We are on to week two of my Christmas Gift Guide, meaning its just one month to Christmas. November really does disappear and the holiday season has a habit of creeping up on us. I have been prepping the house for the day when the Christmas tree (trees – we have two!) comes down from the attic. Of course, when I say prepping, I mean ordering B around since I can’t do any of the heavy lifting that I usually too due to still being on bed rest. The lugging around of the furniture and cleaning under every surface and in every nook and cranny has been left to my amazing husband who this year has cribbed about my obsessiveness with Christmas. I like to have our decorations up for The Late Late Toy Show at the end of November, which I know is ridiculously early for most people but it’s a tradition I love. Besides, I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Christmas 🙂 And just because I’m pregnant and on bed rest doesn’t mean the decorations will appear any later. So on to the Gift Guide!
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.
Avril is the owner of Pipsie Toys, an etsy store of veritable wonder with quality handcrafted items and easy to follow patterns for you to get your creative juices flowing. I remember my mum following patterns to make cute little woolen and felt toys when I was a kid. I often wondered how she was able to create something so adorable following a pattern that, to me, was near impossible to read. Avril’s patterns are simple to follow with easy, step by step instructions and a visual photo guide. I love that she often gives the background to her designs and how the idea came about. As a mother, she has created toys and designs often brought about from her family life. Avril also has fully made beautiful toys available on the store and a new Christmas range also available.
Pipsie Toys can be found on Etsy
I was extremely impressed with the level of skill that Vicky from Patches has, as she sent me her bear Lily to view. Lily is the bear that travels with Vicky to all the markets and is a wonderful example of the talent she has in creating a beautiful memory bear for your little one. Vicky lives in Leitrim with her husband and has four wonderful children who have given her inspiration for the items she creates. Vicky has a beautiful range of memory bears, blankets, quilts, bunting and cushions – all of which are custom made. The quality of Vicky’s items, shows exactly why she is very popular. I highly recommend checking out Vicky’s store or contacting her directly if you are looking for something unique and beautiful this Christmas.
Bernie is the force behind AlannahIRL, as owner, designer, creator and everything else that comes with running your own store, Bernie does it all. After leaving behind a career in the financial sector when babies arrived, Bernie reignited her passion for creativity when the last child was shipped off to primary school. It was important for Bernie to create items that were suitable for children with skin conditions like eczema. She uses organic, natural and 100% cotton materials in her creations which include baby and children’s clothing and accessories. Bernie handmakes everything in her store and is available for custom and unique orders.
Tasmin set up Baby Beau and Co, based in Killarney, in 2014 after becoming frustrated with the availability of certain items on the baby market. She began sourcing high quality materials to make baby items made from 100% cotton and organic eco friendly fabrics. Not only are her products the best quality for your baby, they are also beautiful bespoke designs you wont’t find on the high street.
The beauty of the items on the Simply Felt Ireland Etsy store amaze me. Lorna handcrafts each and every single angel, fairy and gift. Her angels are beautifully unique, no one angel looks the same. They are an ideal Christmas gift and with her new range of Christmas Angel lamps, you are bound to find something you fall in love with. Lorna sources her wool locally and sells in local stores and markets. Most of her items are custom orders so check out her facebook page for whats available and to contact Lorna directly.
You may remember my blog post on Maggie and Ann who have a beautiful children’s toy store on Etsy, called Matilda’s World 15, that I absolutely fell in love with. Maggie and Ann make everything on their store with absolute love and passion. As mother’s themselves, they know the quality we all look for in our kids toys. Personally, I see an awful lot of the items on Matilda’s World 15 becoming family heirlooms and toys that children will keep forever.
Maggie and Ann also have beautiful home decor ideas on their store from lavendar bags, Christmas decorations to beautiful unique wall art.
Next week, in the final installament of the Christmas Gift Guide, I will bring you some more unique handcrafted gifts with a unique twist.
Remember to check out the first installment of the Christmas Gift Guide for great ideas from Irish based etsy stores.