The holiday season is the perfect time for giving gifts that are unexpected and original—gifts full of creativity that are sure to be cherished for years to come. Explore this sampling of treasures created by North American artists—a few of our favorite gift ideas for the unique personalities on your list.

  1. Gifts for Santa’s Helper

For those who love all things holiday, these gifts are full of festive personality to make spirits bright.

Shown (left to right): Santa’s Best Friend by Kevin McKay, Maki Kawakubo, and Kirsten Loewen, Holiday Mugs II by Vaughan Nelson, and Glass Snowmen by Thomas Kelly

  1. Gifts for the Entertainer

Delight your favorite host or hostess with gifts that add beauty and color to every gathering.

Shown (clockwise): Cane Plates by Robert Dane, Apertif Glasses by Tom Stoenner, Opaque Violet Bowl with Lapis Lip by Nicholas Kekic, and Creamer: Wood Fern by Laura Zindel

  1. Gifts for the Ocean Lover

These works of art evoke the splendor of the sea—perfect for those who live near the shore or dream of it from afar.

Shown (clockwise): Humpback Whale by Paul Labrie, Moon Jellyfish Side Swimmer by Richard Satava, and The Tunnels by Tim Forcade

  1. Gifts for the Bird Watcher

Feather the bird lover’s nest with gifts that celebrate the winged creatures they adore.

Shown (clockwise): Gathering Hope by Melinda Moore, Snow Birds by Chris Stiles, Phoenix by WGK Glass, and Pavilion Feeder with Blue Legs by A. Andrew Chulyk

  1. Gifts for the Kid at Heart

These gifts have a playful side—a perfect blend of thoughtful artistry and lighthearted humor.

Shown (clockwise): Flying Saucer with Alien Family by Scott Nelles, Picketing Beanie Penguin by Hilary Pfeifer, 20,000 Leagues by Bryan Randa, and Crystal and Ruby Jack Set by Michael Trimpol and Monique LaJeunesse

  1. Gifts for the Adventurer

For friends who are always on the move, these gifts mark their passion for exploring the world by sky, water, or land.

Shown (clockwise): The Red Baron by Bryan Randa, The Floating World by Charles Munch, and ’49 Merc and Aero Stream Trailer by Scott Nelles

  1. Gifts for the Couple

Celebrate their love with meaningful, handcrafted gifts that are truly original—whether they’re just married or celebrating their Golden Anniversary.

Shown (left to right): Forget Me Not by Luke Adams Glass, Gather Bowl by Noelle VanHendrick and Erik Hendrick, and Happiness Vase by Richard Jones

  1. Gifts for Her

Looking for something beautiful she can wear? Adornments created by artists add a flourish of personality to her wardrobe.

Shown (clockwise): Infinity Scarf in Olive and Mauve by Min Chiu and Sharon Wang, Spiral Earrings by Nancy Linkin, Sonia Wrap by Elizabeth Rubidge, and Quilted Cuff by Tom McGurrin

  1. Gifts for Him

These artist-made pieces express his distinctive character and unique style.

Shown (left to right): Trout Cowboy by Scott Nells, Minstrel Silver LT3 by Eduardo Millieris, and Seapod Cuff Links – Kelly & Lime Green by Gogo Borgerding

  1. Gifts for People Who Are Hard to Buy For

When all else fails, give chocolate! Many a discerning giftee will be smitten by the artistry and delectable flavors of these handcrafted delicacies. Or treat them to a gift certificate, which allows them to choose their very own gift of art.

Find even more extraordinary gifts in our Holiday Gift Guide.