I applaud all who take the “Handmade Pledge” and proudly display the button—the pledge to buy only handmade things this holiday season. I make the pledge with some exceptions. Although I am an avid fan of buying handmade and make many gifts myself, I cannot say I will shun all mass-produced products completely. We are huge book fans in our house and like to support our local businesses as well, which include toy, gift, and book stores. But if we all pledge to consume a little less and think a little more about where we buy our stuff, who makes it, and how it is made, we can make the holidays more meaningful for our families and our community.