With Thanksgiving right around the corner, that can only mean many people have Christmas or holiday shopping on their to-do list. I have long been a believer in something home made – many years I will make gifts whether baked or crocheted by me. However, for those of you who don’t have the time or talent, or who love to shop, I’m going to list a few links to wonderfully practical, sometimes whimsical, items. All of these are listed on etsy.com and are from aritsans that I have personally bought from.
For a stocking-stuffer that is practical yet a work of art, try a soap or two from The Charming Frog http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecharmingfrog?ref=seller_info This little shop is located in Connecticut and Jenny pours lots of love into her creations. Most of her soaps are three-dimensional and are too pretty to use. But use them! Give them as gifts! Great stocking stuffers and/or grab bag gifts. Practical too. (She also sells lip balms with wonderful scents.)
Another scented artisan is Christy of KB Shimmer http://www.etsy.com/shop/KBShimmer . Her shop offers those wonder bath bombs with epsom salts and lotions, soaps, and lip balms. Again these are practical, pretty, and appreciated by those who receive them. I’ve already placed my order.
Want something imported? Try http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForgetMeNotSoapShop# from Saskatchewan, Canada. They offer 100% natural handmade soap that is created in small batches. For the holidays try Santa’s Pipe scented soap, or Lemon Sugar Scented soap. They even have an all natural tooth paste.
Know someone who collects figurines? I’ve ordered several from Sofie at Bonjour Poupette. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BonjourPoupette These little polymer clay figurines are charming, delicate, and whimsical. You’ll fall in love with more than one!
Does your gift recipient (or you) love caftans? Are they (or you) plus size? Judy of Outrageous Rags in Texas http://www.etsy.com/shop/OutrageousRags is the lady to fill your needs. She has dozens of lovely outfits (not just caftans) that have received her special touch. Her combination of fabric and style is unbeatable.
Pam in Phoenix, AZ (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArizonaDreams) will help you be the gift giver of Happy Dreams. Her dream catchers are exquisite and she can custom make one in your size and/or color. I bought from her several years ago but my dream catcher is still providing me with lots of happy dreams!
Karen in Raleigh, NC, owner of Karens Soaps (http://www.etsy.com/shop/karenssoaps) offers soaps, candles, lotions, balms in flavors like Georgia Peach and Honey Kiss. There’s even a Muggle Soap for Harry Potter fans!
If something printed is more to your liking try Green Chair Press run by Susan in Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.etsy.com/people/greenchairpress Here you’ll find calendars, cards, printed art, and my favorite – Reader’s Diary. I’ve ordered several of the Reader’s Diaries; besides personal use I’ve used them as giveaways with my books.
Does your gift list include a glass-a-holic? Who doesn’t like stained glass? Carol in Warrenville, IL has a shop called The Glass Cat (I love the name). http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassCat Here you can find dichroic fused glass jewelry, stained glass candle holders ( I have several). Her one-of-a-kind jewelry will add just the right about of bling for your special someone without breaking your budget.
If you’re looking for knockout accessories for your newborn or infant you need to check out the line offered by Tiffany at Bling Baby (http://blingbabyusa.blogspot.com/). If you are interested in dressing your little one like the star or starlette they may be destined to become, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Tiffany.
Of course you’ll want to check out my own shop on etsy.com (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsmm2) where I’m featuring my latest batch of crocheted scarves. Everything is $20 or less and I’m adding new items all the time.
There are plenty of options for supporting artisans here in the USA so go ahead, log on, check out the offerings, buy an item or two, and have fun!