Sunday, September 8, 2013

Give the gift of etsy.

Before I introduce this big old gifty round-up (which was supposed to go up yesterday, sorry) let me begin by making it perfectly clear that I was in NO WAY COMPENSATED for this post by ANYONE at all.  I didn't get money or gift cards.  I didn't receive products to review.  I didn't even get a pat on the back.  I would accept chocolate cake for services rendered, but as of now that hasn't happened either.
ALSO, I really can't speak to the business practices of these shops.  I feel they're on the up and up.  Most of them have all thumbs ups.  But I also haven't PERSONALLY ordered from most of them.  

Ok, all of that said, I wanted to give you a little break.  Yes, I know you have great intentions of handmaking every single gift you give for every occasion this year - especially Christmas.  But I also know you have a long list of gift recipients.  And maybe - maybe - you might not get to everything on your list.  And maybe that's ok.  If you still want to give something handmade, etsy is the place to go!  You can find just about anything you could possibly want on etsy, and much of it is unique, one of a kind, quality, charming, hand made stuff.  So if you just can't make it yourself, etsy it!  

Here're a bunch of shops I found and a run down of what you'll see in each one.  

Foxy Vida - Chic diaper bags, wets bags with changing pads, diaper clutch wristlets, along with wallets and such.
Gifts Define - Tons of adorable felt creations in many themes.  Mobiles, wall art, name banners, oversized and mini stuffed animals, cupcake toppers, ornaments in birds, owls, woodland creatures, under sea creatures, safari, and more!  Adorable for baby's nursery.
mimishop - Adorable itty-bitty sewn fabric and wood teething rattle rings, rattles, pacifier clips, and musical animals.
Sasa's Handcrafts - Super cute crochet baby booties, baby girl tunics, cardigans, sweaters, blankies, hats, clothing sets and more!
RaeGun - Very cute ruffle diaper covers, retro rufflers, swing tops, and sets for baby.  Also, Halloween costumes for baby.
The Posh Pea Boutique - Very cute bibs, burp cloths, chenille or minky blankets and appliqu├ęd onesies in the most amazing selection of fabrics.  You can buy them in various sets and quantities and even pick your own patterns and fabric for some.

bells and whistles - Cute and durable machine sewn ARTOTES (art kits).  Made in bright colors and two different sizes - mini tote and travel bag - with 8 pleats for crayons, markers, or pencils and separate pockets for other art supplies.
Indie Bambino - Tons of wooden toys and games, Waldorf style.  Most of them customizable with names.  Bowling sets, rainbow peg dolls, teethers, hand kites, color sorting games, pirate treasure, balls,  building blocks, yo-yo's, and memory games, just to name a few custom creations!
Mama Made Them - Handcrafted wooden toys for tots.  Such cute creations that anyone would love.  Cars, boats, firetrucks, and airplanes with little wooden peg dolls.  Also, teethers, keys, and stacking toys.  And tons of little themed play sets: barns with animals, dollhouses, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, a cute playground for peggies, kitchen (with sink, stove and oven) and tool set.  There are also wooden games.  Everything is made to last and has rounded edges.  
Miss Pretty Pretty - Super fun items for imaginative play.  Adorable play teepees made with durable drapery twill, many different styles of felt card table playhouses - homes, pirate ships, markets, underwater and more - with accessories like mail kits or pirate bags.  Felt mermaid tails and crowns.  Felt car mats.  PLUS, patterns for many of the items she sells in case you want to make it yourself.
NOTON - A cute and quirky little shop with crocheted storybook finger puppets, textile necklaces, knitted backpacks, sewn pajama pillows, and more.
Stella Murals - Glow in the dark large transparent posters that charge easily with LED lights and glow all night long.  They come with poster strips to hang them.  There are also glow in the dark bed canopies.  (my son would love this!)

anhaicabagworks - Handwaxed canvas bicycle bags and backpacks in a variety of shapes, sizes and neutral colors.  Very handy and these look durable and classic.
handmade by emy - Very fun ties and bowties of different styles for men, boys and babies.  There is any color gingham, lots of solids and a large choice of patterns/prints.
MoJo's Cozy Toes - Ridiculously awesome handmade fleece slippers.  Tons of designs for guys - mustaches, pac-man, #1 Dad, simple monogram.  Lots of colors and choices.  They also have some fleece slippers for babies, kids and women, sachet bags and aromatherapy eye pillows.
ilovebagshop - Handcrafted leather briefcases/camera bags.  There are also some more feminine bags, but lots of options for guys messenger style bags as well.
quinonesless - Unique cuff links made from metal or metal and clear resin for the sports fanatic, superhero obsessed, hardcore nerd, or those with specific hobbies (like fishing or cars).  Really affordable.
solidmfgco - Handcrafted wood and leather goods.  They have a variety of simple and tasteful accessories like cuffs, belts, wallets, and key rings.  They also make wooden iphone holders, candle holders, camp stools, end tables and baseball bats.

astash - Really unique accessories and some decor with a beachy/natural theme.  Bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings, and cuffs made using a combination of felted items, crochet, sea glass, and beach stone.
cheep! cheep! - Cute, kitschy, accessories and jewelry made mostly from buttons with some enameled metal.
daily accessoriez - Scarves galore!  Soft, lightweight cotton/polyester scarves, infinity scarves, and crinkle scarves in tons of awesome prints.  Lightweight lace trimmed scarves and knit or crocheted scarves as well.  They even have some unique winter scarves and cowls and headwraps.  Awesome selection at nice prices with tons of fun prints, patterns and colors.
KUKLAStudio - Gorgeous oxidized wire and glass resin earrings.  All unique and handcrafted.
Tippy Thai - Seriously awesome selection of bags for mainly women.  There are so many styles and colors it's impossible to NOT find something you love.  Messenger bags, over the shoulder purses, cross body purses, backpacks, or one shoulder packs.  Simple shoulder bags, girly girl ruffly shoulder bags, bags with bows, pleats, skinny pleats, buckles, rings, buttons or just plain and classic.  Tote bags, bag organizers for the inside of your bags, yoga bags... simple or ornate, girly, trendy or understated, lots and lots of colors... it's pretty much amazing.

