Rainy City Shops: Etsy Made Local

I’m sure there was a time when I used to enjoy Christmas shopping… a time when I would drift from independent boutiques laden with beautifully wrapped parcels and dangling fancy bags from my cashmere-begloved fingers, glowing in the knowledge the small group of people that I had to buy for would love every thoughtful gift. Oh and there would be flakes of snow falling, catching in my artfully mussed locks, while cute kids started carolling in the background.

Wait a minute, I think that was a film I saw once, possibly starring Cameron Diaz. No I’ve never been a great Christmas shopper, but now I seem to be buying “on behalf of” other people, trying to think what their mum or sister would like (and they are the easier ones! please don’t talk to me about buying for other people’s dads. My own is hard enough) I’m definitely a real grinch about it.

Perhaps the solution is to start shopping in the flesh again, something I’ve increasingly abandoned as life got busier. With this in mind we will be heading to the Etsy Made Local event at the People’s History Museum over the weekend. We think Friday night will have a chilled vibe, perfect if you are one of those people who can’t handle really rampant shopping crowds, or on Saturday there will be the Our Kids Social team for a fantastic craft workshop and a chance to get creative with your kids, before showing off your funky feet and groovy moves on the dance floor with their Silent Disco fun.

We’ve picked some of the makers we are going to be checking out for family gifts, but hey why not browse them all – there are over 40 so you are bound to find something that is just perfect.

Gizzy’s Gifts

Adorable miniature guinea pigs, penguins and doughnuts speak to the six-year-old girl in all of us. I mean look at that, a carol-singing mouse. I don’t even know what it’s for but it is so sweet.

Lydia Meiying

More cute animals, this time adorning items such as temporary tattoos, enamel pins, badges, tote bags and notebooks, making ideal gifts for tween or teenage girls where you want to keep it sweet but not too saccharine.

Poco Bambino

Soft bibs in beautiful patterns printed on 100% organic cotton and backed with super absorbent, soft and functional bamboo French terry, perfect for protecting little outfits from big spills. This is our pick for friends who have had babies fairly recently (for obvious reasons) but also because even if you are not going to be long-term gifters, it’s always lovely to mark a baby’s first Christmas and these bibs are very sendable in the post.

Nell Smith

Fun unisex designs for cool kids, and grown-ups too, plus gorgeous lino prints which make beautiful art for nursery walls (I want the Walk in the Woods set myself).

Wild Things

We love these dresses that walk the magical line between everyday clothes and the dressing up box, with unicorns, deers, penguins and reindeer as standard. Not to mention a veritable cornucopia of superhero capes, dragons and mermaids tails and angel wings. Imagine if we all dressed like this all the time? Don’t you think the world would be a better place? Let’s do it!


People’s History Museum, Friday 1-Sunday 3 December, book ahead for the Our Kid Social event on Saturday 2 (which is £5 per child, adults go free)

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As always we highly recommend checking on the links provided to make sure a session hasn’t been moved or cancelled before you travel. This event is part of our weekend round-up check it out for more ideas for fun with the family this weekend, there is absolutely loads on!

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