Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

How to make a well-stuffed stocking

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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. So if you’re helping Santa out this year, we’ve picked out some perfect little surprises for the wee ones on Christmas morning.


Historically stockings are filled with toys, sweets, fruit or coins (or, for the naughty, a lump of coal). At Felt we’ve collected a gorgeous sleigh-full of traditional and not-so-traditional goodies to help you create stockings that are packed with handcrafted delights.

So, to whip up a superbly stuffed stocking…

1. The essential housing

It pays to start with one sturdy and capacious Christmas hosiery item. Our clever makers have come up with a stocking to suit everyone.

2. The basic ingredients

An orange or a clementine is traditional – or you could nip to the dairy for a 50c mixture or sherbet dab – whatever’s fashionable in your neck of the woods.


3. The personalised flavourings

Add something to catch your little one’s imagination – are they builders or imaginers? Performers or adventurers? This is the flavouring that really makes the stocking for them.


4. The garnish

Finish it off with a sweet decoration or a spicy topping, and leave it to rest overnight – if your young recipient can wait that long!

Take a wander though the Felt Christmas Gift Guide’s collection of Fabulous Stocking Fillers, and check them out in our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too – you couldn’t make a happier handmade Christmas morning.


Five ways to gratify a gardener this Christmas

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Got a gardener on your Christmas shopping list? We’ve picked you our top-five bunch of garden-inspired goodies to appeal to green fingered friends and whanau.


1. An arty garden

Bring the handmade goodness outdoors! We have something to suit every gardener in our range of garden art and ornaments.


2. The seed of a good idea

Seeds, seed saver envelopes and plant markers all make great little gifts to hang on the tree or stuff in a stocking…


3. Bring the garden inside

A bit of plant life inside is good for body and soul. How about one of these stylish hanging planters? Or perhaps you could adorn the walls with some beautiful botanical art



4. How about garden-inspired jewellery?

Every garden goddess can do with a bit of bling after a day of carting compost or digging spuds. Make them feel glam again with a beautiful piece of jewellery, inspired by things green and growing.

5. …and make sure they get some pampering too.

Al the end of the day every gardener needs to look after their skin and rest their bones. We have just the thing…



Whatever species of gardener you know and love, you’ll find something to delight them on our Gifts for Gardeners page – it’s a hotbed of inspiring goodies! There’s lots more to choose from in our Christmas Gift Guide for other loved ones too, so have a browse – and don’t forget to check out our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too!


Gifts for the guys this Christmas

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Stuck on what to get a guy for Christmas? Failing to find that lightbulb moment of gift inspiration? Here’s an illuminating treasure trove of manly gift ideas for fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, best friends and boyfriends. Of course this isn’t a guys-only stash, but we think the men in your life will be pretty wrapped with something from our Gifts for Guys page.


While we wouldn’t dare go down the socks and underwear route, we have got some other smashing (and a bit more visible) accessories for the fashionable man about town:


Or how about something for the guy who’s not afraid to show his soft and cuddly side?

Star Wars is all the rage again with the announcement of the new movie, so a stormtrooper or two might be just the thing!



And then there’s the “gentle hint” kind of gift… or maybe your man already scrubs up well and would just like some more manly products?


We’ve got your gifts for guys worries sorted here at Felt – we’re pretty proud of the range of guy-friendly goods our clever makers come up with. Our Christmas Gift Guide and Catalogue on Issuu are bursting with lots of other gift ideas too, so put your feet up and do some of the most leisurely Christmas shoping you can imagine!


Gifts for domestic goddesses (and gods!)

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Every domestic goddess (or god!) appreciates the value of beautiful handmade household items, so Felt is the perfect place to shop for them. Plus, every piece on Felt is a handmade original, so you know you’re getting something special for your budding Gordon, Nigella or Martha.


Our makers have an eye for good design and up-to the minute style, crafting homewares that have an honesty and subtle sophistication that’s hard to beat.



Whether you’re looking for textural linens and weaves, or the richness of beautiful wooden homewares, we have something that will please every giver and recipient.


So to make sure you delight your kitchen diva or household deity this Christmas, get yourself a cuppa and settle in for one of the most relaxing Christmas shopping experiences you can get, browsing the Gifts for domestic goddesses (and gods!) of the Felt Christmas Gift Guide. And don’t forget to check out our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too!


Gifts for hipsters and urban hippies

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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. We’ve selected a few slightly left field items with a good helping of humour to get you started.


