Thursday, December 3, 2009

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

This post title is a bit of a mouthful, isn't it?

It's that time of year already - when we're on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift (except for you smarties who bought all your gifts earlier this year). I find great satisfaction in tracking down a gift that I know someone will love, and I love it even more when it's a gift that they don't see all the time in their local mall. That's why I love the idea of Etsy, and how each item is made with love from a person just like me across the web world. I love how when I buy something from Etsy, I am supporting a family, and not a gigantic corporation with executives that zip around on limousines to go to lunch. For those of you with Christmas gifts still to buy, I really encourage you to check out Etsy - there really something for everyone. Here's a little highlight of some of the great stores you can find in Etsyland.

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Meet Nicole from
Bird In Flight Boutique and Ting from Tinglow. Both of these talented ladies have gorgeous jewelry shops. Bird In Flight Boutique contains lovely vintage treasures that Nicole has transformed into gorgeous wearable art. Nicole also believes that a handmade gift is the most thoughtful gesture one could ever make, because it shows effort, time and energy - and this is obviously reflected in her stunning creations. Ting's store Tinglow is also a handmade haven of prettiness. Her store is full of pretty handmade adornments, and Ting follows the philosophy that her customers are like friends to her. She loves talking with her customers online, it makes the whole experience more meaningful to her.


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These two artists really catch my breath. Heather Johnston (from her store of the same name) and Lindsay from Sugar And Fig are truly gifted women. Heather's store is a virtual art gallery of beautiful, poignant canvas prints - she captures flowers and food so creatively, each piece is so soft and delicate. When browsing her store, food and flowers are transformed into the prettiness of ruffles and lace. Heather's inventory are all images captured from the heart, and mimic her appreciation of giving from the heart. Likewise, Lindsay's Sugar And Fig store is a dreamland of lovely art printed on various textiles. From pillows to napkins, each design is so intricate and pretty - Linsday definitely has an eye for details. She also treasures the thought that when giving handmade gifts, she is raising awareness and inspiring others to support individual crafters.

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Sweet and Sassy Studio and Pelpa. Sweet and Sassy Studio is a brand new Etsy store owned by Chantelle. Chantelle makes each piece of jewelry in her store, and her spunky personality is mirrored in her work. I love all the color and the meaningful words she stamps into her pendants. They would make such a lovely gift for a dear friend. Chantelle loves treasured memories and items that connect her closer to those memories, and I think her jewelry mirrors that perfectly! Pelpa is a whimsical Etsy store owned by Flor. Her shop is filled with enchanting characters in the form of puppets and dolls, each with a personality of their own. Seeing these characters makes me think of the circus, or a fairytale, anything that takes me away from the mundane routines that clog everyday life. Flor likes that you can easily regcognize the "human trace" in handmade items, and observes that the act of giving is transformed into an act of communication when giving handmade. Like her dolls, handmade objects can speak to us.

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Care to escape to a time when people were proper and polite, and left heartfelt sentiments for each other as part of everyday life? Look no further than Brookish and A New Perspective. The lovely Brooke is the face behind Brookish, and her love for Jane Austen and the 1800s is quite clear when perusing her goods. She sells a variety of prettiness from Bangles, to Stationery to Mugs, all featuring the romantic notions of a Jane Austen novel. Brooke's beautiful pieces are definitely display-worthy, and just how anyone receiving something from Brookish would treasure their gift, Brooke treasures a special ceramic man that her brother had made for her when she was eleven. The love and the care captured in that little ceramic man stays with her, even though sadly, her brother has since passed away with cancer. The other lovely store that takes us back to another time is A New Perspective. Kelsey McCracken is the artist behind this gorgeous store, showcasing her masterful illustrative talent in the form of lovely prints. Each print features lovely depictions of 1800's women, on a rich backdrop of vintage book text to complete the vintage theme. These would look so lovely framed by a desk or in a sitting room. Like Brooke, Kelsey also treasures a handmade gift she received as a young girl. One Christmas her father gave her a lovely white doll house that he had built with great care and detail. What a great surprise to wake up to on Christmas Morning!


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Here are two Etsy Sellers that know how to make a girl feel pretty: Jody from JKiyomi and Natalie from Latish Angeline. Jody's jewelry has a sophisticated elegance to it, with beautiful stones, unique metalwork and dainty embellishments. Her love for creating also extends to her gift-purchasing preferences - she enjoys buying handmade because she wants to support people in their passions. People are the happiest when creating things that they love, and Jody enjoys being part of that. Natalie from Latish Angeline also enjoys buying handmade gifts - she loves the personalized, non-commercial statement that a handmade gift proclaims. Her store, Latish Angeline is the perfect example of handmade goodness, as each of her hair pieces are one-of-a-kind, so you know that if you purchase one of her amazing hair clips, no one else in the world will have the same one. I am in love with the romantic featherwork on each of her creations.

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These two stores are blissfully beautiful: Awkward and Zarou. Awkward is a store full of wispy, soft hand-knitted beauty. Owner Bran knits scarves, gloves, even doilies in her wonderful Etsy corner, and her delicate style defies the clunky winter accessory heaviness, and replaces it with a romantic daintiness that you can't find in your everyday mall. Bran admires the craftsmanship of handmade gifts, and appreciates the care that individual artisans put into their work. While Awkward accessorizes you for winter, Zarou accessorizes your refrigerator. Sabine, the owner of Zarou, sells lovely, chic magnets that really are miniature artworks. Her magnets feature detailed illustrations that would make any drab refrigerator look beautiful in seconds. One of Sabine's favorite parts about handmade gifts is that in creating them, there is usually less wastage then in a big factory, and for the most part - handmade items can be more environmentally friendly. So remember that when buying handmade!

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Take a peek into these stores if you are looking for something on the artistic side. While LouLou Loves Books and Maleficent are both very different from each other, they both sell art, but from opposite sides of the spectrum. In Louise's store LouLou Loves Books, you can find a beautiful selection of paper art - from books to prints to stationery. Her enchanting paperie will take you on a breathtaking journey through France, the sea, and even to inner space. Louise enjoys purchasing from Etsy because most of the sellers really like to make the recipient feel special. She notes that the packaging is often amazing because the seller is proud of their product, and puts a lot of thought and care into their store. Now let me introduce you to Bri from Maleficent. She calls herself the Beanie Baby Hunter, and sells amusing but cute mounted beanie baby heads, reminiscent of trophies or wall-mounted taxidermy. She even goes further to include a hilarious "scientific" name to each creature. Her shop cracks me up while tickling me with cuteness all at the same time - not an easy task! I would mention here Bri's thoughts on handmade items, but instead I will send you to her blog, which sums it all up quite nicely.

