“There’s a lot of talk these days of buying local, for both environmental and economic reasons, plus the fun of giving or receiving something that’s not mass produced. Queens has its share of independent businesses coming out with items that are original enough to impress your pickiest gift recipients this year. We did some digging on Etsy and elsewhere, and were impressed with the local talent. Here are some of our picks from Queens artists:
Holiday Cards and Gift Packaging
Ordering handmade cards will reduce the chance of you sending the same cards as someone else in your social circle. Check out these “warm and cozy” patterned sheep cards by Sunnyside-based Cutiepie Company. Or this stenciled series of animals festively playing musical instruments by Jamaica’s Mayuko Fujino, who is donating all proceeds to WFMU, a radio station in Jersey City that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Another option is this whimsical tree-and-reindeer card made by AvocadoChange of Astoria.