We sorted through the scary santas and questionable key rings to find the most brilliant kids presents in Etsy-land (all made by crafters right on your doorstep.) From mini dungarees to painted peg people (and with gifts starting at just $12) here are the best on the block.
The pet project of two Japanese creatives: San Fran-based designer Nobuko and Brooklyn-side Tomomi, the sewing half of the equation. Their whole collection is full of quirky, 100% organic cotton, tees and pants in a gray-meets-neon color palette. From $21.
Candy and Paper
Windsor Terrace mom-of-two Lori Fletcher works with local illustrators like Kim Kauffman to create whimsical paper scenes. Choose from toadstool homes, mermaid sandcastles and gingerbread houses; all made for kids to color, cut and then (hopefully) spend hours playing happily with. From $14.
This husband-and-wife team have made an art out of the humble peg doll: each is whittled from Urapan wood and hand-decorated with toxic-free paints. Whatever ticks their imagination – pilgrims and Indians, undercover ninjas, cats and dogs – you’ll probably find it here. They also do custom-made replicas of your family. From $26.
Crafter Annie Bruce made her first felted unicorn horn when her daughter Bee pleaded for a unicorn birthday party. Now she turns out a kaleidoscope of conical head toppers in three sizes. Little disco unis will love her sparkly option. From $12.
Brooklyn Navy Yard-based Jenny Kim has taken one of fashions most overlooked items, dungarees, and turned them into the perfect 21st century kids one-piece (selling a whooping 5000 pairs so far). Each is handmade and takes Kim around 3.5 hours. Choose from canvas, corduroy and lightweight cotton in make-you-smile fabrics like multi-colored stars and moustaches. From $45.
Wool maven Kim Grassie Konen juggles her Etsy day job with a yearning to knit. Each item is a one-off (so no chance of embarrassing “who wore it best” situs on play dates). Think tomato red bobbles and Breton striped baby bonnets. From $30.
Carroll Gardens seamstress, Jorden Ellis churns out impeccably made bunting, cushions and pop-culture aprons. But the self-titled “outfitter of crayon soldiers” is best known for her 100% cotton, ammo belts, which come fully-loaded with 24 Crayola crayons in more than 40 fabric designs. From $25.00.