7 Sweet Newborn Gifts by local Birmingham makers!
The weather is finally bending a little more towards fall, the clocks go back this weekend (don’t forget!) and November is upon us! With the holiday season quickly approaching, some of you may be preparing your nest for a little one on the way. Or perhaps you are an eager grandparent/auntie/uncle/friend looking to make some purchases for a new or expectant baby. If so, here are some resources for local Birmingham newborn gift ideas!
Poppy Cloth Co.
WHO: Sandy Pepin
WHAT: Handmade burp cloths, teething necklaces, headbands and quilts
Featuring whimsical patterns and colors, Sandy has everything from quilts to burp cloths. Her pieces are handmade, each one unique, and bring a sense of quirky nostalgia. Pair one of her playful burp cloths with a teething necklace and headband for a sweet and personal gift for the new mom in your life. These pieces would also be great props for a newborn photo shoot! You can place orders at Poppy Cloth Co. on Etsy; for locals, Sandy offers to waive of shipping fee if you would prefer to pick up your item(s) in person. All in all, this is a sweet shop run by an even sweeter lady.
WHO: Tammy Harper
WHAT: Customized embroidery and embroidery tutorials
WHERE: local craft markets, https://www.etsy.com/shop/thesmallwoods
For a distinctive gift, consider placing an order with Tammy Harper of Smallwood Studios. Tammy specializes in hand stitched embroidery. She has been featured in Martha Stewart and in Country Living and was chosen as "One of the Country's 100 Most Creative" by Country Living. The majority of her work is done on embroidery hoops of varying sizes, but she has stitched jean jackets, backpacks and other nursery décor items. You have the option to purchase a ready-made piece or request a custom order. Tammy will be set up at Moss Rock Festival this weekend (Nov 3) and at Pepper Place next weekend (Nov 10). Also, she hosts classes around the Birmingham area, so keep an eye out for those as well!
Sullivan Yates Clothing
WHO: Laura McCarty
WHAT: Handmade boutique infant and children's clothing
WHERE: https://www.sullivanyates.com/, local craft markets
This company, founded by Laura McCarty in honor of her first-born daughter Sullivan Yates, delivers handmade boutique infant and children’s clothing. Simple and timeless, SY clothing features playsuits, separates, and dresses ethically hand made. Laura recently released the Fall 2018 line and it is so dreamy. Laura has a great eye for color and style, and her designs display her visions beautifully. SY will be at Chickadee on November 16 and 17 for their Made in the South event, so be sure to stop by and say hello!
WHO: Jordan Hughes
WHAT: Stationary and baby shower cards
WHERE: East59 Cafe, Pizitz Food Hall, https://www.statelymade.com/
If you’d rather let your loved one choose their own gifts, gift cards are always the way to go. Instead of just popping it in one of those generic card holders though, go an extra step and choose one of the designs from Stately Made, a local print shop that features ADORABLE note cards with a distinctively Southern flair. With gorgeous hand lettering, funny phrases and bright colors, these are a great way to personalize your gift! You can pick up one of Jordan’s creations in person or online.
Yellow Hammer Creative
Yellow Hammer Creative carries unique Birmingham and Alabama themed prints, posters, and clothing. A favorite newborn baby gift is their “Somebody in Birmingham Loves Me” onesie, which can serve as a gift for locally born babes, or little loves who live at a distance. For nursery décor a popular trend is the eclectic gallery wall; why not add a city-centric piece of art to the collection? Check out their inventory online, or make a stop in their location at the Pizitz Food Hall (next door to Warby Parker).
Fireflies and Fairytales
Sold at local boutique maternity shop The Swanky Stork, this line of boutique nursery bedding is simply timeless. With numerous designs to choose from, you can invest in gorgeous linens for the little in your life or put them on a gift registry. There are so many sweet options but the the pink sheep crib sheets are precious for a girl! I also love their custom monogrammed pillows - the perfect addition to complete your nursery. If you stop in at the Swanky Stork, take a look at their maternity clothes - they are things you don’t mind wearing after pregnancy.
Scripture and Sawdust
For those of you looking for a more rustic gift, perhaps a custom name sign is the way to go. You can contact them directly or order through the Swanky Stork, Scripture and Sawdust creates custom hand painted name signs and Bible verse signs. These signs would be a perfect addition in baby’s room!
Hopefully this list gets you off to a great start and helps you remember to shop local when you can. And while you’re at it, go ahead and book your holiday newborn photo session with Bindu Ann Photography; you won’t regret it!
Happy shopping, Birmingham!