Here it is – my personal round up of my Top Etsy Buys For Christmas. And this is why I’m sharing such a random list of odds…
I saw a call on Twitter yesterday, someone looking for help with their Christmas gift buying. The items they were hunting for were so SO perfect, I needed to share them:
Twitter, can I borrow you in case you have come across the following on your travels?— Kat Brown (@katbrown) November 26, 2019
– a warm, soft blanket in jolly colours that is large enough to cover a very tall man who has fallen asleep on the sofa by accident
– brass fireside companion set
– the perfect crumble dish
It’s such a perfect list of presents – I bet none of the recipients have ever asked for such things, and yet the giver KNOWS these people, and has thought about exactly what they’d like (following the thread, it turns out the dish is for her sister in law who makes the most perfect crumbles). Joyful gift giving, with zero commercialisation and love and intention in every last inch.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve been writing Christmas Gift Guides for over 15yrs. I’ve been writing Gift Guides for fifteen years – and the busiest, most popular posts every single year are the quirky, individual, crafted and special finds from the little independent businesses.
Obviously you love the products we find from the big brands – and we agree, they have some major bling to show off. But while we all love a beautiful on-trend bargain, there’s something deeply satisfying, something more ‘real’ about a product that has been created with care, one that you don’t see in every shop window and thousands of homes, one that you can know will be appreciated as much for the love and care that has gone into the making of it as the amount of love and care that went into the choosing of it.
We try wherever we can to wave the flag of small independents. It’s so important to give them your support – especially in the run up to Christmas. With all the noise from the big brands, and with the onslaught of the pre-Christmas sales like Black Friday, the small independent businesses can get swallowed up and forgotten about. It’s hard out there, and these small brands are hardworking Mums and Dads just like you and me, trying to survive and stand out in a sea of mass consumerism.
So, to help our fellow independents this year, we thought we would put together a guide of some of our top favourite Christmas gift idea finds from Etsy.
Every single one of these has come from my own personal bookmarks – I’m not working to a theme, or trying to impress anyone. This is just the stuff I love, and earmarked either for myself or a loved one.
Enjoy these Top Etsy Buys For Christmas treasures, meet some new shop owners and creators, and maybe spend a few pennies with these hard working creatives.
This post contains affiliate links – you don’t pay any more, but I may earn a teensy smidge of commission (which frankly just helps my coffee habit). But I never recommend something to you I wouldn’t recommend to my sister. And yes, I do love my sister.
Every house has a Hamilton fan – and for them, you can’t go wrong with this “Rise Up” cuff.
Each piece is made to order, and each individual character is hand stamped, lacking the precision of a machine, but with way more character.
From NelsonsBizarre the Rise Up, Hamilton Jewelry is just £11
I know these soundwave prints have been around for a while, but this one’s the nicest I’ve seen, converting your favourite two songs into visual waveforms. Multiple segments of the audio are layered in mesmeric gradients, to create an image unique to the audio. So much more a wall art than those rather spiky lines which are cool but not so pleasing on the wall.
Choose your own colours, and songs obviously.
The Soundwave Art from YVEPRINTCO is just £35
Gorgeous – it came as a surprise to me when I realised that men love a decent bag as much as women do. And these are absolute beauties – perfect for the gym as much as a weekend away, and they can be personalised with a name tag for a nice extra touch. Also, because they’re slight seconds, they come with an amazingly bargainous price tag (and looking at the comments, no one can spot why they’re a ‘second’)
From VintageChildShop these Personalized Leather Weekend Bag costs £75
The Hampton pocketwatch is a beautifully engraved steampunk-style gunmetal pocket watch, complete with removable chain and secure clip.
They’ll love it even if they never knew they wanted one.
From PocketWatchCompany the Gunmetal Black Mechanical Pocket Watch costs £47
A cashmere scarf. Nothing nicer to snug round your neck. And LOOK at the colours! Beautifully handcrafted in a blocks pattern, the orange green is ideal to brighten a winter day.
Super soft and stylish, a perfect Christmas gift idea.
