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Etsy Christmas/Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - A DIY Christmas

Gingerbread House Kit    by Pinkcocoashop

Gingerbread House Kit by Pinkcocoashop

Spending time with family and friends makes the holiday season so special. This year I’ve selected Etsy items from UK sellers that you can create yourself and get the family involved with!

These DIY kits make unique gifts too (the gift of creativity!) and you’ll find projects to choose from for all ages, skill levels, and tastes.

Click through the images to see the listings on Etsy.

There is another great way to give the gift of creativity and a new skill! A voucher for one of the fantastic courses or workshops offered on Etsy.

To see my 2017 Nordic Etsy Christmas gift guide inspired by my Finnish family traditions, lookie here!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, creative Christmas!

A wee note: while my post does contain affiliate links, this does not affect which items I choose. It simply means if you purchase something via one of my links I receive a small commission to top up my tea jar!

Etsy Christmas/Holiday Gift Guide 2017 - A Nordic Christmas

Nordic Christmas tree gnome decorations  by Littleromadecor

Nordic Christmas tree gnome decorations by Littleromadecor

Sometimes it's the little things that make the festive season special. Etsy invited me to create an Etsy Holiday gift guide that holds tradition or meaning for me. Christmas is mostly a traditional Finnish celebration for my family, due to my mother being a Finn. We celebrate on Christmas eve with a home cooked evening meal, some Finnish Christmas music, gift giving, and glögi (mulled wine). I've curated a collection of Etsy items that are reminiscent of our Finnish/Nordic traditions at home, with decorations, gingerbread, and elves included in my finds!

Traditional Christmas Decorations

What I love about traditional Finnish Christmas decorations is they instantly transform an English house into a Nordic style home. There are some tasteful contemporary interpretations of the traditional designs on Etsy, along with authentic vintage items. Click through the images to see the individual items:

See more Nordic/Scandinavian Christmas items from Etsy sellers here.

Delicious Gingerbread

Mini gingerbread house, handmade by my Finnish mother.

Mini gingerbread house, handmade by my Finnish mother.

Every year in the run up to Christmas, my Finnish mother could be found kneading gingerbread dough, cutting shapes, filling our house with divine baking scents, building little houses, and decorating them beautifully by hand. Not only was her creativity inspiring, but we got to ruin all her hard work and eat it as well, eventually! There was that one year I'm told we snuck downstairs and demolished most of it in one sitting before Christmas, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do anything that naughty ...

There's an impressive selection of giftable gingerbread products on Etsy if you're looking for cookies, fudge, gingerbread tea, marshmallows, or a variety of other delicious goodies. Click through the images to explore gingerbread items on Etsy:

Explore all gingerbread edibles on Etsy here.

Christmas Elves (Finnish "Tonttu")

A tonttu girl - Finnish elves feature in my own work often. Yeah, maybe I still believe in them after all!

A tonttu girl - Finnish elves feature in my own work often. Yeah, maybe I still believe in them after all!

As a child I believed in tontut (Finnish Christmas elves) and quite frankly I'm not surprised, as I'd hear the bells on their hats tinkle as they ran past the house, and see a quick flash of a red hat as they'd peek through the window.

No, I wasn't imagining things - my parents orchestrated this display using broom handles with hats, and bells. I have never been so well behaved as around Christmas time when tontut, the 'spirits of the homestead' were keeping watch!

Our houses are decorated every year with the little folk; you will find a tonttu anywhere you look, from wall decorations to tableware, to ornaments, to textiles, and they are created with a variety of different materials. Here are a few of the folkloric friends I found on Etsy:

Discover more little elves on Etsy here.

I hope you've enjoyed learning about some of my 'Finglish' Christmas traditions. What holiday traditions are meaningful to you? Share with us in the comments!

A wee note: while my post does contain affiliate links, this does not affect which items I choose. It simply means if you purchase something via one of my links I receive a small commission to top up my tea jar!

Etsy Black Friday Deals - Shop small in time for Christmas

Etsy Black Friday sales

Shop small with Etsy for Black Friday and find treasures at reduced prices.

Shop small with Etsy for Black Friday discounts and deals today. I've curated a collection of gorgeous products that you can view on Pinterest (see widget below), or you can search everything yourself using these links:

Black Friday sale items on Etsy in UK
Black Friday sale items on Etsy worldwide.

Did you find a bargain? Share with us in the comments!

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12 fabulous foodie finds - handpicked Etsy Christmas/Holiday gift guide!

Etsy Christmas gift guide for foodies by Digibloom

Gifts for Foodies

Everybody eats. But not everyone is as obsessed with creating and experimenting with food as a foodie!

We all know at least one, and my life is blessed with several of the foodie species, from a grow-your-own-food dude using ingredients plucked fresh from his allotment, to my mother of the Finnish variety with her traditional cinnamon and cardamom buns to-die-for, to my busy working mother of a sister - so passionate about food that she prioritises conquering all things culinary over naps... well, sometimes!

If you have a favourite foodie in your life, why not gift them something unique from Etsy this Christmas by shopping 'small' with independent designers? These items make great gifts because they are thoughtful, personal, and you won't find them in big high street shops! Furthermore, they are made by hand with the love of a passionate human being. When purchasing products from an Etsy seller, you're supporting someone's dream.

I've curated a gift guide of fabulous foodie finds for your creative cook, dining diva, or blossoming baker! Tuck in!

Click through the images to view and purchase.

Discover even more cooking and baking finds from Etsy's editors' curated finds: "Well Prepared - stock your dream kitchen" here.

What's your favourite kitchen contraption or foodie thing at the moment? Let us know in the comments!

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