In the run up to this year’s festive & gift giving season, I’m creating a number of gift guides. This one is all about super cute & pretty enamel pins, aka lapel pins, and also aka (here in the UK) badges! (You can also see my previous gift guides right here).
While researching this post, I discovered this huge subculture – you can get enamel pins for *everything*! Any cult tv, film, motif. Plants, people, book lovers, bands…. The list, I’m pretty sure, is actually endless. Happy pins, dark pins, feminist pins, sarcastic pins… some stuff I didn’t even understand (probs cos I’m not cool enough). If you’re into it, there’s a lapel pin for it!
Wearing an enamel pin sends out a little signal to the world of the kind of gal or guy you are. A bit like band teeshirts, but so much more subtle… you have to notice and pay attention to the wearer, which is actually a lovely way of making new friends and bringing people together!
I’ve kept this a light / happy / fun selection. These are perfect stocking fillers, secret santa gifts. Little tokens for a special someone.
I love the sweet message and simplicity of this pin by Liz Mosley. Pretty sure most of us can identify with the sentiment (this basically sums up my life).
How cute is this Alpaca wearing a scarf! It’s by Yay For Friends and I think is a beautiful mix of cute with a nice dash of quirk.
You’ve most likely seen Nikki McWilliams’s famous biscuit cushion… mmmm yummy! Now feast your eyes on this tasty milk & cookies pin. So cute!
Got a cat lady friend? Of course you do! Justine Gilbuena has you covered. I love this cute kitty, which you can find in black or white on Etsy. This reminds me, I must create a cat themed gift ideas blog post soon…. *furiously scribbles in notebook*
This Leafy Ampersand enamel lapel pin ticks a lot of boxes if you have a designer friend. Typography, check! Black and gold, check! Foliage, check! It’s a winner. Made by Paper Anchor Co.
Delicious and eye catching. This strawberry basket pin is super sweet and made by Shiny Apple Studio.
Meet Sally Sunshine! Her maker, Leslieanne Made It has heaps more happy designs that evoke a 70’s style nostalgia on her website.
All the heart eyes for this little creature. It’s called a Moon Moth and is made by Northern Spells. So beautiful.
It’s autumn as I write on my side of the world. But whatever the weather, warm clothes are always my preferred option. I can totally relate to this Sweater Weather Forever enamel pin made by Byron McKoy.
I had a similar pair of roller skates to these when I was a kid and I loved them! Although mine were not nearly as cool as this pin. (Is it wrong that I want to go to a roller disco right now?!) Made by Punky Pins.
Do you or someone you know like snail mail and also like lapel pins? Get on over to the Baltic Club! Find this one and loads more on their site.
Last up – if ever there was a time for a message of peace and love, it’s now. I love the neutral colours and seventies vibe of this Peace enamel pin by My Little Day.
I hope you found something you love! Now it’s over to you… I feel like I only really scratched the surface on the amazing world of enamel pin badges – I’d love to discover more amazing makers. If you know of any please share them with the world!
Want more gift-giving inspo? Take a look at my wall art gift guide here.
P.s. Please Pin! These makers deserve to be found. Please consider pinning this post, so more people can discover, and don’t forget to visit the makers own sites too 🙂 xx