Gift guide: Shopping for baby

Baby’s first holiday season is a memorable occasion (as is the second, third and really, every one that follows!) Just because you’re shopping for an infant or toddler doesn’t mean you don’t have options. If the child is young enough to be unaware of what he or she is wearing, think about the parents’ tastes and preferences and choose something unique, as delightful and special as their little one.

Part of the excitement of shopping handmade is that you’re shopping unique. By thinking outside of the box (and outside of the big box stores), you’re opening up a whole world of possibilities for cute and cozy gifts for baby. And so, Handmade Long Island presents this installment in our 2013 gift guide, a selection of creative gift ideas for the little one in your life. Happy shopping!

Crochet Ruffle Ballerina Tutu by Shore Thing Designs

This colorful hand crochet ballerina tutu is too cute for words! It’s a perfect photo prop for a birthday photo shoot, and will delight the little one who loves to play dress up! This skirt is made to order, and can be customized to your color scheme for the perfect piece. At $30, this handmade skirt is sure to please! Be sure to check out the selection of handmade photo props for baby, as well as stylish scarves and boot toppers for mom at

Baby Sleeping Pillow by Stitches and Hugs

Stitches and Hugs offers a variety of handmade stitches and sewn gifts for all ages. Notable are these sweet little pillow to hang on baby’s door, letting visitors know to keep it quiet. Ask about personalizing with your little one’s name on it. At a mere $9 plus shipping, there’s no reason not to check out the baby tag toys and wreaths, purses and other great items for mom as well! Shop at

Newborn Cotton Hat by GiggleGurls

This 100% organic cotton hat is oh so soft and cozy, just the right size for newborns through three months. At $18, buy it for baby’s first winter or in anticipation of a little one on the way. Don’t miss out on GiggleGurls’ other great items, including hand crocheted stocking caps for winter, bow ties, and the cutest little bear and dinosaur hats around! From baby through toddler, you’ll find it at

Curly Goose Feather Headband by For My Daughter

For the little girl (or mom) with a flair for the dramatic, consider this pink and purple curly goose feather headband. At $13, this beautiful handmade headband is a great accessory alongside some baby clothes, and makes a lovely photo prop. Available in a variety of colors, this stylish headband will ensure that someone you know is the chicest little girl around. Shop online at

Custom Knit and Crochet by RJHandmade

RJHandmade offers a variety of handmade knit and crochet gifts ranging from hats, scarves and headband earwarmers to baby blankets, crochet toys and doll clothes. Visit on Facebook at to view the gallery and commission your own special baby gift.

The Handmade Long Island Gift Guide includes items made by members of the Handmade Long Island directory who have e-commerce websites or online shops. Visit the directory for the full listing, including artisans who can be seen at local craft fairs and events and who offer customized designs. Please note that items included above may sell out or change price at the discretion of the business owner.

If you miss out on your favorite item, please review the rest of the website or shop – you’re sure to find another piece you love just as much!