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5-Star Buys: A Play-Friendly Take on a Family Portrait

Mar 1, 2021

by Rachel Mosely

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

In our 5-Star Buys series, we spotlight popular Etsy items that recently struck a chord with shoppers—and let their rave reviews do the talking.

We all have our own quirky little crew—that unique assortment of special people whose company, conversation, and cuddles can help us to get through anything. They’re our families, and thanks to Aleksandra Berlinsky of Myminifam, now you can make sure yours is always within arm’s reach. Taking detailed cues from her customers, the Lithuania-based maker (and 2020 Etsy Design Award winner) painstakingly hand-paints personalized wooden figurines of each of your loved ones, complete with everything from distinctive facial features and hairstyles to favorite clothes and accessories—like Mom’s go-to sweater, or big bro’s signature specs. She’ll even match the fur color of the beloved family pet. The result? A collection of one-of-a-kind statuettes that are as play-worthy as they are display-worthy. Just ask any of the delighted doll owners who’ve commissioned their very own set:

SHOP: Custom wooden family figurines from Myminifam, from $114

“We cannot say enough wonderful things about the portrait and figurines that Aleksandra made for us! Our family figurines have already been going on play adventures all over the house with our kids, and so we can report that they are also durable. They have given delight to distant friends and family over Zoom calls, too. We are definitely ordering from Aleksandra again for gifts.  It is a great deal of fun to communicate with her about these projects. She is creative, incredibly responsive, and very flexible with exchanging ideas and drafts to get the final piece perfect.” — SF

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