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Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide – support small independent businesses

It’s the season to feel festive, drink mulled wine, snuggle up under a blanket, have the fire on and spend time with family. It’s also the season to be bombarded with high street consumerism and being stuck in traffic because everyone is queuing up to get to the malls for their Christmas shopping. My family are Dutch and we mainly spend our time eating and drinking at Christmas, presents are not a big thing (in fact, I was told this year to ab-so-lu-te-ly NOT buy anything for anyone! Can you believe it?). Now most of you readers will probably want to wrap at least a little thoughtful something for your loved ones on Christmas day, so I have put a conscious gift guide together, supporting the independents rather than the big corporates.

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I would always promote buying or receiving gifts that are useful, beautiful or well made and Etsy has been my go-to site for this kind of thing for years now. I love the fact that by shopping on Etsy you support small businesses and artists, in your own town (check out if your city has a local Etsy market!) or internationally. By buying from them, you make a a hard working designer-maker extremely happy! I love the added bonus that items often come lovingly wrapped with a handwritten thank you note included. Nice! It is also a great place to find items that feel good to give, i.e. not made from plastic, which is what we should all aim for in the end really (and it gives me hope that there is obviously a growing demand for this sort of thing!). I hope you like my picks. What are you giving your loved ones this Christmas? (Or are you going Dutch this year?)

For the book worm


These lovely wooden bookmarks are made by IngrainedInc., who I found at a local craft fair in Aberdeenshire recently (I stocked up on a few things by her, including key rings – just so nice!). This bookmark is £8.50

For the one wearing a shirt 

For the design consious

Set of 3 geometric art prints, great for the home or the office. Different sizes available, from £22.10

For the vegan (or anyone else who loves a good bag)

For Mr Hipster

For the exhausted mum

For the collector

For the vintage collector…some fabulous West German pottery (I know I would LOVE a gift like that). AnythingGoesCeramics £45.00

For the creative

2 thoughts on “Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide – support small independent businesses

  1. Ruth says:

    Lovely post Nina with some great ideas. I love Etsy but sometimes there can be too much to choose from or difficult to find what you’re looking for so suggestions are always welcome.

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