Periodic Table of Elements necklace, made by My London Sun in Malden, Mass., priced at $22.
We're rolling out 12 Days of Indie Merchant Gifts. Readers can vote for their favorite gifts, starting Monday.
We’re not sure if this next gift is geeky or cool – but either way, we like it.
In her submission to our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide, Caitlin Mason of Malden, Mass., tells us that this smart piece of jewelry came to be when a friend asked her to create the perfect gift for his medical student girlfriend.
"He specified that it should have something to do with the periodic table," she says. "At that time, I had nothing in my shop that filled the bill [so] I put my thinking cap on, and this necklace was born."
Since its birth, the Periodic Table of Elements necklace has become one of the most popular pieces at Mason’s My London Sun shop. "Along with being relatively inexpensive, it is completely customizable," she says. Buyers can spell whatever they like, in whatever color and metal they prefer.
"The end result is something handmade, unique [and] gentle on the wallet," she says. As for whether it’s cool…well, let’s make Santa decide.
Check back tomorrow to see which indie merchant's gift we've selected for Day No. 12. And don't forget to vote for your favorite, starting Dec. 12.
Day 1: "The Shopping List Bag" - L.E. Green Bags
Day 2: Children's multicultural books - Hartlyn Kids
Day 3: Chalkboard beer mug - The Man Registry
Day 4: Recycled china pendant - The Broken Plate Pendant Co.
Day 5: Vegan lip balm - Sprout Skincare
Day 6: Fair-trade-certified soccer ball - Senda Athletics
Day 7: Digital luggage scale - EatSmart Products
Day 8: Dog treat pouch - Sara Bella Upcycled
Day 9: "Not sent from my iPhone" Stationery set - Red Letter Paper Co.
Day 10: Key lime BBQ Sauce - Reva Foods
Day 11: Periodic Table of Elements necklace - My London Sun