Handmade Gifts That Tell A Story


Handmade Gifts That Tell A Story

by Aisha Hassan on Feburary 1st, 2021

Handmade Gifts That Tell A Story

by Aisha Hassan on Feburary 1st, 2021

Beautiful things are even more special when there’s a story behind them. If you’re buying a gift for someone you love — and that includes yourself — why not invest in something extraordinary? With Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year coming up, we’ve curated a guide of lovingly created and visually stunning products, which are perfect for celebrations. These handcrafted gifts each tell a story, making them all the more unique.

Upcycled Jewelry with a Purpose

ALT works with artisans in Cambodia to create bold, handmade jewelry. Notably, the base of every piece is made of upcycled bullet and shell casings from the Vietnam War. Through an ethical supply chain and ethos around conscious consumption, ALT transforms these materials into jewelry that signify peace. The striking Aleia Ring can be styled across two fingers at once, while the geometric Eve Ring and Naomi Ring are great for stacking. All the rings are also adjustable in size and can be worn in reverse.

Versatile Handwoven Accessories

Frankitas works with weavers across Asia to turn traditional textile artisanship into modern pieces. The versatile Travel Pouch, for instance, is adorned with Tenun Rangrang, a handwoven fabric from Bali and Lombok; “Rangrang” literally means “holes” in Balinese, and refers to the small holes in the textile that create the motif. Another favorite on Dia, the Putri S, is made from Ikat, a fabric traditionally representing prestige. These items can all be styled a number of ways.

Crazy Rich Craftsmanship

As featured in Crazy Rich Asians the film and the books, Dia’s exclusive selection of Neil Felipp bags are jaw dropping gifts. The Suzy Wong Minaudière, with it’s arresting handcrafted dragon and shell structure, was what caught Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan’s eye in the first place. This clutch is especially apt for Chinese New Year since dragons represent power and prosperity.

Hand-Painted from Nature

Every FERN piece on Dia was hand-painted by a small group of Malaysian artisans. We’ve also curated versatile items, such as the Abstract Sahara Multiway Scarf, which can be worn in six different ways, from shawl to vest, headscarf to blouse. The Abstract Sahara Multiway Scarf, along with other adjustable items like the Abstract Sahara Twilly or Palm Leaves Pareo, were especially inspired by travels to Morocco and the Sahara Desert. 

Reimagining Heritage Craft

Every Pink Jambu piece that Dia features is one of a kind. From exquisite batik clutches in red (perfect for Chinese New Year) to hand-painted chiffon silk shawls, these items make for luxurious gifts. The brand, which was founded in 1992, prides itself on creating beautiful textile heirlooms in small batches while supporting local Malaysian artisans.

Infused with Memory

Our bestselling knot earrings from TALEE Studio are individually handcrafted by Lorraine Lee, the founder of the brand. Her creations are inspired by memory, particularly because knot-tying is a form of cognitive therapy for her father, who has been living with short term memory loss since 2010. The Madu Knot is made of honeyed tones that speak to hues in the natural world, such as the golden hour.

Every Dia order comes with a free postcard that we can write personalized gift messages on. Simply write your gift message in the text box at checkout.


About The Author

Aisha Hassan is a writer, journalist, and co-founder of Dia. Previously, Aisha worked for Quartz in New York and Harper’s Bazaar in Malaysia. Her fiction has been published in international literary magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford, and a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

About The Author

Aisha Hassan is a writer, journalist, and co-founder of Dia. Previously, Aisha worked for Quartz in New York and Harper’s Bazaar in Malaysia. Her fiction has been published in international literary magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford, and a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.