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Unique Ceramic Holiday Gift Ideas & Inspiration For Everyone On Your List

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? In light of everything going on this year, thoughtful, personal gift-giving seems more important and meaningful than ever. The right gift can really show your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them. 

As artists and creatives, we think one of the best ways to give from the heart is to create unique, beautiful handmade pottery gifts. In that spirit, we’ve put together some pottery gift ideas to help spur your creativity and get you into the giving holiday spirit. Keep reading to create the perfect ceramic gifts for everyone on your list (with a little inspiration from Instagram)!  

1. Ceramic Ornaments

Nothing says holidays like handcrafted ceramic Christmas ornaments. These are the perfect gifts for your loved ones to enjoy year after year when they hang it on the tree. Ornaments noting a baby’s first Christmas, a couple’s first holiday together, or even just marking the year are all great keepsakes that can be passed down! 

We love this amazing unicorn ornament by Lilli Lackey from Five Lines Designs created using our Diamond Stylus Tools for the gorgeous Sgraffito detailing. 

 

2. Trinket Dishes

Trinket dishes make fun holiday gifts for almost anybody. They’re a handy place to set rings, keys, watches, coins, and other odds and ends, making them not only thoughtful, but incredibly useful to have around. 

Think about the people on your gift list, and what they may want to store. A coin dish for your grandparents, a ring dish for a COVID bride, or a set of desk dishes for anyone who’s found themselves working from home these days!

Trinket dishes can be made in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs, which means you can have some fun with clay and really let your creativity shine! 

3. Personalized Ceramic Coffee Mugs

There’s nothing like curling up in front of the fire with a warm blanket and a cup of your favorite warm beverage over the holidays. Homemade ceramic mugs make the perfect holiday gift for coffee lovers, tea lovers, and even hot cocoa lovers!

Consider personalizing your mug with the recipient’s  name, a favorite quote, or even a his and her coffee mug set for a cute couple gift! 

Check out this ceramic coffee mug featuring a stunning mountain design that Joanna Hennigan crafted using our P12 straight-blade Zebrawood Carver!


We also can’t get over the colors and positive vibes with this mug by Jen Meyers of Perfect Mug Pottery. She used our L3 Diamond Stylus Tool to create those crisp fine lines. 


If you’re all about detail work, check out this stunning koi fish coffee mug by Five Lines Designs, again using our durable Diamond Stylus Tools for the beautiful Sgraffito detailing. 

 

4. Spoon Rests

Everyone is doing more cooking at home these days. If you have an aspiring chef on your list, then giving them something they can use in the kitchen only makes sense. A spoon rest is a fun and handy kitchen tool that they’ll definitely appreciate.

To make it really personal and special, match the spoon rest to their kitchen color scheme or etch their favorite recipe or quick measurement conversions on it so they're always handy. 

5. Flower Pots & Vases

There’s nothing better than a little bit of spring in the middle of a cold winter. If you’ve got someone with a green thumb on your holiday list, a homemade ceramic or porcelain flower pot or vase is the perfect gift. Pair it with their favorite flowers, a succulent, or some seeds to plant! 

When it comes to flower pots and vases, you can get really creative with glazes and intricate designs. We love this gorgeous blue color and unique pattern Ashley Sandstorm made with our P1 curved blade Zebrawood Carver.  

6. Ceramic Piggy Banks 

A ceramic piggy bank is a great holiday gift for anyone, but especially kids! Not only is it a thoughtful, handmade gift that they can keep forever, but it’s also a great way to teach them about finances and savings.  

One of the best things about clay piggy banks is that while the basic concept stays the same, they can be easily customized for each recipient. We’ve seen everything from pigs to dragons, elephants, and dogs. You can also think beyond animals for your designs. For example, it’s easy to turn your piggy bank into a soccer ball, basketball, or baseball for an aspiring athlete on your list. 

7. Ceramic Lamps & Luminaires

You can make the holiday season extra merry and bright with gorgeous lamps and luminaries. Homemade ceramic lamps are not something people usually think of for gifts, but they can really brighten up a room — both literally and figuratively! 

We love this beautiful luminary from Adeline J. Engelstad of AJE Ceramics carved using our never-dull P11 Curved Wide V Tip Zebrawood Carving Tool!

These colorful and fun porcelain lamps from Nandi Ceramics were also created using our ceramic carving tools — which created those gorgeous crisp lines.

8. Bookends

If you have a bibliophile on your holiday list, homemade bookends can make a really special, unique Christmas gift. They’ll be sure to think of you and appreciate the gift every time they grab a book off the shelf.

The sky's the limit here. Consider using their favorite book, fictional character, or literary quote as inspiration for your design. 

Start Creating

Hopefully this got the creative juices flowing. Now it's time to grab your pottery tools and some clay and start creating! From ceramic carving and trimming tools to sanding tools and grinding discs, check out our online store for the best pottery tools to bring your masterpiece to life this holiday season! 

(You can even go through all those pottery pieces you’ve been holding on to that still need some work to get rid of drips or rough edges. Our strong and durable Diamond tools can quickly remove all those drips, level a pot, smooth a rough surface, or drill a hole and — voila! Those almost-done pieces easily become fully finished and beautiful gifts in no time!)

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Also, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram in all your holiday gifts and creations. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!  


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