Blog Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly gifts’

 

One of my favorite parts of running the Monaluna shop is discovering all the cool products by makers and designers that we carry in the store, in addition to our fabrics. It’s like Christmas every time we get a box full of beautiful hand-poured candles, or gorgeous jewelry made by a designer in their studio. Here’s a list of some of our favorites, perfect for holiday gifts.

 

The Stocking Stuffers

Modern Scandinavian Holiday Ornaments

 

 

Shopping for a minimalist? We have a beautiful array of modern, Scandinavian holiday ornaments, like the gorgeous Tiny House ornaments from Norwegian artist Laurie Poast, or lasercut, mid-century walnut and birch ornaments from Frederick Arndt and Light+Paper Studio.

 

Are you shopping for a sewist? Try some of the beautiful sewing tools from Merchant and Mills, like the Baby Bow Scissors, Pin Magnet, Tailors Wax or specialty pins like the Spanish Lace Pins, delicate, red-headed pins made in the oldest pin factory in Spain. The Rapid Repair Kit is also perfect for anyone who might want to make quick repairs on the go!

 

Is there a quilter on your list? The simple Post Card Patterns from Purple Pineapple Studio make great stocking stuffers, an easy and affordable way to give the gift of inspiration.

 

The Accessories

handmade jewelry by Larissa Loden

One of our most popular makers is Minneapolis jewelry designer Larissa Loden. She takes overstock materials and crafts them into wonderful, modern accessories that feel current and sometimes a bit whimsical, like her bee necklaces and earrings, and the very on-trend airplant necklace. We also have some gorgeous pieces from Swedish designers Sägen and Johanna N, and socially-minded Ethic Goods.

If jewelry’s not their thing, we also have hand-sewn infinity scarves in some of our most popular organic cotton prints, and yummy, all-natural candles in refreshing scents to accessorize the home.

 

The Craft Kits

Craft kits make wonderful gifts for beginners and seasoned creatives alike! On our trip to Germany last spring we found a great French company that makes the most adorable embroidery kits, with designs featuring llamas, kitties, cacti and woodland creatures. We’re in love! The designs are suitable for almost any level, and they come with everything you need to create a beautiful embroidered project. We also have darling ornament, jewelry and thread-keeper kits from Red Gate Stitchery, embroidered and felt stuffie kits from Kiriki Press and Threadfollower, and lots of great Sashiko kits and cloths.

 

The Books

It doesn’t matter how many I have, I’m always overjoyed to receive a sewing or craft book (or to buy one for myself, for that matter). Give the gift of beauty and inspiration that will last for years!

 

The Bundles

When in doubt, every sewist can use more fabric! We have select pre-cut fat quarter and 1/3 yard bundles available, or you can put together your own 1/2 yard or yard bundles by making selections from our full catalog.

Happy holidays to all!

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

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

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 Gardener’s Scrub, $10.00

Handmade La Conner Shave Soap, $18.00

Handmade La Conner Shave Soap, $18.00

 

1820 House

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

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

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 Owl Pot, $48.00

 

Camilla Engdahl Teapot, $105.00

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

Stash Blaster Mini Weaving Loom, $26.00

 

Poast

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

Handmade Porcelain House Ornaments by Poast, $13.00 – $18.00

 

JohannaN Jewelry

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

JohannaN Large Horn Necklace, $66.00

 

Beekeeper’s Daughter

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

Beekeeper’s Daughter Votive Candle Set, $12.00

 

Sägen

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

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

Organic Dishtowels by SIP, $16.00

 

Etta+Billie

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

Etta+Billie Body Scrub, $10.50

 

Frederick Arndt

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

Mid-Century Holiday Ornaments by Frederick Arndt, $16.00