Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handmade for the Holidays - Gifts for Her

Welcome to my Handmade for the Holidays series. Today I am featuring some handmade items from Esty sellers that would be great for the ladies on your list. From cozy things, to sparkly things and pretty paper goods, perhaps some of these will fit the bill for your shopping needs.

Neck Cozy ($18)
Knitty Kittie is based out of Pennsylvania and makes all sorts of great knitted neck accessories. I am a fan of this neck cozy style because it keeps your neck warm without adding the bulk of a full scarf. I purchased one of her items a few years ago and it is still going strong. Lots of colors are available.

Silver + Gemstone Necklace ($54)

Jennifer Casady makes lovely necklaces and other items, with a primary focus on silver and gem stones. There are several necklaces available in a similar style to the one I have shown, with different prints embossed in the silver and with different color stones.

Zipper Pouch ($12)
Zippered pouches are a girl's best friend for keeping her purse organized and everything in it's place. Maddie Kay Handbags makes cute zipper pouches and writstlets in a variety of fun fabrics. These are made, with love, in Melbourne, Florida. If you wanted to give a little more with this, you can always tuck in a coffee gift card.

Gourmet Green Tea Cake Pops ($35/dozen)
Elizabeth, based out of Ladera Ranch in California, makes tasty cake pops. This is a fun gift for someone who already has everything, but likes a sweet treat. Other flavors of pops are available, including the very tempting triple chocolate. Gluten free cake pops are also available.

Soft Crochet Slippers ($20)
California-based Five Sisterz made a variety of item, including crochet slippers, booties and animals as well as a few jewelry items. I thought these were just the sweetest looking slippers. Would also fold up small to tuck into a travel bag. They also have Mary Jane styles.

Personalized Letterpress Cards ($34 for 20)
I love the feel and look of letterpress and giving someone a personalized gift certainly let's them know you went the extra step. Aloha Letterpress is based in Hawaii and has a variety of letterpress correspondence items in lots of pretty design. These feature a deep red dahlia, but there are lots of other design options. Take a look, you might even find something for yourself.

Pearl + Oxidized Silver Earrings ($14)

Holly Gems has a good selection of simple and well-priced jewelry items. I have a few pairs of her earrings and received excellent customer service. At one point, I lost one of the earrings from a set and asked her if I could just order a single one. She said not to worry about it and dropped the replacement in the mail to me for free. This is an example of the great customer service you can get when you deal directly with the artist.

Letterpress 2012 Calendar ($25)
There are lots of 2012 calendars available on Etsy and it was hard to pick just one to feature. Since I am already confessed my love of letterpress, I figured I would feature one in that style. This one is by BGrace Designs and features the artists personal designs on each sheet. For more 2012 calendars from other artisans, just click here.

Body Scrub ($12)
A wonderfully-scented body scrub is a great way to give winter-weary skin a boost. Michigan-based Wicked Soaps carries a wide variety of scrubs, soaps, oils, lip balms and more. I selected this pumpkin vanilla chai to feature, as I am still in a bit of a fall/Thanksgiving mode, but there are plenty of lovely scents to choose from.

Recycled Sail Tote ($75)

You have to love it when creative people can take a used item and turn it into something else. Brooklyn-based Reiter8 makes bags and totes out of used sails. They often feature a fun number or stripe that was part of the sail design. This bag is lined with organic cotton canvas with sturdy webbing strap. Other styles and color options are available. Hooray for upcycled wares.

There you have it. Some of my favorite picks from Etsy that covers Gifts for Her. Check out my previous post on Gifts for the Home and Gifts for Him. Happy shopping and hooray for supporting handmade. Coming up on November 28th, unique and fun gifts for the travelers and map geeks in your life. Yes, this is a big nod to my geographer roots. Check back to see what I have picked out for you!

Note: Photo credits belong to each of the Esty vendors listed in this post.

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