Let’s-y Etsy: This season’s go-to place for handmade and sustainable gifts

Thanksgiving has passed, which means Christmas is coming up and everyone is scratching their heads wondering what ethical, sustainable gifts they’re going to gift this year, right?

Problem solved. Read on.

You probably all know about Etsy by now but I just realized I haven’t really ever talked about how great of an online resource this market place is – wherever you live – so I thought I better.

Etsy.com is basically amazon but instead of big-brand merchandise (made in China), it’s all homemade, unique, one-of-a-kind and/or vintage items! I always check Etsy when we need something and I am too lazy to shop around.

“Like what”, you say?

Well, there’s everything. Jewelry, rugs, clothes, kids toys, baby items, gifts, candles, lunch boxes, antique tableware – you name it.

Since August (first son) is almost three, I want to start introducing some holiday traditions this year. One of them being “Advent”. Also known as lighting a candle every Sunday, for four weeks leading up to Christmas and maybe eating a cinnamon roll and drinking some tea while watching the candle burn..? Come to think of it, I am not sure why we Swedes celebrate Advent, but we do, I like it and it gives the kids a countdown to Christmas :)

thumbnail_IMG_3403So, a couple of weeks ago I went looking for an Advent candle holder and found exactly what I wanted.

It is MADE IN SWEDEN y’all! But it shipped from North Carolina. I always make sure my Etsy finds are shipping from not too far away – there are items from all over the world.

Do you love it? I love it. Even tho the grocery store didn’t have the candles that fit so I had to improvise and get a fat one in order to have something to light. LOL. (Must fix before next Sunday.) August got to place the gnomes and the “snow” is coconut and candle shavings from the fat candle.

Because all Etsy shops are small, and run by real people – not robots – requesting things like second hand packaging materials is normally not an issue. Also, if you have questions, it’s highly likely the shop owner will get back with you swiftly and accurately.

Here are some other things I’ve found on Etsy.

  • Reusable veggie bags for my dad’s wife from Love for Earth.
  • Leafy-earrings a la Joanna Gaines. Only these are vegan(!) – made in cork instead of leather. Handmade by JalakLeatherworks and only 19 dollars!
  • More earrings: modeled by one friend, and made by another. Available at The Purple Toadstool. Did someone say “keep it local”?
  • I had bought a bunch of bibs for August (oldest son) from Sweedie Kids, but unfortunately now they only offer larger sizes, so when we needed some for baby, I went to Etsy and found Bibtastic by Elizabeth. Nothing fits as well as Sweedie Kids did – but these are cute!

Go check it out if you haven’t – maybe they’ve got exactly what you need this year too :)

More holiday gift ideas here and here and here.

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