Happiness - A Curated Artisan Christmas Gift Guide

Enjoy the run up to Christmas with us, the stories of 18+ designer-makers, eco-friendly handmade gift ideas, the happiness of creating and a joyful read - hopefully with your feet up

Happiness - Gifting Independent Artisan Works This Christmas

Happiness is to be shared, artisan blog series by PASiNGA full of Christmas stories and gift ideas!
Happiness is to be shared! - personalised wooden sign by bypryor.com - not to worry I will introduce this lovely maker soon!

Yep, it is September. Can you believe it? And yes, it is almost time to prep for the big gifting season. I know early right?!, but I want us to start a new tradition this year or maybe you are a superstar and you continue a long lasting tradition of shopping and gifting designer-maker / artisan / indie made works. I would like to introduce some fellow designer-makers of mine, who are not just amazing in their own right but all of us a based in Europe, many in the UK, and even in London, like myself. However, quality handmade works which you can  often personalise take time to make and that's why we aspire to inspire early this year!

I know what you are waiting for, the freebie or voucher code. Don't be disappointed, I don't have a collection of those for you. It simply does not feel right and here is why. We designer-makers and artist love and live our work, everything each one of us creates is heartfelt, envisioned, crafted with care and each piece is unique in one way or another. Every time we ship something to you we ship a piece of our soul and hope that you will cherish it the same way we cherished every second making it. So all I am having is stories and the hope you will enjoy them, maybe even get inspired by them, feel the urge to shop happiness!

Happiness for you, your family and friends when you tell them about the people who helped making their gift this year. The happiness for you knowing you supported someone who loved creating and crafting for you.

Now, I can't speak for all of us but maybe for some, when I say, that every time you share my work, be it with a like on one of my social channels, contact me, buy something or leave a review - I am excited and delighted, absolutely happy to know that you are there supporting my work, me, one way or another. In fact we are all very grateful and I for one will be showing my gratitude this Christmas with set saver offers, complimentary gift wrap and free shipping options! And I am sure my fellow designer-makers will have similar 'thank you's' in store for you!

So but where and how to find you guys?!
Let me help with that, I am going to feature 18 [+ me] designer-makers and their stories over the coming weeks. The picture on the right has items by all the makers but not all the items. I am very proud they trusted me to style, photograph and talk about their creations. I promise, the stories, gifting inspiration and links will be well worth stopping by!
Furthermore, many of us already have their own website, next to Etsy and so on, and there are special directories or groups which 'vet' us before we get listed, for example  Crafty Fox Market or Craft Central. There is the fantastic Just A Card campaign which presents makers on their blog and does so much more - like the 28th is #JustACardDay.

The beginning of this years artisan Christmas stories by PASiNGA, follow the blog for the gift guides to come!
Artisan gifts of this years Christmas stories - be inspired by the posts to come!

If you like Etsy the London Local Group will help you find makers in London, just check the member list - and yes you will find many of us and me there tooBut be sure to check their blogs too! So, that is online sorted but from time to time we do pop ups and markets as well. To find the latest - it is best to either follow the blogs of the designer makers you like or you could check the sites I just mentioned above. 

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Cheers To the Gifting Season - Special Makers Gift Guide Part One

Cheers to the gifting season, part1 of an artisan Christmas gift guide series by PASiNGA art and design

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ... the gifting season is coming but let's get in the mood first - over the coming weeks slowly but surely the excitement is starting to grow and even the adult of the totally grown ups is starting to get into the mood that the festivities are around the corner. I promise I wont hit you with just all the 'jingle bells', well not just yet but to share three stories of three wonderful designer-makers with you, who create items you will be able to enjoy before Christmas as well as during and after, so treat yourself to get in the gifting mood, well everyone does it, no? just me? ok, well go on than give it as a thoughtful gift. Personalised, handmade unique and quality work takes time but can give endless happiness!

