Have Yourself a Handmade HolidayBig box stores? Bah, humbug! Why not buy handmade and give unique, one-of-a-kind gifts made with love by a real person?
I'm about to show you just a few possibilities from members of The Handmade Forum <http://thehandmadeforum.boards.net/>
Let's start with a source of gifts for the guys and gals on your list. Visit Deb Flaherty's etsy shop <https://www.etsy.com/shop/flahertynaturals> and pick up some of this great shaving soap for that hard-to-shop-for fella.
Give the Gift of Natural Beauty
To learn about Deb's products and how she makes them, visit her blog here: FlahertyNaturals.wordpress.com
While you are in Deb's shop, grab some of her fabulous lip balm for your best girlfriend (and add one for yourself, too).
I have the one below and love it but Deb has lots to choose from. A fist full would be perfect stocking stuffers, wouldn't they?
- Materials: Made with lots of time patience and love, Organic beeswax and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Mango Butter Sweet Almond Rice Bran Oil, Shea and Illipe Butter with Apricot Kernel, Jojoba and handmade Vanilla infused Grapeseed, Certified Organic Essential Oils of, Geranium Lavender Lemon Sweet Orange, Vitamin E and Rose petal and Rosemary, Antioxidant Extracts, Each batch is made fresh and lovingly, hand poured and may be ordered, gift wrapped and shipped for you
Deck the HallsIf you would like to give someone an ornament to deck their tree, this year and every year, here is an idea from another talented etsy shop owner.
This handcrafted polymer clay ornament comes from a shop with the delightful name of Paisley Lizard <https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaisleyLizardDesigns> Owner Tammy Adams also makes an array of wonderful jewelry items any woman would love. To see great jewelry, visit her shop and, for fun reading, be sure to follow her blog at <http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/>
Feel Rushed? Nothing Beats a Nice Cup of TeaKei-Hawk Rose is the real person behind DesertSageNatural — a shop specializing in organic teas. <https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DesertSageNatural>.
This is one of a line she dubs Sereniteas, "Our SereniTeas are a group for dealing with the mind and emotions. "
To learn more about these carefully blended, all natural products, visit the shop or the website <http://www.desertsagenatural.com/>
Gift for Best Friend?Jenn Surprenant handcrafts wonderful friendship bracelets and a matched pair, for you and your best friend would be a great idea this Christmas.
You can learn a lot about her creations on her I Love Crafting blog <http://iheartcraftingblog.blogspot.ca/> or at her etsy shop.
This is just one of Jenn's many designs. She also creates awareness bracelets for specific causes or she will weave bracelets in your own choice of colors.
Lots of BlingOkay, it's the holiday season and all those parties mean it's time to bring out the bling. Here are a couple of makers of brilliant bling you might want to visit.
First, Suzanne of StellaZiganti jewelry. I think all her work is beautiful but I am especially taken with her earrings. This is just one lovely pair.
Can't you picture the way these Hessonite Garnets will sparkle and gleam on your ears?
Suzanne is a color wizard, so do wander through her shop and see what colors grab you this holiday season. Start browsing here <https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/StellaZiganti?ref=l2-shopheader-name> or visit her blog <http://www.stellaziganti.com/blog>
And Bling Your Home, Too
Meet Kathryn Fritz of Lorraineinspired <http://lorraineinspired.blogspot.ca/> or visit her etsy shop to see fun ways to dress up the house <https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LorraineInspired?ref=l2-shopheader-name>. Fridge magnets are so handy. I use them to keep a recipe handy (and off the sticky counter) or to put a phone number where I'm sure I won't lose it.
Kathryn adds fun and glitter to both magnets and push pins. How perfect.
If you've had some fun here today, or you are a handmade maker or shopper, you can keep going with any of these links:
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