What’s so special about a handmade gift? Well, for starters you probably didn’t pick it up as part of a shopping errand that included loading a cart with a box of cereal, a tube of toothpaste, and a new box of Christmas lights. Chances are good that you found this unique thing at a destination you visited with intent, where you looked at myriad selections before spotting something special. Buying handmade also means the world to that local maker who can note their inventory sheet is now missing some items and that their talent, time, and skill are appreciated. Around the East Bay there are destinations where you can buy things crafted by hand and you can also purchase kits and enjoy the process of making something to give…or keep for yourself (we won’t tell).