys, including the softest, most adorable cashmere elephant stuffies; $34–$42. modifyd.net.
Mark Poulin Jewelry / When the ’89 quake damaged Mark Poulin’s ceramics studio, he decided to take a jewelry class. That turned out to be a good move, as the Oakland artist’s necklaces, charm bracelets, and rings—based on the quirky characters in his sketchbook—are wildly popular; $32–$58. markpoulin.com.
Mary Marie Knits / At Richmond resident Cara Corey’s first craft fair, customers skipped over her many candles for the few ottomans she’d brought along. Now her specialty, the sea urchin–like poufs come in seven sizes and a rainbow of colors, knit with soft wool-blend yarn or sturdy rope; $22–$298. marymarieknits.com.