For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::
For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::
For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::
For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::
Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.
St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.
Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.
HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!
April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.
Now that you have his basket ready– let’s fill it!
:: 1. Dotty Chicken Organic Tee by Silk Oak $18 :: 2. Plaid Bow Tie in Raspberry by Peppercorn Kids $15 :: 3. Hoppy Easter Pjs on SALE at Gymboree
$22.95 $16.07 :: 4. Tortoise Ombre Retro Sunglasses by GapKids $9.95 :: 5. Swedish Slipper Moccasins in Heather Grey Multi by Hanna Andersson $25 :: 6. 12″ Bashful Grey Bunny By Jellycat on Amazon (Prime) $22.50 :: 7. Buy gift card for a Kiwi Crate $19.95 :: 8. Room Sign by Minted $16 :: 9. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure on Amazon (Prime) $9.70 ::
Note: The silk screened tee (#1) is handmade by Silk Oak, a Jan Rhodes Norman production out of Ithaca, NY going strong since 1977. I first learned about Silk Oak when I received pieces from her line for Zoe a couple of years ago. Since then I occasionally see her pop-up booth at craft shows and simply cannot resist a purchase. Jan explains, “we believe it’s possible for business to help create healthier, more vibrant communities. We print on U.S. grown cotton, sweatshop free garments and choose organic when possible!” Follow along on Silk Oak’s Facebook Page.
Peppercorn Kids makes the most darling bow ties (#2) imaginable. Each has an adjustable strap with hook and slide closure to make an easy fit for your little man. Keep an eye out for more on this LA-based company in the near future on Gifts with Bows (hint: Zoe photo shoot in the not too distant future).
If you aren’t familiar with Kiwi Crate (#7), give it a look. Each crate has a theme (ex. Fairy Fun or Let’s Bake) and is “filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects”. Pick out one you think she’ll adore or give a gift card for a subscription or one-time crate.
The Room Sign (#8) is designed by Jennifer Wick for Minted. Jennifer is a hand lettering and illustration specialist. She’s a graphic design challenge winner by day, and a soccer mom of three by night. Her art prints are endlessly heart-melting– learn more about her and her process here.
The book (#9) is part of a non-chronological kids series about Pete the Cat. Collaborators James Dean and Eric Litwin write and illustrate incredible stories with pertinent lessons for young children and adults alike. Zoe is a huge Pete fan after receiving multiple books from the series from her Grandpa.
:: 1. Good Wishes Quilts $32.55 :: 2. Monkey See Boutique $20 :: 3. Baffin Bags $20 :: 4. Sew EMG $30
Note: Basket #1 is 100% cotton, comes in 2 sizes, and can be folded down for storage and even ironed (if you’re into that… I am). Order by March 10th for Easter delivery. Good Wishes Quilts hails from Kelowna, BC, Canada and each stitch is made by Anne Schneider, featured by Good Morning America, HGTV, and many others. Anne says, “every product made comes with many good wishes for a long and happy life”. How to lovely to think that those positive thoughts become part of the gift you give to your sweet kiddo on Easter. Oh and guess what– if you “like” the Good Wishes Quilts Facebook page Anne will reward you with shop discounts.
Basket #2 has a square-bottom design that folds flat so you can tuck it away in the off-season. Or better yet, re-purpose it as a beach bag or sleepover tote. Monkey See Boutique sells from Chesapeake, VA and offers a ton of amazing personalized gifts. “Like” Monkey See Boutique on Facebook for special deals and promotions.
Basket #3 features an elk print on cotton with grosgrain ribbon embellishments (leave on, or easily remove). After the holidays, shop owner Karen suggests putting the basket on storage duty– perhaps hand towels in the guest bathroom? Order by March 15th to be Easter-ready. Baffin Bags is a Babble favorite out of Tyler, Texas. Keep fabric gifts in mind by “liking” the shop Facebook page.
Basket #4 is a gingham daydream come true that moonlights as a diaper caddy. Put your little boy or girl’s initial front and center and be sure to color-coordinate with his or her bedroom. It comes in aqua, yellow, pink, navy and gray with even more color options for the letter. Kingston, TN is home to Sew EMG, an online shop overflowing with Southern charm and options to customize. Erica’s mission is “to celebrate the rich traditions of the past by preserving life’s sweetest moments with fabric and thread” by creating “modern heirlooms” for her adoring customers. “Like” the Sew EMG Facebook page for specials and discounts.
For your child, grandchild, God daughter/son or niece/nephew:
a perfect gift when he or she loses a first tooth
Or better yet, gift this to an expecting mama for her soon to be sweet kiddo
Buy here for $32
Special Note: Beehive Handmade is made up of a pair of lovely and highly credentialed artists, Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd. Sandra teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Jim “has personally soldered most of the architectural metalwork in Bill Gates’ house”. Their collaborative work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design in NYC.
For the playful child
Or for his Dad
Buy here for $8
Note: My daughter received this toy robot from my parents in her Christmas stocking and I haven’t met a soul who hasn’t picked up at first opportunity… and only put it down after posing it a dozen times.
For a new mom to wrap around her tiny bundle
For your grandmother’s birthday to outfit her reading nook
For the happy couple to share on a porch swing
Buy here for $112
Special Note: Hand & Cloth is a Non Profit organization 501c3. They explain, “When you purchase products from Hand & Cloth, you are protecting women in Bangladesh by providing dignified work. Through our vendors, the women are paid fair salaries and are able to send their children to school.”
For the kiddo who delights in puddles and ponds, or lives in states with rainy seasons.
Buy here for $49.99