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Here we have two different Etsy stores that sell lovely illustrations and designs: Three By Sea and Primoriginals. Nicole's store Three By Sea is like a wonderful Summertime Beach Postcard, with pretty stationery, towels and journals featuring sand dollars, and seashells, and other whimsical beach icons. Her clean design and soft color palette is so refreshing, and would make the perfect winter-time break! In addition to all this sea-life in her store, Nicole nurses her favorite gift ever received - an orchid plant that she received from her husband when they first began dating. Five years later, and it's still blooming strong! Primoriginals owner Liz also recalls her favorite gift from a loved one. Her mother gave her some lovely handmade soaps that Liz kept holding and smelling over and over - it actually inspired her to start making her own handmade soaps. While Primoriginals doesn't sell soaps, it does feature extraordinary illustrations by Liz on jewelry, postcards and dolls. Her whimsical world of characters are so charming and bright, you can't help but fall in love with each little piece.

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Two shops that deserve to take a bow are Freshy Fig and Masselyn. Both of these stores captured my attention immediately with their beautiful details and fanciful charm. Freshy Fig is Amanda's store, bursting with unique jewelry that mixes vintage themes with contemporary flair. She incorporates vintage findings into her work whenever she can, each little item really does seem to tell a story. She prides in the fact that her products are made with love and aren't produced on a conveyor belt - she enjoys giving handmade gifts for this very reason. Tiffany from Masselyn also aknowledges the significance of a handmade gift. She loves working with her hands, and supports the handmade community because she sees the great value in bringing business back to home. Tiffany's darling jewelry and accessories are so pretty and delicate, they remind me of eating warm scones with cream on a bright Sunday morning.


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These two Etsy stores really speak for themself: XOXO Cupcake and My Savior Photography. I like these stores for completely different reasons. Cindy's store XOXO Cupcake is all about sugar. Just like the sweetness of a cupcake, her store is full or sweet pastel trinkets - from jewelry to headbands - when I am looking through her shop, I am like a little kid in a candy store all over again. Cindy also contributes to the etsy store Periwinkle on Bloor, which is a Toronto artists' collaboration. I just love seeing the creative community work together! And just like her store name, Cindy's favorite gifts to receive are those made from scratch - sweets! While Cindy's store takes me to a candyland, Sue from My Savior Photography's store reminds me that everyday life can be beautiful. All of her photography are slices of real life. No props or excess lighting - just all naked truth. In all her work Sue strives to remind us that God created this world and that there's lots of beauty in it if only we'd open our eyes.

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Next up I would like to introduce you to Glitzer and Ruby Blackbird. I've had my eyes on these stores for a while now, and am excited to share them with you! Glitzer is owned by Charmaine, who is seriously dedicated to creating unique, high-quality jewelry. She incorporates unexpected materials in her work, and her designs are modern and cutting edge. Charmaine enjoys the exclusivity of a handmade gift, and that it's not something you see in every other store. Rachel from Ruby Blackbird's accessories have more of an old-world feel to them. She hand-embroiders brooches and pins, and I am blown away by the intricacy of each creation. Each pin seems like a treasured heirloom, definitely something to hand down to your grandchildren. Not only is her art heirloom quality, but her embroidery skills are also 'inherited'. Her favorite gift ever received was an embroidered patch made by her mother that she cherishes to this day.

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Carola from Aylla and Amber from Bambu Earth both know that a woman likes to be pampered. Carola sells lovely pouches and bags in her store, perfect for a trip to the salon, or a fun shopping date with friends. She designs and stitches each bag with care, and savors the thought that her creations make others happy. And I know that a new bag can make any woman happy! Amber from Bambu Earth sells luxurious natural soaps, so after that shopping date with friends you can come home to some tub-time with soaps from Bambu Earth. Amber uses unique scent blends and natural ingredients that are great for youy skin, so not only is her soap indulgent - but it's healthy (i only wish we could say the same about chocolate!). Amber likes to buy handmade because she knows that the person making it is receiving a fair wage and that she can ask the seller directly exactly what ingredients and materials are being used, so she knows exactly what has been used to create her purchase.

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If you are like me and love sewn gifts, you will LOVE Bumblebeet and Loddelina. Sister team Sarah and Brenda are the creatives behind Bumblebeet and have a truly gorgeous collection of aprons and purses and other sewn goodies. Their clean lines and pretty fabric selections work together so nicely, and I must say that their aprons are among the prettiest I have ever seen. These sisters like that when giving handmade they are reminded of a time we never knew - before machines and converyor belts were filling factories, and that it's a simple way to show that their thoughts were on the recipient. Loddelina owner Damjana has a delightful Etsy shop with beautiful textile home decor and pretty bags. Her creations suit my taste to a "t", with her soft color palettes and whimsical shapes. I absolutely adore all of her heart ornaments! Damjana's favorite gift received was from her mother - a retyped, printed and bound collection of notes that she'd written during Damjana's childhood, complete with stories and anecdotes from all stages of their lives. What a precious gift indeed!

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Last, but not least, I would like to tell you about Stacey Winters and Shabby N Chic. Stacey Winters' store is absolutely beautiful. She carries all my favorite things - photography, pendants, cards, notebooks.... she is a multi-talented Etsian! Her nostalgic style captures my heart and reminds me of all the things that are important in life - my family, childhood memories, friends, simple joys. Visiting her store is like opening up a present - you'll gasp with joy, I know it! Stacey loves the journey behind giving a handmade gift. From it's beginning as a creative idea, right through to seeing that vision come to life. It's that personal experience that she treasures the most. Jody from Shabby N Chic also pulls at my heartstrings with her collection of upcycled home decor. I am reminded of the simple things in life when I browse through her pretty vintage finds and lovely crafting supplies. Her store is full of inspiration and delight.

So there you have it, folks. This sums up my Holiday Gift Guide. There are lots of great sellers here, so please stop by all of their shops and support our neighbors all over the world! And now for what you've all been waiting for.... THE GIVEAWAY!!!

ALL of these goodies are up for grabs! ALL of them! The prizes will be split between 3 winners, and I will be announcing the winners and prize groupings on Tuesday, January 6th. So you have a month to enter, and make sure to spread the word! To enter, leave a comment here telling me about one handmade gift that you are giving to someone this year. It doesn't need to be handmade by you, but handmade by someone, not a big company.

Yay for giving Handmade!

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serenade said...

ok signing in as the first entry unless someone beats me to it. I would love to win any of your giveaways. Very talented group. I have lots of handmade I'm giving away as gifts. I'm working on my paper wreaths now. Hope I win! Blessings, D.E.

maggisaar said...

