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Photo by Mandi Smethells

Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift that’s guaranteed to delight? In our 30 Days of Gift Ideas series, we’re sharing one high-quality handmade gift each day for 30 days. Check out the full collection, as it builds, on our 30 Days of Gift Ideas page, and get ready to be inspired. This week’s theme: Handmade luxuries

Minnesota-based fiber artist Mandi Smethells has hand-coiled countless colorful cotton birds, bees, butterflies, and flower bouquets in the four years since she first got bit by the textile bug, but her shop’s best-sellers by far are her iconic rainbow wall hangings—cheerful, pastel-wrapped confections dangling hand-tied ivory-tassel clouds.

Whether you’re shopping for a kid or a fiber art collector, the appeal of both Mandi’s style and her subject matter is universal. “I love the rainbow and everything that it stands for,” Mandi says. “It really is about joy.” Fiber rainbow wall hanging from Mandi Smethells, $125

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Jackie Buddie is a part-time writer and wilderness explorer working full-time at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.

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