First star I see tonight…
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
For youngsters (and the young at heart) the stocking is one of the most anticipated traditions of Christmas. While usually stuffed with goodies that are small in size and in monetary value, a Christmas stocking packs a big punch in terms of surprise and delight.
Custom dictates that stockings are filled with toys, sweets, fruit or coins (or, for the naughty, a lump of coal). At Felt we have a sackful of traditional and not-so-traditional goodies for a stocking that’s packed with handmade delights.
So, to whip up a superbly stuffed stocking, it pays to start with one capacious item of Christmassy hosiery. Our talented makers have come up with a rainbow of options.
Add your staple ingredients: an orange or a clementine – or you could nip to the dairy for a 50c mixture or sherbert dab – whatever’s traditional in your neck of the woods.
Princesses will be gratified by a floral flavour and pirates will will cackle to discover a hearty handful of crew. Wee fairies and pixies appreciate some colourful decoration and your budding superheroes will save the world all the better if you fold in a healthy helping of superpower.
…where better to find it than the realms of the handcrafted?
There’s always someone on your Christmas list who’s impossible to find a present for, so we’ve lined up a list of cute and quirky gifts to help you find something a little different.
This twilight-zone of craftiness takes no prisoners and leaves no stone unturned in its mission to boldly go where no split infinitive, sorry, handcrafted showcase has gone before.
Okay, maybe we’re getting just a bit carried away here. Just how quirky can sweet little handcrafts be, right?
Face it, we’ve got a pretty weird and wonderful line up here. Indulge us – it’s Christmas, hey?
Hipsters – they’re hard to buy for. A keen sense of irony and an eye for the ultra cool is a tough combination when it comes to choosing gifts. So for the Gifts for Hipsters chapter of the Felt Christmas Gift Guide, we’ve selected a few slightly left field items (with a good helping of humour) to get you started.
One Trick Pony has the perfect gift for the hipster who is too cool for school, filled with ennui about even the hippest offerings:
Remember folks, the hottest happening of all right now is the handcrafting revolution. It’s hip to be handmade.
Great leaping lords, we have to come up with man-gifts again! Are you stuck on what gift to get a guy for Christmas? Well, here comes the Felt Christmas Gift Guide with its swashbuckling sidekick, the Gifts for Guys guide, to the rescue!
While those big box retailers will try and make you believe that every guy is happy with a barbecue or a power drill, we all know that there’s more to guys than that – isn’t there?
Most of us have fathers or brothers, boyfriends or best friends, husbands or mates to consider when it comes to Christmas. We all know that our guys range from sporty to geeky, academic to arty and everything else in between.
So we at Felt figured we could do much better than a mere powertool or measly griller. We’ve come up with a veritable treasure trove of manly gift ideas to take away those gifts-for-men woes.
When it comes to externalising your Christmas complicated situations, you know you can rely on Felt to sort it. Mate.
Bookworms, wordsmiths, drama enthusiasts, musicians and lovers of all things arty – as anyone with one of these beasties in their lives knows, they can be hard to buy for. If, at Christmas time, you usually end up resorting to book tokens or cold hard cash for your culture junkies, why not go handmade and find them something a bit different this year?
To set you on the happy path of homegrown cultural goodness (and goodies!), we at the Felt Christmas Gift Guide have been musing on everything from the needs and niceties of bibliophiles to the habits and habitats of pop culture-vultures. We’ve got lyrical notebooks (love that Jeff Buckley song!) and noteworthy napkins…
…and that’s just the start. The culmination of our labours is our Gifts for Culture Junkies guide – our aesthetic expression of the cultural zeitgeist in crafty form. (Ooooo posh!)
Merry Christmas, culture junkies all! May you have a unique, handcrafted and authentic Christmas – and an inspirational New Year.
Every domestic goddess appreciates the value of beautiful handmade belongings. Whether you are a domestic goddess yourself, you want to be one or you live with one (or, frankly, you just find them a little bit scary) Felt is your Christmas gift salvation.
Since every item on Felt is a handmade original, you know you’ll be getting her something special. The Gifts for Domestic Goddesses section of the Felt Christmas Gift Guide is overflowing with divine offerings that are sure to receive her blessing.
There are so many beautiful ideas for the home on Felt that we’re almost stuck for choice on what to present to you but, really, how could we not be taken by this fruit-cuddling felted bowl from the clever hands of Zanie Crafts?