The Blocks Pattern Orange Green Cashmere Scarf £40 from Futurerity2
This set of 3 Natural Hand-rolled Beeswax candles comes in a gift box, with matches in a small glass bottle and a hand made Christmas card.
The 3 Beeswax candles gift set from SunnyYellowCandlesSZ costs £21
I love the his expression. I love the way the ears are painted around and inside the rim of the mug. And I love that it’s handpainted so each one is unique, an individual work of art (you can often feel the brush strokes under the glaze – the kind of good feeling you get with handmade over mass produced). A heart is painted on each handle and each peice is signed.
He’ll brighten morning after morning with his cheery hint of a grin.
The Hare mug, hand painted from offtothestudio costs just £19
This is one of my favourite Top Etsy Buys For Christmas. Come on – you can’t beat some proper Mario. And when it’s handtooled into a lush leather wallet? Total win.
Gift boxes are also available.
Super Mario Retro leather handmade wallet £32 from ArtyyGiftsHouse
Made with super soft and high quality 100% Peruvian Wool, natural, biodegradable with easy care, this pom pom beanie is super soft and comfy, and you will never want to take it off.
It looks good with almost everything, it’ll protect you from the cold and wind, and the faux fur Pom Pom is detachable (should you not be feeling the fluffy fun today).
The Knit Pom Pom Hat from eliyanna is £35
Fun personalised apron for a Prosecco loving woman – or in my case (the husband is going to love this), man!
Hand made, and includes a pocket and pen slot – several colours to choose from.
Get your Personalised Prosecco Queen Apron from LittleLettersByTanja for just £18
Distinctive miracle beads necklace in gorgeous warm pastel unicorn colours, big-beaded and in a choice of 2 lengths. Miracle beads catch the light and ‘glow’ much in the same way as cats eyes. They are equally effective in natural or artificial light. Necklaces made from these beads never fail to draw admiration and comment!
From PerlesMagiquesDevon the Miracle Bead Necklace or Choker costs just £15
Yes – it’s sea glass! Beautiful petal shaped nuggets of frosted white, palest blue and amber Cornish sea glass make up these flowers set inside a 35cm x 26cm glazed box frame. Words of your choice can be added to the mount at no extra cost.
From BeachStreetArt the Sea Glass Flowers Picture Art costs £39
Okay, I’ll admit this one’s on my OWN Christmas list. These wallets are made by master artisans that have worked with leather for generations. Using the best quality of leather, a little mirror has been added (Vintage Style) for you, and the layout of the inside (SO improtant, right?) is perfect. Also, you can choose to have a warm rich sunshine yellow on the inside. Dreamy.
This one’s from the States, so it’s £10 shipping, and you’ll need to order quick. I just haven’t found anything that matches it in the UK for colour and style!
The Sunflowers, leather womans wallet from SalyLimonUSA costs £38
Such a neat gift for a family! Personalise this Christmas cushion cover with any names of your choice.
Great for decorating your home and getting into the festive spirit of Christmas!
From LaserMadeOccasions the Personalised Family Christmas Cushion Cover, Stocking Design is available for just £12. Bargin!
Okay – I bet no one put a handcrafted traditional boomerang on their Christmas List. But tell me youre not itching to get out and lob this one across the park?
It’s ALWAYS impressive how a wooden stick can fly in a big circle and then accurately comes back to your hands! Handcrafted and made of the best quality Aircraft Grade Baltic Birch Plywood.
Get your Personalized wooden boomerang from BoomerangsByNemo for £55.83
So there – my Top Etsy Buys For Christmas…
Hoping you love my Top Etsy Buys For Christmas as much as I do – but don’t forget there is so much more to find! Etsy is busting with fabulous independent traders, crafters and creatives, each one with wonderful ideas and gorgeous products to inspire you this Christmas.
And if you fancy a little more inspiration, Etsy themselves have curated some fabulous lists – take a look at their ‘Under £30’ Gift Guide to get you started, there’s some beauties in there!
And don’t forget to stop by our pre-Christmas Shopping List for all the stuff you need that’s NOT about presents!
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