5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition


5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

If you or a loved one has a winter birthday, this is guide has the perfect gift for them! I put together a gift guide earlier featuring Canadian small businesses that have products perfect for winter birthdays. ⁣⁣

Today, I’m featuring Knitty Little Secret’s knit mittens, Modern Feather Candles’ mason jar candles, NORMandLOU Handmade’s knit beanies, Steaped Slow Ceramic’s ceramic kitchenware and Thoughtfully Handmade’s handmade birthday cards!

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1. Knit Beanies

NORMandLOU Handmade | Handmade Knit Beanies | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

When you think of winter, what else do you think of? Cozy, knit beanies (or touques, as we Canadians sometimes call it), and you can never have too many beanies!

NORMandLOU Handmade | Handmade Knit Beanies | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

So, suppose you know someone with a winter birthday. In that case, a knit beanie is a foolproof gift idea, especially the ones from NORMandLOU Handmade. The owner, Christa, is dedicated to providing you quality knitwear that’s long-lasting and unique. She only uses materials and patterns that look great on everyone!

NORMandLOU Handmade | Handmade Knit Beanies | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

I really love her luxury line, which is made with sustainable, ethically sourced biodegradable materials. Cozy and eco-friendly? Sign me up! Also, I appreciate that Christa offers an extensive size range from adults, youth and children, to toddlers and babies.

NORMandLOU Handmade | Handmade Knit Beanies | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Christa mostly sells to her local community in Thunder Bay, but she happily ships nationally! So, make sure to head to NORMandLOU Handmade’s website and follow Christa on Instagram to get behind-the-scenes content!

2. Mason Jar Candles

Modern Feather Candles | Hand-poured Candles | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

The other thing synonymous with winter? A fireplace. But, if your birthday celebrant is like most people and doesn’t have a fireplace, candles are a great option! Or, your friend may simply like candles. Regardless of the reason, these mason jar candles from Modern Feather Candles by Brandy are a fabulous gift idea!

Modern Feather Candles | Hand-poured Candles | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Brandy and her husband founded the business in 2019 after they started candle-making as a hobby. Ever since, the husband and wife team have made numerous candles using soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance oils from Canadian suppliers. All of their candles are made with love, passion and attention to detail.

Modern Feather Candles | Hand-poured Candles | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Candle-making is a science for Brandy and her husband. Their candles are made in small batches and quality controlled to ensure they’re long-lasting, safe and perfectly scented. What I especially love is their dedication to choosing fragrances that they know people will love. From calming, earthy and fruity aromas to sweet and seasonal ones, their candles are great for any occasion!

Modern Feather Candles | Hand-poured Candles | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

To purchase this versatile gift, head to Modern Feather Candles’ website. You should follow them on Instagram, too, for sales and market alerts!

3. Knit Mittens

Knitty Little Secret | Hand-knit mittens | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Another winter essential? Knit mittens! I love the ones Lindsay from Knitty Little Secret makes because it’s straight to the point and bold.

Knitty Little Secret | Hand-knit mittens | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

While Lindsay offers other knitwear, these mittens deserve to be given as a gift to anyone who smokes weed, is blunt and loves a bit of profanity. If that describes your friend, these mittens would be a perfect gift for them!

Knitty Little Secret | Hand-knit mittens | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Lindsay started knitting to pass the time, but it quickly became a business. Her mittens are made with warm merino yarn, which she sources from local yarn shops. I love how her mittens are machine washable because mittens get dirty easily.

Knitty Little Secret | Hand-knit mittens | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Lindsay also creates custom orders that cater to her customers’ needs. To shop, head to Knitty Little Secret’s Etsy shop! Be sure to follow Lindsay on Instagram to see sneak peeks of new projects!

4. Ceramic Kitchenware

Steaped Slow Ceramics | Handmade pottery | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Soup, hot chocolate, and so much more- all winter-time foods that deserve some pretty crockery to be eaten out of. If your friend loves hosting dinner parties, is a foodie or just loves cute bowls and plates, Sara from Steaped Slow Ceramics has you covered!

Steaped Slow Ceramics | Handmade pottery | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Sara makes gorgeous ceramic kitchenware and planters. She discovered clay years ago. Pottery went from a hobby to her profession after she left her corporate job. Since then, Sara has dedicated herself to making unique, handcrafted goods for people that appreciate handmade, slow-made and well-made items.

Steaped Slow Ceramics | Handmade pottery | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Sara hopes that her pottery will help whoever uses it to be more mindful and add joy to their lives. Sara steeped all of her creations slowly, with love and care, and they’re meant to be loved and long-lasting.

Steaped Slow Ceramics | Handmade pottery | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

To bring a little joy to your friend’s life for their winter birthday, head to Steaped Slow Ceramics’ website to purchase. You should also follow Sara on Instagram because she often posts sneak peeks of her creations!

5. Handmade Birthday Cards

 Birthday Bonanza | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Is your birthday celebrant someone you know well enough that it’d be awkward to not get them a birthday present, but not well enough to get them something personal? A handmade birthday card is your solution! I have many birthday cards fit for all occasions.

Birthday Bonanza | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

If you know them well, you can also get them a card in their favourite colour and pair it with any gift from this gift guide. That way, you can write a thoughtful message inside to make the gift even more special! Handmade by me, intended for you to give, all of my cards are meant to spread joy to whoever receives them. I started Thoughtfully Handmade with a mission to help others spread positivity.

Stack O'Presents | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Giving a handmade card is a small gesture that can bring happiness to people’s lives! My products are unique, and I only produce 6-8 cards for each design. By purchasing something from me, you’re also donating ten cents to Toronto Environmental Alliance. They are a non-profit organization that strives to build a greener Toronto.

 

Argyle Wishes | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Winter Birthday Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

 

To purchase a card, you can click on a photo above with the design you like or visit the “Shop” page. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles, for fun behind the scenes content and to DM me on Instagram if you want something custom!

 

Weren’t all of those gifts so fun and unique? I hope you were inspired by my suggestions in this winter birthday gift guide and found the perfect gift for them! I know how hard it can be to find a thoughtful gift that supports local businesses and your budget. Well, I did the hard work for you by curating this gift guide, so you have no excuses now. If you weren’t inspired, I have so many other gift guides! Just look at the recommended section to see!

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