Give the Gift of Handmade

It's beginning to look like Christmas here at HB Headquarters.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Christmas?  Oh, no?  Well, let me tell you then.  I LOOOOVE Christmas.  I love decorating the house and how just putting up the tree brings that festive spirit.  I was just thinking how I would love to leave the decorations up all year but I don't think my husband would go for it.  Actually, one year I did leave them up until February.  My husband still reminds me of it every year.  Only now he says it was April.  It was really February.  

As much as I love the decorating I love to give gifts.  I actually have to put a gift limit on myself because I've been known to go a tad overboard.  And with only 13 more sleeps until the big guy in the red suit arrives I need to step up my game and start checking off these names on my nice list.  (Actually, I don't have a naughty list.  Everyone makes the nice list.)

And what is my favorite gift to give?  Handmade, of course.  I believe the best gifts don't come from stores, well...not big box ones anyway.  I believe the best gifts are made with love and by hand.  And while I don't give everyone on my list something handmade I do try to give as many handmade gifts as possible.

It's not too late to check off your list with handmade gifts and the best place to look is Etsy, the handmade marketplace. I've put together some of my favorite Etsy shops and broken it down for everyone on your list.  So if you're looking for a place to get started with your handmade gift giving check out a few of these shops below.


Gifts for Women

elk & ina - Modern sustainable clothing for eco-conscious women.

Seaside Harmony Design - Ocean inspired handmade enamel silver & copper jewelry

Curlicue NZSterling Silver Jewelry | Sustainable Elegance

Kriket Broadhurst - Gold & Silver Antique Seaglass Jewellery

Jennifer Storcks DesignHandcrafted jewelry for women and men

White Willow Wearables - Nerdy Inspired Knit Accessories & Patterns

Hey Mavenshandmade lingerie designed to make you feel wonderful

Snowberry & Sage - Nature Inspired Jewelry for Casual Lifestyles

Initial Love by Arin - Gorgeously Simple Initial & Name Jewelry

Shade Tree NaturalsNatural and Sustainable Home and Body Products

10000 Dandelions - Hand dyed silk scarves | hand knit wool scarves (etc.)

The Joyful Jewelry BoxHandmade Memorial Jewelry and Remembrance Keepsakes

Honeydew Club - Minimal gemstone jewellery handmade in Wales, UK

Lynnique - Everyday Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry & Bouquet Photo Charms

The Pearl MagnoliaBoho Style Jewelry


Gifts for Men

Rogue Fae Leather - Quality, Custom, Handmade Leather Goods

Jennifer Storcks Design - Handcrafted jewelry for women and men

White Willow Wearables - Nerdy Inspired Knit Accessories & Patterns

Sable Sol - Coastal Decor, Graphic Beach Tees & Beach Quote Mugs

Shade Tree Naturals - Natural and Sustainable Home and Body Products

The Joyful Jewelry Box - Handmade Memorial Jewelry and Remembrance Keepsakes


Gifts for Children

Salty Baby Co.Nautical baby clothing and gear

White Willow Wearables - Nerdy Inspired Knit Accessories & Patterns

So Handmade - Eco-friendly toys for pretend play

Two Little Beans & Co.Baby booties, bibs & clothing for baby and kids

Stylish Little Ones - Handmade Nursing Covers and Baby Nursery Items

Catshy Crafts - Nursery Wall Art Personalized Decor Embroidery Hoop Art

Four & Twenty BlackbirdsAccessories for the modern mum and baby.

The Timeless Crane - Hanging Origami Mobiles for Home Decor & Nursery Decor

The Creative Raccoon - Crib Bedding, Patchwork Quilts, Minky Blankets

Emily Kinsella Art - magical art & gifts for kids & whimsical adults


Gifts for the Home

Kim ArtHand Embroidery, Personalized Anniversary Gifts & More

Sarah Gamble PotteryFine pottery for everyone.

Lemesto - Handcrafted homegoods, functional art, and jewelry

Grimwood Forest - Holiday Whimsical Decor

Lil Bits of MonaLil bits of wooden string art signs handmade with 💓!

Discovering Whimsy - Handmade cards, holiday trees and gifts of gratitude

Morris and Essex - Hand-printed textiles, scarves and gorgeous gifts.

Trendy Puku - Handmade art for the modern home.

Catshy Crafts - Nursery Wall Art Personalized Decor Embroidery Hoop Art

The Barmy Foxhand embroidery patterns, kits & hoops + wood slice art

From Nancy's HeartHandmade Wooden Holiday & Celebration Ornaments


Gifts for the Maker 

Little Bitty DelightsLittle Bitty Delights~ Manda Jae Designs

Artistic Lilly - luxurious hand dyed yarn done with an artistic touch


There are tons more great shops on Etsy but that should get you started.  There's a little something for everyone.  And don't forget I'm there too - The Handmaker's Bag.

I wish you the happiest of holidays and hope you have a very merry Christmas full of love, joy and handmade.

Until next time,

Carry a little joy wherever you go.

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