< Wooden baubles & banner ByPryorArrangement ; Enamel Heart Mug by smaltumfunenamelware; Mittens by ValentinaKarellas; Geometric ring by EniJewellery; styling & photography by PASiNGA


Have a look at Valentinas fashion which is 100% unique and once you know about her ethical sourcing I am sure you would be more than proud to call one of her pieces your own or gift it proudly to a loved one. Or how about the wooden banner with a motivational quote by Willow or - and here comes the Christmas happiness - her personalised baubles [picture above] I am just in awe of those! With all this early Christmas thinking and the thought of all the jolly stressfulness of the upcoming season I think we deserve a proper black or afternoon cuppa - I mean, don't you think?! Yes, I think so too, my workbench as well as desk look pretty complete with a sturdy and fun enamel mug by Bebe! But get to know these wonderful ladies better before you decide to have them make something just for you or the person in mind .... 

Mittens & Scarf by Valentina Karellas, featured in the PASiNGA curated Christmas artisan gift guide

Valentina from Valentina Karellas

has a sustainable approach to urban chic and the antidote to London’s fast fashion.

Every piece of her modern and tactile knitwear is one-of-a kind. That’s because of the use of surplus yarn from large factories that would otherwise have gone to waste.  She is dedicated to sourcing and handcrafting everything locally in North West London. Her pieces are made to order leaving zero waste in the production. Using a linear approach to the making process, this reduces our carbon footprint as well as focusing on the final garments beauty and quality, making no compromises to the finish. 

A wonderful unique and luxurious fashion gifts for him & her

Mittens £45; Long Scarf £95, for more ValentinaKarellas


Personalised Wooden Banner & Christmas Baubles by ByPryorArrangement, featured in the PASiNGA curated Christmas artisan gift guide

Willow from By Pryor Arrangement started started making things when studying Lighting Design in London.

She began by putting lights in props for theatrical shows, and moved into weddings, decorations and homewares. On the way she built a giant lightbulb for an exhibition in Sydney, wired up the LEDs in Starbug, and laser cut a lot of things for my own wedding - from invitations and favours to cheeseboards and chandeliers. Nowadays she designs and makes things in a little workshop in her home in Maidenhead, UK, which she shares with her Lasercutter, her husband Luke and their two bunny rabbits Charles and George.


Gifts for the typography lover & gifts for the whole family

Wooden Banner £7.50; Personalised Bauble £7.00,

for more ByPryorArrangement on Etsy

Enamel Mug With Heart Design by SmaltumFunEnamelware, featured in the PASiNGA curated Christmas artisan gift guide

Bebe from Smaltum Fun Enamelware.

Her mum set up her first workshop about 30 years ago! Since then, her work has developed and together they are working and creating fun, colourful and durable enamelware and jewellery. They work from a little workshop on new designs and their customer stories as the following expresses their joy of making.

A photo of a happy girl from France, to whom they sent her lost earring or a panicking father from the USA whose kid lost the mug and is refusing to drink from another! …

What they love the most about enamel is how timeless and resistant it is - it never loses its colour, you can put it in a dishwasher, or take it camping and put it on open fire to cook in. So go on do the ecological thing - use them again and again! 

A mug for everyone & for tea or coffee lovers - Heart Mug £16, 'Life begins after coffee' Mug £16, for more SmaltumFunEnamelware on Etsy    psst - in this shop you could find a little something for your pet as well!



Tips for whom these gifts could be perfect for ....


All fashionistas as well as everyone who loves a piece of unique fashion; the wall art collector or someone in love with motivational quotes; every family member should have their own Christmas bauble; mugs like these are perfect for hikers, bikers & campers or everyone crafty; a mug with a quote - nothing can go wrong if given as an office gift ....

More unique and wonderful gifting ideas, styles and uses for those items featured today, other items as well as designer-makers yet to be introduced will be in the upcoming Christmas stories!



psst ... Part 2 featuring 5 designer-makers will be up September the 26th, see you!

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