Have a hand-made Christmas (just not by you)


Christmas decorations

This month on Tots100 we’re celebrating all things hand-made and home-made in our fantastic competition with Expertdays.co.uk – just share a tutorial for your favourite Christmas craft, and you could win a fantastic New Year top-to-toe luxury pamper day.

However, if you’re not especially crafty, we sympathise – and we can help!

The parent blogging community is chock full of talented Mums and Dads who make stuff.

We’ve brought together some of our favourite Christmas present ideas, as produced by Tots100 bloggers. But if we’ve missed you, or your favourite blogging entrepreneur, then please leave a link and some details in the comments below.

Happy home-made Christmas everyone!

Our very own social media editor Victoria Wallop is a talented silversmith and sells her gorgeous designs through Etsy – there are gorgeous rings and necklaces from around £20.

If you’re keen on jewellery gifts why not also visit the new Etsy shop set up by Kate, who blogs at Crafts on Sea – there are some wonderful folk heart ear-rings at just £14.

Viv at Poppy Sparkles has a range of really fun jewellery items with everything from brooches to ear-rings and bracelets from around £5.

Looking for something a bit different for the children in your family? The frighteningly efficient and very lovely (honest) Merry from Patch of Puddles has one of our very favourite online toy-shops with a fantastic range of pre-school toys, wooden toys, dolls, doll houses and much more.

If you’re keen on keepsakes and mementoes, then we love the range of embroidered and personalised baby and children’s items at Craft EEs, which is run by Jackie, who blogs at Mrs JC, with her family.

There are more beautiful fabric gifts to be found at Scrapbookerry, including hand-made journal jars, mini albums and scrapbooks that make gorgeous gifts. The site is run by Kerry, who blogs at Scrapbookerry Blog.

Home decor is the theme at Lina Loves, where you can find hand-made home accessories and children’s gifts.

Caroline, who blogs at Lace Hearts, also runs a shop on Folksy selling hand-made bunting and other fabric gifts. Meanwhile, Emily from Mummy Limited is a dab hand with a crochet hook and has produced a rather lovely range of crochet gifts including hand-made Christmas decorations.

For more festive goodness, do check out the amazing hand-made Christmas stockings over at Kelly’s store on Etsy, charmingly called Petit Fromage.

Fancy treating someone to a very special photo shoot this Christmas? Sophie from SuperamazingMum is the co-owner of Halo Lifestyle photography, which specializes in high-quality photo shoots and prints for families.

Finally, in our festive round-up, we wanted to share these lovely red and white Scandinavian home decor accessories that are perfect for Christmas, and created by Anthea from Tales of Mount Pleasant.

And if you fancy getting just a little bit crafty then don’t forget the wonderful Kat at Slugs on the Refrigerator who sells patterns for knitting and crocheting – along with gift vouchers too.

So there you have it – some wonderful bloggers doing wonderful work, with their own hands. We think supporting cottage businesses like these is a great way to spread the Christmas spirit – so please do check out our recommendations and share your own, in the comments!




Sally Whittle is founder of the Tots100, Foodies100, BlogSummit and the MAD Blog Awards. When she's not working, she can be found blogging at Who's the Mummy, or having fun with her 8 year old daughter, Flea.

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