Finally! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to publish my Christmas Gift Guide Series. I am a huge lover of Christmas. As soon as November 1st hits, I’m bursting with the Christmas Spirit. Before A, I would have my entire Christmas shopping finished by the end of August. These days, with A’s birthday in October, I’m still Christmas shopping coming into November and December but I love it. I like to go all out (as much as finances allow!) with presents, food and yummy nibbles. For us, Christmas is all about family and celebration. It’s the one time of year when we’re all wrapped up together in the Christmas Spirit of warmth and love for two full weeks. With a little bundle on the way now, this is our last Christmas as a family of three, and we are going to make it extra special for that reason.
Delve into my special Christmas Gift Guide Series, which happily hosts online Irish based Etsy stores that make beautiful, unique and handrafted items, ideal for Christmas.
As an Etsy Seller myself with my own Steampunk Jewellery Range, I am always very keen to help promote Irish Etsy sellers, who put absolute passion and love into their creations. I’ve gathered a list of eye catching and unique stores to help you with your Christmas Shopping 🙂 There are so many to choose from that this Christmas Gift Guide will be made up of three parts run over three weeks. To give an honest and fair review of these Etsy sellers, I personally viewed sample items from their stores which were sent back to them prior to this review being published.
I love, love, love a good quality knitted wooly hat. It is after all why Winter exists, so I can wear a hat! When I came across Johanna Hats on Etsy, I spent far too long browsing through the slouchy beanie hats. Mary Johanna from Johanna Hats, handcrafts beautiful 100% wool hats in a variety of styles including slouchy beanies, beret style slouch hats, large Pompom hats, county hats and headbands. They are warm, beautiful soft and comfortable. For those with an aversion to wool, she also creates beautiful wool free items.
Antique, vintage, mid century wooden objects – the tag line for NakedWood caught my eye, it’s everything I love bundled up in one sentence! Naked Wood specialize in high quality, unique pieces. Whether you are looking for a functional or decorative piece to enhance your home, or an inspirational gift for someone special, they will help you find it. NakedWood find items at Auctions and Markets and bring them to you in place. For items that need a bit of extra TLC, they upcycle and give them a new lease of life in their Upcycled Range.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Franziska and her Etsy Store Irish Felt Fairy. Based in Carrick-On-Shannon, Franziska originally from Switzerland, fell in love with Ireland and the people and moved here in 1993. She creates with her award winning business, stunning fairies in all different shapes and sizes with every fairy unique and original. tooth fairies, Felt Fairies, Pocket Fairies and Sleeping Fairies as well as gnomes, snails and mice are a fantastic addition to any little person’s Christmas Stocking.
If you are heading to the RDS Crafts Fair in Dublin on the 30th November to 4th of December, be sure to stop by and say hi to Franziska who will be selling these beauties at the Fair.
Fairies are suitable for ages 5+
Nicola is the creator and curator of a beautiful handmade rustic and tribal decor store on Etsy, called RosaLilla. Based in Galway, Nicola started creating items for her own rustic wedding in 2014. Spurred on by her love for creating (and her obvious talent!) Nicola began creating and designing unique items for other brides and grooms-to-be. Since then, RosaLilla has blossomed and expanded with Nicola moving into new territory such as gifts and home decor. Personally, the rustic and vintage look is completely my style and I loved browsing through Nicola’s creations. She also takes custom orders and has branched into beautiful art prints which I highly recommend you check out.
Nicola has kindly offered my readers a 15% discount to help you with your unique Christmas gifts. Simply enter BLOG15 at checkout to avail of this offer.
Handmade and handcrafted is often something I look for in gifts, and greeting cards are no exception. Often it’s difficult to find something beautiful and unique in greeting cards that isn’t mass produced or cheap looking. Mindful Productivity is a beautiful small batch greeting card and beeswax candle company based in Co. Mayo, run by Be. I absolutely love the ethos of Be and Mindful Productivity which is essentially the name of the store. Attention is “spent on the present to get lots of stuff done in a calm way… Taking it all a little bit slower and making the things we do count.” What a beautiful attitiude and approach to life and business. I thoroughly recommend Mindful Productivity for your greeting card needs. Made with good quality card stock and supplied with a Kraft envelope, Be’s cards are locally printed by an environmentally concious printer and lovingly packaged with free shipping in Ireland.
In fact I have five Mindful Productivity cards to give away. Everyone who comments on the Christmas Gift Guide Series will be entered into a draw to win these five greeting cards.
You may remember my blog post on Emmet on his beautiful work at Kopper Kreation, based in Dublin. I had to bring him back to your attention again as his handcrafted home decor copper gifts are some of the most beautiful and unique gifts on the Island. As the proud owner of one of his copper wire lamps with a stunning Edison bulb, I can vouch for the beautiful craftsmanship and durability of Emmet’s creations.
Next week I will bring you some beautiful handmade children’s toys and some more unique handcrafted gifts with a unique twist.