You know those paintings I made for you? I'm going to make a few for friends and loved ones this year, and frame them as gifts. One, for someone dear, is going to be three pictures of something I know she loves. I'm REALLY excited to make them...in fact, I should get on it!

Willow Branch said...

Oh, so many handcrafted gifts this year. Candles & soaps, fingerless gloves & neckwarmers, artwork & pottery. I love giving handcrafted & vintage.

Pam

Kris said...

this was so thorough and AMAZING! I am actually going to make jewelery for all of the lovely women in my life. Thinking of doing really long necklaces.

Waterrose said...

How wonderful! What a group of creations.

I am so excited I ordered two handmade journals for my son and son-in-law. They both have quotes on the front pages that are so appropriate for each. Then, of course I purchased some wonderful soap and earrings for my daughter.

Calyx Ann said...

I'm hoping to get in gear and make some mosaic trivets this year. Plus, I'm giving away some handblown glass ornaments, as well!

Dash said...

oh my, what a lovely collection of gifts. my handmade gifts this year are painted mugs. i buy the plain ones in a craft store, and i paint pretty designs with glass paint! thanks for thegiveaway post!

Phoenix said...

I'm making my own hot chocolate recipe and putting it in jars to give away with big mugs for enjoying on a cold day.

That's mostly handmade, right? That's as handmade as I get, unfortunately :)

Carol Mae said...

I made my Grandson a large collage with a wolf and forest items as one of his Christmas presents. It turned out neat. Hope he likes it.
What a wonderful contest.

Kaye Prince said...

I am currently sewing my Mum a quilt for Christmas using Joel Dewberry fabrics in a pinwheel pattern. I really hope that she likes it! I also got Alex a few things off Etsy, but I can't say what they are because he actually checks out your blog sometimes Dionne!

All of these Etsy wares are gorgeous and I would be proud to own and show off any of them!

Caroline said...

I'm giving someone this set of postcards from the Feminist Broadside Series by Anagram Press.

Thank you for this list of stores. I have some shopping to do . . .

Michelle said...

I made a logo for my Aunt, and instead of her paying me, I told her to put that money in her nephews' fund, who both developed Leber's disease very recently. In the spirit of Christmas, there's nowhere better to lend my hand.

elaine r said...

I bought a beautifully made afghan at a church sale and I'm going to give it to my daughter for Christmas.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Amanda said...

beautiful, beautiful gifts that are featured Miss Dionne!

I am excited to give a handmade crocheted hat to my best friend's 4 month old little girl!

alyssa said...

everything in this post is so beautiful! i'm making a glasses case for a friend, and necklaces from stones and beads I've found in the holy land!

helen said...

Every year I make my sister a handmade christmas card this year she is getting a card with miss candycane on it. Great giveaway fingers crossed.Helen

malfie@care2.com

Lila said...

Wonderful list of things/Shops. Thanks for the peek at a few Etsy shops I hadn't seen before!

I am giving handmade Earrings to several people this holiday season (that I made), as well as a few handmade hats I bought from a friend. Delicious homemade fruitcake rounds out the rest of my homemade gifts this year(it actually tastes grand).

Ashley said...

I am giving some journals that I made to people. I always love giving handmade gifts, and those are usually the ones that get the biggest smile!

ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

Lynn said...

I'm doing lots and lots of handmade gifts this year. For my Mother-in-law, I've made a nice necklace, bracelet and earrings set. My Daughter-in-laws are getting necklace and earring sets and a handmade pocketbook. The Grandbabies are getting quilts. My sons are getting a keyring made just for them, and I'm making throw pillows for my parents. I haven't quite decided on what my two nieces will get yet, but it will be something handmade by me. I'll be making various other items for other family and friends as well, so I will be busy! Out of all the handmade gifts on this years list, I'm making all of them with the exception of the quilts for the Grandbabies, but I did trade a handbag that I'd made to another Etsy crafter for them. Merry Christmas to everyone and thank You Lord for my gifts and talents!

Jill Turner said...

I'm getting all of my friends simple, dainty initial necklaces from onelifejewelry's Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/onelifejewelry

I think all of these pieces are so gorgeous. I am buying the "J" one for myself! :)

Thanks for the chance to win these great things!

Sherry said...

they are so pretty and unique,

I blogged http://iluvcontest.blogspot.com/2009/12/handmade-holiday-gift-guide-giveaway.html

sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Boog the Groupie said...

Gosh, these are all so pretty! I am giving my grandmother a carving of an owl I made for her, and with the look of something that only a grandmother could love. I'm giving her something else too, but that is one of my gifts for her.

boogthegroupie@gmail.com

Eva Joy said...

I made a flip-a-day calendar for my family with our favorite quotes, Bible verses and inside jokes. They loved it!

evajoyb@gmail.com

Auburn Not Red said...

I'm making calendars from photos that I've taken throughout the year and giving them to my family!

dotted lines said...

This weekend I'm going to a local craft fair to pick out some earrings or a necklace for my mom, by DiSTRiCT THiRTY.

My brother's getting homemade banana bread. :)

kmp8 at sfu dot ca

jillian said...

this year i am making my illustrating on vintage porcelain cups, saucers, and plates that i have accumulated at charity thrift stores and estate sales.

carmel said...

i just gave some handmaded gifts by me to some friends
i made bags, soft toys a rag quilt- and it all went to friends of mine that i realy wanted to make some nice gifts for then
thanks!

KL Bailey Art said...

I am giving out handmade, handpainted pendants this year :) I'm also planning to do some home-baked cookies (hopefully I'll have time!!)

kirsten@klbaileyart.com

All of the items in this post are just lovely!

Shan said...

i'm making edible gifts which i always do, dresses and tops for my girls and bags for some friends :)_

jasmine said...

i'm giving away scrabble tile pendants this year - all thanks to lovely shops on etsy!

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va said...

hmm, that is a tough one but I will be working on some watercolor paintings that I will be doing about India and inspirational free-form art for my dad whose an excellent artist and who I admire and respect a lot !

Lilly said...

I am giving a cute handmade necklace to my sister.
Thanks for the chance. Great prizes!!!

Federica said...

Oh thanks for this great post! This holiday gift guide is great!!

Krissy @ B.Inspired, Mama! said...

What a great collection!

I have made my little ones lots of things for their Brithday and Christmas, including fun soft snakes from thrifted striped scarves.

Maggie Sue Designs said...

I'm making and giving one of my fabricc organizer portfolios ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/maggiesuedesigns?section_id=6599527 ) to my daughter's 2nd grade teacher :)
~~Meredith maggiesuedesigns@yahoo.com
http://www.maggiesuedesigns.com

~ Cee ~ said...

