I’m not sure exactly when Etsy launched, but I can track my account back to 2008. In honor of 5 Years of being a member, I thought I would put together a little Etsy Appreciation post. For any that aren’t in the know, Etsy is an e-commerce website which focuses on vintage and handmade items. Over the years they have greatly expanded their vendors to include those which provide crafting supplies and even some factory-made items.
Being an artistic person myself, I try to go to Etsy first when looking for a unique gift for someone. Supporting someone’s small business or side-job makes me feel SO much better than chucking my money at a big-box store. I’ve gotten everything from my wedding veil to knick-knacks, a vintage handkerchief, lots of jewelry, a custom journal, unique art and SO much in-between.
I can’t say enough good things about Etsy and I hope you’ll consider going this route this holiday season. In fact, I’ll even throw together a little Gift Guide for you!
MOM: I think its a rule that Mom's love monograms. Why not get her one of these super-classy classics?
Shop Minimalist Designs
DAD: Ooft. Dad's are hard. But, I know my dad would be happy to give any of these a try.
BROTHER: Make him laugh and get him these. **P.S. I actually bought these myself a few years ago. Deviously awesome fun.
Shop Mixed Species
SISTER: Something pretty, something sparkly. She's your sister after all. I've gotten several things from this shop. Love it all.
GRANDMA: Who are we kidding, of course Gran would love this hand-made hot water bottle cover for the cold winter days ahead!
Shop Rowan Knits
GRANDPA: Take the strain off holding heavy books, or working on a puzzle with this cool customizable handmade lapdesk. I wouldn't mind one of these myself! Choose the finish that best suits him.
BEST FRIEND: Well, these are the coolest things I've ever seen. I can't think of ONE of my friends who wouldn't LOVE getting these.
Shop Wander Sketch
BOSS: You can't go wrong with a cool desktop calendar like this one. A word to the wise- when buying things like cards or printed items look out for words like 'Printable' or 'PDF Download'. You'll just be buying the file, not the finished item. In some cases, this is great, esp if you have a really tight-budget and a good home-printer.
Shop Michelle Brusegaard
HUSBAND: Last year, I had the guy from this shop make my husband the most beautiful/cool valet tray for his keys/wallet/etc. Give this man your business. He was amazing to work with and created something really special. (I even offered to design him a new shop banner and he gifted me two of his gorgeous business card holders as a thank you.)
*Just click: 'Request Custom Order' on the left and let him know what you're looking for. Let the creative process begin!
Shop Inelastic Goods
WIFE: As a wife myself, I'll go out on a limb and say there is almost nothing on this entire page of planters that I don't like!!
NIECE/NEPHEW: Show me a kid, young or old who wouldn't have fun with this. Heck show me a HUMAN who wouldn't have fun with this!
Shop Tweet Toys
FIDO/FEE-FEE: Laugh in the face of winter-weather with this. And for the the more genteel species: Cat-nip fortune cookies of course.
Shop My Optimus
Shop K. Grant Designs