(StatePoint) When it comes to creative gift-giving, you may feel you’ve exhausted your options, especially for those who seem to have everything. But there’s no need to make a holiday tradition out of giving the same old gifts year-in and year-
Luckily, you don’t need to look far to see beyond traditional sources of holiday inspiration. Whereas in the past you may have had to schedule a trip to a vintage store, art gallery or antique market and pay top dollar to score a unique find, new online marketplaces are conveniently bringing consumers the creativity of talented independent artists and designers.
“We wanted to provide those hungry for unique and beautiful wearables, housewares, accessories and useful items an alternative to the mass retailers,” says Faith Sedlin, CMO of Redbubble a diverse creative community and marketplace that brings together artists and designers from across the globe. “We also wanted to make these items affordable.”
Offering more than 14 million designs, Redbubble, is a great place to start your holiday shopping this season. Is your gift recipient a fashionista, a metal-head or a sci-fi fan? The site sorts designs by interest, making it easy to find artwork that suits any gift recipient. You then have the option of applying the design to a high-quality item, such as a t-shirt, hoodie, throw pillow, tote bag, duvet cover and more.
A unique, one-of-a-kind gift will mean so much more than something generic or predictable. Not only can you help your gift recipients transform the look and feel of their living spaces with cool wall art or to stand out in the crowd with apparel that reflects their personalities, you will support an independent artist in the process. Just be sure to order with plenty of time, as the shipping deadline for some sites may come in advance of the holiday. In the case of Redbubble, holiday gifts should be ordered by December 15. For gift ideas and inspiration, visit www.Redbubble.com.
Before you hit the shops this holiday season, consider reaping the benefits of the artistic renaissance taking place in cyberspace.