Since 2006, Irene Hoofs has pursued and shared her passion for design with the world though her blogs — Bloesem Living and Bloesem Kids. These days, Amsterdam-born Irene lives in sunny Kuala Lumpur with husband Rik and two sons, Lode and Kiet. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
This the season to be jolly and to shop, my dear Etsy friends, and here is your little elf from Kuala Lumpur trying to help you find those special presents in the big Etsy world. I’ve created these gift guides mostly with kids in mind, but adults can have fun with these picks, too.
[1. Felt plush stuffed cat by saumansmith; 2. Handmade mittens by SarahMcNeill; 3. Wool cape by OneMe; 4. Retro toy watch bracelet by misakomimoko; 5. Fuwa bow hairclip by HOMAKO; 6. Musica print by blancucha.]
With two sons and only nephews, I don’t often shop for girls, but finding great girly gifts on Etsy is almost too easy. It’s not easy to choose from so many beautiful handmade goodies! And those bow hair clips are too cute to pass up on.
[1. Moustache stamp set by deKrantenkapper; 2. Vintage Double holster by LeafpeopleVintage; 3. Canvas Teepee by houseinhabit; 4. Faux Moose Head by whitefauxtaxidermy; 5. AnaPad 2 in wood by twigcreative; 6. Cozy bunting by romawinkel.]
Anything that spells adventure or requires ingenuity of some sorts makes my boys bounce up and down. These are items I can definitely see my boys having fun with – products that stimulate the imagination and let them enter a world of fantasy and suspense. (Bonus: they are great ways to spend a day indoors if it is cold and wet outside.)
Shopping for arts and crafts on Etsy is an endless journey of joy. These are my must haves (especially those Japanese washi tapes, which I can never get enough of).
[1. Super Hero masks by oppositeoffar; 2. Wooden swing by TheOriginalTreeSwing; 3. Lille huset dollhouses by GrowStudio; 4. Longggg beak bird by TIMOHANDMADE; 5. Rabbit softies by Jane Foster; 6. Vintage Viewmaster at GoodnightHollow.]
I still have some of my old childhood toys. I feel a sense of nostalgia when I see toys like this vintage Viewmaster, which simply would not break down, even after thousands of clicks.
[1. Khaki wonder tent by Such Great Hights; 2. The mini tiara by TheMiniatureKnitShop; 3. Wooden flower pendant by nihamaj; 4. Deer print by tinyfawn; 5. Red Orange bear by HermanMarie; 6. Felt flower garland by islacorbett.]
If I were still a young girl, I would dream of decorating my room with these items. That flower garland is one of my personal favorites.