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Guest Curator: Small Magazine handmade and vintage goods

Olivia Pintos-Lopez and Christine Visneau began Small Magazine together in 2006.  Small is a free online magazine featuring independent children’s design with beautifully photographed fashion spreads, book reviews, commissioned artwork and smartly curated selections of clothing, toys and decor. They paired up and started Small as they dreamed of providing a quality publication to give exposure to independent designers and to collect, commission and curate work from their favorite small-scale makers and artists. Also be sure to check out Smaller, their web journal of ideas and inspiration.

Photograph by Steve Visneau, featuring spats by Soil and fairy crown by tamar.

Right from the beginning we have always featured many Etsy designers, artists, illustrators and products, so we spend a lot of time looking through all the amazing work on this site and hand picking items to feature in future issues. Here we have collected some of our favorite, affordable gift ideas for kids from the Etsy shops. Take a look…


vintage little red wagon

This vintage wagon is from minordetails. We love her blog and are totally inspired by her amazing eye. She is the expert in children’s spaces. $18.

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Retro Dot Crayon Holder-16 Crayons Included-Great Gift

Perfect for the budding little artist. Kate Williams was obviously inspired by the crayons for which she made this roll — what beautiful and colorful fabrics! By KateWDesigns, $14.

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New Paper Dolls

We commissioned theblackapple to illustrate a fashion editorial in the Winter issue of Small and think her paper dolls are a perfect gift for any little fashionista. $16.

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rag doll, audrey at the beach

We love to follow Audrey and her friends Oliver and Eleanor on their adventures, especially their photo booth antics. What a lucky birthday for any child to receive one of littlebigpants‘ handmade creations. $55.

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My Paper Plane

Whenever a child gets a gift of art rather than a toy, the parents are always so grateful — less clutter and it keeps forever. This Paper Plane print by belleandboo is timeless and perfect for any boy’s room. $46.50.

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Home Sweet Home – printable 3D House Card, Envelope, Gift Tags, Favor

We love the idea of saving a few dollars while planning a birthday party. This printable PDF by GoMakeMe can be used for party invites, party favors and gift tags. Best of all, you can print out as many as you like. This is a great way for your child to help you prepare for the party while doing a fun DIY project together. $6.

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RAINY SUMMER DAYS. german vintage mikado pick up sticks game.

We are not sure what we like better — the actual game of pick-up-sticks or the beautiful packaging and instructions that come with it. myredboots always has the most amazing vintage children’s items; you can never go wrong with gifting vintage! $7.50.

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Play Cape in Blue Flowers on White

Since kids naturally use our kitchen towels as capes you might as well give them beautifully handmade ones. girlnumbertwenty will even personalize it! $15.

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Photograph by Steve Visneau, featuring drawer pulls by fisforfrank, legwarmers by Soil, mittens and doll by cozyblue, burp cloths by bellaserababy, beaver plush by FantasticToys, robot scarf by syko, and owl cloth ball by AppleBlossomBaby.



You will know who the birthday girl is in this bold and bright Marimekko print party dress! Classic and modern, mette gets it right with every design. $46.

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DOWNY DUCKLING, a vintage LADYBIRD Book, with full page color illustrations. To collect and display, or for your altered art.

Here at Small, we are constantly inspired by vintage children’s book illustrations. Vintage books make excellent gifts and are way better than buying from a big retailer. From storyline, $5.

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Lego My Stego – Organic Cotton – Kid’s Medium Navy T-shirt

For the dinosaur loving birthday boy. We love EarthCadets‘ quirky placement of this Stego! $18.

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Where I Left Off – Felt Birdie Bookmark

This beautiful felt bird bookmark by TheCupcakeGirls will keep your child’s library books in perfect shape. No more dog-eared pages! $8.

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mini pennant banner

koosi has made a mini version of the usual fabric banners. Make any kid’s room feel like a party every day! $9.

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SNIPPETS Scrapbooking Card Pendant Children DIY Collage Altered Art Kit Making Scrap Stash Fabric Bag

You can always make something out of leftovers! These fabric scrap squares from yoyocottage would be a perfect party activity. A little imagination and some glue sticks can equal hours of fun and beautiful art. $1.

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Photograph by Nick Prendergast, featuring wrap dress by faithworks4u and hair clip by MyBellaBows.

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