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Folksy Friday:: My Handmade Christmas Challenge

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This week’s Folksy Friday has been curated by Emma a Folksy fan from ooh.com.

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Handmade Christmas

My friends have told me I’ll start knitting a turkey soon. Why? Because I’ve set myself the challenge of only buying handmade Christmas presents this year.
Frankly, I’ve had enough of overcrowded high street shopping, novelty sock packs and battery operated foot spas. And I don’t want to celebrate a Christmas that has ‘Made in China’ all over it. I want to buy decent, handmade, original presents that make the recipients say ‘Wow, how cool!’ and my bank manager say ‘Wow, no overdraft this January…’ And I want to get as many other people as possible doing the same.
So I spent a happy afternoon last week scouring Folksy, cup of tea in hand, favourite tunes belting out. It was a great and easy experience, and I’ve nearly finished my shopping list. But I need some help. I struggled to find presents for my husband and nephews – has anyone got any ideas for a 37 year old chap who likes gardening, the outdoors, reading and cooking, and several under 12, sports-obsessed boys? Oh and wrapping paper. I need some of that too.

Here are some of the things I bought:
Mugs and sugar bowl, perfect for my parents. Stamps make great presents for nieces and sister-in-law. Bought several of these: Skullandcrossbuns. These notelets have ‘mother-in-law’ written all over them, and I’ve kept some for myself because they’re so nice!  Teatowels for aunts: Wren fern tea Towel.  My god-daughter has chickens, so these 3 egg cosies are a great present for her.  And finally a ‘me me me’ present. I love this print and I want, want, want. I keep leaving the web page open for my husband to see…. Seed Bloom Lino Print

PS: I’m also going to bang the Folksy drum and shout ‘PACKAGING’ at the top of my voice. All the Folksy parcels I’ve received so far have been beautifully packaged and sent in boxes and envelopes (often recycled) that are just big enough for the item inside. None of that terrible waste of cardboard, plastic and all manner of environmentally unfriendly packaging that large mail order companies seem to love so much.

Click on the images and take a look at all the other great items these Folksy sellers have to offer too!

Folksy Seller“Emma Drew: I’m passionate about helping champion the ‘buy-British-buy –handmade’ movement that is really starting to take off in the UK. My day job finds me working for Ooh.com, a website where anyone offering craft courses, classes, fairs or workshops can list them on the site for free. It’s our way of helping all the fantastic craft businesses out there get the recognition and bookings they deserve. I also write at A Cup of Tea and a Slice of Life. Blog.

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Dawn of 'Audrey's Cat' November 12, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Well my things are mainly for the Ladies and quite a few of my recent sales have been to guys shopping for Xmas. However I have just commissioned a wristlet for my son from Oblue, a folksy crafter who fashions jewellery from broken skateboards – great stuff!

SkullandCrossBuns November 12, 2010 - 2:32 pm

Thanks for the mention and of course the order! I’m definitely buying as much handmade as possible this Christmas to support my fellow sellers :)

Lynne from Lynne's Pattern Parlour November 12, 2010 - 2:42 pm

What a great idea – I’ll be having a handmade christmas too – I’ve already bought a rug for my daughter from rivsrugs.

I have some fab knitted neck cosies in my shop – my daughter hasn’t taken hers off since the cold set in. I have man sizes too


Good luck xx

Victoria November 12, 2010 - 2:49 pm

I’ve definitely been buying more handmade this year! I dont think I’ve seen any gift wrap on Folksy but there are some beautiful cards!

Ceri November 12, 2010 - 3:14 pm

That’s great Emma – if you’re anywhere near Birmingham you could check out the Handmade Birmingham markets near the Bullring (many of the sellers are on folksy) or us crafty muthas collective are holding an inaugural Handmade Christmas in Bearwood event just outside Birmingham City Centre on Saturday 20th November!

Everything being sold there has been handmade in the vicinty, and using recycled materials where possible, and we are very excited….let’s hope more people think like you re unique Christmas gifts! All the best, Ceri x

Sugarmice November 12, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Oooh, lovely picks – the seed print is really pretty :) sarah x

Jane November 12, 2010 - 4:45 pm

Love all your picks, especially Skull & Cross Buns’ stamp – I’ve bought some wonderful gifts in her shop too! I think making / buying handmade makes Christmas much more meaningful. As for the guy-gifts issue, tune in to Found on Folksy’s blog on the 23rd of this month when our Christmas Gift Guide is featuring Gifts for Guys (curated by yours truly & don’t want to reveal toooo much, but you may find some nuggets tucked away in my Favourites!):


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