There are times where Amazon Prime is a lifesaver, certainly. That said, if given a choice and the time, I love to find treasures at all of our local shops or by smaller makers on Etsy. Below are a few favorites for kiddos (first) and grown-ups (second). Enjoy!
Image 1: Both of my kiddos are getting one of these wooden tops from Pucci Manuli in their stocking. They range from tiny to big and come in amazing assortment of colors. The store is so well curated that you really can’t go wrong with anything Carrie has in stock. If you haven’t stopped by their new location, you definitely should get in there.
Image 2: My favorite thing about cBOP is that you can have your kid’s feet measured in the store, which is hard to find locally! They have an adorable selection of quality kids shoes, but also luxury clothing brands, gifts, and toys. I got this sweet unicorn finger puppet for my little.
Image 3: Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is a local company and such a cool sensory toy. I got Everett a tin at Pucci Manuli a while back and then picked up another tin at cBOP for his stocking. The putty comes in an amazing assortment of colors from the basic primaries to the celestial Milky Way.
Image 4: Caterpillar Couture is based in TX, but has a local connection with a good friend. She makes amazing custom clothing for kids (and sometimes grownups!). I’m going to have her make me a dress based on a favorite that’s seen better days and I’m so excited. Check out her FB page to see what’s available or contact her to have her create something special just for you.
Image 5: Children’s Book World is everything a bookstore should be. They have an incredible, well-curated selection of books. The staff is knowledgable and passionate about finding you the right gift. It’s just the right size and I might give them bonus points for being across the street from Green Engine coffee. We borrowed the tradition of “something to read, something to wear, something to play with” for Christmas, and Adeline’s book this year is “What Are You Waiting For?”, illustrated by local Matt Phelan. If you’re looking for an older kid, Everett loves his graphic novels “Bluffton”, “The Storm in the Barn”, and “Around the World”.
Image 6: I found Julia Passafiume Designs at Clover Market earlier this year and I’m coveting this particular dress for Adeline. Her pieces are so beautifully made and she chooses such lovely fabric patterns (clearly my weakness). Her dresses are amazing, but she also has basics like leggings, hair bows and bibs. Her Etsy shop only has a few pieces right now, but you can follow/favorite her shop to be the first to know when she restocks. You can also take a look at her Instagram to see more of what she has to offer and you can contact her to ask what’s available.
Image 7: For a while, these Merry Crown Society crown & wand sets were my go-to gift. It was pre-Adeline, so I’m going to have to snag a new set for her birthday this spring. She’s just now getting into the wonders of dress-up.
Image 8: Frog & Toad Press is an Etsy find, based in Rhode Island. They have lots of cards & stationery, but I love their iron-on patches (great for school bookbags) and banner flags for kids.
Image 9: Everett & Adeline both have one of these Stories for Toys prints in their room (Everett has the duck bathing and Adeline has an ostrich ironing). There are so many cute new scenes that I kind of want to go back and buy a few more. If you act quickly, everything is currently 30% off!
Image 10: This little sheep belongs to me, but I made her at a workshop run by Holly Guertin of Ernie & Irene. I first saw her at Clover Market and fell in love with her alpaca wall hanging. She has an affinity for sheep, but makes a range of adorable creatures by needle felting and takes custom orders. She’ll be at Cricket Cringle in Ardmore this Saturday with some new items, if you’re planning to check that out.
Image 11: I’ve seen Carolyn Keys at a few Clover Markets and someone I know might be getting a present from her shop (shhhhh). I love her modern jewelry and pendant necklaces in particular.
Image 12: I picked up two shirts from National Picnic at the last market. My tee has this pattern (shown above) as cap raglan sleeves with a blue body. It’s seriously perfect. The shirt is just flowy enough to be flattering (ahem, mummy tummy) but not be huge and the patterned sleeves make it feel special. I’m going to need a few more. She has the best patterns.
Image 13: A certain friend of mine cleaned house at Atwater Designs in October. I’m surprised there was anything left to sell. These take me back to my childhood making Sunprints in the backyard, but Sarah takes cyanotypes to the next level with beautiful arrangements and glass & metal frames. There are large wall prints and small ornaments. Contact her or find her at the Kennett Square Holiday Market this Saturday for a larger selection than shown in her online store (the metals frames aren’t showing in there).
Image 14: Saffron Creations takes vintage tins and upcycles them into one-of-a-kind jewelry. There is such an incredible range of patterns, colors, and jewelry designs. I’m partial to the dangly earrings. She has a limited selection in her online store, but if you can make it on Sunday to Gifted – A Handmade Holiday Market (a Clover Market event), there will be lots to choose from there.
Image 15: I am totally in love with Emily Uchytil‘s work. Adeline is getting a sweet ladybug print this year. After her unbridled enthusiasm for her halloween costume, how could I not? Emily paints her lifelike creatures directly on vintage wallpaper (originals are also for sale if you’re looking for a serious statement gift!). I am totally dreaming of a whole gallery wall just of her work – only in my imaginary house for now.
Image 16: I first found Tina Crespo‘s work through the Rising Tide Society (an online group for creatives). After following her on Instagram, I realized that she was local and popped over to Clover Market to pick up one of her prints. Her celestial watercolors make a perfect gift.
Image 17: Michelle Jordan is a fellow local photographer. Her Alphabet pieces use abstract photos to form each letter and can be ordered with a child’s name, your town, or a major holiday. I love her tiny Noel and Joy ornaments. Find more here and contact her to order.
Image 18: This is a small selection of favorites from so many local makers. If after all these ideas, you’re still looking for just the right thing, a Five & Dime Studio Gift Certificate is always a great option. You can buy them in increments starting at $50 (plus tax) and they can be used towards a future session or print order. If you know someone who would love to capture their family’s memories in 2018, contact me and I’ll get you all set up.