Monday, September 10, 2012

Etsy Christmas

I have been thinking about Christmas lately and what I want to do for it this year. One thing that came to mind is how I always want to support talented people and their Etsy shops; but always wind up being disorganized and never getting around to actually doing it. This year I decided to make it the theme of my holidays. I am going to try to buy almost everyone on my Christmas list at least one item from an Etsy shop. I have all ready been browsing and making lists so I can do so early and not in a last minute shopping spree.

I have two blogging friends that have Etsy shops: Lisa and Iliana. I all ready have two projects in the works from Lisa and have been browsing Iliana's shop for ideas. If you have an Etsy shop that I apparently don't know about please share the link in the comments.

And, there are always Poppets from Poppet Planet.

I am also open to suggestions. Iliana shared this list of shops she enjoys:

I would love more from your blogging friends, friends, or just shops you have enjoyed in the past. I will probably branch out and browse in general, but in the beginning I would like to support either people I know or friends of people I know.

So, that's my plan for the holidays... Do you ever make plans for how your Christmas is going to be this year?


  1. I am obsessed with Etsy! I go there first to look for everything, especially gifts!! I will def check out ur links.

  2. Oh Kells, I love this idea!!! I need to cut down on the money I spend this year (this house is still sucking us dry at the moment), but I'd really like to use Etsy more too! And there's about a billion things I want to make and won't have time to, of course. :P

  3. MUST FINISH SCOTT'S QUILT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!! Of course that has nothing to do with etsy. But I love this idea! And love Lisa's projects--my kindle cover is from her. I also love Iliana's journals--she's quite talented!

    No Christmas plans yet but would love to be more homemade than years past. Maybe you could make some daily journals! ;)

  4. Anonymous3:22 PM

    this is a great idea, finding some etsy shops to support while getting on top of that Christmas shopping. I need to at least begin my ideas list.

    aly is a friend of mine from portland (
    the black apple is fun ( and the nebulous kingdom (, too.
    have ordered a few things from cyberoptix (

    I love how random my favorites pages have become because there are just so many great shops on etsy.


  5. What a great idea! There's some amazing stuff on Etsy. I can lose hours to browsing. Poppet Planet is a favourite, of course, and I love to do keyword searches just to see what comes up.

    I've decided not to exchange presents this year, other than with my parents, so my Christmas should be easy. :) (Well, other than telling everyone I don't want to give them things, or get anything in return. I've been putting that off, since I expect it'll be awkward, but I'll have to do it within the next week or so so nobody starts shopping for me.) In past years, I've done a Buy Nothing Christmas, where I made all my gifts; a Charity Christmas, where I used Oxfam Unwrapped to donate something on each person's behalf; and a Bookish Christmas, when everyone received books.

  6. I love this idea, Kelly! Some of my favorite Etsy shops are Trafalgars Square(artwork) and The Paris Print Shop (more artwork). Shecological and TippyThai are two shops I keep swearing I'm going to buy a bag from.

  7. That is a rockin' idea!! I love this and will be following your boards. I wanted to start early too and your post has given me the nudge. Now, I need to carve out some time this weekend to browse the Etsy shops!!!

  8. That is a super idea! I don't ever really think to even look at Etsy. In years past, I used to finish my Christmas shopping by the end of October. It's hard to believe I ever did that. We've been last-minute shoppers for at least a decade, now. I can't even think about it, right now. Must unpack, first, and get some order in my life!!!

  9. I love Etsy and have for a long time. Such a great place to discover creative people. I've been using Etsy for birthdays and Christmas for a few years now and must say that it is a great idea, both because you can find unique gifts and also because of the support of artists that you mention. I hope you find some incredible stuff as you shop.

  10. I did buy a few Christmas gifts from Etsy last year and want to buy more this year. I love finding unique gifts, supporting small businesses and just surprising the gift recipient with something unexpected. There are so many affordable treasures on there!

  11. I had recently - like last month - started wondering if I could do some of my Xmas shopping on Etsy! for the reasons mentioned here, support of small craftspeople, and original art, which I love. I have lost many happy hours tripping through Etsy, too. So I love your idea and think it a fantastic plan!

  12. You are so sweet. Thank you for the shoutout!

    I've been supporting Etsy shops for a few years now and love it. I try to do most of my Christmas shopping on Etsy and have found some really fabulous sellers and so many unique gifts.

    And, now I need to go see some of the shops you listed because some are new to me.

  13. Oh my goodness. You are thinking of Christmas already!!!

    Need to get past September birthdays first!


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