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This Father's Day, purchase a cool gift from our store, spoil the father figures in your family with a hand-crafted gift. Check out our curated list of father loving gifts and also read personal stories from local artisans who are Dad's doing their best to support their family's by creating products for me and you at Upworthy Market!


Jempinis Wood Deer Eyeglasses Holder from Bali

Bold and sophisticated, a studious deer is depicted in this charming eyeglasses holder from Bali. Yudi Suardi designs this holder, hand-carved from jempinis wood to depict the deer in all its majesty. Your eyeglasses will fit perfectly within a notch in the deer's head.

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Sterling Silver Balinese Meditation Spinner Ring for Men

Swirling currents ebb across the surface of this powerful ring for men, designed and crafted by Bali's Komang Suastra. The curling wave and rope motifs in polished silver are beautifully complemented by a dark, oxidized silver backdrop. The ring is a spinner or meditation ring, intended to aid in attaining a peaceful state of mind. The inner band spins freely as desired within the outer band.

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Men's Black Leather Wallet with Traditional Styling

Indian artisan Sanchit designs a men's wallet with classic styling. Crafted from supple black leather, the wallet features two bill compartments, nine card slots, two multipurpose pockets and one ID window pocket.

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Hand Crafted Teak Wood Smartphone Speaker

Hand carved from rich teak wood, this hands-free rectangular smartphone speaker is the perfect accessory for watching movies, FaceTime calls, or even a bedroom dance party. Designed by Thai artisan Sanai Keawchaisa, the speaker features a side slot for holding your phone horizontally and a speaker on the left side for amplifying your favorite music, movies, or podcasts. Please note the speaker is compatible with all smartphones .5 inches and under in thickness. No batteries or electricity required.

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6 Artisan Crafted Blue Green Blown Glass Highball Glasses

Aquamarine dissolves into a vibrant lime hue in the refreshing design of these highball glasses. Designed by Javier and Efren each glass is crafted with Mexican blown glass techniques, in which artisans blow through a metal pipe while twirling it with one hand. They simultaneously shape the molten glass at the other end, expertly achieving this color effect.

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Wood 3-Sided Domino Set Crafted

By Thai artisan Waraporn Khamsuk, this domino set offers a unique twist on the traditional tabletop game. Handmade from raintree wood, 56 triangular dominoes or 'Trionimoes' come within a handy wooden box. The corner of each domino is hand-painted with colorful dots. This 2-6 player set offers fun for the whole family.

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Sterling Silver Dragon Om Pendant Necklace from India

Framed by the image of a dragon biting its tail, the iconic symbol for the meditative mantra om is realized in high-polish sterling silver. Shivani Choudhary designs this bold and meditative Indian pendant necklace, which is crafted by local artisans.

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Read stories from our local artisans who create beautiful crafts to support their family members.

Jali Artisan Gulam Rasool Struggled But Is Now a Recognized Master

"For Gulam Rasool, jali carving is a family affair, a skill he learned from his own father and has now taught to his son. In fact, the art form is so entwined with his own family legacy, that he believes it has been passed down through the generations, tracing its history all the way back to the 16th century."

View his artisan collection and read his story here

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Gratitude is Integral to Wayan Asmana's Work

"Today, his life looks very different. Not only has his gorgeous jewelry found its way to adoring customers around the world — a high honor for any artist—he has also been able to support his family and uplift his community in the process."

View his artisan collection and read his story here

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Wayan Rendah Thrives with Gratitude

"But since I was recruited to sell online, a lot has changed. Today, I can provide better meals for my family. I can provide for my children’s education even until they are in college. And also, now I could buy a house for my family."

View his artisan collection and read his story here

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Julio Sanchez Risked It All

“My art is both a legacy and a tradition handed down over generations by great masters in the art of tooled leather. I was fortunate to learn from one of them and that has made me what I am today.“I feel proud of my work and of building a home when I had started with absolutely nothing. I have put a lot of hard work and commitment into giving my family and children the best I could.

View his artisan collection and read his story here

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Robert Aidoo-Taylor - Finding His Dream

"Apart from enhancing the beauty of homes and offices, and making people prettier with my variety of jewelry, I haven’t done badly in life. For starters, I have raised a beautiful family. My lovely wife gave me two intelligent daughters. I take care of extended family members and I train future champions in art.”

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Wayan Buana - Inspiration in Art

"Right before we ended our conversation, he confessed that his lifetime goals have now been achieved: building a home for his family, giving his children a better education, providing job opportunities for his neighborhood, and his creative ideas flourishing without any financial burden."

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Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


Addie Rodriguez was supposed to take the field with her dad during a high school football game, where he, along with other dads, would lift her onto his shoulders for a routine. But Addie's dad was halfway across the country, unable to make the event.

Her father is Abel Rodriguez, a veteran airman who, after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was training at Travis Air Force Base in California, 1,700 miles from his family in San Antonio at the time.

"Mom missed the memo it was parent day, and the reason her mom missed the memo was her dad left Wednesday," said Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie's mom. She continued, "It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away. It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country."

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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