Everyone knows that a homemade gift is the best kind of present to give a loved one. Unfortunately for the masses, making the perfect Christmas gift is easier said than done (put frankly, you might just suck at crafts).
The writing staff here at RiotFest.org has put together a list of our favorite DIY-ers and the cool, weird stuff they make. Any of these would make a fine addition under the tree—and we’d be remiss if we didn’t also suggest giving the awesome gift of Riot Fest 2020 tickets for $124.98, the lowest price they’ll be all season. Merry Riot Festmas!
“LOVE MAN” COMICS & SWAGFrom David Ray Krueger and Ben Marcus
Sauve, sophisticated, and Slurpee-obsessed, Love Man is the most infinitely obsessable (not to mention infinitely quotable) comics hero of our time. David Ray Krueger’s scripts blur the lines between everyday life and the fantastically surreal while the punchlines pile up, and artist Ben Marcus renders Love Man and the objects of his romantic desire with a balance of poise and slapstick that feels like its right out of a classic Old Hollywood comedy. —Miles Raymer
“BIG BUTT FOR PRESIDENT” PENDANT
From The Red King in Leather
Weird Luke, the Red King in Leather, is Gowanus, Brooklyn’s premier toy-slinging road warrior mutant. He makes really grimy action figures, which I love, but since I’m a fashionista, I can’t help but recommend his “Big Butt for President” pendant. Every good dresser worth their salt needs some serious statement accessories in their arsenal, and this one’s heavy duty. Featuring a ROUND THIQUE BUTT cast in resin on an E-boy ball chain, this pendant is sure to communicate both political and aesthetic knowledge to all who lay eyes upon it. –Meg Spectre
HAMBURGER EARRINGSFrom Stitch and Destroy
Descendents said it best: “I like Food” are three words to happily live by. These super adorable yummy looking hamburger earrings are the perfect gift for your favorite food loving DIY babe. Stitch and Destroy specializes in sustainable upcycled alternative wearables. Check out their upcycled scrunchies, skirts, and diy goodies at their website or on their Instagram (@stitchanddestroyclothing). The “I Like Food” Earrings are $12, made from felt fabric scraps and donated polyester stuffing. The best part about the earrings? You can specify what kind of bun you want! –Sydney Johnson
CUSTOM SEXY GARFIELD VIDEOFrom McDazzler
For real, though, what do you get the friend who has everything? Alicia “McDazzler” McDaid, a multimedia artist and general weirdo based in LA, has just the thing: for only $50, she will send the person of your choice a 1-minute video of her dressed (or rather, mostly undressed, but fully painted) as a certain beloved cartoon feline, delivering a message “including, but not limited to, a holiday greeting.” For $100, she’ll don the same paint and perform a full song for your loved one! There are several other custom video options on her website, along with calendars, hand-painted clothes, and more besides, but c’mon: what kind of Jon Arbuckle-ass person wouldn’t want this to show up in their inbox? —Dustin Krcatovich
“BEEP BEEP” LICENSE PLATE FRAME From Brad Rohloff/Bred Press
Fight the gridlock and declare the utmost love for your vehicle with Chicago artist Brad Rohloff’s joy-inducing license plate frame. Rohloff’s Bred Press imprint has some great hits as of late, like this excellent bootleg shirt about horse addiction, but a license plate frame that boldly says “beep beep!” is my pick of the litter. Commuting, as science has told us, supposedly shaves years off your lifespan, associated with more stress and higher blood pressure—but with this bad boy on the front and/or back of your automobile, how could you possibly not enjoy driving your car? —Bailey Davis