I love giving gifts! I love trying to figure out the perfect gift for someone. It has to be unique, thoughtful and personal. Sometimes I get a little stuck and I find that looking at online “gift guides” will help give me a spark of an idea! I’ve been doing most of my Christmas shopping on Etsy and at craft fairs. Etsy’s gift guides are a great starting point if you’re looking for inspiration. I thought I’d make my own gift guide for my Etsy Shop to help you out!
Don’t forget that your whole purchase is 20% off (except custom orders) in my Etsy Shop using coupon code JINGLE through December 18th, 2013. Plus $5 shipping/ address.
For the gardener:
Pair one of my vintage seed packet mugs with a pair of gardening gloves or your favorite gardening book for a perfect gift for the avid gardener in your life! I love reading gardening books in the middle of winter… dreaming of digging into the dirt, while drinking a toasty cup of tea.
For the cook:
Looking for something for someone who love to cook? A little dish / spoon rest and a handmade wooden spoon would be something that would be used all the time! Look on Etsy for a wooden spoon (like this one) or a local gourmet kitchen shop for one.
For the locavore:
Do you have a locavore that you love? Pair one of my handmade porcelain honey pots along with some local honey for a sweet gift! You can look on Etsy for local honey (search for your state plus honey). Or if you have a gourmet shop or food co-op, you’ll find several choices there!
For the kids:
Kids love having something that is just for them… and just their size! Start them off early loving and appreciating handmade pottery! Package it with some tasty hot cocoa (from Etsy or a local food shop) and maybe some amazing homemade marshmallows (from Etsy or make your own!)
For the kid at heart:
Nostagia in a cup! These are grown-up (or big kid!) sized mugs that have the same imagery of the kid sized mugs. You can do the cocoa and marshmallow pairing like above! Or of course, you could always pair it with coffee for the grown-up recipient!
For the tea lover:
A unique porcelain mug, a tea infuser and some loose tea would make any tea lover full of warmth! Etsy has some wonderful tea infusers. And an amazing selection of teas, like this sampler! And of course, you can find both at a gourmet kitchen or food shop, or at most coffee shops.
For the hostess with the mostess:
For someone who loves to entertain, something that is both practical and beautiful is perfect. These berry bowls are totally practical – you can wash your berries (or grapes…) in them, and then serve directly from the dish! You could even give the colander full of some colorful berries at a holiday party for a one of a kind hostess gift!
For the mom or dad:
I mentioned this in a previous post, these foaming soap dispensers are fantastic for kids! And as a parent, you really want more beauty in your home and less plastic in your life, but it can feel like a losing battle! The foam is great for really getting soap everywhere you need it to be without messy drips. I wrote a blog post with suggestions on where to buy and how to make your own foaming soap!
For the new homeowner / apartment dweller:
Do you know someone who recently moved into a new house or maybe their first apartment? Get them a couple of matching plates or mugs for make it feel even homier!
For the coffee lover:
Of course the obvious choice for someone who loves coffee is to give them a mug. But these handmade porcelain travel mugs are even better than the standard mug! They can be used with or without the lid. The lid is great to use at home if you like to keep your drink piping hot. Or if you have kids or pets that might knock over your hot coffee next to your computer (yikes!). And it also works as a travel mug ;). Pick up some coffee from your favorite roaster. Etsy has a ton of roasted coffee bean options!
For the person who has everything:
And then there is always the person who has everything that you can’t figure out what to get for them. A beautiful porcelain oil lamp would be a wonderful gift. It’s unique, practical (we always light ours when the power goes out!) and is small enough to not worry about where they will put it! Plus, it’s more interesting and than another gift of a candle. And can be used as a small bud vase too. Complete the gift by giving it with a bottle of lamp oil. You can purchase smokeless paraffin lamp oil at most hardware, grocery and big box stores. You can also purchase it online, including through Amazon. There are many brands, you just want to look for 99% pure paraffin; sootless, smokeless, odorless. It’s quite easy to find!
I hope my little gift guide gave you some ideas for some of the folks on your holiday shopping list! And if you buy something from my Etsy Shop, don’t forget to use the coupon code: JINGLE to get 20% off your purchase through December 18th, 2013!