Handmade Holiday Gifts from Florence

The 2021 Guide for Unique Artisan-made Gifts from Florence / Part 1

Curated by Creative People in Florence

With the holiday season on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about finding the right gift for everyone on your list, especially when shopping for handmade items. One of the joys of buying from a local artisan is knowing that each piece is unique–and maybe even customized just for your lucky loved ones. Take a look at our first round-up of artisan-made gifts from Florence. From jewelry and fashion to original artworks and home decor, you will surely find something special. Contact the artisans directly to find out about special styles, modifications, or personalized touches just for you, or swing by their workshops to get a closer look. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more great gift ideas–all handmade in Florence!

If you’re reading this, then you or someone you love probably has a pretty big soft spot for Florence. Artist Jennifer Leo has just released a new collection of original paintings, prints, and illustrations that explore the architecture and landscape around the city and beyond. We love how the vibrant colors and bold lines capture the character of each place. All works featured below are available on www.jenlestudio.com. Take a peek behind the scenes on Instagram @jenleo_artflo.


The new collection for Fall/Winter 2021 from local brand Bastah brings together a palette of rich tones in brick red, forest green, ultramarine, and peacock blue. The warm energy of the colors fuses with refined geometric, abstract, and nature-inspired prints. For someone in search of effortless style with a contemporary edge, a piece from Bastah will be sure to please this season. Check out our favorite looks for the holidays below. Shop online at www.bastah.it on in selected stores. See more on Instagram @bastah_firenze.


For unique objects for the home and table, look no further than these fantastic wooden design pieces by artisan Jane Harman. Find a new addition for your Christmas tree, or a special touch for your holiday table, or a charming addition to your decor. All the objects shown below are handmade in Jane’s workshop in Florence in Via Bartolini 1/r – via Sant’Onofrio 8/r. Stop by to take a closer look and pick out your favorites. You will also find her work at the nearby art space FAF in Borgo San Frediano 131r. For online shopping, visit JaneHCreations on Etsy. Keep up with hew new projects on Instagram @jane.h.restoration.


If you’ve been following along with our blog recently, you may have seen our recent interview with jewelry designer Naomi Muirhead of Art925 about her use of found objects, ephemera, and vintage treasures in her work. Let’s take a closer look at some of our top picks for that friend or loved one who loves truly one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. All pieces shown below are available in the art925 shop on Etsy. Learn about the artist and find more unique pieces on art925.com or @art925_jewelry.


Get festive with some new shoes and fun fashion from New Kid Footwear. This Florence-based brand designs eye-catching shoes in top-quality leather as well as a small collection of hand-dyed clothing. All production is done in very limited quantities at small family-run factories in Tuscany, so you are sure to stand out in a crowd. They even have a line of collars for extra-fashionable dogs made from their leftover leathers. You can find the styles shown here at their shop in Via Del Ghirlandaio 18 and online at www.new-kid.com. Keep up with the daily adventures on Instagram @newkidfootwear.


We love seeing traditional Florentine crafts updated for a contemporary eye, like in the work of local artisan Cecilia Falciai. Using the historical scagliola stone inlay technique, Cecilia creates colorful jewelry and wearable pieces as well as fun objects for the home. You can find the works shown below at her workshop on via dei Macci 25r, or in her nearby space Centocinque Rosso (shared with artisan Veronika Wick) on via dei Macci 105. Learn more about her work at ceciliafalciaiscagliola.com and on Instagram @cecilia_falciai


If you are looking for timeless, elegant jewelry to please the most discerning eye, you will find it at the workshop of Joy Franklin of A Thousand Joys. Fine detail and exquisite craftsmanship set her work apart, making it a must-have for that special someone who collects fine pieces of jewelry to cherish for years to come. All of the pieces featured below are available for sale in person by appointment in Joy’s studio or online at AThousandJoys on Etsy. To visit the studio or find out about personalized details and other options in sterling silver, contact Joy. Keep up with what’s coming off the bench at @athousandjoys.


Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more gift ideas from local designers and small business owners for all the special people in your life. As always, shop small, shop local. Happy gifting!

To learn more about the artists mentioned above and discover other top-quality craftsmanship in Florence, download the new Creative People in Florence App! Free to download from the App Store or Google Play, the App offers access to a selection of local artisans and designers. You can use it to map the route to their workshop or you can browse their online profiles and shop online.


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