What kind of a Christmas shopper are you? A ‘get-everything-sorted-before-December’ kind, or a ‘rush-round-the-week-before-Christmas’ shopper? I think I sit somewhere in the middle and like to start my shopping on the last weekend of November. It feels like enough time in advance to feel organized, and everything is starting to get festive so I always feel in the right frame of mind for it!
This year I’ve teamed up with Etsy to check out their Made Local initiative:
‘Etsy Made Local is a national, community-led initiative celebrating the makers, collectors and artisans in local communities across the UK. From St Ives to Aberdeen, cities and towns will be participating in this weekend event connecting Christmas shoppers with local Etsy communities.
Powered by our community leaders (Etsy Teams), Etsy Made Local marketplaces will pop-up across the country on 1–3 December 2017. Etsy artisans can sell their handmade wares and vintage goods to local buyers at the markets, each of which will represent the spirit of the local community. The markets will also give neighbours the opportunity to discover the wealth of creativity and craftsmanship in their own backyards.’
I popped online to have a look at the Made Local section (check it out here) and found all sorts of goodies awaiting me! I picked up a few bits that I thought would make great gifts and thought I’d share them with you all.
First up is this really lovely little glass terrarium from The Skygardens. I’ve never seen anything like it before and loved how unique it is from a gifting point of view. You can customise it to make it exactly how you want it to look. I chose this combination of sand, stone, crystal and plants and really love the result.
It comes with instructions on how to assemble it, and how to care for the plants, which was all really easy and quick to do.
You can either have it hanging up, like mine is, or sitting as a more ornament type set up.
If you’ve got a plant or interiors lover in your life then this could be a great little gift for them. At £26, it doesn’t break the bank either.
Next up is this lovely little inspirational sign from Jubilique and Louise. It was actually a gift from me to me to have hanging up above my desk, to encourage me to push myself as much as I can when sitting working and editing. I love the simplicity of it and how it can relate to lots of different people in different situations. Well worth the £6.
I also chose this super cute little dish from this lovely shop. It is hand made from clay and then hand painted with a cute, simple city scene. It is also finished with varnish to toughen it up a bit. I really like the ‘roughness’ of the design and think it really adds to the charm and effect of the dish. I thought it would make a nice little present for a friend to keep jewellery in. £7.50 means it would be a wonderful stocking filler.
Jubilique and Louise have some really lovely, and unique, other bits for you to check out too.
Speaking of jewellery, this necklace from Kian Designs is right up my street. It is relatively simple and minimalistic, but incredibly versatile and could be worn with pretty much any outfit. A perfect little every day necklace and a lovely gift for a friend or relative. At £20, it is a fab price point for a special gift.
There are also a few other designs I’m eyeing up, such as a moon pendant necklace and some gorgeous band rings. Lots and lots of lovely bits to choose from.
What Christmas is complete without a cheeky little calendar of some description and this wall calendar print from Katy Pillinger Designs is a fab version for someone’s office or kitchen.
I absolutely love the illustrations, and font used for the text, and think it would look really effective taped up on an office wall with washi tape.
At £12 it would make a nice little present for a friend, or it could be an add on present for something larger you have bought someone. Perfect for the stationery lover in your life! The shop also stocks some cool little pins and cards.
You know when you have to buy a present for a little one who isn’t old enough to understand the concept of Christmas yet, and has plenty toys etc? I have a good option – how about a fun print for their room or nursery?
I love this one from Hannah Stevens Shop. Animal prints always look at home in kids rooms and I really like the gorgeous colours used in this one. Nice and bright but not too in-your-face bright, if you know what I mean! The print was which £10 is a great price for a very good quality print.
Her shop also sells some really fun cushions and cards. I really like all the illustrations Hannah does.
For more information on the Etsy Made Local events and to find out what’s going on near you, click here. I think it is such a great idea and a really good way to find unique and fun gifts for your loved ones.
What sort of gifts do you like to get for your friends and family?
*This post is in collaboration with Etsy and we have been compensated. I LOVE Etsy and all opinions are 100% honest and our own.