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Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for, well, US!

When Cat and I set out to make our lists we, of course, couldn’t resist adding in a few things that we want for well, ourselves!
Today’s guide is meant to be for the Mama Bear/wife/female partner/sister-ly/bestie types.  I seriously could have made 10 separate lists within this category but we have restrained ourselves!
Without further ado here is our guide to buying for, well, us!
Handmade Christmas gift guide for ladies
1. Cloud dishes by Urban Cartel – these are so on my wishlist and the colours are just divine! $25 AUD via etsy store here
2. Fuschia zippered pouch – the poppies are hand screenprinted – I love the colour! Made by do a bit $20 AUD via her etsy store here
3. Granny Square pin badge $20 AUD and Hexagon Chain Brooch $20 AUD by Ali Pink – etsy store here
4. To Kill A Mockingbird brooch (can you tell we love a brooch??) $17.83 AUD by House of Ismay etsy store here
5. DIY tutorial – Polymer clay necklace.  Both Cat and I have made these…..except when I made them I nearly set fire to our house and poisoned us all – for that story see here) – they are really quite easy to make if you’re good at understanding that some tutorials are talking fahrenheit in their baking instructions! Cat recommends this tutorial from tuts+ here
I would LOVE to know what you have your eye on for a self gift?
ps. Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a Dandelyne gift pack!

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for grown boys/partners

Hello lovelies!

Next up in our handmade Christmas gift guide is gifts for husbands and male partners or even the lovely brotherly or uncle types.

Our list of course has a few geeky, stylish and quirky goodies on it which would appeal to most of the grown boys in our lives!
Handmade Christmas gift guide for husbands/partners


1. Upcycled Pantone Clock by Pantock $110 AUD, etsy shop here.

2. Vintage Map Cuff Links by Brass And Chain $19.63 AUD, etsy shop here.

3. PacMan badge or magnet by Bunny and Bird Designs $4.37 AUD, etsy shop here.

4. I love this t-shirt so much, Vader’s day off, Stormtrooper t-shirt by Mini Mayhem $25 AUD, etsy shop here. It may actually be heading in the direction of a few grown boys in my life!

5. DIY make a salt dough paper weight, tutorial by Crafts by Amanda, find it here.  It’s perfect for kids to make and my Mr 5 has made it for my Mr but you could easily customise it with any words.

What do you buy your husband, partner, brother, grown boy friend for Christmas? Is he difficult to buy for?

Have a great day.
Cat xo

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Lovelies for the lovely little girls

Handmade Christmas gift guide for girls

Hello lovelies…

Day 3 in the series compiled with Cat, it’s all about girls. The other Cat is the lovely mumma of two girly whirlies (as I call them) and we were both little girls once upon a time too!

As an aunt to a few nieces I’ve always relished buying beautiful toys that spark imaginative play and our gift guide features some gorgeous handmade items, including one of Cat’s!

1. Handmade Dolls, cats, koalas and more by A Little Vintage, various prices. I personally want one of each. Cat and her girls own a koala named Mildred. Etsy shop here.

2. Wooden Toadstool house puzzle by Raw Toys $37 AUD. I have a weak spot for wooden toys and these make great unisex gifts too! Madeit shop here.

3. Dress up Rainbow bird wings by Sparrow and B Costumery $66.95 US. My girls would love these, we adore anything rainbow in our house. Etsy shop here.

4. Australian biscuits and cakes felt food set by Wombat’s Picnic $30 AUD, madeit shop here. My Mr 2 would absolutely love these too!!!

5. Crochet Rainbow bracelet by The Black Sheep Crafts $8 AUD, madeit shop here. Just quietly, I would like one of these myself! And one might be making it’s way to a niece in my life’s Christmas gift bag!

6. DIY Tutorial: Make your own hair ties, this tutorial could not be easier.  I am going to have to give this a go for myself!

We would love to know what else you buy for the little girls in your life?

Cat xox