Handmade items for thoughtful gifting

St. John's, Canada · 46 Sales


Handmade items for thoughtful gifting

St. John's, Canada 46 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Beautiful Items for Slow Gifting

I began creating handmade celebration countdown calendars because it fit perfectly with my ideas for thoughtful celebrations. I wanted to promote fun, family traditions and heirloom countdown calendars that can be used for sweet celebrations together year after year seemed like the perfect fit. I created my first colorful countdown calendar as a birthday gift for my niece. The idea is that she can countdown to her birthday each year with little gifts or treasures inside each bag.

As a child, growing up, my mom would often put little surprises in handmade gift bags for special occasions. I would usually find these gift bags at my place at the kitchen table. My ideas for handmade gift bags usually come to me based on gifts that I'm giving - for example, I created the prototype for the "love" gift bag when brainstorming a gift for my sister-in-law's wedding. We knew that we would be gifting money, but a card and envelope with money didn't seem quite special enough. I purchased a beautiful letterpress card, then hand-embroidered the word "Love" on a handmade gift bag in my handwriting. We used the gift bag as the envelope, and it can also be used by the couple, year after year, for gifting small special gifts to one another on their wedding anniversary.


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  • Alison


    The Petit Cadeau is French for ‘small gift’ When it comes to gifting I believe in handmade, quality over quantity, and beautiful packaging. I also LOVE snail mail. I am a part-time creative & mom from the beautiful island of Newfoundland, Canada

Production partners

  • Cre8iv Design Studio: Digital Printing

    Mount Pearl, NL

    Petit Mail cards are printed by an external local business for higher quality color and imaging.

  • Rosehill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen, Illustrator

    NJ, United States

    Heather Stillufsen of RoseHillDesignStudio creates custom illustrations for Petit Mail.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 26, 2014
The Petit Cadeau is a shop for thoughtful celebrations and snail mail subscriptions for young children.

Each heirloom celebration countdown is handmade with love from beginning to end - hand-stitched with numbers in my home studio.

I source items, including most of my packaging materials from independent and/or local business.

I live and work as a part-time creative on the beautiful island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. Join me at where I blog weekly inspiration for thoughtful gifting.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Gladly accept Paypal and other major credit cards.
Items must be paid in full prior to shipping.
Please VERIFY and ensure that your shipping address is up to date and correct when you check-out with Etsy. I ship to the address provided at check-out and am not responsible for lost or undelivered packages due to incomplete address information.

Sending a purchase or a Petit Mail subscription as a gift? Be sure to include COMPLETE recipient name and address information in the comments section, and indicate you would like your purchase to be sent as a gift.

When will my order ship?
Orders will ship in 3-5 business days from time of purchase.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?
All orders are shipped via Canada Post.

In Canada, your purchase will be shipped via letter mail (small packet) and generally arrive between 2 and 9 business days.

In the United States, your purchase will be shipped via small packet air mail and orders generally arrive within 10-15 days.

International orders your purchase will be shipped via small packet international air mail delivery times can vary depending on location. Orders will generally arrive between 6 and 20 days.

Expedited or express delivery

Available for an additional cost, please contact me to discuss prior to placing your order. I will need your full mailing address to provide an accurate estimate and options.

Please be aware that some countries charge additional fees and customs charges. You are responsible for paying any additional fees or duties.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds may be offered for lost or damaged goods.

If you item arrives damaged, please take a photo and send a description to me at: alison (@) thepetitcadeau (dot) com so that we can discuss replacement.

Sometimes things get lost in the mail.
If your item does not arrive, I will first verify all mailing/shipping information provided to me at checkout. I cannot provide refunds or replacements due to incomplete address information. Please contact me at: alison (@) thepetitcadeau (dot) com to discuss refunds or replacements.

There are no refunds offered on Petit Mail subscriptions once the first month has been sent.
Additional policies and FAQs
Have questions about a product? I love hearing from you. Please contact me at: alison [!at]

I generally respond within 24 hours during regular business days (Monday - Friday)