What’s so special about a handmade gift? Well, for starters you probably didn’t pick it up as part of a shopping errand that included loading a cart with a box of cereal, a tube of toothpaste, and a new box of Christmas lights. Chances are good that you found this unique thing at a destination you visited with intent, that you looked at myriad selections before spotting something special. Buying handmade also means the world to that local crafter who can note their inventory sheet is now missing some items and that their talent, time, and skill are appreciated. Around South County there are destinations where you can buy directly from makers – places like Peter Pots Pottery where you can visit the showroom, housed in the historic Glen Rock Mill, nestled in the woods. There’s also Fayerweather House, that white cottage you might have noticed at the traffic light en route to URI where inside wares range from jewelry, apparel, candles, jams, and more, all made by members of the Fayerweather Craft Guild. Sometimes you’d rather make something yourself and that’s when places like Create! Color Studio comes in handy. Open for limited in-studio painting by reservation, enjoy the process while making something to give… or keep for yourself (we won’t tell).