The EtsyNY Holiday Gift Guide Part I: For Him, Mom and the Kids

Picking out just the right gift is never a simple task. Let us take the stress out of shopping with our amazing 2014 Handmade Cavalcade Gift Guide.  We’ve put together into easy categories a bevy of special, cool and socially responsible pieces curated from all of the intensely talented EtsyNYteam artists who will be participating in the Cavalcade this year at Chelsea Market on December 13th and 14th.  Check the artists out online via the links provided for some great online shopping, or come join the fun and meet them in person at Chelsea Market starting at 10:00 am on Saturday!

And don’t forget that we are again doing the famous Cavalcade Goodie Swag Bags for the first 100 customers through the door - on both days!

So, without further ado, here’s the first of our two-part Gift Guide which includes Gifts for Her, Him, Mom, Dads, Kids and Gifts for under $25 as well. Something handmade with love for everyone!

**Please note images of all the products are featured in a gallery - please click on the photo in each section to see all listed products; they are in the same order as listings below.


Perfect for the gadget person in your life! This cool wall clock is made with a vintage bicycle chain ring and reclaimed textiles. A little bit of history to go with your time keeping, no two are quite the same.

For the creative who loves a customized libation! Bitters can change the entire character of a cocktail. This kit includes virtually everything one needs to make enough for oneself and even a bottle or two for friends as well!

For the guy who likes a little twist to his refinement. These neckties are made completely from scratch with silk shantung and permanent textile ink to achieve a finely detailed print. Comes in three colors and even more designs.

Let him be hip and eco-friendly as well as organized! This toiletry bag is made with sustainable and re-purposed materials. Rugged, refined and water repellent too!

Get him an original piece that encapsulates NYC in particular and the absurdity of the human condition in general. Graffiti from the neighborhood of Prospect Heights, photographed by the artist, mounted on wood and embellished with embroidery to truly highlight its brilliance.

Add a little originality and spirit to his formal attire with these funky cufflinks. Made from NYC photos captured in resin, then mounted onto stainless steel. These come in two different sizes and many other designs too!


Let Mom stand out from the crowd with these chic and sweet thank you cards! Beautiful, creamy, high-quality cardstock lined with sections of real antique poster from Paris.  Magnifique!

Allow Mom to wrap herself in warm, handmade luxury! Made with a snuggly wool blend, this long scarf and pageboy style slouchy hat with soft bill will keep her warm, stylish and protected from the elements.

Raise consciousness and give her something beautiful with this delicate symbol of the important and fragile place that honeybees hold within our environment. Real bees, captured in resin, died naturally and were gathered respectfully by responsible keepers throughout the Northeast.

A great gift for travel or for those long days around town, this great, get Mom this bright and cheerful handmade toiletry and anything else bag of laminated, water resistant cotton. A great medium size - it holds a lot and yet packs flat when storing in small spaces!

Jewelry is always an extra special gift for Mom. With many additional styles and colors to choose from, these lightweight, finely rendered enamel and copper earrings evoke the gentle ripples of ocean waves as well as other patterns we see and feel in our natural environment.

Everybody loves warm hands! Keep Mom warm and stylish with these angora blend mittens that have all those special little details that only come from something handmade with love.

Treat Mom to a spa-like experience of her very own! An exquisite blend of color and texture, this completely natural and non-toxic blend of Himalayan salt, rose petals and chamomile comes with your choice of scent. Stimulate, replenish, soothe.

Chic, soft and easy to wear, Mom will love this versatile and stylish necklace of specialized art yarn in a soft winter wheat, accented with metallic gold leather band that you can wear in back, front or to the side. Something a little different, yet really practical too.


A sweet and good-for-every-day gift for the small kid in your life, this hoodie is made of extra soft ring spun combed cotton, with a zipper front and pockets too! Tons of styles and prints to choose from, and a  percentage of all sales from this site go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society for research.

Calling all cute, cool babies in your life! This adorable lightweight knit cap comes in several sizes and is made of a soft, breathable cotton yarn, including the wonderful added brim to keep the glare out of little one’s eyes.

Everybody needs more friends! Give the little one you love this cute little plush animal made in a vintage-style using up-cycled fabrics. A small little guy himself, check out his black plaid wool ears and hound’s-tooth belly!

For the creative kid you know (isn’t that all of them?). These folding blank artist cards come in a set of bright, cheerful and super fun colors. Let them turn otherwise simple thank you and birthday cards into keepsakes for their grown ups and friends.

Why not let them have a little fun while they get clean? Add some extra joy at bath time with Momma and baby duckling soaps. Comes with a whole slew of babies and their Momma. Each of the soaps contain all natural ingredients and come in your choice of essential oils.

Blast off with this cute rocket tee in a great blue-grey. Made of soft, ring spun cotton, this tee comes in sizes 2-6. The special hand cut applique has been zigzag stitched, and along with this and other small details, this shirt makes and adorable as well as durable gift.

Take care, everyone. Happy shopping!

Melissa Hile, Prairiefunk