By Tina Tuszynski
Sometimes it’s the small gifts that can be the toughest to find. Trying to find something unique yet useful for hostess gifts, your children’s teachers, and your assistant at work can be challenging. And it’s always nice to have a bunch of stocking stuffers as well! Come shop at Out of the Box Art Market at 109 North Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park this weekend – you’ll find a nice selection of artisan crafted items for under $25, as well as at all price ranges! Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find:
Who doesn’t like chocolate? And it’s even better when it’s made locally, using all natural ingredients! These scrumptious chocolate and caramel sauces from Grown Up Kid Stuff come in a variety of flavors, are all priced under $25!
Your furry babies will love these handmade toys crafted from fleece fabric and faux fur by Critter Projects. And when you buy these cat and dog toys, 100% of the profits will help fund animal care efforts, such as beds and toys for shelter cats and dogs.
Love these magnet sets from Riesen Photography, featuring selections of photography images such as the Beatles, city scenes, and sports teams. A set of six themed magnets is only $12.95.
These handmade pillow covers make a quirky, colorful gift and are great ways to add a fresh new look to any room. Each cover features original hand-drawn and custom designed organic cotton sateen fabric on front, coordinating solid on back, by local artist Shawn Sargent.
Also by Shawn Sargent, these Snappy Sketches are sturdy pouches that can be utilized for carrying miscellaneous items. Use the easy pull tabs and “voila,” it opens and snaps shut when released. Bags feature original drawings and designs on organic cotton sateen fabric, and are machine quilted for extra padding. The Medium Tablet is a colorful carry case for small PC Tablets, iPads, books and school supplies. Jazz up your smart phones with the Smart Phone Snappy or use it with the Small Snappy for gift cards, cosmetics, toys, art supplies, or all those loose items in your purse. Any size makes a fun holiday gift, filled with goodies.
Unique ornaments and key chains made from recycled corks for the wine lover from Donna Zommer Cork Art. Ornaments $9.95 each and keychain only $6.95 each.
Beautiful and unique handmade coasters, magnets, pendants, and ornaments featuring original photography of the Chicago area by Reformado Photography.
Handcrafted glass ornaments feature reproductions of the original artwork of Scott Stoltman, for only $17 each.
Repurposed cigar boxes from Omar’s Cigars can be used as a jewelry box, a man’s catchall for his dresser, an office container, or more. They range in price from $15 to $40.
Many of our artists also have a great selection of beautiful jewelry priced at $25 or under, such as these festive mini-earrings from Objets d’envy, or unique key fobs from Erin Rose Designs.
Out of the Box Art Market, 109 North Oak Park Avenue in downtown Oak Park, is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am till 6pm, two more weekends: December 14th & 15th, and December 21st & 22nd. Shop local from over 20 different artists for unique, one of a kind gifts for yourself and others!
please note not all artists are present all weekends.