We reckon coffee‘s a pretty good bet when chasing up a hipster gift. Check out these coffee-themed creations!

There are some pretty hip animals around right now too: foxes and stags, raccoons and… sparrows? Sure, why not! I dare you to tell that sparrow he’s not hip to his face…



Then there’s the hipster accessories. These upcycled longboards are artworks in themselves, and what hipster would sniff at a hand-woven cover for their tablet?



Make your favourite hipster feel loved with a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas – we have heaps of good ideas to choose from over on our Gifts for hipsters and urban hippies page. There are lots of other great gift ideas to be found in the rest of the Christmas Gift Guide too, and don’t forget to check out our swanky Christmas Catalogue on Issuu!


Fab gifts for kids

Monday, December 1st, 2014

There’s nothing quite like handmade gifts for the little people in your life – they have heart and soul that mass produced toys just can’t compete with. Just take a peek at our amazing collection of cute, colourful and original handcrafted creations for kids – you’ll be just as enchanted as your tamariki.


We’ve got everything from cute and cuddly to boisterous and bouncy!



Gifts to fuel the imagination…

…and explore the world. Active kids will love these pressies:


And of course no bedtime would be complete without a cuddly companion (or several!) and a good book.


When picking out gifts for kids this Christmas, think handmade, think imaginative and think original – and get something great from our awesome range of New Zealand made gifts for children. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Gift Guide and Christmas Catalogue on Issuu for the rest of the whanau too!


Deck the halls

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Is your Christmas tree in need of a spruce up, or perhaps your pohutakawa’s poorly? Maybe your tree is showing just a little too much limb? Preserve its modesty with gorgeous New Zealand handmade decorations – we’ve picked out some lovely items to seasonally dress your place this year.



Whether you like your Christmas surrounds traditional or more southern hemisphere-flavoured, we have beautiful decorations to help you create a setting you’ll love. Check out these wee sweeties for your tree:


So however you like to celebrate, make sure you have a sweet-as Kiwi Christmas seasoned with lashings of handmade decorations from Kiwi makers. Get yourself sorted early by checking out the gorgeous selection on the Felt Christmas Gift Guide‘s Decorations page – and don’t forget to peruse our swanky Christmas Catalogue as well, over at Issuu.



Gifts for style fiends and fashionistas

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

From unique accessories to handmade haute couture, Felt is a goldmine for style leaders and the fashion conscious. So if you’ve got a serious style fiend or fabulous fashionista to buy for this Christmas, you’re in the right place!


Gorgeous jewellery will always go down well with a fashion fiend, and we have all sorts of unique and stylish pieces to choose from.


Our range of clothing and accessories is also bursting a the seams with gorgeous skirts, frocks and headwear like these beauties.

And if you need to fill a fashionista’s Christmas stocking, how about some lovely lippy?

Make a fashionista’s Christmas with unique, locally made fashion from Felt. Have a browse of our Gifts for Fashionistas page for heaps of fantastic gift inspiration, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Christmas Gift Guide and Christmas Catalogue on issuu too.


Gifts for makers and crafters

Monday, November 24th, 2014

You just know Felt is the place to shop for the makers and crafty folk on your list – we’re a creative type’s natural habitat! We’ve collected up some inspirational crafty bits and bobs for the makers amongst your friends and whanau.


Whatever your favourite maker makes, we’ve got something that will put a smile on their face and have them doing those “gimme” grabby hands, be they seamsters, yarn wranglers or workers in wood, metal or paper…



Storage of that stash, as well as tools of the trade, is always an issue for a maker, so check out these nifty storage solutions – what a great gift idea!

Our gifts for makers and crafters page is just one of the tailor-made solutions to your Christmas shopping conundrums in our helpful Christmas Gift Guide. Don’t forget to peruse our gorgeous Christmas Catalogue on issuu too.


Gifts for culture junkies

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Bookworms, wordsmiths, drama enthusiasts, musicians and lovers of all things arty – if you usually find yourself giving up and resorting to book tokens or cold hard cash for the culture junkies in your life, why not go handmade and find them an original cultural treasure this Christmas?


We’ve got treats for lovers of heraldry and history…


Libraries and literature…

…and music in many forms.

Make your favourite culture junkie smile this season with a handmade piece of cultural gold from Felt, your home of local handcrafted goodness. And don’t forget to have a wander through the rest of our Christmas Gift Guide and our Christmas Catalogue on issuu while you’re there!