Etsy Gift Guide–My Personal Favs

November 24, 2011 · 14 comments

Today is Thanksgiving, and while I have so much to be thankful for (especially this year), I’m going to talk a little about shopping today and give you a Thanksgiving recap soon.

You may have seen the above image going around Facebook or Twitter, but I thought I’d share it here along with a few of my favorite Etsy artists. Honestly, I don’t really “get” the whole Black Friday thing or massive holiday shopping in general, but I know that for a lot of small businesses (me included), this time of year is critical for bring in income that supports an artist all year long. I have personally purchased items from many of the following Etsy shops and have gotten great quality products, superior customer service, and the satisfaction of supporting real people and their families.

There are some pretty good gift ideas here, too. Enjoy!









Above: One Lane Road and Oh, Little Rabbit (both based in Oregon) sell unique and creative screen-printed goods. I own the tree napkins (more like small towels) and can personally attest to their beauty and quality (thick and soft).










I’m generally wary about buying clothes on the internet. I’m not the kind of person who just looks good in anything and can breeze into a store and grab things off the rack without worrying about clothes highlighting areas that I’d rather not highlight or being to short/long. I ordered a Thimble and Acorn shirt (the sleeveless version the above) a year ago, and it fits perfectly. Eve, the owner/designer/maker is super nice, too.

Every single time I’ve worn my Piper and Paisley hat (I have a charcoal one) out in public, I’ve gotten at least one compliment. It’s soft, warm, and super comfortable.









Hey, gardeners, perhaps you or someone you know needs some organic vegetable seeds from Cubits or the world’s cutest farm alphabet prints or maybe a refrigerator magnet set from Art at Garden Corner.









If you’re into high-quality purses and bags handmade by really nice people, check out Jenny N. Design (left) and Infusion (right, also Oregon-based).









If I had any space on my walls, I’d consider getting one of these awesome Oregon prints from Amy Ruppel (left) or Two Sarahs (right).








Here are some super cute but classy leather accessories. I have an iphone sleeve/wallet from The Fig Leaf (left, though mine has cherry blossoms on it), and I was lucky enough to score a deeply discounted purse from Moxie and Oliver a while back, though I pretty much want to own everything in Caitlin’s shop.







These earrings from Christine Domanic might be my favorite go-to, class-up-an-outfit pair.

The very first thing I ever bought off of Etsy four years ago was a belt from RadCow (not the one above), and I still wear it almost every day and get compliments on it regularly.









I have more canning jars than I know what to do with, but if I ever needed extras, I’d go straight to Midwest Finds. Jena and her family offer a selection of mason jars and mason-jar accessories.

Mae Chevrette is a mixed media artist who incorporates photos, quotes, colors, textures, and who knows what else into pieces that offer daily inspiration.









How about some  mint mocha holiday soap from (Oregon-based) Roots Soap Co. to keep colds away or a beautiful desk calender from Shannon Blue Photography.








Need fun stocking stuffers? NoraJane offers a huge selection of rubber stamps.

What, No Mints? has the cutest and geekiest magnets, ornaments, embroidery, and tchotchkes. Sasha, the maker and scientist behind the scenes, is working on her PhD. in biochemistry.









Kids are so much fun to buy gifts for especially if the presents are as adorable and colorful as these hooded towels from RubADubBuddies and eco-friendly wooden toys from Imagination Kids.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda Whitmire November 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thanks for taking the time to put this post together, Camille. I have it bookmarked, and I’ll definitely be coming back to it to do some shopping. I had to exercise some real restraint to not buy both of those Oregon prints – LOVE those. Hope you are enjoying the holiday! Gobble gobble.


Sasha November 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

This is great Camille – Thank you so much! Those Oregon prints are beautiful – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :)


Camille November 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Thanks, Sasha!


Ashley November 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much for putting this together! Although I don’t do much shopping, I’d like to shop more on Etsy but find it intimidating to navigate!


RosaMaria November 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

great shopping guide Camille! I could have a lot of mason jars and never be tired of see them!


Becky November 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Thanks so much for featuring my veggie tote in your blog post Camille! I’m such a huge fan of all your work. I’ve been following you since your featured seller interview last year on Etsy. You could say I’m a bit it “awe” of everything you do, so it’s an honor for you to feature me. Thanks again, happy holidays!! ~Becky


Camille November 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

No problemo. Hope the holiday rush is big but smooth for you.


Mollie November 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

thank you so much for featuring me, camille! i am love with your blog. for real.


Camille November 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm



abby November 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Wow, thank you Camille! I am really honored to be a part of this feature. I found some new shops here, and recognize quite a few as well. Thank you for introducing such awesome makers.

I am with you on the Black Friday frenzy. I don’t totally get it either, and yet having a store, and my own feelings about the importance of supporting small businesses/makers/artists, it is fun and rewarding – as a business – to offer some deals when I can. It’s true it is a critical time of year, and I have felt so incredibly grateful for the many people who want to support small businesses such as these.


Laura November 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Amazing gift guide! So nice to be included with so many of my favourites.
You’re reflections of black friday are pretty great too. It’s the time of year where many of us splurge a little and I hope we all remember to shop with a conscience:)


Camille November 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm



lynn November 28, 2011 at 6:38 am

what an amazing list! Some of these shops are already my favs and I have some new ones to add to the list.


Rachel December 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I. Love. Those. Stamps. And I’m not even a stamp person. Thanks for sharing these!


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