Christmas Countdown: 8 Etsy Decor Gifts

Christmas Countdown :: 8 Etsy Decor Picks :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

Holiday decor makes great Christmas gifts, and it’s even better when handmade. Here are a few of my favorite picks from Etsy that would work for family members, hosts, teachers, and friends. Which one is your favorite?

1. Custom Calligraphy Ornament $15+ | Caroline of Papercase Design beautifully hand paints each glass orb. Can’t you already picture a collection of your children’s names on the tree? Also, a charming take on place cards for Christmas dinner.

2. Antler Lumbar Pillow Cover $46 | Janet Slagel creates hand-printed and sewn-in-house linens with eco-friendly inks. It also comes in gray for the white and neutral holiday decorators.  Join the Cotton Revival list to get $20 to shop.

3. Christmas Quilt $300 | You all know by know I’m a big fan of SewEMG, so if I’m going to write about Christmas decor to invest in, it’s going to be heirloom quality. I have gifted Erica’s handiwork and have the chance to see it up close– it’s gorgeous down to each detail.

4. Holly Tea Towel $19.34 | Emma Allard Smith sketches and paints patterns and then digitally prints them onto fabric to deliver brilliantly colored, functional artwork for your home. I’m liking the holly print, but check out the others, too!

5. Brass Tree Topper $94 | Megin Sherry of Me and She Studios makes a seriously stunning tree topper. She explains the inspiration, “originally himmeli mobiles were made from rye straw and hung over the dinner table to ensure a good harvest”. Use yours to ensure good tidings this holiday season. For 15% off use code SMALLBIZ.

6. Hanging Mistletoe $16.50 | This wool and satin appointed “kiss me” decor is completely darling. Check out the Fairyfolk shop for a number of perfectly felted, delightful ornaments.

7. Gold Glitter Garland $14 | Put it up for Christmas and then again for birthday parties. Neutral gold = all the festivities. Made by Glitter + Grain with felt and thread.

8. Personalized Cookie Cutter $15 | These genius gifts are from Jana Hayman’s Etsy shop, Home Print3D. And it comes with a little love story: Jana designs the products and her husband brings them to life with their 3D printer. Get one for the family or a few for each of the kiddos!

 

Christmas Countdown: Favorites from Paisley + Sparrow

Christmas Countdown :: Paisley & Sparrow Favs :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWBI was very lucky this week to offer a giveaway with some pretty extraordinary companies. One of the owners gave me quite a welcomed education on how to gift well. Well in that the gift serves far beyond the recipient. Best part? She doesn’t even realize the impact her shop made on me. But by so carefully crafting her online shop and explaining every item’s PURPOSE, I got a very special reminder of the heart of giving. This one’s for you, Jen!

I’m so delighted to make this introduction, so let’s not waste another minute! Paisley + Sparrow’s shop has a PURPOSE because it has been handcrafted by a survivor of modern day slavery. Owner, Jen Biswas has diligently searched high and low to discover organizations that have “matched her heart for marginalized people,” thus finding the loveliest and most giftable items all curated for your ease and enjoyment. Here are some of my favorite things in her shop:

1. Chevron Gold Necklace $36 | This 22″ charmer would look great with a plain tee on a bold and extroverted gal. Get it for someone who will use it as a conversation piece. It is made by Purpose, whose “jewelry tells a story of hope, strength, and perseverance” in the face of the sex trafficking.

2. Arrow & Copper Wood Journal $22 | Inspire the singer-song writer (or otherwise creative darling) with this intricately carved wood and leather journal by Raven + Lily, who “employs over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them… a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families”.

3. Jivana Peony Necklace $40 | Another darling option from the Purpose brand that is work and special event ready! “The word Jivana means life in Hindi. This stunning necklace represents new life and a fresh start for young women rescued from modern day slavery.”

4. Acai Tassel Bracelet $26 | This bracelet was handmade by an artisan in Ecuador employed by Faire Collection, a company “founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America.” Give it to your favorite bracelet-stacking girlfriend, because c’mon, who doesn’t love a tassel?

5. Wild Flower & Fern Soap $9 | Hello, soap. Get in my stocking. Also, perfect for office colleagues and babysitters. This vegetable-based shea butter soap makes a lovely little promise: “For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to help save a child’s life, donate 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world, and save 50 square feet of rain forest.” Wow.

