Blog Posts Tagged ‘gift guide’

The holidays are here, and we’re all looking for the perfect presents for our loved ones. Here at Monaluna, we love to give unique gifts that support makers, and the maker in all of us! Here are a few of our favorite picks for the creative and eco-conscious.


Stocking Stuffers for Sewists

We carry lots of beautiful, specialty tools that are perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for the sewists in your life. A few of our favorites:

Merchant and Mills Tailors Thimble, Seam Ripper, Sewing Gauge, Tailors Beeswax, and Finest Needles, and Tulip brand Glass Head Pins and specialty needles


More great ideas for stitchers include the Merchant and Mills Sewing Kit, packaged in an oilskin canvas roll, and Reds Extra Sharp Shears. See more great gifts for sewists here.



Beautiful Books

Craft and sewing books make great gifts for creatives of all sorts! We carry lots of titles, from beginning sewing books for kids, to specialty quilting and sewing titles, and even some beautiful embroidery guides.

Bath and Beauty

We love giving the Handmade LaConner range of lotions and scrubs, including some masculine options like the Shave Soap, and the woodsy scented lotions. All of these products are handmade in Washington by a small team of artisans using only natural ingredients. 

Jewelry and Scarves

We carry a curated range of jewelry, including pieces by Larissa Loden, Ethic Goods and Johanna N from Sweden. Our Monaluna infinity scarves make great gifts, too!

Craft Kits and Supplies

Craft kits and supplies make great gifts for all levels of makers. We offer some great products for making adorable sewn and embroidered stuffies, cross stitch necklaces and cuffs, looms for weaving, pompom and tassle making, puppet and soft toy kits for kids, felt creations supplies and sashiko supplies and kits, among others.

Kids + Babies

Don’t forget the kids! Natural products like Eco-Kids Eco-Crayons, Earth Paint and Natural Face Paint are great gifts for the creative children on your list. We also carry a range of organic cotton and recycled wool baby products for the littlest ones.

Happy, Healthy Home

Finally, we have some lovely products for the home, like Betz White’s Eco Throws, Andrée Jardin natural wood brushes, Savon de Marseilles Olive Soap, natural beeswax candles, Scandinavian ceramics by Camilla Engdahl, maple bread boards and grow -your-own herb kits in cute ceramic cans or natural paper packaging.


All of the products we carry are handmade by small makers, or made by companies using natural materials and sustainable manufacturing processes. Can’t decide? We also offer Gift Cards, so you can let them choose the perfect thing.  Explore our whole site to find just the right gifts for your favorite people!




Father’s Day is June 18th, and we have some great ideas for unique and sustainable gifts for the special dad in your life. Here are a few ideas from the shop, as well as some DIY projects you can make yourself!



Green Growing Gifts

1. Homemade La Conner Preshave Oil
2. Homemade La Conner Shave Soap
3. Can+ Plant Growing Kit
4. Cultivate & Eat Growing Kits
5. Etta+Billie Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap
6. Happy First Father’s Day Card 



Sew Dad an Apron

Does your Dad love to BBQ and cook? Why not create this custom canvas apron. We felt so inspired by Purl Soho’s “Adjustable Apron” tutorial that we decided to sew up a few. This apron was made with Herringbone Canvas and Spot On Canvas with red sticking accented cotton webbing. I think grandpa would love this one too! Check out all our canvases for inspiration for your Dad.



Make Him a Trendy Bowtie

Spring and summer bring weddings, graduations, and patio-parties, so why not give Dad a way to spruce up his look. The Sew Like A Mom, “Men’s Bow Tie Tutorial” provides easy to follow instruction to create your Dad something, thoughtful and homemade. He’ll love it!

We created our bowties out of Polka Dot PoplinLittle Leaves Poplin and Pellon Fusible Interfacing. This is a great gift idea and you have just enough time to sew up one or two for the special day. We also thought how precious would a Father and Son matching bowtie set be?

Whatever you decide to do for your Dad, make sure you give him a big hug, and wish him a happy Father’s Day from us!

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



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



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



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

The holidays are now in full swing, and this year, more than ever, I’m feeling excited to spend my holiday shopping dollars supporting green businesses. In the year since I opened our Monaluna studio and shop, I have loved finding independent makers who create beautiful, handmade products using sustainable materials and practices to fill out the “Green Goods” section of our shop. Some of them use our organic fabric and other organic materials in their products, some use reclaimed or recycled materials, and others are focused on helping impoverished communities through fair trade production. In all cases, these are products that have a lower negative impact on the environment, a positive impact on communities, and help to elevate the practice of creative making. Today, we celebrate small makers using organic fabric, and bring you part 1 of our Eco-Friendly Gift Guide, the Etsy-shop Guide! Check out these great sellers, who make many or all of their products using organic fabric.


Organic Quilt Company

Handmade, organic items that are beautiful, functional and ethical.

Organic Baby Blanket from Organic Quilt Company

Organic Quilt Company



Hand sewn and crocheted baby blankets, baskets and hats. The doll Moses Baskets are adorable!

Crocheted Edge Blanket - Baby Dear Shop

Baby Dear Shop


Indigo Crane

High-quality, handmade knitting and project bags. Perfect gifts for crafters!


Organic cotton knitting bags by Indigo Crane


Fern Organics

Organic cotton and hand knit clothing, hats and accessories.

Organic Knit Play Set from Four Ferns

Organic Knit Play Set from Fern Organics


Kimimila New York

Darling organic clothing for babies and kids.

Feeling Clucky Organic Playsuit by Kimimila

Feeling Clucky Organic Playsuit by Kimimila


Mary OBrien Baby

Organic fabric baby items in beautiful packaging that is 100% reusable and compostable.

Organic Cotton Bib Set by Mary O'Brien Baby

Organic Cotton Bib Set by Mary O’Brien Baby


Sew Bendy

Handmade project bags or purses, including lots of organic fabric options!

Organic fabric purse or project bag by Sew Bendy

Organic fabric purse or project bag by Sew Bendy


Thread and Ginger

Bags, purses and accessories including some organic fabric options.

Organic cotton hot pads by Thread and Ginger

Organic cotton hot pads by Thread and Ginger


Benoit Designs

Organic, eco-luxe and cotton creations.

Organic cotton quilt by Benoit Designs

Organic cotton quilt by Benoit Designs


Nikki Designs

Organic cotton and hemp table linens, window coverings and home furnishings.

Organic cotton place mats by Nikkidesigns

Organic cotton place mats by Nikkidesigns


Stay tuned for more eco-friendly gift ideas in the coming week!