Etsy had changed the way they promote favorited items. If you see something in the treasury you like, I encourage you to HEART the item directly. Not sure how to do that? If you hover over an item, a heart or list should show up in the upper right hand corner, given that you are logged into Etsy.
HEARTS keep an item trending. I’m not a huge fan of this new system, but I still want to promote handmade items and small businesses.
This may be the hardest person to buy for this year on my list. However I’m looking for something unique and special they maybe wouldn’t splurge on normally.
These hand printed fabrics have caught my eye for some time.
What about a block of the month club? Something to help work on skills and create a lovely project along the way. My favorites are Anne Marie from Gen X Quilters. There is a new one coming out for 2015 that uses curves and some applique. Hint Hint Santa.
How about a t-shirt to show off their style? I can spot a quilter by all the threads on their shirt, but this let’s them stand out. Know their favorite block? Even better. This would make a great stocking stuffer.
You can never go wrong with a gift certificate to their favorite quilt shop either.
Make it Yourself Gift
If you’re got a sewing person but want to give something useful. This pincushion would be a great idea.
Porter is actually old enough this year to get excited and enjoy Christmas. We may be in trouble though this holiday season. We went to Lowe’s a couple of weeks ago and he was mesmerized by the yard blow up things and just stood there for 10 minutes. He loved the $300 one that would take up our entire yard. Sorry bud.
What are you excited to get your kids this holiday season?
This shirt may need to show up in a stocking stuffer. Ask Porter what a dinosaur says and he goes, “RRRR!” They have really cute kid’s shirts.
Hubby and I don’t usually buy each other Christmas, but I may get him this for the nights I work late. This would be cute for kids you don’t know what to get them.
I’m going to be getting a few of these for the kids at daycare for a small Holiday gift. Our sitter does an amazing job of being creative with the kids. They paint and create regularly.
If your child or someone on your list is big into pretend play this store could help you out with your shopping. I recently purchased these for a friend’s kid for her 2nd birthday and she loves it.
These hats are some of my favorite to give as gifts. Jessi makes adorable hats and Porter gets so many compliments on them.
As for a homemade option I’m considering these blocks to help use up some scraps and other fabrics I have sitting around. Plus I can personalize them. I plan to fill mine with batting and insul bright scraps that I have around.
Feel free to add your products and homemade supplies below. I know there are lots of great options out there, these are more towards the age group of my friend’s children.
To help with ideas for the guys I let my hubby go wild on Etsy and he gave me lots of ideas. I think many of his favorites match up well to our male friends. These are the hubbies to my friends in the ladies post.
For my husband I would get him this table. He has wanted a pub table for the basement for a couple of years. I know #3 is Babe Ruth, but I would want #2 for Jeter in our basement. Jeter’s last game is the reason I may actually get into baseball next season. That’s a whole other post.
Josh has been reading Game of Thrones. If you’re a fan of the show and haven’t read the books, he says the upcoming stuff is great. These items would be a great gift for him.
For Mark he loves tools and making things. This tool roll up would be great for him instead of the Lowe’s bucket he carries around when he’s working on stuff.
RJ is wrapping up law school and will sit for the bar next summer. Wouldn’t you hire a lawyer wearing this tie? Zombie tie, yes.
Finally for Mike I would have to go something more like this shave set.
Since most of the husbands have or do travel as part of their jobs I would consider these as well.
However all of them would really appreciate this velvet tiger painting. This is something my husband actually wants for our basement.
I don’t have a DIY or homemade gift but can’t wait to see what others may post.
The women on my Christmas list may be the hardest to buy for this season. Not that they are difficult, but they are so diverse. I love that.
Normally I’m not for publicly sharing men without shirts, but this is for a great cause. 2015’s Men of Cornell University Vet School annual calendar fundraiser. Plus it has cute animals too. My brother in law is an alumni and I’m more than happy to help support their program.