Omg -- the Mr. Darcy proposal towel?? Genius!!

This year, we are making dough ornaments of my daughter's handprints. She is 17mo, and we're also going to let her decorate them for her grandparents.

Thank you for this FANTASTIC giveaway!!
And, as I have no blog...
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Erin said...

wow what a huge giveaway! awesome!

i am giving gifts from simplypuresoycandles.etsy.com and todjul.etsy.com this year :) 2 candles, 1 bottle of lotion, and 1 necklace. best part - i actually traded for them, so no money was spent!!!!

Marina said...

My husband is an amazing photographer, so this year i am making calendars using his pictures to give to our families. The theme of the calendar is: The Year in Review.

Tender Branson said...

Wow! I'm going with the finger puppet for my class this holiday.

Alicia said...

Lots.

I'm giving away several things that I personally have made, but I've also made several esty purchases to give as Christmas gifts. most recent would be a set of fingerless gloves for each of my inlaw. They are coming all the way from greece.

A List Creations said...

I am going to be giving some homemade wine glass charms to my best friend for her house! We all have the same glasses and can never tell them apart! There is usually 4-5 of us that get together and hang out. So I figured this was perfect!

Nicole said...

I will be giving a dear friend something I had personally created, a cross-stitch picture with a saying "Endure the rain and behold a rainbow". She also desperately needs a new umbrella, so it works out that I was planning on giving her the cross-stitch already. I'll just add an umbrella, too, and make it a gift with a theme.

MYSAVIOR said...

I am sending out Christmas cards that are all made by me with my photos on them. The photos are put onto folded cardstock and have matching envelopes.

I am also sending a few matted photos as gifts.

♥♥♥
Sue

Jaime said...

WOW what a giveaway!! Lovely choices you have here- Love that rosemary canvas and feather hair clip- stunning!

I am giving an ornament from Etsy for my mom- it's a terrarium ornament and she love terrariums- right up her alley :)

Jaime

4smartmonkeys said...

I had a charm bracelet made for me for Christmas. It's called Java Kitty. It's from a wonderful artisan on Etsy. It's blues, browns and blacks. With cats and coffee themed charms. I love it.
I am giving a handmade item to just about everyone this year. I've gotten soaps, lip balms, soft books, ispy blocks, barrettes, buttons....you name it.

Great giveaway!!!
Thanks,
Rebecca

ikkinlala said...

I'd love to enter if Canadians may. I'm knitting socks for my aunt this year.

Abby said...

Will be having a charm bracelet made for a friend's birthday.

What a charming giveaway this is!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Selene said...

Will be handmaking some Xmas cards instead of buying them. More personal that way i believe

Thanks for the giveaway dear

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Lily said...

I have been making one of my friends a whole flock of paper crane ornaments to hang on her christmas tree!
Lilyhoot@gmail.com

i-am-amazed said...

handmade jewellery from etsy of course...

and I'm planning on doing my own earrings, but I'm not sure it I have enought time... I am so busy lately...

pozytywniej@gmail.com

StudioCherie said...

Thank you for highlighting these sellers! This is the most exciting giveaway I have ever seen. I am inspired by all of the comments too.
Gifts made by me:
A duvet for my daughter in her favorite fabrics.
A birdcage quilt for my niece - that I am designing right now, pattern to follow, of course.
For my Mom, a table runner (pattern coming.)
For the hard to buy for people, they will be getting gift cards to their favorite place given inside one of my handmade luggage tags. Here is the pattern for those:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34779019
Handmade purchases from Etsy:
A bunch of soaps from AlchemicMuse and DennisAnderson, a handprinted passport cover by pepperberryandco, a beautiful printed tee shirt of a vintage mushroom illustration from CritterJitters, a lovely ornament and dainty pair of earrings from NicholasandFelice, something custom from Waterrose. That's it so far, but I am not finished shopping Etsy.

Beathag said...

I'm making fingerless gloves for my friends. I started knitting and crocheting as I love those stuff and I wanted to start create them myself!

This year everybody will take a Christmas present made from me!!!

(Back to my needles now...)

Jingle said...

I am making a few handmade gifts this year. I plan to do pin cushions for at least a couple of people and I have a shadow box idea I'd like to create for my Mom. I love giving handmade!

eileen2000 said...

Most of my gifts will be handmade this year. I crocheted a water bottle cover with an embroidered skull and crossbones for my husband, embroidered bag for my daughter, and am making sock dolls for my grandkids.

I love Etsy and am constantly inspired by the artists there.

eileen2000 at hotmail dot com

Carol said...

Wow so many great idea!! I do love that Passport to Paris!

Carly said...

carlychris0515@gmail.com

April and Ashley said...

I do all of the present picking for my boyfriend's family. He has 3 sisters plus his parents. I decided to find things on etsy for all of them this year. It wasn't difficult!

Also I always give out my Guinness Gingerbread to my friends and family.

Thanks for all of the hard work that goes into your blog!

Wehaf said...

I'm giving cider muffins to my neighbors, and a baby blanket (crocheted) to a friend. I may also get a Courtney Courtney dress (courtneycourtney.etsy.com) for my niece.

urchiken at gmail dot com

burlap + blue said...

I am giving away handmade notecards this year! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

Anonymous said...

This year I chose to make a chipboard album titled sisters for each of my 3 sisters. The books will include pictures of the 4 of us. I felt that I couldn't leave my mom out so I made one for her as well and will change the title to daughters.
I also made my son an advent calendar that can be used year after year and then we can chose to fill it with various items.

Stephanie B
ladyluck@shaw.ca

johanna said...

super super easy to make fingerless gloves. theyre very helpful for anyone who gets chilly at work or has to work outdoors in winter.

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

I have a secret santa that i'm making a sugar scrub for and other little goodies. I also bought a plantable 2010 calendar off etsy and will give it to my sister :)

lovely giveaway, will cross my fingers :)

louloulovesbooks said...

What an amazing post! It's so good to drop in and see what's going on over here.
I'm making all my Christmas cards and a book for my Mr. His dad wrote a book before he died and it's never seen the light of day...I have got hold of the memory stick with it on and am publishing it here at louloulovesbook's studio and hand binding it for him as a complete surprise. I'm making copies for his mum and sister too and I am so excited about seeing their faces I might burst. I am so glad to get that off my chest! ssssh though, tis a squeezed up secret....
Merry Christmas everybody from the UK
{*}

Allison said...

I am giving my fiance a scarf that I knit for him! =D

allibob1(at)gmail.com

Julie said...

