Written by Brianna Wiest
The holidays are the perfect time to give back by shopping local. While there is an abundance of shops, markets, and boutiques you can raid for your loved ones, it’s also a great time to support some of Lancaster’s finest independent artists and entrepreneurs. FLL has chosen 5 of our favorite creators and makers for our easy guide to some of the best-handcrafted gifts the county has to offer.
Brittney Hippensteel, Hamilton Wax Co.
What they offer: Hand-poured, richly scented soy wax candles made in small batches, proudly made vegan and phthalate free.
Price points: $11.99 – $19.99
Where you can find them online: hamiltonwaxco.com
Where you can find them IRL: Sophie Star Gazer, and monthly Maker’s Markets and pop up shops around downtown Lancaster.
What you should know: Hamilton Wax Co. is run out of an 850 sq. ft. home that was built in the 30’s for the Hamilton Watch Factory workers and their families. The owner’s love of beautiful home goods and simple design is where this dream began.
Allison Rohland, She Was Blue Jewelry
What they offer: Earrings and necklaces that are made with natural gemstones and quirky elements that have significant meaning or healing properties.
Price points: $12-$25
Where you can find them online: etsy.com/shop/shewasblue
Where you can find them IRL: Details Style for Living, Downtown Lancaster; The Cottage Furniture and Home Boutique, Quentin, PA.
What you should know: The name “She Was Blue” derives from Shel Silverstein’s poem “Masks” in which he discusses being true to one’s self (or blueness as the poem goes). The designs are a true representation of the elements and style that she loves, and epitomize embracing your uniqueness.
Jena Milakovic, Lyes & Lathers
What they offer: Mostly vegan natural body care made with earth pigments and essential oils.
Price points: $3-$15
Where you can find them online: lyesandlathers.com
Where you can find them IRL: The Millworks, Harrisburg, PA; Calicutt’s Spice Co., Lemoyne, PA; The Bon Ton, Camp Hill, PA; Circle of Stitches, Salem, MA; Rows of Purl, Chester, NJ; The Foundry Arts CoOp, Chambersburg, PA; The HBG Flea, Harrisburg, PA; Elementary Coffee Co., Harrisburg, PA; The Gamut Theatre Group, Harrisburg, PA
What you should know: Originally based in Harrisburg, Jena draws inspiration from the natural world around her as well as her skills as a former high-end culinary professional to create quality, long-lasting products with visual appeal. She resigned from her full-time job 3 years ago, and Lyes & Lathers has continued to grow exponentially each year.
Liz Fransden, LIZ RIDEN
What they offer: Women’s leather goods brand offering classic styles with a timeless simplicity. All of the bags are made by hand in Lancaster using genuine leather from Napa, California, products range from small tech accessories like the tech tassel, to larger tote bags.
Price points: $30-400.
Where you can find them online: lizriden.com
Where you can find them IRL: Sophie Stargazer, Lancaster, PA; Spotted Owl Boutique, Lititz, PA; The Paris Market, Savannah, GA; Citizen Supply, Atlanta, GA; Magnolia Inspiring Interiors, Tampa, FL; Magnolia Rifle, Ocean City, MD; Grice Grove, Atlanta, GA.
What you should know: Liz is a Lancaster native who loves designing in her home studio, downtown coffee dates, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and golden doodle. She studied fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design and knew she wanted to create her own brand once she graduated.
David Ginolfi, Bruce Banter Art and Design
What they offer: Art prints, pet portrait services, original artwork, an enamel pin, and t-shirts hand screen printed.
Price points: Prints are typically between $10-30, commissions negotiable, as well as original artwork, pin is $10 and shirts are $20-30.
Where you can find them online: 13ruce13anter.com and through instagram @brucebanter for commissions, shirts (hopefully going in realm and reason in October).
Where you can find them IRL: Punk Rock Flea market (where he will also be DJ’ing).
What you should know: David is best known for his super popular pet portraits, which are a big hit around this time of year. You may also find him DJ’ing at a number of popular venues around town.