Made in Nebraska Gift Guide / The Team

We'll be honest, we didn't really know much about Nebraska. So when it came time to put together this guide, we were relieved to come across Grain and Mortar, a brand strategy and design studio creating stand-out work from Omaha. The team was more than up for the task of putting together a made in Nebraska guide thanks to their commitment to working with local companies that value their craft. Here, their picks for the best of Cornhusker creativity.

1. Ceramics 2. Lunch Tote 3. Pine Tree Soap 4. Soy Candles 5. Earrings 6. Archetype Coffee 7. Polka Dot Mug 8. DIY Kit

1. Ceramics by Earthenjoy ($price)

"How can you not love the adorable wares from Joy O'Connor? Made of white clay, the kitty dishes are adorned with a gold heart nose."

2. Lunch Tote by Artifact Bag Co. ($60)

"The design and attention to detail of all Artifact Bag Co. products make each purchase a worthy investment. We love this simple and versatile lunch tote, especially because it has a buckle for your bike."

3. Pine Tree Soap by Benson Soap Mill ($6)

"Two dudes making soap—what’s not to love? Made from a blend of essential oils, this soap is crafted in small batches. It smells amazing for the times you don’t smell amazing."

4. The Fall Collection by Wax Buffalo ($22)

"These pure soy candles will make your home feel like fall as soon as you can say 'pumpkin spice latte.' Wax Buffalo makes its products in small batches with high quality essential and fragrance oils."

5. Stella Leaf Dangles by DBH Boutique ($22)

"These chain and wire leaf dangles are so beautifully simple we could wear them everyday. They come in plated silver, gold, or rose gold to match your new iPhone 7."

6. Colombia Virgilina Guamanga Coffee by Archetype Coffee ($17)

"The people at Archetype Coffee eat, sleep, and dream coffee. They have a dedication not only to their quality, but also the farmers they partner with. You can’t go wrong with any of their roasts."

7. Blue and Gold Polka Dot Mug by Object Enthusiast ($40)

"The Object Enthusiast truly finds the artful in the ordinary. Emily Reinhardt, the creator, exudes originality into each of her ceramic creations. Owning one of her pieces is owning a usable work of art." (Ed note: The Object Enthusiast is now based out of Kansas City, but we couldn't resist including her beautiful goods in this guide.)

8. DIY Gem & Cube Himmeli Kit by The Urban Maker ($40)

"We love simple DIY projects like this Himmeli. Once complete, the Himmelis can be suspended in your favorite spot or placed on a table as accent decor."