Words and photos by Olivia Bauso
There are those who play holiday music before Thanksgiving, and those who avoid the holidays until it's absolutely necessary. Regardless of where you lie in this debate, shopping for the holidays becomes a bit of a chore by mid-December. In order to relieve some of this stress, we’ve come up with a few local items sure to light up your loved ones-- all available right here at Rochester Brainery.
Hitch + Cord DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
This pack made by Hitch + Cord includes step-by-step instructions for creating your very own macrame plant displays at home! The mason jar vase and cotton rope hanger creates a simple and sleek design.
Hitch + Cord Cotton Rope
Want to delve further into modern macrame? Start with the natural, neutral feel of white cotton rope, also from Hitch + Cord! This is perfect for those with some macrame experience. Pair it with the gift of macrame knowledge for those just beginning their fiber art experience.
Modern Brush Calligraphy Pack by Owl Post Lettering
Practice makes perfect when it comes to learning the recent art craze, hand-lettering. This brush calligraphy kit made by Anna Vos (aka Owl Post Lettering) includes two pens and a comprehensive workbook. Both righty and lefty packs are available. You can even pair it with one of Anna's upcoming classes to add to the experience!
Home Sweet Roc Mug & Tumbler by Owl Post Lettering
The perfect gift for a friend who no longer lives in Rochester, NY or someone who just loves where they live! This with this beautiful stoneware "Home Sweet Roc" mug can fit 16oz of delightful coffee. While we don't carry coffee here at Rochester Brainery, we suggest pairing it with a bag of beans from one of many amazing local coffee roasters! Clear water tumblers with a gold decal are also available.
Fairy House Kit by Shannon Halligan
Give a young arts lover -- or an artist young at heart -- the opportunity to build their very own fanciful model home! This kit, created by Shannon Halligan, a Creative Arts Therapist and owner of Halligan Creative Arts Therapy, includes step-by-step instructions and all the makings to build a dream home fit for fairy queens.
DIY Terrarium Kit by Prismatic Gardens
This DIY Terrarium Kit made by Prismatic Gardens is sure to liven up your loved one's living or working space with a touch of green! Inside is all the materials and the proper assembly and care instructions necessary to create your perfect planter. Pair it with tickets to one of our flower or gardening focused classes to add an experience!
Hand-lettered Prints by Serif and Script Co.
Give the gift of home decor this season with a print made by Serif and Script Co., owned and operated by Cara Livermore. Hand-lettered and professionally printed on a sturdy matte paper, both motivational and kitchen-themed posters are available. Their standard 11"x14" and 8"x10" sizes also make them super simple for framing, if you choose.
Hand-Stamped Cards by kelseyschmidart
Instead of grabbing a last-minute card at Walgreens or Wegmans, stop by and choose one of kelseyschmidart hand-stamped creations. Each stamp is designed and carved by Kelsey herself and individually printed on onto the cards. The 4"x6" size makes each card ideal for framing in the home after it's been given.
Roc Girl Gang T-Shirts
Support your local girl gang by purchasing one of Roc Girl Gang's designs! The "Roc Girl Gang" and "Support Your Local Girl Gang" tees are designed by Sarah Knight and locally screen printed in Rochester, NY by Tiny Fish Printing. These shirts have a super comfy/perfectly worn-in feel-- size up for a looser fit.
2018 Rule the World Planner by Sugar and Type
Get yourself or a loved one the gift of organization this year! This planner includes a budget log, hand-lettered divider pages with fun patterns, inspirational quotes from your favorite people, gold corner protectors and a durable board cover, a gold foil cover design, a place for monthly goals and accomplishments, monthly and weekly views, and more. Add to your organizational gift with Sugar and Type notepads and daily trackers, too!
Rochester Brainery Merchandise
Show your love for Rochester Brainery by rocking a BrainTee, Winter BrainHat, BrainPin or pair of BrainEarrings! Brain design by Jess Raymo. Shirts available in men's and women's sizes in black, gray and blue.
When all else fails, leave it up to your loved one by gifting them a Rochester Brainery gift card!