One of my favorite things about having the Monaluna shop is that I can now go shopping and call it work. Like, it’s (part of) my job. And the best part is finding cool, independent companies that share our values, our interest in the handmade and our concern for the environment, and getting to support what they do. This holiday, I’m inviting you to do the same, and find cool, unique presents for everyone on your list! Here are a few of our favorites:
Kiriki Press makes the most adorable DIY embroidered doll kits! We carry a variety of the DIY Embroidered Doll Kits in our shop (the Barn Owl, Hedgehog and Matryoshka, $18.00), as well as some of the Starter Kits, which come with everything you need to start your new embroidery hobby. The doll patterns are screen printed by hand with water based ink on cotton, and include enough eco-friendly stuffing to make the dolls.
Kiriki Press Embroidery Starter Kit, $39.00
Handmade La Conner
Handmade La Conner uses only natural ingredients and essential oils to make their small batch bath and beauty products. We love their lotions, soaps and scrubs!
Handmade La Conner Gardener’s Scrub, $10.00
Handmade La Conner Shave Soap, $18.00
1820 House makes hand-poured candles in small batches from pure vegetable and plant wax and essential oils. The scents are delicate and sophisticated, and the packaging is lovely and eco-friendly. We’re carrying their special 2016 Holiday candles, as well as their Reclaim and B.Elixir versions.
1820 Holidays Candles, $26.00
Cate & Levi
Darling soft toys and hand puppets, and DIY kits for the crafty kids on your list! These items are all made from reclaimed or recycled materials, and are designed to spark creativity.
Cate & Levi Scrappy Dog Kit, $30.00
Camilla Engdahl Ceramics
Swedish ceramicist Camilla Engdahl makes modern ceramic designs by hand in her home studio. We love the graphic nature and whimsical character of her work!
Camilla Engdahl Owl Pot, $48.00
Camilla Engdahl Teapot, $105.00
Purl & Loop
We have beautiful, locally-sourced birchwood looms made by Houston-based Purl & Loop! The looms are high-quality, handmade tools, and they offer a great way to reuse your scrap yarn, ribbon or fabric. You can make coasters or placemats, or sew your squares together into a larger project.
Stash Blaster Mini Weaving Loom, $26.00
Norwegian-American designer Laurie Poast creates tiny, architectural, sculptured ornaments inspired by the homes European emigrants left behind. Each sculpture represents an emigrant family’s collective and historic memory of their ancestors’ home. Cast in pure white porcelain, the ornaments are modern and beautiful.
Handmade Porcelain House Ornaments by Poast, $13.00 – $18.00
Johanna N is a Swedish jewelry designer who works with fair trade artisans in Thailand to make modern, Scandinavian-inspired jewelry. We love the cast horn collection, and her funky, graphic flora, fauna and bicycles.
JohannaN Large Horn Necklace, $66.00
Pure, sweet-smelling, 100% beeswax candles are perfect for the holiday season! They make great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, and bring cozy cheer into your home.
Beekeeper’s Daughter Votive Candle Set, $12.00
Swedish Jewelry designer Sägen uses reclaimed mid-century Swedish porcelain and sterling silver to create pieces that are elegant and modern. The work of Scandinavian designers like Stig Lindberg find new life in these pieces of wearable art.
Bersa/Adam Bracelet by Sägen, now $166.00
SIP – Seriously Imbibed Products
Bay Area artist Julia Minasian applies her gorgeous watercolors and whimsical designs to 100% organic cotton dish towels. Bring a bit of art into your home – doing dishes will never be boring again!
Organic Dishtowels by SIP, $16.00
San Francisco soap company Etta+Billie makes the most wonderful soaps, scrubs and lip balms from all-natural ingredients and using sustainable processes. The products, packaging and scents are lovely!
Etta+Billie Body Scrub, $10.50
Frederick Arndt makes beautiful, mid-century inspired holiday ornaments from locally-sourced walnut and cherry wood. We love the funky-yet-classic holiday style!
Mid-Century Holiday Ornaments by Frederick Arndt, $16.00