I love a Handmade Holiday :) I have 8 nieces and nephews to get presents for, ranging from 6 to 21 yrs old. This year I am creating a small windchime that reminds me of them. From a forest gnome for the eccentric 21 yr old (he wierdly leaves gnomes in family and friends gardens, cars, bedrooms??) to a beautiful butterfly for the 6 year old (we once went butterfly catching in the meadow together) I'm having a lot of fun with it! Thhanks for a great giveaway!
gardenjewels@rochester.rr.com

Wilna said...

I am giving one of my besties a handmade handbag, made of an old brown suit with a brilliant orange fabric flower on it. Fabulous.

Amber said...

I'm going to give one of Bambu Soap's natural soaps to my mom!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'm making a dozen fabric flowers from martha stewart's book and giving them to my lovely mom. I'm still not sure what to get for dad.
I'll think of something for sure though...maybe a knitted scarf?

--hehui
p.s. thanks for the opportunity :)

hehuiquan(at)gmail.com

fresh.blooms said...

i love going handmade!
this year i am making notebooks.
with a cute little stamp on the inside of each page...vintage wallpaper on the outside with a button and the persons name collaged on it.
it is actually quite fun.

-kate
fresh.blooms@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

I made some Christmas cards that I will be giving away and going to the local bazar tomorrow to see lots of handmade gift ideas.

Belle said...

What a lovely giveaway! This year, we're making food gifts - cookies, cakes and (hopefully!) truffles!

Emily said...

Neat giveaway. I'm giving my best friend from high school handpainted wooden earrings from http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlysonJonesPrints. She's moved away from Seattle and the earrings have umbrellas on them with rain! emilyfette@gmail.com

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I just got a metal stamping set, so I bought a sterling silver disc and stamped 'tweet' on it and am going to put it on a necklace for my mother. She calls me Baby Bird, and she's Mama Bird. It's ridiculously cheesy, but it's so us!!!

She's probably going to cry, which is when I know it's the perfect gift - anything that she gets super sentimental over!!!

shrimpsaladcircus at gmail dot com

Ines said...

My mom makes and loves jewelry. Almost as much as I do. I remember the very first present I bought for her, when I was 5. It was some cheap little painted plastic heart with a rhinestone in it. this year, I have taken that heart and added it with other weird little pendents and odd keys to a large link chain to create a kind of charm necklace..I hope she likes it..

Doreen said...

I'm making my usual ornaments for neighbors/friends and bought some VERY cute house ornaments from a favorite blog/etsy friend. I also ordered some craft supplies for my Mom so she can make cool stuff - some of which I usually get!
Thanks for entering me! doreenperez@tampabay.rr.com

Dreaming Away said...

omg! crossing fingers!

I am drawing something for my Bf's dad!! And giving a hand made card to my mom

duhnellecarter [at] yahoo . com

Knitkit said...

I'm giving my friend a handmade neckless, similar to the heart pendant showing on your blogg. She's gone through some rough time this year and needs a loving special present.

You've picked so many lovely items, it was pleasure to see them as one punch!!

Knitkit

Nina said...

I am giving my friends a box of homemade cupcakes! Not much of a crafts person but I love to bake!

I especially love the JKiyomi Necklace!

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

I bought a few things on Etsy for christmas. It's easier to do it this way as I live on the other side of the world from my friends and family.
I bought mom a necklace from here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RedGingerDesigns

and my friends kids felt food toys from here
http://www.etsy.com/shop/STUDIOofWHIMSY

and I even bought myself something to wear for christmas from here and here
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsdazo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/onedollardiva

Kati Beth said...

I am making a scrapbook as a Christmas gift for my fiance!

It will be filled with the many precious memories we have shared!

Kati Beth

misskaitlin24 AT hotmail.com

kmp1515 said...

Wow...I love all of these gifts...such talent! This year I made holiday recipe books for all of the ladies in my family. I emailed everyone months ago asking for all of the family Christmas recipes. I printed them all off and made a recipe album out of die cuts. I also made marble magnets for all of the kids teachers and stuck them in little decorated tins. I LOVE Christmas handmade gifts!

gypsy_jewels said...

I am making lovely jewelry for my friends and family. I'm also making goodies like cookies and candies too!!

willow_moonspirit@yahoo.com

willowmoonspirit.etsy.com

Tara said...

I am giving handmade soaps and bath fizzies to my friends.

taraz9(at)excite(dot)com

off_sub said...

I love to give handmade gifts. My parents are foster parents, so this year I'm knitting a sweater for my now-adopted sister and the two foster babies that will be with us for Christmas. They are 2 years, 1 year and 9 months old respectively, so the sweaters are only small but I'm running a little behind. I'm going to be knitting day and night, but I WILL finish in time!

Jessica - fiore957[at]gmail.com

Kotori said...

Dionne,
What a great list you've pulled together. I'm not sure which one I love the most... maybe that pouch? :)

I'm making quite a few handmade gifts this year, including jewelry, some fun bobby pins and maybe a magic wand for Kate's stocking. I guess I'd better get started!

free indeed said...

I'm making tea wallets to make a tea package for a few friends; a stick horse for one of the grands and maybe a tutu. IF I have the time I may also make a Christmas wallhanging for my daughter.

Roza said...

i almost always squeal everytime i look at the pictures of the cute little things you posted
i am getting better at composing myself :)

i once made a wrapping paper once for my besties' birthday present. it was of her favourite rugby player
turned out she liked the wrapping more than the gift :p

Summer said...

I'm going to be giving some Personalized Doily Paintings, jam I made this summer, and a few other items that I have up my sleeve (and some I haven't thought of yet!).

pippirose said...

What a fabulous bunch of giveaways!
Beautiful...
This year, I'm giving a couple of crocheted doilies that I made; an afghan; a set of Christmas ornaments; and a portrait drawing.
I get a great sense of satisfaction making...and then giving...handmade gifts.
:o)
pippirosr59 at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

I'm kitting a lot of things as gifts this year - scarves and hats and gloves. I'm also making a video of vacations and memories of our past two years together for my fiancee. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Michelle said...

I've been making tons of hairbows lately, so I'm thinking a lot of the girl cousins in my family may receive a hairbow on top of their gift instead of a traditional disposable bow! Thanks for the chance to win such awesome prizes.

Jen said...

I'm giving my parents a table runner that was made from recycled fabric and tires by youth affected by AIDS in Mozambique.

Cathy Nichols Art said...

Oh, this is fun! I am giving lots of handmade encaustic boxes as gifts this year. They are going to be jewelry and candy holders for the lucky recipients... as well as potential wal art, I hope!

Little Miss Tiara said...

oh my Dionne! You truly are too generous! It's your birthday and you give gifts to people instead? lol. And those are adooorable! :D

let me think... handmade gift? Uhm, I think the one I most proud of was my dad's birthday, I cooked him the WHOLE meal, yes yes, plus brownies and pudding dessert, hahaha... :D

Anonymous said...

