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. Rhode Island is filled with extraordinary talent so if you’re looking for something unique, you can’t do better than buying from a local artist. For this round-up of gift giving ideas, we’ve selected samples from workshops that double as retail spaces where you can see things being made right on the spot, co-ops that house and sell goods from a range of crafters, and shops owned by makers themselves. While all of these items are available online, consider checking protocols and paying a visit to any of these locations, sure to make shopping feel more like an episode of How It’s Made than Sunday Night Football.