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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 Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018 - What a Mum Wants

It's Mother's Day on Sunday March the 11th this year. While every day is a great day to celebrate your mum(s), step-mum, grandma, or a new-mum friend; Mother's Day is an extra special opportunity to spoil them and/or let them know you're thinking about them (and their sleep-deprived nights of times past or present)! If you shop small and local for Mother's Day treats on Etsy, you're supporting small businesses at the same time. Warm-fuzzies all round!

  Number 1 Mother enamel pin badge by  OldEnglishCo

Number 1 Mother enamel pin badge by OldEnglishCo

Etsy invited me to create a Mother's Day gift guide of Etsy items my mother might like to receive. I've curated a collection of Etsy items that take into consideration what my mum loves.
Criteria:

  • She doesn't like me splashing out on expensive gifts (prefers token gifts).
  • She likes garden and bird related things.
  • She likes contemporary design.
  • She likes personal, thoughtful gifts.

Click through the images to see the individual items:

I hope you like my selection of gift ideas for mum and the wonderful women in your life! I'd love to know which are your favourites and why?

See Etsy's own Mother's Day gift guide picks here.

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!

Handpicked Halloween 2017: 13 spooky specimens from creative businesses on Etsy

Shop small for Halloween and support independent businesses. I've conjured up 13 spooky specimens that you can find on Etsy for a hauntingly happy Halloween - all treats, no tricks!

  Candelabra table lamp & image by  BootsNGus on Etsy.

Candelabra table lamp & image by BootsNGus on Etsy.

Click through the images for more info and/or to purchase from Etsy sellers directly.

Handpicked Halloween

Find even more Halloween finds, visit my Handpicked Halloween Pinterest board.

Will you be celebrating Halloween? What's your favourite thing to do? Let us know in the comments below!

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