I am crocheting many gifts this year. Hats for my daughter, brother and sister-in-law; fingerless mitten for my sister-in-law; little purse for my mom; sweaters and jackets for my nieces and nephew; wine bottle charm for my dad; and whatever else catches my fancy, if I have time!
cynamin7@yahoo.com

lisa said...

well...
i will be giving a handmade print, a bracelet, and a necklace. all handmade by different sellers on etsy! =D

lmm_lisa@hotmail.com

Kathleen W. said...

I've gotten quite a few gifts on Etsy, like a photograph, a growth chart, jewelry, but I will be making some knitted hats, painting/needle felting a tray, and making some photo collages for my parents.

Jessica said...

This year I am working on a fleece lion hat for my nephew.
Thanks for the chance to win. curry(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

Andrea said...

I'm going to make a couple of pillowcases for Christmas presents this year. They'll be organic bamboo velour and dyed in the low water immersion process.


apeak AT hotmail DOT com

Kelle's Kitchen said...

I am giving all of the ladies in my family some of my soap - a tower of mint, rose, and grapefruit (green, red, and yellow!) all tied together with a beautiful ribbon :)

Great giveaway, I love all the photos from the shops, so gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Handmade pendant - I just learned to solder with a soldering iron in a stained glass class. I'm on a kick making soldered pendants. I'll be making a super special one for my mom.
YAY for handmade!!! This is an awesome giveaway!

Rachel
sunswirlgirl @ aol.com

Anonymous said...

I am giving homemade peppermint hot cocoa in a jar with white chocolate dipped peppermint sticks as stirrers!


Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Snarky A. said...

I am giving away some of my own homemade hats this year.
Thanks for a great giveaway!

Kitty said...

I am giving a handmade card holder to my daughter. It have recycle and go green written on it.
contact@liquidambarstudio.com

little bird said...

i'm sending my first nephew a crochet baby blanket that i made

Esme said...

I am knitting a scarf for my neighbor


chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

Rhianne said...

Um, wow! I am making my Nan a calender of family photos, I make her one each year :)

Silvergirl said...

I'm making some handmade crochet coin purse for my friends with handmade cards too! pretty awesome :)

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm giving my mom some handmade soap

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

cabin + cub said...

Great giveaway!

I a making some cookie mix kits in jars as homemade gifts this year... there is a great post on it on Bakerella.. so I think I will give it a shot.

http://cabinandcub.blogspot.com/

Megan said...

Wow, this is one incredible giveaway! I can via sweet & sassy studio! :) And this year I am making beanies for MANY people. Many! haha I also made an apron for my cousin and another for my mom.

Thanks so much!

megan.nadalet at gmail dot com

Courtney said...

So, here goes. . . as a 6-7 year old, I made neckties for all my uncles, out of Christmas wrapping paper. I wish I still had the picture of all the manly men posing for a picture with their ties - looking hideous, but there I was in the photo, beaming with pride. They were such good sports, bless their hearts! Luckily I've improved a little since then in the handmade arena! Thanks for reminding me of old times!

ConnieMotz said...

Every year I crochet about six baby blankets (nothing too creative, just a ripple pattern) and I donate them to a craft fair. The proceeds go to Families for Children who help kids in India.

Lola said...

This giveaway is awesome!

I am giving my nieces a super cute Swan softie, handmade by me. I got the pattern from loveliette on Etsy.

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Laura said...

All my friends are getting something knitted this year. I love to knit hats, but i don't think I look good in them, so I end up with tons to give away!

Biddy said...

Actually, this Christmas my family and I are doing a gift exchange BUT, the gifts have to be handmade(this year will be interesting). I picked my cousin out of the box and she's going to get a handmade, terrarium ornament; can't wait to work on it for her.

whitneyjbowen@gmail.com

tazimd said...

I found some amazing things on etsy, like jewelry and pencil cases, plus some handmade scarves that I will be giving to people.

tazim @ minimumharm . com

The Lazy Peacock said...

what a great giveaway! i am making little coin purses this year as gifts.

Aylla said...

Thank you so much Dionne, happy holidays!!!

Feliz navidad!!!

denise said...

for my friend (or for myself!), I'm hoping to make an upcycled vintage skirt.
and I always hand make cd envelopes to put mix tapes in to give friends as well.
qwaszx024 at gmail dot com

Darcy said...

I'm making my daughter an ABC book. Each letter is represented by a picture of her with something: A is for art and it's a picture of her drawing, etc. I know she'll love it, because she loves her big brother's!

andthen at me dot com

Alycia Morales said...

Wow! What fantastic shops you have featured! I have loved a lot of them in my Etsy journey! :)

This Christmas, I will be making four composition books into journals. I'm going to be giving one to my mother, one to my sister, and one to my sister-in-law. I will keep the fourth. In a day and age when electronic mailboxes are sitting full, I find my mailbox at home sitting empty. It's sad. I love getting mail. So I wanted to do something for my female family members that would allow us to "keep up" with each other and the kids (all of us have young children) that we could swap back and forth and receive the old fashioned way...via snail mail. ;) They'll also be treasured for generations to come, I'm certain!

Sara said...

I am making a linen shirt (hopefully) that closes with magnets.

Carissa said...

this is one heck of a gift guide! it's fabulous! I love so many of the items you have shown here. I am also a big Etsy fan since discovering it a year ago and I made a sort of pledge to myself to buy as many handmade gifts as possible this year! I too love the idea of giving someone something unique, something they haven't seen before perhaps. there are so many great Etsians out there so you can definitely find wonderful gifts! so far I have gotten some pottery (a mixing bowl, two crocks and a cute dish), two necklaces, four scarves, sachets, a tea towel... the list goes on! I have to say, I'm doing pretty good!

oh, and I'm giving one of your prints to my friend, remember? :)

Melissa {is•ly} said...

OOo, I hope I win. This giveaway is fantabulous!!

I've figured out how to make and print my own white board stickers, so I'm going to make a few of those and give away to family and friends and keep one (or two) for myself.

daer0n said...

I will be gifting a pair of comfy bootie slippers to my kids, their feet get pretty cold so i figure something like that would be nice for them for when they wake up in the morning.

Nury77 at live dot ca

PonderandStitch said...

Oh, my. This is quite the giveaway- and such amazing things, too!!

I'm sewing some wallets for a few people this year- and some cuffs embroidered with special sentiments, as well. I really, really love giving and receiving handmade items. So much love there!

Sarah said...

