Christmas is right around the corner, and coming up with the perfect gift is hard. So I’ve compiled a list of my top Christmas Gifts for 2015. Now you could break this down into a ton of sublists: Best Christmas Gifts for men, best Christmas gifts for women, top Christmas gifts for kids, and on and on.
To make it more simple, I’ve tried to pick cool and unique leather Christmas gifts that fit just about everyone. I think they are all pretty cool, so the order isn’t super important. Please note that since most of the artisans featured in this article handcraft all their products, it is wise to order significantly before Christmas to ensure you receive it in time.
So without further ado here are the Leather Facts Top Christmas Gifts for 2015:
I put two in one here since they are fairly gender specific, and equality is important.
For Women: There are these cool little hair wraps, or ponytail holders, or braid wraps, or whatever you want to call them. They have a bunch of different colors, sizes, and styles, so you can get one that fits the person that the gift is for. They are a nice little trinket that lets a girl have something a little different with her hairstyle.
I will note that these can also be used for men with long hair or beards.
For Men: Bowties are starting to make a comeback in the world of fashion. It seems like 10 years ago, you would rarely ever see a bow tie, but I have started to see more and more people wearing them. If you are wanting something a little different to stand out, a leather bow tie could be the way to go.
#9- Leather Journal
There are a lot of creative people in the world. Some people like to journal, some like to write stories, some like to draw. And those are just a few of the many popular creative pursuits people have.
A great gift for the creative person in your life would be a personalized leather journal. The options here are pretty much endless, but I’ll show you some of my favorite leather journals.
The one that you see to the right is an example of some of the coolest leather journals I have ever seen. They are the epitome of quality and craftsmanship. This is just one of the many styles. The options are really nearly endless. If you want a 3D lizard or horse on the cover of your journal, that is available.Be sure to check out the hundreds of other options that are available on Etsy at SmyrnaCraft or ALittlePresent. There is sure to be something to fit just about anyone.
Because of the personalization, this is once again a gift for everyone. Nothing says “I love you and care about you” more than literally being able to write “I love you” on the wallet!
Haoi, the maker of these wallets, is a phenomenal leatherworker, and allows you to add an inscription of up to 130 words! Add your loved one’s favorite song lyrics, quote, scripture, or even an inside joke to create a gift that is more than just a nice wallet. It turns it into a reminder of your love.
If you don’t care for personalization, you can also take a look at some of our more thorough wallet reviews.
Now I know that you don’t usually make an effort to add coasters to your wish list, but they are something that pretty much everyone is happy to receive. That is especially true with these coasters.
Like many of the items we’ve looked at, a lot of the appeal is in the personalizing. Having your guests set their drinks on monogrammed coasters creates an immediate air of style and class.
If the horseshoe/western theme doesn’t fit with your intended recipient’s style, they have a plainer variety available as well.
#6- Leather Gloves
I don’t know about you, but here in Wyoming, it gets cold. Gloves are always a good idea. And these gloves are some of the best that I’ve seen.
The two glovemakers that I’ve picked out are located in Romania and Poland, which are both countries that are familiar with frigid temperatures. These two handcraft their gloves from very fine leather.
Deerskin and peccary leather, some of the finest leathers on the European market, are employed in making these gloves, and the option of having them lined with cashmere or rabbit fur. With men’s and women’s styles available, they make a great gift for anyone.
To take a look at some of the best quality winter gloves in all their many varieties, visit Istvan’s shop here. If you aren’t in as cold of an environment, Kuc’s Leather Goods provides some really nice ones too, though they are less insulated.
This one doesn’t need much explaining. Backpacks are super handy, and leather backpacks are incredibly durable and versatile.
As with most leather products, you can find quality leather backpacks a ton of different places. You have probably heard me rant and rave over SaddleBack Leather, and how much I love their stuff before, and that holds true here. Aside from buying them a tortoise, this is one of the few gifts that will literally last more than a lifetime.
If you are operating on a lower budget, and don’t mind losing the 100 year warranty that SaddleBack offers, there are some other cheaper option. One of those options is the backpack provided by Mahi Leather. For those on a budget, they provide one of the best products for a low price.
I also really like Mahi Leather because they donate a portion of each sale to a charity.
This one is pretty unique. It is another one that we don’t think of all the time.
In our world, cords and chargers are getting so prevalent that you can easily end up with a giant mess tangled up in your bag or pocket.
A few different innovative leathercrafters decided to make a quick and easy fix for all our cord organization needs. The concept is pretty simple, a well crafted piece of leather with some for of snap to hold the cords together.
Once again our friends at SaddleBack make both large and small versions in a variety of colors, and point out that these can double as beard wraps. I guess that means you could probably swing them as the hair wraps from #10 as well.
This is similar to a backpack, but it just brings with it a more business professional look.
Once again, SaddleBack is one of the most popular suppliers for briefcases and messenger bags, because they are spacious and have that beautiful 100 year warranty, effectively making it a Christmas present for the grandkids as well!
I also like to support smaller, less well known, independent craftsman. One of these craftsman is a guy by the name of Dani. Him and his team are based out of Europe, and they are awesome!
They make some incredibly high quality bags as well, and do so at a cheaper price than bigger companies like SaddleBack. They have kind of the same motive of travelers that love exploration and created a product that could explore with them.
Here we see another small trinket that many people overlook, but when personalized can be a very meaningful and sentimental gift.
John and Anne at Leather Made Nice make a variety of personalized luggage tags. Aside from the “couples tags” you see on the right, they have quote tags, humorous tags, and many others.
They are all very high quality, and come in 7 different colors. Plus John and Anne are incredibly helpful, and great to do business with. If you have any questions or issues, they will definitely help you out.
There are lots of other sellers that don’t offer their level of customization, but when it comes to gifts, I always recommend the personal touch.
I’ll have to be careful not to go overboard on this one, because there are so many fun options. I’ve written about cell phone cases quite a bit before, both in our standard reviews, and in a “cases that look like books” article.
I’m going to try and keep it basic to a few major types and price tiers.
Low Price: A picture is worth a thousand words, just check out these awesome cases here.
Medium Price: You know I love correcting misconceptions, and one that is widely believed is that everything made in China is cheap quality. Well that is definitely not the case with leather phone cases.
There are two phenomenal craftsman that will custom make you a wallet case in your favorite color, regardless of what model of phone you have. They are very responsive, and wonderful to work with.
One is Amy’s Leather Design. You can see a large variety of her work here.If none of those are interesting to you, click here to see some of the options available at Jin’s shop.
Higher Price: If you have a bit of a higher budget, you start having a lot of really fun options. One that I’ve written about before is StoryLeather, who follow the philosophy that we all have a story, and they try to make phone cases that tell your story. Kind of a fun ideal. You get to customize everything, but it does cost a pretty penny.
I know that there are tons of other cool leather gifts out there. If you have a favorite that didn’t make it onto this list, let me know in the comments, and I’ll start doing some research on it.
If you are still looking for that perfect gift, and none of these really fit the bill, either leave a comment, or send me a message. I will do everything in my power and work with you one on one to help you find the perfect gift.
Last of all, if you thought any of the items on this list were interesting or cool, share the Christmas joy with your friends using the social media bar on the right. You could save the day by helping with their gift search.