Eye Poetry - seriously gorgeous photography.  Broken down into categories, there are landscapes, nature/animals, paris, travel (which has a lot of architecture), and vintage feeling (which is my favorite with a lot of carnival shots).  You can buy prints of the photos in lots of different sizes.  Many of the photos are available as iphone cases.  There are several calendars and some photo collection options where you can buy some of the photos as a set.
Simple and Serene - Eye catching hand lettered and designed quote posters.  Can choose from a variety of print sizes.  Mainly in black and white, some sepia toned and others in subdued colors.  Some are shaped word art, most are simple text.  There are some that come in sets and several greeting card options as well.
The Dreamy Giraffe - Prints of acrylic paintings for nursery, craft room or kitchen decor.  Prints of quotes and graphic art.  Very cute.

Beneath the Bark at 825 - Very cool rustic wood frames for lots of things - clip on photo frames that are easy to change out, themed frames, frames for photo strips, memo boards, house number frames, wood chalkboard place cards, etc.  Lots of different themes, colors, sizes and styles.  Fun decor idea for just about anyone.
miwoodcrafts - Birch wood crafts - mainly candle holders.  There are a lot of wedding themed ideas like a unity candle holder and the birch log wedding table card holder.  The candle holders are my favorite, and the log tea light holder is also really pretty.
Ms Amanda Jayne - Such a cute plethora of crocheted coffee cup cozies portraying different adorable animals - but that's just the beginning.  There are also crocheted animal beanies, fingerless gloves, bobby pins, and rings for adults, as well as lots of hats and mittens for kids.  There are unique themed scarves and infinity scarves as well as crochet appliqued fabric mini gift bags and crocheted flower rings.

Felt Magical - pdf sewing patterns for felt plushies.  Sets that can be made into mobiles, plush animals and puppets.  Handsewing and great for beginners.
The Cottage Mama - Very cute PDF and Printed patterns for children's clothing that has a vintage flair. There are dresses, tunics, rompers, pants, jackets and skirts.  All very kid-friendly, for lots of things for girls and some for boys, too.
Magic With Hook and Needles - pdf crochet patterns of adorable purses, animals, dolls, coasters, hats and more.  Very cute and unique items that look adorable in the bright colors she uses.
Sugar Pie Chic - Lots of fun apron PDF patterns for women.  Full aprons, half aprons, ruffly and straight!  There are also patterns for a felt dollhouse and the "petticoat tote" and "tutu tote".
Gulf Coast Cottage - pdf sewing patterns for a variety of different felt play sets.  Vegetables, pizza, breakfast, seafood, tea sets, and all kinds of food.  There are also kits for castles, mermaids, dinosaurs, and more.  Kits for pretend play, like doctor and baker and larger plush animals.  Very cute felt toys for kids.
Wilsons Designs to Sew and Color - pdf sewing patterns for unique plush animals (like inchworms, foxes and sharks with zipper mouths!) along with printable phonics or kitchen themed coloring books.

Dime Store Buddy - great source for colored baker's twine in different amounts and paper chevron bags.
Gift Wrap So Pretty - Very cute customizable supplies.  Kraft bags in plain, striped and polka dotted, translucent or mini-sized.  Also, brown kraft tape and circle stickers.  Patterned twist ties in polka dots and stripes of different colors.  White paper bags with colored polka dots and cute, bright pillow boxes. There are also several blank tag options.
giftaholic - WARNING: there's a lot of stuff here and it's easy to get lost for a while!  Basically, they have everything you need to wrap a gift, and they also have everything you need to make your own gift wrap and tags.  So you'll find papers of all kinds, patterned wax paper, gift wrap, adhesive paper, etc.  You'll also find adhesive fabric, adhesive fabric tape, washi tape, patterned masking tape, adhesive lace tape, and other decorative tapes.  You'll find stamps, stamp pads, stickers, decals, and the like - vintage and current.  Blank envelopes, pouches, bags, gift wrap collections sold in bunches.  Blank tags, postcards, notecards, vintage cards, and special pens.  Don't worry if you're overwhelmed.
Peach Blossom UK - Such pretty things here!  First off, there are lots of basics like brown paper bags with dots, kraft wrapping paper, kraft gift boxes, etc.  They also have other paper and glassine bag options - like white paper bags with bright stripes, dots or chevron, or plain white.  There are lots of options for twine - baker's twine in lots of colors, colored cotton twine, natural string and grosgrain ribbon.  There are colorful packaging tags, cute doilies, mini wood clothespins, hessian fabric, and small muslin gift bags.  There's even a smattering of photo-booth props on sticks!
Sycamore Street Press - Not only do they have super cute hand-drawn printed gift wrap, tags and greeting cards, they are also loaded with prints to buy for home/nursery decor and some cute baby momento books and such.

It's a lot of info, folks, I know it.  But hopefully this can be a resource for you when you're looking for handmade gifts and can't muster it up yourself.  
Let me know if you've got an etsy shop you want me to post about (a favorite, or one you own yourself!)

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