I try not to purchase mass produced items. They don't hold the same magic as something that was touched and brought to life or put together by a human, who transfers their creative energy into the piece. This is difficult when it comes to clothing but I refuse to be a logo whore.
Yeah, I really love running into handmade items like jewellery downtown and stuff. They're really good gifts, but I don't look for them, I just sometimes happen to see them for sale at subway stations.
I often buy some hand made jewellery, for example i bought present for my mom - ear rings with drawings of hedgehogs, she loved them. Also different dress if its good made, cards and different things really, it must just "catch my eyes", hand made items usually are much more nicer, has personality in them