We’ve gathered together all goodies great and small for our glorious goddessy gift collection, so you’re just destined to find something to please your domestic doyenne.
And for the domestic goddess exhausted at the end of her Christmas efforts, we prescribe the following treatment: plump up some nice new cushions on your comfiest couch…
Provide her with restful candlelight (softly scented) and a comforting cuppa…
…and do the dishes.
Originally from the United States, Londi Luce has lived in France for the last 15 years, where she created pieces for boutiques, artisan markets and art galleries around the world. Londi now calls Auckland home, and her ornaments can be found in her Felt shop, Cranberry Dreams.
What do you make? Christmas ornaments and wearable art jewellery.
How did you get into your craft?
About thirteen years ago, I was feeling a strong need to get back in touch with jewellery fabricating; however I was lacking the tools and space to start such an adventure. With the holidays approaching, I decided to experiment with making bulbs, but still wanted something that would fulfill my desire to touch and look at metal.
I started working with glitter, but still needed to feel something more natural; this is where sand came in! I developed a mix and a technique and got busy creating! After years of trial and error, I ventured into the world of craft shows, where I was successfully received and then began selling online!
Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Sand, glitter, wood, paint, wool, felt, zippers, metal, gems.
Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Reduce, reuse, recycle, re-inspire, and refashion!
Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I’m a third generation jeweller. My father is a master goldsmith; his mother was a jeweller and her father as well. I was lucky to be born in to a family full of talented artists and grew up with both a jewellery shop and pottery shop in my home. The feeling of melting or manipulating metal, touching stones or having my hands dirty with clay has always stuck with me!
galleryI started making jewellery at a very young age. When I was little, my mother bought my brother and me little pocket knives and bars of soap for us to carve. By the time I was 16, I was soldering, sizing and wax carving, to which I took a real liking. Today I have incorporated these skills into my Cranberry Dreams shop, as well as my unique jewellery that you can also find here on Felt as Chic Boutique!
If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
Artease-a : ability to push the unique from the ordinary.
What inspires you?
I am really just a kid at heart, inspired by tradition, nature, lighting, flowers, anything from a rock to a grain of sand – a piece of gold to a piece of glitter! (You will see what I mean at Christmas!)
I love to cook and bake (don’t like the calories), and it is reflected in the work I do as well as my titles. I like my Christmas ornaments looking and smelling edible – with sweet touches of cinnamon, punchy peppermint twist and delicate forms of nature! I call my jewellery “wearable art” or “eye-candy.” Everything I make is strongly influenced by my many years in France!
What was the last handmade item you bought? A beautiful handmade gift card.
A favourite quote:
Oh, I have too many, but some of my faves would have to be from Maya Angelou; my favourite is too long, “Every Woman Should……” Here are some others though!
“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realise that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” ― Maya Angelou
“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” ― Maya Angelou
Your favourite childhood book? Where the Red Fern Grows
What are you reading now? Anything Considered by Peter Mayle
Have a browse in Cranberry Dreams to make sure your Christmas tree looks its best this year, and if you leave a comment below, you’ll also go in the draw to win a set of two large and two mini snowflake ornaments made by Londi. The draw is open to New Zealand residents only until Friday 7 December.
Where do you turn when you need a Christmas present for the most on-trend of your friends? From unique accessories to handmade haute couture, Felt is a goldmine for style leaders and the fashion conscious. If you’ve got a fashionista to buy for this Christmas, you’re already sorted if you’ve found the Felt Christmas Gift Guide‘s Gifts for Fashionistas.
There’ll be no ruffled feathers – in fact, your fashionable swans will be a-swimming with joy – if you give them a beautiful retro swimsuit from Swanwear.
Jack and Flea are sure to please the young and avant-garde amongst us. We’re very taken with this gorgeous parti-coloured, spotted hoodie.
In putting together the Gifts for Fashionistas guide we’ve been really wowed by the stunning range of gorgeous statement pieces produced by our talented makers – this is just a taste of the many treasures we’ve showcased for you.
Finally, we couldn’t go past this beautiful and delicate Japanese paper necklace from Freedom Creative. We think you’d be hard-pressed to find a fashionista out there who doesn’t appreciate a touch of the exotic.