I have been loving boot cuffs since last fall. My purchase was put off due to my big calves. Adding more bulk around my leg with the crocheted ones would probably be uncomfortable. These lace ones do the same thing, just less bulk. Done.
My friend Bri loves her yoga classes on weekend mornings. I have been admiring this Etsy shop on Instagram for a while. Great fabrics and useful products. This yoga mat bag could get some good work with Bri on weekends.
Last year I picked one of these up for Melissa as she finished up treatment. It’s incredibly soft. Now she’s a workout inspiration and could probably use a new one.
My friend Lyndsay has a running joke with my husband about cards. He doesn’t like cards and she loves to send them. For her birthday I thought these would be perfect for her. We have yet to see one of these in our mailbox, hint hint. Also another great use of scraps.
The list is getting tougher. For Emma it’s a toss up. She loves craft beer, handmade things, and wonderful accessories. She picks out great t-shirts too. This would be great with her collection.
Sarah is the hardest person on the list. She moved out here a few years to be with her now husband from New York. She loves home and her family, pretty sure she misses them more than she will admit. This key chain would be a small reminder of home throughout the day.
If you’re wondering what to get me this year, it’s one of these rings. Yes hubby I want jewelry. You haven’t actually bought me jewelry in years. I would love one with our anniversary or P’s birthday.
For a homemade option I would whip up a quick infinity scarf. All my girlfriends have LOTS of them. This is one of the best infinity scarf tutorials, this is one I used.
Dear friends, these are not your real gifts this year. I’ve got something else in the works.
Add your favorite handmade or homemade gifts for her to the link up below.
After the Saturday we had here at Case de Nagel with our wonderful toddler I could have used a pampering day on Sunday. Toddlerhood is a special magical time to remind you that having a newborn is nothing.
I’m going to imagine that I had all day Sunday to myself and could really do all of these things to rejuvenate and pamper myself. So I throw the bath toys out of the tub and start a bath for myself and add in these bath salts.
As I’m done with my bath I put my robe on. How cute are these in Amy Butler fabrics? I’m going for cute and functional not slinky folks.
My go to face wash and products come from Frangipani, a company here in Indy. Tracy offers a trial size of most of her products and many varieties for your skin type. If you have questions, ask her. I started using her products this spring and love how my skin is. Can’t wait to test them out this winter.
Another local lotion favorite of mine is Mocha Tree Organics. I play with fabric all day when I’m not at my grown up job. Fabric will suck the oils from your hands. Plus having a toddler around means many opportunities for hand washing. Together that equals some VERY chappy hands all year round. I bought this for my dad last year, his hands get so dry with work and crack in the winter. He’s not really into body products but likes the feel. Take that as an endorsement from the typical man’s man?
After all my lotions are on it’s time to do my nails. This is where I’m really torn for products. My favorite a shellac nails because they last so long, but concerned about the health ramifications from UV lights. I’m a fan on Jamberry nails, they did start as a very small business with just a vinyl printer in an extra room. Three sisters created an empire. They aren’t really small anymore, but I’m sure you know someone selling them if you want some theme, etc for the holidays to last for days.
Many of my crafty friends recommend this nail polish. I admit I rarely wear nail polish, read above about hand washing. I do trust their judgement and haven’t given me bad recommendations in the past. This is my color of choice. So daring right?
As for my hair I love this salon only brand. Maybe they aren’t handmade but I love small businesses. Their products are environmentally safe and serve many purposes. My stylist uses one of the shampoos as a face and body was too. Visit Euphora here.
For the guys my husband has selected some items I will showcase with the Guy’s category.
My go to homemade option is a honey, lemon, sugar scrub. This recipe is pretty close to my version. There is even a coffee scrub recipe. I’m going to make that very soon.
**As with all product selections I try to make sure the shop is a real person or small business and not a mass producer acting small. This area is difficult to recommend products because it is so wide.**
Can’t wait to see your suggestions and products below.