8 Buys From Amazon Handmade, If Earthy Minimalism (and Shopping Small) Is Your Thing

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Many of us go to Amazon for basic necessities (think cleaning supplies, DIY materials, and the occasional battery order). But the major online retailer also has a surprising selection of handmade goods from real artisans and small businesses that look like they belong in a rustic bohemian boutique. Great for everything from hand-thrown ceramics to the most perfect jute baskets, this section of the site — aptly named Amazon Handmade — is like a hidden treasure trove. Each item is perfectly giftable (maybe for the person on your holiday list who prefers earthy minimal finds). But if you want to snag one or two things for yourself we wouldn't blame you.

1. MackenzieBryantCo Hand Fan with Leather Handle, $18.50

These stunning seagrass fans are handmade in Burkina Faso, so each one adds a little piece of West Africa to the well-traveled home. And they're incredibly customizable — you can request one that's completely neutral for a more simplistic palette or one with a rich array of reds, blues, and greens. One or two would look stunning as wall decor in a boho or earthy home.

2. NJM Pottery Handmade Ceramic Cereal Bowl with Blue and Sapphire Glazes, $20

You really can't have too many ceramic bowls, especially if they're handmade and as sweet as these sapphire options from NJM Pottery. Perfect for cereal, or even storing little trinkets or jewelry, they can be the pop of color in an otherwise minimal space.

3. Jogita Art Studio Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers, $30

We love a good wooden salt and pepper shaker set, but this ceramic version takes the cake. For the friend who loves to entertain or create whimsical tablescapes, this find will help take their dinners to the next level.

4. Creative Co-Op Handwoven Natural Seagrass and Jute Trim Baskets (Set of 2), $62.87

Seagrass and jute combine to make this stunning basket set. And the simple duo can be folded down whenever they're not in use (for space-saving purposes). But we'd leave these out all year long.

5. Fine Wine Caddy Handmade Maple Wood Toast Tongs, $18

We never knew we needed toast tongs until now. Whether you're just that serious about toasted bread, or you want a curated collection of utensils to grace your kitchen shelfies, this set is lovely. And depending on your preference, you can choose from maple wood, zebrawood, cherry, or Bubinga.

6. My Little Bakery Eco-Friendly Bread Basket with Linen Liner & Cover, $23.71

This handmade bread basket is perfect for bakers and pastry lovers. The small gaps between the natural willow rods allow air to reach your dough and aid in the rising process. Plus, the spirals create a pretty cottagecore pattern on finished loaves.

7. Mad About Pottery White Round Butter Dish, $62

Make a friend's breakfast routine just a little more special with this ceramic butter dish. It can even be left out on the counter for a simple stylistic touch — and perfectly spreadable, room temperature butter is just an added bonus.

8. Barwoodshop Jumbo Clothespin Bathroom Towel Holder, $18.97

We might have the perfect thing to replace that bulky metal towel bar in your bathroom, and the best part is it's great for renters and won't make huge holes in the wall. From the Barwoodshop, this handmade jumbo clothespin can hold bath towels, washcloths, or even little cotton bags of toilet paper. And it just looks so dang cute.

Lowe Saddler is a Design SEO Editor at Hunker. She also writes, does affordable DIYs, and constantly rearranges the furniture in her apartment in her spare time.

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