Etsy Gift Guide: Christmas Keepsakes for Kids

Etsy Gift Guide: Christmas Keepsakes for Kids

Every year my mom buys each of my three chil­dren a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion. She’s being doing it since they were born, grad­u­ally putting together a beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of orna­ments to trea­sure and to use on their own Christ­mas tree when they leave home. I think this is a lovely idea and a tra­di­tion I hope to con­tinue with my own grand­chil­dren one day.

I’m guess­ing that most of you have already dec­o­rated your tree and homes by now, but it’s not too late to fall in love with some­thing spe­cial, for this year or the next. You can find all sorts of orig­i­nal orna­ments on Etsy, the fes­tive sea­son is per­fect for inspir­ing design­ers and crafters to use their imag­i­na­tion and cre­ate unique, one-off dec­o­ra­tive gems. I love vin­tage and hand­made things, so today I have cho­sen six orna­ments that I think you and your kids might like to keep. Enjoy!

Hand-Embroidered Floral Wreath by Jess Quinn on Etsy

Hand-Embroidered Flo­ral Wreath Decoration

avail­able for $77 from Jess Quinn Small Art

Jess Quinn is one of my favorite doll and soft toy mak­ers. Her tal­ents never cease to amaze me, so it’s not sur­pris­ing that I am smit­ten with her Christ­mas designs. This pretty, hand-embroidered flo­ral wreath is a mini work of art. I would like to hang it on a wall in my lit­tle girl’s room all year round, wouldn’t you?

Dala Horse Collection from Hindsvik on Etsy

Vin­tage Swedish Dala Horse Collection

avail­able for $65 from Hindsvik

You just can’t go wrong with folk Dala Horses, at any time of year. These tra­di­tional Swedish orna­ments in red, blue and white will def­i­nitely put you in the fes­tive mood but can also look fan­tas­tic grouped together in a child’s room. An instant col­lec­tion of three, that’s one lucky find!

Handmade Pom-Pom Stars by Joana Rosa Braganca on Etsy

Pom-Pom Stars

avail­able for $40 from Joana Rosa Bragança

Por­tuguese illustrator/maker Joana R. Bragança’s quirky Christ­mas dolls have proven pop­u­lar this year but she still has a cou­ple of Pom-Pom Star char­ac­ters left in her shop. Kids will love their smil­ing faces and long stripy legs so much so, in fact, that I doubt they will want to hide them away in a box after Christmas.

Vintage Swedish Christmas Gnome from Drifva on Etsy

Vin­tage Swedish Christ­mas Gnome

avail­able for $23 from Drifva

This lit­tle wooden Swedish tomte & sled orna­ment is very cute indeed. Dat­ing back to the 50/60s, it is in very good con­di­tion and will delight you and your lit­tle ones for years to come. Some things just don’t go out of fash­ion at Christ­mas, do they?

Handmade Blue Bauble Character Decoration from Handmade Romance on Etsy

Hand­made Blue Bauble Char­ac­ter Decoration

avail­able for $19 from Hand­made Romance

Evie Bar­row is another favorite doll maker of mine, so I’m over the moon to see that she’s tried her hand at mak­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions this year. Hand­made and hand-embroidered, this one-of-a-kind blue bauble char­ac­ter has oodles of per­son­al­ity, and would look equally lovely hang­ing on the wall in a child’s room. Her entire col­lec­tion is wonderful!

Vintage Polish Doll from Samjams3 on Etsy

Vin­tage Pol­ish Doll

avail­able for $24 from Samjams3

Pol­ish dolls are a clas­sic vin­tage toy but there’s no rea­son why this pretty, win­tery maid couldn’t be put out on dis­play at Christ­mas. Made in the late 1950s, and in excel­lent con­di­tion, she is jointed and dressed for out­side play. A beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tive piece for Christ­mas and beyond that will most likely make its way into a lit­tle girl’s room mid– January.

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  • Kara Cole

    I’m always on the look out for vin­tage trea­sures to dec­o­rate my home with at Christ­mas time. I’ve made many a pur­chases on etsy for such finds. I love the Vin­tage Swedish good­ies that you’ve found here! That might just have to be my next purchase!