2012 indie designer gift guide

December 4th, 2012

I love Christmas shopping – actually i just really love giving gifts. Those who know me best know i don’t really need much of an excuse – random gift out of the blue, i’m on it. Tell me you are pregnant, you will receive maternity clothing. You sew? you get patterns. You’re homesick, you get a care package. Tell me you have an obsession with something, and it’s pretty much on my mind every time i shop. I generally plan for Christmas for months, because i really care about getting my friends and family thoughtful gifts.

Over the years, as i’ve been growing my own indie design label – i’ve come across some truly talented indie designers. I’ve seen how important it is when people support my business, and so i’ve been striving to support more indie designers – especially over the holiday period.

So i thought i might share with you some of my favourite finds from some of my favourite indie designers. Please check them out, they are truly talented artists.

Anja’s marbled leather is just amazing. period. I love all of her new accessories, and these marbled leather cat coasters are pretty much the best thing ever for cat lovers. right?! seriously.

Oh Merl. There isn’t a jewellery designer out there i love more than Merl. She has the most amazing aesthetic, her design is flawless and unique – and she herself is one of the kindest sweetest people i’ve ever met. My collection of Clydes Rebirth necklaces is fast growing and with good reason. Her new collection is just wow, and i’ve already gone nuts and bought myself (cough) a few presents hehe.

Foundry is one of my newest finds – and i pretty much love everything Alana comes out with. I recently bought this print for our family room, and i love catching a glimpse of it during the day. Such a great reminder.

Rennes leather accessories are just amazing in my opinion. Julia has a real eye, and I feel like all her pieces are the kind of thing you use every day and keep forever. Her totes and pouches are my favourite.

I’m really into pretty dishtowels these days – and my favourites are the florals from Lisa Rupp. They are even prettier in person and last beautifully.

I’m kind of obsessed with Albie Designs city prints at the moment. I love that they perfectly capture the heart of the city, rather than being a technically correct rendition. The D.C. one is obviously my current favourite, i miss that lovely city and the wonderful friends in it.

I have been head over heels in love this Odette pod ring for ages, and who can really go past arrow bangles? not me.

You’ve probably heard me gush about Melissa Esplin a number of times – she’s the graphic design genius behind Megan Nielsen patterns cover art. She has a number of gorgeous instant download art prints that i love. I have this “You are my favorite” print hanging in our room, and i freaking love it. I was also going to recommend her calligraphy beginner gift pack too, but it’s sold out. yeah she rocks.

How cool are these Red Rhino leather and gold bangles? I really love the colours and the natural feel to them. They’re so awesome

Leah Duncan‘s store is always my first stop when i want cute new art for my house. She does amazing prints, cards, scarves, cushions, calendars and teatowels – and they are all amazing. I typically have no self control, they are that good.

What about you? Who are your favourite indie designers? Do you think you’ll shop indie for the holidays?

5 Responses

  1. Amber says:

    These are great!! I esp. love the artwork of the cities.

  2. Mim says:

    WOW! I just went over and checked out LEah Duncan’s shop, and it’s AMAZING. Right up my alley, which incidentally, I think must be somewhere near your alley because I love every single peek into your style and home I get!
    PS I got my Banksia pattern the other day, and it looks beautiful! I think I might make another version today!

  3. Lynda says:

    I love them all!

  4. Ginger says:

    Oh, wow, these are all so cool! Thanks for the links! I’m a big gift-giver, too, and I’m always looking for unique hand-crafted gifts, so these links are perfect!

  5. Rozlyn says:

    Thanks for sharing these – I’m so inspired by all this handmade goodness!

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