6. Assefa Scarf $48 | This cotton scarf from the fashionABLE Miriam Collection was handwoven in Ethiopia and named after a woman whose life has been changed because of your purchase. The colors in this scarf tell a story for every season making it perfectly wearable year round. From winter– bare tree branches speckled with new fallen snow, to summer– hunting for shells and rocks on sandy beaches. Nothing like a soft, neutral color palette to keep you cozy.

7. Ashoka Make Up Bag $22 | Another gem from Raven + Lily. This multi-use pouch is made of 100% organic cotton and detailed with the sweetest screen printed pattern. Fill it with favorite desk supplies, toiletries, or other P+S goodies and make this gift into a gift set.

Bonus: If you’re new to Paisley & Sparrow you can take 20% off your order just by signing up for their newsletter. Also, be sure to follow along with @paisleyandsparrow on Instagram for gorgeous photos and encouraging words.

Happy holiday shopping, loves!

Jet Set in Jet Black

Jet Set in Jet Black :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBEye Mask $27 7.99| Nixon Watch $250 | Cashmere Open Sweater $288 172.80 | UGG Slippers $84.95 59.90 | iPad Case $60 | Headphones $279 | Passport Holder $45 | PJs $140 | Water Bottle $21 | Travel Bag $13

After a two-part flight with kiddos earlier this month I am definitely thinking about how to make a trip a little easier to endure. So if you’re traveling far for the holidays make it a cozy and comfortable trip with a few special amenities for the long ride home. Travel gifts are also great for the people you love who regularly hop on a plane for business. Or, if you have an anniversary trip coming up these items are a perfect add to your wishlist along with those tickets to Paris!

This sweater is 30% off with code LAYERUP right now at J. Crew, but if it’s still too pricey try this one or this one for a little less. The water bottle, eye mask and Beats headphones are all on Amazon PRIME.

A Dozen Clutches for Fall

A Dozen Clutches for Fall :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBROW 1: Queenie Clutch $150 | Tassel Pouch $175 105 | Metallic Envelope $139.99

ROW 2: Straw Pouch $128 43.18+ | Justine Clutch $44.95 |Claire- Pane $199 130

ROW 3: Floral Clutch $128 76.80 | Colorblock Clutch $44.95 | Berry Clutch $68

ROW 4: Finn Clutch $195 | Owls Clutch $128 | Bedford Clutch $181.56 90.78

If you’re trying to think of something super special for a gal who loves a sharp, pulled together look, a clutch is a spot on gift. And don’t be afraid of a little color punch. Whether you want to spend $20 or $200 you can find something unique that will stand out in her closet and remind her of incredibly thoughtful friend/sister/mama/(you).

Here are some of my favorites for fall. Which one do I love the most? It’s got to be a tie between this one and this one. Which one do you have your eye on? Tell me in the comments below. Then go knock a name off your holiday list!

Update: I found a few more that I think you’ll love: this one from Anthro for half off, this one on sale at J. Crew, and this sassy Vince Camuto number. Have at it!

30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part One

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

On the Go

The Cape Elizabeth by The ROPES Main $75 | Floral Travel Mug by Ashley Brooke Designs $24 | Cedar Street Stacy Bifold by Kate Spade $100 | The Pastoso Flat by M. Gemi $178 | Ormsby Sunnies by Warby Parker $95+ | Key Chain by Baggu $9 | Color Block Stripe Phone Case by Pencil Shavings Studio $28.50+ | Monterey Watch by Kate Spade $295

On the Desk

Pink Metal Pen by Poppin $14 | Corta Maison Candle in French Bourbon Vanille by Voluspa $25 | Personalized Note Cards by Sophie & Lili $21.50 | Personalized Tumbler by Caroline Randall Made $18 | Simplified Planner by Emily Ley $58 | Sullivan Double Frame by Kate Spade $75

I just celebrated a milestone birthday on July 16th. In celebration of turning 30 I’m welcoming this brand new decade with 30 gift ideas. Today is part one: “on the go” and “on the desk”. Tomorrow you’ll see a new post with part two: “ready to wear” and “happy home”, so make a note to check back.

