Handmade Gift Guide + A Giveaway!

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You know what tends to get overlooked in gift guides this time of year? The little items. Cute, fun things that are great for people who only require a small gift anyway–like neighbors or a teacher–or things that make good stocking stuffers. I’ve done it, and for that I apologize to my tiny friends. I didn’t mean to leave you out. To make up for it, today I have a group of killer Etsy items that are all $15 or less. (And a chance to win them all, woooo!)

From my shop there are the paint-dipped wooden spoons. I’m partial to the gold because SPARKLES, but they’re available in a handful of other colors, too. I also wanted to toss out the idea of using the glitter clothespins as place card holders, either for Thanksgiving or Christmas/Hanukkah dinner. I hadn’t thought about doing that until a smart customer pointed it out as she was buying them at the show last weekend. Total genius move. I love my shoppers.

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This little zip pouch would be so handy for holding loose change, kleenex, gum… Basically, if you know someone who carries a purse or a backpack, this would be a totally practical choice. That’s such a pretty shade of green, too.

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Have you heard that, allegedly, this winter is supposed to be all polar vortex-y again? That’s the word on the street (and by “street” I mean “the Farmer’s Almanac”) and I’m a bit concerned. I love the idea of giving bright, happy scarves to friends as a way to get them through what’s coming. I own several from this shop and they’re so soft.

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How unusual, I found more GOLD! We’re not great at remembering to send out annual Christmas cards, but I do keep them around for packaging gift certificates. (If you’re more on the ball with your mail-sending, then obviously you could also use these for that.) I love the modern ornament silhouettes.

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Finally, it’s hard to go wrong with festive jewelry. These are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer, or as a little something for a babysitter or co-worker. Since they come in a bunch of other colors, too, you can get several pairs for an earring extravaganza.

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Now that your gift-giving wheels are spinning, let me tell you what ELSE is going on with these items:

 

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One lucky person will win allllllll of the great stuff I just told you about–a prize worth over $60! Woot! This giveaway is open to worldwide residents and you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be chosen and announced next Wednesday, November 26th. Good luck!

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19 Comments
  • Edi
    November 19, 2014

    Great items and a great giveaway!
    I like buying and making handmade for gifts because they are that much more special. Knowing that an artist made each piece by hand makes me proud to gift them.

  • Nessa Jay
    November 19, 2014

    As a handmade artist myself I really respect other handmade creators and love to support the community where I can. Handmade = quality and I’ve never regretted any handmade purchased I’ve made.

  • Paige
    November 19, 2014

    I enjoy buying handmade items for not only Christmas but for most holidays for a number of reasons! First and foremost I love the idea of something being one of a kind, which most handmade items are! Plus just the connection that that item has with its maker, and the fact that love and time went into it just makes it that much more special and unlike anything that you could ever buy from a large retail store!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      November 19, 2014

      Hey, another Paige! 🙂 I never run into a name twin. Glad you stopped by!

  • Duni
    November 19, 2014

    Such pretty items and a wonderful giveaway! I usually make handmade gifts (infinity scarves are popular) for my female friends 🙂 Neighbours and colleagues get baked goodies!

  • Heather HS
    November 19, 2014

    I love to make gifts – they’re unique, and no one wants to receive the same old same old thing.

  • Sheryl
    November 19, 2014

    What a fun giveaway! I love the little zipper bag. I’m so obsessed with those lately.

  • Sushma
    November 19, 2014

    Handmade gifts are one of a kind and personalised. The person who receives will always remember the thought and effort but into the gift which makes it extra special.

  • Natashalh
    November 19, 2014

    Great giveaway! It’s 18 right now in my South Carolina “hometown,” which is very unusual. I’m sure everyone there is layering up the scarves already!

    I love making and giving handmade gifts because they have so much more personality. I particularly enjoy giving things I made to people who understand how much time they took – I’ve given my mom a couple of functional embroidery projects modeled after historical pieces and she knows how many hours I put into them.

  • Kim @ 2justByou
    November 19, 2014

    We love to make gifts when we have the time. It’s just more personal, and it’s fun to get crafty! We also like to buy handmade, because we love to support small business and the handmade community.
    Thanks for the chance!

  • mona
    November 19, 2014

    I love giving hand made sugar scrubs

  • LeAnn Frobom
    November 19, 2014

    What great items!!

  • Cynthia G
    November 19, 2014

    because they are unique; no one has it

  • Marieken
    November 20, 2014

    What an awesome giveaway, I love giving homemade gifts. But because your supporting an independent maker and they are more original (and often more cute) than storebought items!

  • Dawn
    November 20, 2014

    Sweet, Paige! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! These are all items from my favorite shops and favorite people! 🙂 🙂 I like to purchase handmade gifts because the items are of so much better quality than other products. I know that the artist/creator put in so much time and effort to make things perfect!

  • Meg
    November 20, 2014

    I like making gifts because I can personalize them, and I can use up my stash (well, temporarily, at least!).

  • Julie S.
    November 24, 2014

    I think it’s a personalized touch of handmade gifts that keeps me going back! PLUS I like supporting others in their ventures 🙂

  • rachel
    November 24, 2014

    They mean so much more than generic gifts. I think people value them more, too.

  • Roger Simmons
    November 24, 2014

    Handmade Gifts are unique original and will most likely never be replicated in the exact same way. There may be lookalikes, but there will always be some individualistic flaw that characterizes that particular piece.

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