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Where to Find Local, Handmade Gifts for the Young-uns

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I’m officially way behind on my gift buying. I’ve been especially grateful to Etsy this year for not only connecting me to local crafters, but also for making holiday shopping a little easier for this procrastinator. I’m not buying as many gifts this year, but I am excited to buy some for the kiddos in my life.
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I’ve just made friends with a two-month-old, and I’m smitten with how cute she looks in hats. For her, I’m hitting up local crafter Lauri Armstrong’s Etsy shop.

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Armstrong makes reversible hats using recycled yarn and fleece, with images of animals, like the monkey pictured (right). She offers to make custom sizes (the one here fits 0-6 months), so I’m thinking about ordering one for my own head. She’s also running a promotion of 15 percent off all items through December. ($20 plus shipping.)

dollUlla Seckler’s Etsy shop features her handmade dolls, constructed using the Waldorf technique, a tradition that started in her native Germany. Seckler’s dolls are made from pure wool and cotton, and I immediately crooned over the tiny tots featured in the “Wee Pocketdolls” category.

She also offers plenty of doll clothing, from nightgowns to a mermaid costume, so that playing dress-up is even more fun. (Wee dolls are $9.25-$9.50 plus shipping; clothing varies.)

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