For me, turning 30 really could not feel better. I have felt like a thirty something trapped in a 20 something’s body for several years now. I got married at 24, bought a home and started having kids right away which turned out to be a pretty solid recipe for making friends with a slightly older crowd (which I love).

30 brings on a new level of confidence that closely resembles becoming a parent. When I had Zoe I changed. I never felt like a “real” adult until I was a mom. That’s just me. I know people have those moments in a million different scenarios, but something about having this incredible responsibility for this sweet, tiny human made me feel more responsible in all facets of my life. It wasn’t my first job out of college, or even getting married. Maybe it should have been, but it wasn’t.

Some friends have asked if I “feel old” now. It’s a playful and curious and standard question and the answer is yeah- I do. I really do. But in a good way. Game on! Let’s do this! And while we’re at it, let’s enjoy some really beautiful things that bring big smiles to our faces. Dan and I have had a few conversations lately about quality. Stuff quality, clothing quality, furniture quality. Coming into my thirties has presented a great opportunity to edit our house, closets and offices. Dear Lord may I never fill a shopping cart at Target with absolutely no forethought.

The 30 for 30 gift guides are inspired by great quality and really honoring my aesthetics all while being mindful of blending in small businesses and companies that pay it forward. I hope you enjoy it and pick up an idea or two!

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KO Sticks Foldable Star Sculptures

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

Six-Axis Star c/o KO Sticks

This foldable star sculpture may just be the most giftable item I’ve ever featured on Gifts with Bows. Why? Well it works for just about anyone on almost any occasion:

It’s office appropriate, making it suitable for work anniversaries and first days on the job.

It’s chic in the living room (gorgeous for newlyweds ready for sophisticated decor and entertaining for families with kiddos), making it a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.

And yes, even kids can make perfect recipients. Imagine hanging a few from the ceiling in their bedroom or playroom. Or keep them in reach… because these hand made works of art are intended to be explored by hand (see the evidence in the photo story below).

But it gets even better. Not only are KO Sticks Stars a widely practical gift, they come in several sizes and materials. That means you can buy one for $24-170 hitting whatever your appropriate price point happens to be.

Note: KO Sticks is comprised of two great artisans (and mathematicians), Jane and John Kostick. Married for just over 20 years, they met at a geometry lecture and now construct geometric objects side by side. Now isn’t that an equation you’d like to support? Give KO Sticks a follow on Facebook to give your newsfeed a welcomed pop of art.

The other day I took our stars off of the living room bookshelves where they are typically on display (see above). And brought them to the park so that our three year old, Zoe could show them to her friends. Ready to see a few thoughtful and curious faces? And park adventures, too of course!

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

July 2015- Ari at the Park

July 2015- Zoe at the Park

July 2015- Friends at the Park

Photos: The bookshelf and park photos are my own and the product photos are by Design Within Reach, a KO Sticks retailer. A special thanks to Zoe’s pals for making their darling debuts on GWB.

Artist Credits: Featured above with the KO Sticks star, the lantern is Lauren Ritchie and the vase is Jen Gandee.

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Little Sapling Toys Review

Little Sapling Toys :: My Top Picks :: $6+ :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #littlesaplingtoys

1. Personalized Camera $42 | 2. Memory Game $26 | 3. Personalized YoYo $6 | 4. Bowling Game $26 | 5. State Teether $12 | 6. Bow Teether $12

Hailing from Hunstville, Utah, Little Sapling Toys is less than 10 years old and it’s already the front runner in toy sales on Etsy. But what’s really cool about this shop is that it’s a family business focused on more than what they produce in their wood shop. Their concern for the health and vitality of the planet has inspired them to plant a tree for each toy sold. Having said that, they prioritize the quality of their materials and the developmental value of their toys for growing kiddos. Plus, they offer laser engraving so that you can personalize your gifts for an extra special touch.

I picked out some of my favorite toys and teethers in their shop, but there are literally dozens of adorable options and I insist you browse them all. There is a darling selection of teethers and rattles ready for your next baby shower, ride-on on toys and push cars for toddlers, and games for older kiddos.

Little Sapling Toys is offering Gifts with Bows readers a special 10% discount on an order from their Etsy shop until August 31, 2015. Use discount code GFTWBWS10 at checkout!

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Oh and FYI: this is not a sponsored post, and as always, all opinions are my own.

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