Holiday season is upon us, and so begins the quest to find gifts that are anything but ho-hum! It's a good thing then that every item on Kuttlefish is unique, with interesting stories behind the materials and upcycling process. Here are our hand-picked gift ideas for 2018...
A. Boettger Art takes vinyl albums that have been discarded due to poor listening quality and turns them into decorative and functional bowls. All vinyl LPs are purchased from a local record store in Louisville, Kentucky. These hand-painted pieces of art can hold items like jewelry, fruit, change, etc. Each bowl comes signed and dated by the artist.
A. Boettger Art, Faux Wood Bowl, $30
Upcycled Skate Art's mission is to reduce the ecological footprint of skateboarding by turning broken and discarded skateboards (that would have otherwise ended up in our landfills) into extraordinary, functional art. Each of these Golden State bottle openers is completely unique.
Upcycled Skate Art, Skateboard Bottle Opener, $24
Bootaboo is a French brand specializing in recycling second hand textiles and clothes into baby pants (also known as "sarouals") which guarantee absolute comfort for children aged between 0 - 36 months. As seen in the picture, "LILY" is a handmade saroual recycled from 100% second hand cotton textiles.
Bootaboo, "LILY" Baby Pants, $53
Mona is dedicated to making the world a better place with high quality products that are both ethical and sustainable -- and suited for seriously fun water adventures. This long sleeve surf suit will give you all the comfort and coverage you need to play hard with tons of style. Perfect for those tropical holiday vacations.
Mona, The Drifter Swimsuit, $148
Modern Vintage Gift Co. specializes in unique recycled gifts, sourced from artisans across the world on a fair trade basis. Products come from countries such as Indonesia, South Africa, India and Zimbabwe to name but a few. This Blue Tit British Bird tealight holder is hand made in Indonesia and crafted from recycled metals.
Modern Vintage Gift Co., Tea Light Candle Holder, $13
Moonshine Lamp Co. recycles cast off bottles into beautiful pendant lamps and chandeliers at their studio in Claremont, California. Their products are featured in homes and restaurants around the world! This pulley pendant lamp is made with two 9" tall 1 liter recycled whiskey bottles but can also be custom-made with bottles of your choice.
Moonshine Lamp Co., Warehouser Bottle Chandelier, $381
Pichuskadass designs jewelry and unique accessories, with the idea of "trash-to-treasure" as essential to the creations. This recycled and upcycled adjustable bracelet is made with green Nespresso coffee capsules pods -- a true statement piece.
Pichuskadass, Coffee Pod Jewelry, $14
Inretrospect creates upcycled homewares using original comic books and vintage books. Nothing is copied or printed. Products include coaster sets (like this Flintstones set), placemat sets, magnets and wall hangings.
Inretrospect, Flintstones Coaster Set, $14
Everyday Grey creates textiles pieces that are fresh, fun, and versatile. This medium size zip pouch is an accessory that can be used by many -- as a cosmetics bag, pencil case, art pouch, toiletries bag, and more.
Everyday Grey, Medium Polka Pouch, $12
Ranjini and Leela make unique totes, throws, pillows and more from vintage fabrics, saris, kimonos and other recycled fabrics. They also use thread made from recycled plastic bottles. Whenever new materials are used, they are always fair trade and/or eco-friendly -- such as cork leather and organic cotton.
Ranjini and Leela, Large Japanese Tote, $110
NOVO watches are handcrafted using reclaimed materials that tell a story. This unique piece is just one example: what was once a Fighting Vehicle (FV432) is now the dial of this watch to continue on new endeavours. With each purchase, $100 will be donated to Wounded Warriors Canada (or Wounded Warrior Project in the USA).
NOVO watch, The Suffield Watch, $2,018
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