I'm going overboard with handmade this year, I suspect. I've made all my own Christmas cards, bought handmade soap for my nephews, am giving handmade glass items to my sister...it's handmade holidays around here!

samoore*at*gmail(dot)com

jessicajane said...

amazing giveaway, and thank you for hosting it!

this year i made a lot of handmade ornaments. the most special one would be for my nephew. he was born less than two months ago, and i got to make him his, "first christmas" ornament.

vaverine said...

Oh goodness, all my presents are handmade this year. My favourites are a set of sewn dolls for my niece. There are 5 of them representing her mom, dad, her, myself and my partner. THey're SO cute, I can't wait to see her face!

vaverine at yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

One of the handmade things that I'm gifting this year is the awesome Diary 2010 of the Diary 2010 Project. This diary is designed by a lot of artists and crafters around the world. And this year, it's in english, french, and spanish. It's probably the coolest gift I'll ever gift.
the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

Kaja said...

Hmm. I am sprinkling gifts all over my family all year around, but for Christmas?

Well. A knitted scarf for my sister in law, a necklace for a friend. Oh, and I've bought ties for my hubby from Etsy.

And the kids are inspired by mum. So my daughter is making glass bead necklaces for everyone, and my son will make chocolate sticks.

And. If I manage to find the time I want to make a sleeping beauty dress for my daughter, but perhaps that one will have to wait until her birthday!

Nys said...

Yay! what a wonderful giveaway! You put so much love into your words when describing these wonderful creations :D

Apart from the Etsy buys for this Xmas, I have been knitting a circular scarf for my mum, a light wafty scarf for my Aunt, and two sets of fingerless gloves for my housemates - They might have to wait until next winter to use them though, this summer is going to be hot!

Thanks for the chance!

http://pixelatedmushroom.blogspot.com

Carapace said...

Aside from the meringue cookies I always make for my family gifts, I remade some tins with clay and leaves into some neat new treasure chests for a couple friends this years. They love it, and I'm very happy!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Justine said...

Each and every single one of these pictures are so gorgeous. It inspires me. Oh, how I love Etsy. I could spend hours looking at things and adding them to my faves, cause I know I won't be able to buy them. Boo.
But anyway, to the real answer! I'm actually making the usual friendship bracelets for my friends this Christmas. I haven't done it in a long, long time so I'm still getting back to that bracelet-making mode. It's fun! :D

justeena_25(at)yahoo(dot)Ca

Amy B. said...

Wow -- what a giveaway!

I'm blessed with two little boys who happen to be pretty talented little budding artists. They spend all their free time painting and drawing. So I have loads of artwork that I can frame and give to family members. The finished product always looks amazing.

Loddelina said...

Hello,
thank you again for hosting this giveaway!

I've been looking at these yummy handmade goodies for so long that it's time to enter myself - 2010 might be my luck year...

I'm making my friends small zipper purses this Christmas (a girl can never have too many purses, right?)

Michelle said...

I love giving handmade gifts! This year I made lots of mini wreaths that I am giving away. Small grapevine wreaths decorated with dried flowers, ribbons, and lots of other goodies.

mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

audreyscountrycrafts said...

I am giving handmade lego shaped soap to my nephew!

audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

Jaime said...

I am giving a stone pendant wrapped in gold wire that I purchased on Etsy.
ignis__fatuus(at)hotmail(dot)com

Camille said...

I already gave these away, but I made around 35 adorable glittery ornaments for my sorority sisters and some family friends ... sharpies look AMAZING on glass balls with glitter!

Meaghan said...

I made a scrapbook for my mother. I put a ton of work into it and am happy with the final product :)

clw said...

I am giving my husband an incredible hand-made bar of soap in his stocking and I am also giving a girlfriend of mine a hand-made photo frame. Yay for hand-made!!!

cassandrawebb82@yahoo.com

sweetbunnabunny(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

What an amazing, beautiful giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting a handmade contest!
My favorite handmade gift this Christmas is the pair of portraits I'm painting for my brother and sister - in - law. I really hope they love them!

Jolynn said...

I made a personalized pad of paper for my Dad, they have all of these funny little sayings he's said over the years.
Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

Tackyhandmade said...

My favorite gift this year (and feel it is the most PERFECT gift, was a Calendar, from my boyfriend, showing pics of our recent travels.
I had not seen the pics before and it was a total surprise. Nice!

stephy905 said...

I'm giving my sister a handmade cross-stitched picture of a cat made by me

stephy905@hotmail.com

becca said...

I made almost all of my gifts myself this year, but I think my favorite was a handmade embroidered picture for my boyfriend of a cassette tape with our anniversary stitched onto it. :) Thanks!!

becca_foster@msn.com

AJ said...

I gave my sister a handmade gift certificate for her choice of a clothing item ( :

A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

roro said...

Thanks so much for the chance!:)

My fav. handmade gift was a macaroni necklace my sister made for me when she was 5. Will never forget it and have a few photos as a reminder.

xx
Rossi
youmey0u at yahoo.com

wintam said...

Well, since it was Hanukah, I chose handmade candles for my sister-in-law and as the winter just began here I picked a hand knitted scarf for my mom. and ALL the cards I handmade myself (and I'm very proud of that...)
Happy New Year!

fashionfrugality said...

I bought my best friend an apron from an amazing etsy seller. She absolutely loved it AND it matches her kitchen to a T! :)
kkondek at gmail.com

clara said...

very nice choices! 8D

i got my buddy a trio of handmade clairesquares. shortbread cookies, caramel and dark chocolate on top.

very rich and good to pair with strong coffee. :)

EMC said...

I inherited my grandmother's vintage wool yarn and crocheting needles. She taught me how to crochet when I was eight years old. This Christmas, to remember my grandmother, I took her yarn and needles, the skill she lovingly taught me and made scarfs for everyone!

Tori said...

Almost all of my gifts were homemade this year. Some of my favorites were purses for my sisters-in-law, blank puzzles that I decorated for my nephews, and a Nativity table runner for my grandmother.

mframe said...

This year I made my sister's family matching PJs. They were flannel PJ bottoms. I also made all the grandparents scrapbook calendars.

hana said...

I crocheted a huge thick raspberry cowl this winter. I'm thinking she'll be using it well in her CO weather. This giveaway is AMAZING!

granolagina said...

I knitted my mother-in-law a scarf, made an "ugly doll" for my 5 year old, knitted a poncho for my daughter's American Girl doll and made a quilt for her. Also knitted a baby hat and a cowl. I love giving (and receiving) homemade gifts....they are the best.

katevet said...

I mad a ceramic tray and I'm filling it with homemade cookies, both yummy and fun! thank you for the chance to win!

Whimsical Creations said...

