Our top five handmade gifts this Christmas

The trend for giving home made gifts at Christmas has been growing over the last few years. I for one am a great advocate of shopping locally and supporting small business, being one myself!

I also love the individual care and artistry that goes in to making something unique rather than mass produced. Filling my home with beautiful one off pieces has always been my passion, whether they be vintage or handmade.

The pieces  I've chosen here have all struck me as particularly special.

1. From the ever inspirational Lobster and Swan, a blogger, photographer, designer and maker who I have a big blogger crush on. I sit for hours scouring her beautiful blog. Her Winter Fairies are simply stunning and perfect for grown up girls as well as little ones (to look at only!). Made from vintage lace and paper and embellished with glitter and sequins they are delicate works of art. I suspect I would never allow Matilda to play with one of these ladies, I'd prefer keep her all to myself. Get yourselves to her shop as they are all one offs, so if you snooze you'll lose!

Winter Fairies All

2. From our friends over at Ever So Flo we have fallen in love with the hand framed butterflies. The butterflies are ethically sourced, and framed with glass front and back so you can love them from both sides. So delicate and elegant. They've just started a lovely blog too so do take a look.

3. Little Buds Boutique has just started up and is run by a Mummy friend of ours. They make beautifully finished wooden letters, and handmade butterfly/letter pictures. You can buy one letter or a name but as they are so reasonably priced I'd go for the full name.

4. I spotted these quirky, little mug cozies by the award winning Peggy Collection on Twitter, and immediately thought what a great little stocking filler they were! Perfect for keeping your hot chocolate warm on those freezing cold January days.

5. Lastly, I fell head over heels in love when I spotted these whimsical dolls made by Alice Mary Lynch in the December issue of Country Living. My inner child longs to have one of these in my bedroom to be admired and loved. They appeal to my sense of the theatrical, a magical make believe world where anything is possible. Discover more of her adorable creations on the website, where you can also commission your very own bespoke creature.

All photos taken from the respective websites.