Of course, the place to go is Etsy, a veritable shoppers' paradise with every conceivable handmade product available from artists and artisans worldwide.
Picking just five was not an easy task, but I limited the criteria to products that are useful for the typical child, affordable, beautiful and, thus, created with love.
Here are my picks for the season:
Journal made using recycled kids' clothing
"Old world bookbinding" may conjure up images of thick, dusty books but bookbinder Andrea Kohler of Nicopapergoods uses her artistry to create fun and beautiful journals and notebooks for the young and the young at heart. Born in Switzerland, Andrea learned her craft in Zurich, where she had her own shop for 14 years. Since 1996, she's been based in Seattle, where she painstakingly binds books by hand and restores damaged books.
Notebooks open flat and feature unique touches
Maple Shade Kids is a fairly recent addition to the roster of Etsy sellers, but in a few months already has a few dozen customers who say the pegboards and artwork are beautifully crafted, high-quality and add the perfect touch to their kid's room.
Well-loved kids' books are turned into decorative accessories and toys at the Tiny Giraffe Shop. Amy McGrath, a stay-at-home mother of two in New Jersey, sells wooden blocks, puzzles, clipboards, light switch plates, and pails, among other things, that feature illustrations from vintage and recycled books.
Sarah uses colorful fabrics such as those designed by Amy Butler for the outside, a natural muslin for the inside and stiff interfacing to make the bins sturdy. She also offers an eco-friendly interfacing made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, though she notes that the bins aren't as stiff. Most bins, which are about 11-inches tall, sell for $22.99 U.S. dollars.
Dawn Garini of Bearly Art has always been an entrepreneur. As a high school student in Connecticut, she worked her way through all the art classes and sometimes sold her paintings at the end of the day to fellow students for $5 back in the day when "five bucks got you something."