I gave ornaments & a snow scene I made out of polymer clay to everyone.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

i made my son a knit stegosaurus this year! it completed his set of 3 dino dolls that i started to give him last year! handmade's the BEST, if you can find the time!

thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

missyleigh@verizon.net

Elizabeth said...

I gave my baby girl a handmade (from the local Artisan's Market) crocheted cap for Hanukkah! She looks soooo adorable!

This is a terrific giveway -- fingers crossed!

elizjmyers (at) gmail (dot) com

jkoel said...

I made home-made glass pebble ornaments using old greeting card/christmas cards for the design under the pebble

jkoel said...

I took a white board and painted matching designs from my kids rooms on it.

jkoel said...

I made home made goodies for our neighbors

jkoel said...

bought hand made "seek book" for my nephew

Karen Beth said...

I gave my Mom and Aunt handmade photo calendars. They LOVED them!

msred5@yahoo.com

whiskers19 said...

I decorate cupcakes as a hobby, and this year I gave my friends monogrammed gingerbread cupcakes with icing holly berries and leaves. My friends thought that they were both adorable and delicious.

Megan: said...

Everything is fabulous! I gave my mom, grandmother, sister, and best friend hand-made clay angels from a local pottery shop which buys items from villages in Peru using sustainable and free trade methods.

Caitlin said...

All of those things are really beautiful (especially love the apron--I've never actually had an apron and could certainly use one). I wish I would have seen this guide before Christmas! We gave my husband's grandmother a set of three handmade picture frame ornaments. I found them at a gift fair early in December.
katidyd@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

I ordered a handmade totebag this year. I gave it to myself for Christmas though. ;) Right now I'm working on designing and creating necklaces that I'll give people next Christmas.

sarah said...

an amazing giveaway with such beautiful items. THANKS! I love knitting scarfs for family and friends for holiday gifts. Thanks.

Christina said...

I knit 90 percent of my Christmas gifts this year. To much free time on my hands!

Thea said...

These are all great! I usually try and make most of my Christmas presents and this year I got a few ideas from Blog sites. I made pillowcases for my mother and sister-in-laws, plus knitted neckwarmers and fingerless mittens for various people, as well as jewelry holders made out of old picture frames. I also made homemade Bailey's for host gifts and mulled apple cider spices in cotton baggies. I absolutely love homemade gifts and feel so much more appreciated for the time that has been put in to them.

Sarah said...

This year I'm making homemade cocoa in Mason jars. I'm also making magnets from maps, personalized by what countries/places people like. Great giveaway!

Stacey said...

I have made scrapbook pages and photo boxes for family members.

Great giveaway!

Jessica said...

Every year I make what I call, "Neighbor Gifts." Gifts for my 3 immediate neighbors. We have a great relationship and it's my chance to say thank you. This year I filled a gift bag containing homemade treats to eat like Puppy Chow and Double Chocolate Cookies (in a jar decorated with Christmas ribbons). I also included a special printed photo of our well-loved pet and recipe cards for the treats.

Ang said...

What a wonderful giveaway- thank you!

Every year I make my peppermint bark and send it to all of our good friends out of town who we dearly miss - just to let them know we are thinking of them.

aviatrix said...

Love all those beautiful handmade gifts! I'm not too crafty but bought lots of handmade gifts at the fair this Christmas - mostly soaps, candles & cards.

Jullee and Fam said...

Great items!!

This year I made some super cute Christmas stocking ornaments to give to my friends. I used red and green felt..and embellished them with red and green buttons and other fun things. They turned out great :)

jullpete@yahoo.com

SinCityGirl said...

This year I tie-dyed long underwear for all the men in the family. Everyone from age 6 to 72 got a pair. The best part came when they all put them on and did a little dance in front of the tree!

Jennifer said...

Albums of wedding photos made on iphoto for parents and friends.

Colleen said...

Lovely giveaways! I could spend hours searching through Etsy for the perfect gift. Since I'm unemployed this Christmas I had to dig deep and get crafty to create gifts for everyone on my list. I made bath salts and candles, containers for paperwhites (that bloomed right before Christmas!), cookies and bread, coupons ("good for one weekend of yardwork," etc.) and a travel first aid kit (from an Altoids tin).

Valerie said...

I made my mom and mother-in-law photo albums of my new baby daughter... the pages come off the ring and double as Christmas tree ornaments!

Megan A. said...

I made scarves this year.

mrsadams121@gmail.com

Emily said...

I made my sister hand-made coffee/hot chocolate mixes. Thanks for the giveaway!

e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Erin said...

One of my best friends had a baby this past August, so I decided to forgo the "baby's first Christmas" gifts and go with a handmade bib and burp cloth set. I found it on Etsy, and thought it was a really great pattern (and price!); the pattern was peace doves, so hopefully they can use it for longer than the holiday season. I think they enjoyed it! :)

Perfect Blue Moon said...
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Perfect Blue Moon said...

This year we made cookies for a couple people, and my little girl got a new christmas dress, ponpon for her hands, and head band, and felt food, all made by me and daddy!

Anna- Perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Caroline said...

i knit a couple of scarves for a few people this year!

Jane S. said...

Isn't Etsy just the best!! I've purchased so many things from Etsy and have never been disappointed. I'd love any of the items that you posted, I'm not choosy!

This year for Christmas I tatted my dad a small tree (with beads) to put on his desk. He never does any decorating in his office and I thought he needed something festive.

janers41 AT hotmail DOT com

Carol said...

In stead of my my daughter sending 30 christmas cards to her class mates we made christmas tree cookies for all her class mates.

sleepingKelly said...

I gave my friends and family handmade aprons made from old mens shirts. They've been super fun to make!

kelly.lynn.baker@gmail.com

Rachel said...

I sewed felt donuts and cookies for my daughters for Christmas so they could play bakery!
rach62803@yahoo.com

lilDdownunder said...

I did lots of shopping on Etsy this year...we got Mom a coin purse, a few tshirts, a canvas bag with an octopus on it, and a few necklackes...Man, I love Etsy since I'm not crafty at all myself!

Anonymous said...

Don't know if it counts as homemade, but I'm having all the family VHS home movies on DVD!

supersuperfun[at]yahoo.com

SisterlyLove said...

Oh my goodness! What beautiful things! Very generous giveaway you have here. :)

I made my brother a wool quilt made with used wool suit jackets in various shades of brown, black and grey. He loves it! :)

Genevieve
jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

JennTRC said...

I gave my mother two pairs of earrings that I made...one is silver and turqoise, while the other is Opalite, brass and malacite.
She absolutely loved them and has been wearing them :) :)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

I gave away personalized calendars from snapfish to my mother and grandpa.

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