The closer Christmas gets, the more I look forward to partaking in my family’s yearly traditions. One of them is sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on panettone on Christmas Eve. I’m convinced that cocoa (or tea) tastes better in a pretty mug. This ceramic mug is hand painted in a lovely navy blue. The variations in the paint makes it look bright blue in some areas and brown near the edges. I especially like the contrast of the stark white snowflakes against the dark blue background.
I am particularly fond of mistletoe—it seems to convey the feeling of warmth and love. This mistletoe is hand-beaded from glass beads and finished with a golden yellow bow. Hang it wherever you like, but I bet the beads will glisten beautifully when placed near a light source.
This little reindeer ornament is so sweet. The antlers are hand-beaded and add just the right amount of sparkle. He’s got some “ornaments” dangling from his antlers, too. I love it!
Need an accessory for an upcoming Christmas party? This poinsettia hair pin would be an elegant addition to your holiday garb. It is available in either red or white and would also be a great as a gift!
One of the things I enjoy most about Etsy is discovering unique handmade items like this wood-burned ornament. I like the stars scattered above the snowcapped mountains with pine trees nestled at the base. The wood used to make this ornament was harvested from fallen branches, so you can rest assured that no trees were harmed in the process of making these ornaments.
When wrapping up gifts, I like to get creative with the packaging. Most of the time I repurpose materials that are readily available (i.e. lying around the house), but once in a while I use something unique—like these birch bark gift tags. They are harvested from bark that has naturally fallen from trees in Maine. I think they’d be perfect little tags for gifts or party favors at a rustic themed Christmas party.
One thing that I look forward to during the holiday season is sitting near the fireplace. I enjoy the warmth it provides while watching the flames dance in the hearth. I always like to use a starter to get the fire going, so when I saw these eco-friendly fire starters, I was delighted. They are made in Hawaii from macadamia nut shells. Use them in the fireplace, a fire pit, or even to start a campfire!
The reindeer on these napkins have some stately tree branch antlers. The napkins are 100% cotton, and the design is screen printed. I think they would be an elegant addition to one’s rustic Christmas décor or as a hostess gift.
This charming tote bag will make a nice Christmas gift for the foodie or the chef in your life. No matter what cuisine your BFF prefers, there’s an diverse mix of round foods on the bag. Jammie Dodger, anyone? How about a burger patty or daifuku? Your food lovin’ friend can use this baggie for toting around books, groceries, or whatever else their heart desires.
Aaaaah!! Be still, my heart! These little elf shoes are sooo cute! Newborn babies can wear these handmade booties for a special occasion (e.g., a family portrait or Christmas photo shoot) or every day to get in the Christmas spirit. If you want to complete the elfy attire, you can also get the matching hat.