And here it is, the final installment of my Christmas Gift Guide featuring the wonders and delights of beautiful handmade and handcrafted Irish Etsy Stores. I have really enjoyed pulling together these three lists for you and I hope you have found something new, something unique and something beautiful that you haven’t been able to find elsewhere. The best thing about Etsy stores is that you know the items have been made with thought, with care and with love. It’s like going to a Christmas Craft Fair without having to drudge around with the crowds 🙂 Take a peek inside and see what delights I have found for you.
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. Gift Guide Part 1 – Gift Guide Part 2
We were very happy to receive a book from Tell My Story which happily featured A as the star of the story. Tell My Story is a great idea where you send a digital photo of your little one and their face is placed in the story. My Fairy Godmother! Rhyming Tale is now a permanent fixture in A’s bedtime reading with Poppa Bear. I actually asked B to review this book for me since he is the one who does all of the bedtime reading with A. He was pleasantly surprised with the story which is a lovely easy rhyme to read and engaging for little toddler minds. Of course, when A sees her face on every page in various situations like in space (or in Star Trek as A says) or under water, it brings a beautiful magic to the story. Personalising anything is always a great way to get the kids to love something. Tell My Story is a special book and a great idea for Christmas.
MW Design Studio is at the higher pricing scale of the Etsy shops I’ve brought to your attention but they are absolutely worth visiting. Based in Drogheda, Margaret is the owner, creator and designer of MW Design Studio. I was drawn into Margarets Etsy store which features the most beautiful and perfectly handcrafted pieces of sterling silver jewellery. Inspired by the “modern simplicity” of jewellery Margarets allows the gemstones she uses to shine through. Without a doubt, I will be coming back to Margarets store for gifts in the future… and gifts for myself. Her style and creations are effortless beauty with everlasting design and sophistication.
Niki is based in Dublin City Center and has a unique talent for felting. Her beutiful items including hats, scarves, wrist warmers and coats can be bought through her Etsy store or her website. With a uniqque and beautiful style, Niki’s items are hand felted so are one of a kind items. Dedicated to felting, Niki has also put into production her own range of felting tools for fellow crafters caled niki&niki.
Artwood Ireland is one of those shops you could browse around for hours and want to bring everything home. Giolla, was born in the West of Ireland and comes from a long line of craftsmen. His natural talent and eye for detail comes across so clearly in the items he creates. I’m a huge lover of suncatchers which is primarily what ArtWood offer in homewares and gifts. When in direct sunlight the crystals act as prisms and throw mryiads of rainbows on the walls – effectively catching the sun. My personal favourite are the suncatchers displaying beautiful quotes against the delicate grain of the wood. Giolla uses locally sourced wood, creates a high quality finish and uses environmentally safe products to finish his masterpieces. Custom items are also available upon request.
What a great name for a shop! Agatha, from a Crazy Sheep, makes beautiful handmade, neckwarmers, lace hats, alpaca hats and various other style hats for all seasons including sun hats. There is definitely bound to be something there that suits you or your friend. Agatha includes a toddler range on her store and unique and interesting statement cotton necklaces. Based in Co. Meath, A Crazy Sheep, also sells patterns so you can get crafty and make your own.