Have you started yet?

Christmas shopping, that is. I am one of those cheesy people who loves to start celebrating the season months in advance, so I usually start shopping for gifts early. Like, real early. Like, August. This year, though, I am slacking a bit. I think I bought my first gift in October and I feel like I’m soooo behind.

Thankfully, we have this amazing thing called the Internet. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t shop from my computer. I don’t know about you all, but I seriously HATE mall shopping during the holidays.  The crowds, the overpricing, the same old boring stuff. No thanks.

I’ve done a lot of my shopping on Etsy. Shocker, I know, but it was a goal of mine to try and support home crafters and indie artists since the very beginning of the season. I have found some AMAZING things. Here’s what I’ve purchased from Etsy artisans so far:

This gorgeous family tree print for my parents:  http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.41785026.jpg The artist, Angie, is doing a custom family tree for my enormous family. (2 parents, 8 kids). I love how different it is from other family trees that I have seen. Here’s her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=21665

Earrings for my sisters: This pair is from musical kitten, who designs awesome jewelry using guitar picks. So creative! http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.32934631.jpg Be sure to check out her super cool store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6072937.  

Novelty bath/body items for my baby sis: These are awesome! Check out the shape of this soap! http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.43233189.jpg Isn’t that great! Seriously, I’m totally amazed by the creativity that I find on Etsy. I also bought some cupcake flavored lip balm from this same shop, Embrace Bath and Body. Here is their shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5528943

As much as I adore Etsy, they don’t have EVERYTHING that I’m looking for this season. I’m still trying to find some quality toys for my boys. Toys that aren’t stupid, cheaply made or overpriced. In other words, toys that aren’t from Toys R Us. But where do you go to find such gifts?

Hearth Song (hearthsong.com) is an excellent place to start.  Their toys are educational and extremely well made. I love that they sell toys that focus on a kid, well, being a kid. No skanky dress up stuff for girls, or crazy stupid video games for boys, but actual honest to goodness toys. Wooden tools, colored stacking blocks, car kits, fairy wings, wooden dollhouses and tea sets. If you’re fed up with c-r-a-p toys (I always spell that word in my home) like I am, this store will be a breath of fresh air. Here is a sampling of what they have: http://hearthsong.com/productCollections.asp?section_id=5&join_key=105&sc=1005&body_sc=1005&gc=218&clnm=GiftCenter

The one down fall to Hearth Song is their prices. They can get expensive. In my search for keeping things under budget, I found Rainbow Resource to be a great place to shop. For those of you that homeschool, you’ll probably know Rainbow Resource. And while they are a great place to get curriculum, they also have some great toys. I get a toy catalog every year around this time, and I ALWAYS mark the heck out of it. Lots of great pretend play toys, engineering toys, and art supplies at great prices. Check them out here: http://rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1226596374-437269&subject=20

Well, while I am certainly not done shopping, I have made a significant dent in my list. And while I’m sure that I will find most of my gifts via the Internet, I have this sinking feeling that I will have to make that dreaded trip to the mall…yikes.

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November 13, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family.

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer Stewart replied:

    I love the family tree print! What a brilliant idea for your parents!

  2. elizabeth bernhard replied:

    Sarah, my sister has a blog. She is big into hand made retro items and sewing as well. I thought you might like a link to her blog http://markitwab.blogspot.com/

    So glad to get back in touch!

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