Thursday, October 25, 2012

Giveaway: Handmade Baby Hat or Plush Toy from Wild Arbutus - $25 ARV {11.25; US/Can}

This is a joint giveaway between Natural Parents Network and many other natural parenting sites. You may enter for all of the giveaways at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.
Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!

Natural Parents Network, Anktangle, and 24 other natural parenting bloggers are giving away 89 items perfect for gifting for the holidays as part of the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. The combined total value of all of the items is $2,550.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? The NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to complete your gift-giving purchases for family and friends, while supporting many naturally-minded small businesses. The companies who have provided items for giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses or work-at-home families.

Please stop back to enter the giveaway. The Rafflecopter entry system will be live November 1 on this post (and on every post participating in the Gift Guide). Please visit some of the other review posts listed below and read about the fabulous companies offering giveaways in the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide.

Please continue reading to learn more about Wild Arbutus, which is offering our readers a giveaway of a Handmade Baby Hat or Plush Toy, a value of $25!

About Wild Arbutus

Wild Arbutus is run by Melissa Vose, an artist, birth doula, and mama who loves to create beautiful things! She has four lovely children, ages eight, seven, three, and one. Her kids get to play with and thoroughly test out her crocheted creatures: they are the ultimate in quality control!

I really appreciate that Melissa chooses to use all-natural materials to make her hats, amigurumi creatures, and headbands, favoring soft, durable, and eco-friendly merino wool over synthetic yarns. (Items can also be made using cotton if you prefer it over wool.) Since all of Melissa's items can be made to your specifications, it's easy to get exactly what you want for your little ones from Wild Arbutus!

About the Hat

Melissa offered to create a custom knit hat for Daniel for this giveaway, and Daniel chose the hat with a whale. I sent Melissa his head measurement and she quickly whipped up this adorable blue and orange hat for us. The wool it's made of is soft and stretchy, with a little room to grow so it will definitely last through this year's cold weather.

I just love how cute this hat is on Daniel! When I gave it to him, he immediately pulled it over his head and flashed a huge smile.

Daniel really enjoys wearing hats and pulling things over his head and face (he even sleeps with a pillow over his head!) so after I gave him his new hat, of course he started pulling on it to get it down over his eyes. I was worried it would stretch out of shape and not fit well after all that tugging and rearranging, but it was no worse for the wear after a good pulling session. We've only had this hat for a short time, but I can already tell it is definitely kid-tested and durable enough to endure the (not-so-gentle) hands of my little one.

We haven't tried washing the hat yet, but it doesn't get very dirty just sitting on Daniel's head. Caring for wool is easy though: wash by hand or just wipe the surface with a damp cloth. The merino wool Melissa used in this hat is so soft and cozy, and comfy enough for my tactile-defensive son. He has some issues with clothing, but this hat doesn't bother him in the least: it just seems to make him feel happy.

I love how fun and whimsical Melissa's creations are: she is definitely a creative mama with a a great sense of humor and playfulness. Her original amigurumi toys are products of her and her kids' imaginations.

I keep eyeing the growing selection of toys in this shop and I just know Daniel would love to play with his very own snuggly nudibranch. The little monsters from Wild Arbutus are adorable, too—everything in this shop is so cute and fun!

If you or your kiddo likes to wear headbands, the newest items in the shop are beautiful crocheted wool headbands for all ages with fun details like a flower or a collection of vintage buttons. These handmade headbands would make really lovely gifts for people on your list this year—kids and adults alike.

Overall, I'm really very pleased with the hat Melissa of Wild Arbutus created for Daniel, and the interactions I had with her about it were all wonderful. I will definitely be visiting Wild Arbutus again in the future for gifts for loved ones!


You can purchase your own handmade hat or plush toy at Wild Arbutus. Knit hats from Wild Arbutus are $15-20 and crocheted toys run $25-27; everything ships Worldwide!

And just for Natural Parents Network and Anktangle readers, Wild Arbutus is giving a 10% discount on all orders from now through December 31st! Enter code NPNGIFTS10 during the ordering process.

Be sure to keep up with the latest sales and new items from Wild Arbutus on Facebook!


For your own chance to win a handmade hat or plush toy from Wild Arbutus, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. (Rafflecopter will be live November 1-25).

The winner will receive either a knit baby hat or plush crocheted toy, winner's choice! Contest is open to the US and CANADA.

Our Rafflecopter entry system opens November 1.

MANDATORY ENTRY: In the box provided in the first Rafflecopter entry, tell us where you would have your prize shipped if you are one of the winners. You must enter your name and email address while leaving a comment in the Rafflecopter system for your entry to count.
Leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses in Rafflecopter are not made publicly visible. Please leave the same valid email address in your mandatory comment so we can verify entries.

This is part of a larger giveaway hosted by Natural Parents Network. You may enter the whole giveaway at one site only, and we'll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy all of the participating sites!

Please note that each entrant can win only one prize, and NPN will be randomly assigning prizes to the winners. One of the giveaway questions asks which are your top five prizes so we can try to match winners to their preferences.

See the Rafflecopter entry system for bonus entries to increase your chance of winning after completing the mandatory entry. All bonus entries are entered directly into Rafflecopter. Give it a try, and email sponsorship {at} or leave a comment if you have any questions!

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Thank you for your interest in the Natural Parents Network Gift Guide! We invite you to read the reviews of other participating bloggers and return to enter the giveaway when it opens.

Our Rafflecopter entry system will be live at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Please stop back here — or at any of the review/giveaway posts participating in the Gift Guide — between November 1 and 25 to enter. Many of the giveaway items are open worldwide!

Here are the participating sites and companies. (Reviews go live between October 25 and October 31, and all links will be live by November 1.) We’ve included any coupon codes the companies have offered so you can get your holiday shopping under way!

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