Now that it’s November, I’m getting into that slightly-stressed, spreadsheet-making phase of my year I like to call Christmas shopping.
I love buying people presents — sometimes too much — and genuinely enjoy the process of choosing just the right gift for everyone. I consider about their likes and dislikes, the items they discuss, the colors they usually wear. Things they might want or need, and which of those I can actually afford. I dig around a bit, do some research. Shop carefully. Add everything to my spreadsheet.
It’s all quite time-consuming.
Maybe you’re already starting to shop — or maybe you’re waiting until Christmas Eve. Regardless, I’m here to offer a few of Meg’s Favorite Etsy Things as the official kick-off to the holiday season. These are all items I’ve purchased with my own dough-re-mi, and no one is paying for promotion. I just thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Etsy finds — and maybe help get your gift-giving juices flowing.
They’re all Meg tested and approved. If I had a Meg Seal of Approval, it would be slapped on all of these. And pink, of course.
• Holiday lip butters from
Baby Duck Soap Co.
In scents like sugar cookie, gingerbread house and pumpkin cheesecake, these lip butters are delicious — and only $6 for three! I mean, really. I’m a lip product addict who has, at this very moment, everything pictured at right in one purse. And I don’t even feel guilty about it, because my lips are soft and lightly scented at any moment. You’re welcome, Spencer.
But anyway. Back to Baby Duck Soap Co. Their products are fabulous, the lip butters are crazy moisturizing without feeling sticky or greasy and I absolutely love the scents/flavors. I get tired of everyone shouting, “Makes a great stocking stuffer!” come the holidays, but really . . . um, these would make a great stocking stuffer.
• Handstamped copper jewelry
from bama + ry
I first discovered Jasmine, a fellow blogger, a few years back — and I’ve loved watching the evolution of her jewelry company. These miniature heart-stamped earrings ($12) are a new favorite addition to my wardrobe, and Jasmine has about a billion other lovely pieces — many of which can be personalized for you and/or your family. I like this one. And this. (Photo by bama + ry)
• Cute pottery from Darielle’s Clay Art
This little heart-shaped ring dish catches my jewelry at the end of the day, and I just think it is adorable. At $9 each, they make great gifts — and you can choose all sorts of colors. Paired with a bauble for your sister, friend or grandma? Perfect.
• Gourmet spice kits from Purpose Design
What do you get the cook who has everything? Why, a gourmet spice kit, of course! My boyfriend the culinary adventurer loves to try new things, so I picked up a kit of French spices back around Valentine’s Day. We’ve added all sorts of new items to dishes — tarragon, herbes de provence, edible blue lavender — and I highly recommend these kits. You’ve got plenty of options. (Photo by Purpose Design)
• Inspirational, colorful prints from The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy
If you’ve spent any time around Etsy, you’ve likely run into some of the lovely Katie Daisy’s work. Her beautiful, original artwork earned a spot on my bookcase with the very helpful reminder to be here now ($18). I love “Let Go,” too — and I’m pretty sure a browse-around will produce a little something for everyone. (Photo by Katie Daisy)
14 thoughts on “A few of my Etsy favorite things”
O love love love this list.
Especially the little piece of pottery.
I’m headed over now.
Isn’t it the cutest? I smile every time I see it. Which is constantly. So: happiness in the form of clay.
Wonderful list — I’ve always been intrigued by the edibles on etsy but have been dubious abt freshness — so I’m glad to see your recommendation on the spice kits. Yum!
I can personally attest to their awesomeness! I’ve actually contemplated buying some of the chocolates/truffles/other candies from shops on Etsy but was also worried about freshness. If this shop is any indication, there’s nothing to worry about!
Awww. Thank you so much! I’m bound and determined this year to buy handmade for Christmas as much as I possibly can. Support handmade yo!
You’re quite welcome, Jasmine — you’re awesome! I’m trying to buy lots of handmade this Christmas, too. I love the idea of supporting individuals and nurturing talent, even if it’s just in a small way. Plus, personalized gifts are so much cooler.
Ok, now can you arrange a spreadsheet for all of my gifts? Please and thank you 😉
Absolutely, Melissa. I love nothing more than a color-coded, well-organized and beautiful spreadsheet/Word doc/Google calendar . . . I really have a problem.
These are FANTASTIC and I’m ripping these off and buying some things for friends and family members. Awesome!
Dooo it, Andi. It’s never too soon to start stashing all the loot away.
Oh, the hand-stamped copper. I’ve been so into copper tones and rose gold lately. My latest Etsy addictions have been home decor related – vinyl words, pillow covers, wooden signs. Swoon.
Adorable ring dish!
Love the hand stamped copper earrings! Those are really cute!
What a great list! I’ve been buying Purpose Design spices for a few years now and they seem to be a hit!
Etsy also has some fantastic knitting yarn bowls that I’ve bought for the knitters in my life that are super helpful and cute.
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