Autism Arts Holiday Gift Guide
Fill your stockings this year with gifts made by artists with autism or related conditions in our community, and beyond!
Blankets of Hope
Stephanie Chan of Palo Alto, 26, makes fluffy, double-sided fleece blankets with ties on all sides. Stephanie is on the Autism spectrum and creates these blankets as a form of therapy. Contact [email protected] for ordering information. Supplies are limited so order fast!
Integrated Community Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people with disabilities lead self-directed lives by giving them the training and support needed to find jobs in the community and live independently. The clients in our horticulture job training program learn to plant, grow and harvest succulents with which to create aeriums and other arrangements. We will be selling aeriums in December to benefit our program. Please visit us:
Sunday, December 14 from 11-2
Jewish Community Center
170 San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903
Saturday, December 20 from 10-4
West Elm, Strawberry Village
800 Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Kyle, a 25 year old with autism, found a love for sewing after watching his mother create quilts. After a lot of time and patience he learned to sew with precision and accuracy and now creates and sells mesh bags and market bags. They come in a variety of different fabrics and are functional and sturdy. Check out their website for prices and ordering information. http://home.comcast.net/~brucekawanami/JojiCreations/Welcome.html
Designs by Siri
Siri, a young woman with autism who lives on the north Peninsula, has found a love for making jewelry and wants to share her creations with all of you! She has different collections with different styles of beads. Take a look at her website at http://www.DesignsBySiri.com to see all of the different jewelry options.
An autistic young baker, Matt Resnik, son of Denise Resnik, who was featured at our Housing Conference, and who lives in Phoenix, created SMILE Biscotti to start supporting himself and save for his own place to live. He's always loved baking. While some people might find it difficult to do the same thing every day, his love of routine ensures that you can always enjoy my consistent, high quality biscotti. Don't miss his video and amazing story on his website.
Abilities United strives to support those with disabilities by offering a variety of programs for all ages. The Art Program works with artists to help exhibit and sell their works of art. The hope is to help these artists find their independence and share with the world the unifying powers of art. The works of art sold by these artists through Abilities United include paintings, drawings, birdhouses, and rugs. Visit the website at http://www.abilitiesunited.org for more information on the artists. If you are looking for a beautiful and unique gift contact [email protected] for your art requests! Help us unify our world through art!
Renewing the Renaissance
Renewing the Renaissance is a company based in San Jose, California that mentors fine artists on the autistic spectrum. Patrons can choose to work one-on-one with an art manager to commission personalized artwork or purchase original works of art and reproductions on the website at www.renewingtherenaissance.com.
Created 4 A Cause (multiple artists)
This organization based in Northern California showcases the work done by adults with disabilities who are employed by the Work Training Center. Each employee's strengths are utilized in working with wood, ceramics, and cloth to create great holiday gifts! Products range from wine boxes to duffel bags and everything in between. Visit http://created4acause.org to make an order today!
Big Al's Toffee
Big Al is a young man with autism in the East Bay who has a knack for making toffee. He bakes and sells various flavors in different packaging sizes. Big Al's Best is the perfect way to sweeten up your holiday season. Orders can be made through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Als-Best/476281585847715 or by emailing directly at [email protected].
Creativity Explored (multiple artists)
Creativity Explored in San Francisco provides a supportive and creative studio environment for artists with disabilities to hone their artistic skills with the support of mentors. They then get to exhibit their work and sell it online. The Creativity Explored store sells a variety of art pieces such as paintings and ceramics as well as prints on t-shirts and wrapping paper. Visit their website at http://www.creativityexplored.org to browse the selection and find the perfect gift for the art-lover in your family.
ArtReach Studios (multiple artists)
Located in Daly City, ArtReach Studios provides a unique arts academy environment where adults with developmental disabilities can pursue art as a means of personal expression and to develop new skills, connect to a larger art community and realize financial gains through sales of their work. A project of the Arc of San Francisco.
6644 Mission Street, Suite A
Daly City, CA 94015, (650) 756-1304
Email: [email protected]
Cedars of Marin (multiple artists)
A beautiful store in San Anselmo features Cedars client art, jewelry, and weavings. What you see at Artist Within is the work of extraordinary individuals whose varied, unique talents are brought to life by an equally extraordinary staff of artists and teachers. Clients also participate in the store by demonstrating various skills such as weaving and jewelry making. Come visit us!
603 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA, (415) 454-2568. Open M 10-6, T-F 9-5, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6. [email protected].
Claraty Arts serves adults with developmental disabilities, an interest in art, and a desire to be a part of a community. Claraty Arts provides artists with studio space, materials, a public gallery, and a team of professional art instructors to help each artist develop a unique style of art as a means to expression. Our aim is that through a collective exploration of art, Claraty Arts can become the center of a growing community – based in part on shared experience, history, and identity.
1725 Seabright Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [email protected].
The Chocolate Spectrum
Family owned and operated, The Chocolate Spectrum, based in Florida, is a delicious way to support those with autism. Not only does the organization train employees with autism and involve them in the creation process, but a percentage of each purchase is donated to charities that support those with developmental disabilities. They sell a variety of delicious chocolates, truffles, and fudges. Visit their website at http://www.thechocolatespectrum.com to check out their seasonal options.
Inclusion of any seller or organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. Sellers and organizations are listed at the discretion of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area. If you know someone or an organization that would like to be included in the gift guide, please email [email protected]