This cute little heart-shaped glass bottle could be used for so many things. Fill it with jelly beans for kids’ Valentine’s Day favors; glass beads and jewellery thread for a fun birthday gift; or use it to hold flowers at every place at a wedding reception. It’s only small, measuring 3.25 inches, so the cuteness factor probably outweighs the usefulness, but cute generally wins out for wedding and party favors anyway.
At only $2.25 each the heart glass bottles are very affordable and a great boost to creative ideas for all sorts of gifts. I’m thinking of using them for little Christmas jars of preserves, lemon curd or marmalade, once I’ve worked out a way of sealing them properly.
Bright and verging on retro kitsch, you’ll either love or loathe these cheerful salt and pepper shakers by Romero Britto.
Personally I think they’re great, but I’m not sure how functional they actually are. Get them as a gift for someone who loves the quirkiness of Romero Britto, or buy them for yourself as an eye-catching display piece for your kitchen shelves.
The price is irresistible too, down to $14.35 from $59.86 on Amazon via the BT group, so great for some last minute, budget-friendly Christmas shopping!
This beautiful olive wood ornament is a really unusual Christmas tree decoration and would make a wonderful gift. It’s made in Bethlehem out of local olive wood and is cleverly hand-carved into a 3D nativity scene, with the warm natural grain of the wood a big part of its attraction. Continue reading →
Glass Christmas tree ornaments are a rare find these days. They are the stuff of nostalgic old-fashioned Christmas, from our grandmothers’ trees. They had probably all been broken before our childhoods, so fragile are they. But there’s no reason why we can’t aspire to those beautifully decorated trees of old with real glass ornaments and candles in holders… as long as we don’t have toddlers, cats or crazy dogs to knock Christmas trees over!
This gorgeous purple glass heart ornament is by Kitras who make a range of exquisite glass balls and hearts in all sorts of colors. Not cheap at $22 each but they are the kind of thing that you can give as a gift or collect over the years until you have a treeful by the time you have your own grandchildren!
For the eco-warrior who still loves a dash of glitz, these heart pins made from recycled glass and pottery would make a great little gift.
Artist Nicole Whitney of Paloma Pottery collects broken glass and re-purposes it into a wonderful range of jewellery and household items. The glass almost has the look of a crystal geode with its multifaceted reflection of light.
Perfect as a stocking stuffer or a lovely romantic gift, the heart pins come in various colours from amethyst to forest green and measure 1” by 1”. I love the extra green touch of a selection of packaging options, from zero waste, through biodegradable low-impact packaging, up to gift wrap.
Simple, elegant, bright and cheerful these heart decorations are exactly what I’d make myself for a friend’s Christmas present. Hand-made by the ladies of the Heartfelt project, they are full of love, just as if you’d made them yourself – giving the extra the joy of a hand-made gift.
To tell the truth, I’m a little nose out of joint here, as Heartfelt was the name I’d picked in the unlikely event that I actually got around to creating a business out of my own felt sewing projects. I never did and they have, so I wish them very well with their initiative and am glad that they have so many lovely products to be worthy of such a brilliant name!
Heartfelt are a community initiative in South Africa, creating employment in a poor rural area and bringing new skills to the community. They create all sorts of felt products besides these (think magnets, keyrings, toys and mobiles) so go and browse for inspiration if you are looking for a special and individual gift. The website has a proper shopping cart and converts prices into several international currencies, so makes online shopping very easy – a welcome change from so many small sites and a sign of an efficient business!
I love finding unusual hand-made heart decorations and this one is a definite for my collection: bright colours, delicate detail and a lovely design that looks almost like embroidery. It measures 10cm (approx 4inches) across and is available in assorted colours and designs .
The painted heart comes from India, supplied by Fairtrade organisation The Little Feet Company. They donate 30% of their profits to social projects and orphanages in Central Vietnam and have strong links with that country. They are a UK-based website but have very reasonable postage rates worldwide.
Simple heart shape and smooth stainless steel, this looks like one of those feel good toys that would appeal to adults as well as kids. It’s aimed at little girls who believe in fairies I think, perhaps to emulate Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, but I could imagine it going down well with bigger girls too just as a beautiful toy.
There are no reviews that describe the sound of the chime, which makes it difficult to assess on sound appeal, but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a little gift to please a young daughter or niece, or a special stocking filler.
Gorgeous and gaudy, these hand-made and hand-painted tin heart ornaments and plaques are a great way to add colour to your home. I love the energy of the bright colours and the fact that each one is slightly different, as they are all hand made by artists in Oaxaca in Mexico.
There are a wide variety of wall plaques and smaller tin heart ornaments too, which would be great to decorate Christmas trees. They are bought directly from the artists and imported by Phil Saviano at his website Viva Oaxaco Folk Art, based in Boston.