Find a local artist who paints regional scenes. Buy a painting and send it to a family member or friend who moved away. Look around for other unique, locally-produced or themed gifts. They mean so much more than just another mass-made product.
You’ll find all types of tiny hardware in the jewelry-making department of craft or department stores. Tiny metallic circles, squares and other shapes will allow you to make the earrings you want. You can also purchase the fronts that are used to make pierced earrings, then clip off the metal shaft that goes through the hole of the ear.