Etsy Gift Guide

I’ve written before about my love for Etsy (and I am also a seller myself). Etsy is my go-to place for affordable art, crafting supplies, and vintage wares, among other things. There are so many talented people that sell on Etsy and I love to support small business owners and artisans, so I thought I would put together some of my current favorite things on Etsy with lots of time to order and have items shipped for the holidays.


1. Squirrel brooch – Conieco $82.56 – This is just too adorable! I love those pesky squirrels (but also hate them for being so pesky!), but this embroidered brooch is just perfect and the detail is unbelievable!

2. Cicada brooch – Dear Winsome $20.90 – These insects creep me out a bit just because of an X-files episode involving similar looking insects, but I do love this brooch and would happily adorn it.

3. Fancy lady print – Yelena Bryksenkova $23.22 – I love all of her work, but I especially have my eye on this print – very Marie Antoinette!

4. Planty tea towel – Lead Duncan $30.19 – I am a huge fan of Leah Duncan and I own lots of her work, but my favorite are her linen tea towels because they last forever and it is nearly impossible to see stains on them so you’re not afraid to actually use them.

5. Little Kitty – Art By Susie H $18.22 – This little guy is just so cute!

6. Moth hair clip – The Faerie Market $179.96 – Maybe this clip is a bit out of my price range, but I still love it – such beautiful detail. And I have a big thing for entomology.

7. Rhino Mount – Weazilla $174.16 – I really love it when faux taxidermy is done right and I absolutely love this rhino! This shop has lots of other animals as well!

8. Bunny ring – Xuanqi Rabbit $15.09 – So cute and delicate – and very afforable!

9. Fox brooch – Adatine $23.22 – Another felted animal, but I love brooches and animals so this would be perfect for me!

10. Embroidered cat iPhone cover – FGM Store $40.64 – I guess there is a bit of a cat theme going on here! Isn’t this phone cover just to die for?!


1. Pug ornaments – Sophie Parker $23.69 – I think that pugs are some of the most adorable dogs ever – their faces, the way they walk, everything! These pugs in love ornaments are so cute!

2. Narwhal – Mount Royal Mint $78.95 – I’ve wanted one of these for quite awhile, they are just so lovely! I believe in the narwhal!

3. Pink clay gift set – Herbivore Botanicals $30.19 – These products look so lovely and the packaging is perfect!

4. Quilt – Gypsya $125.39 – I’ve wanted one of these quilts ever since I first saw them. And they come in king size, so I’m extra excited! The stitching is just beautiful on these.

5. Mushroom ornament – Willowynn $37.79 – As a complete mushroom nerd (I’m a member of my local mycological society!) I just adore these!

6. Tacos banner – Scout & Lilly $29.03 – All of my friends know that I LOOOOOVE tacos! The answer is always tacos.

7. Bumblebee locket – Verabel $37.15 – I love the vintage feel of this bee locket, plus bees + locket = wonderful!

8. White duck – Furzechan $55.73 – I would love to have this duck just lurking around a corner in my home, he looks so adorable (and a bit shifty).

As with all of my gift guides, the items are carefully selected by myself and all opinions are my own. I am not receiving compensation for any of these products – I just love them!

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Plan Ahead DIY Holiday Gifts

I know you’re probably rolling your eyes “Really lady, it’s not even December yet!”. And I totally agree with you. Why the heck am I even bringing up the subject?! Well, if you’re anything like me, you start stressing out over the holidays much too far in advance than is healthy. You would probably have even preferred to have everyone’s wish lists back in August so you could get a jump start on the shopping. Yes, I am borderline insane. But this year I am taking a huge step back – I want the holidays to include as little stress as possible – and that includes cutting back on the amount of money that I will be spending. Of course I will still be buying some gifts, but I will also be making a few of the gifts.

Making gifts can bring on a whole different kind of stress, but with some planning ahead, it doesn’t need to be a chore. Here are a few ideas, as well as a DIY below.


1. Terrarium – I shared my own terrarium here but you could really get creative with this gift. Pick an interesting and inexpensive vessel (go vintage!) or create a little scene catered to your recipient’s interests (Doctor Who themed?!). Stuck for ideas? Pinterest is an amazing invention.

2. Knitting – This requires probably the most planning ahead, but there are lots of projects that you can make quickly and easily, especially with a chunky yarn. My advice is to make something that you’ve made before that you know will come out well – don’t be ambitious with a fancy sweater (of course I don’t take my own advice because I’m currently working on a very time-consuming holiday gift). My favorite easy knitting projects are ear warmers and wrist warmers. This neck warmer is on my knitting to do list and the pattern is free!

3. Custom embroidery on a linen dish towel. This can also be catered to your recipient’s interests – I’m currently working on this tomato themed one via You Grow Girl for myself.

4. Preserves – This is probably one of the easiest gifts if you have done any canning or preserving throughout the year (heaven knows I did). And I usually reserve a few of the tastiest and prettiest jars to give as gifts. Glam up your jars with some pretty labels and some baker’s twine (my favorite thing to wrap gifts in!). If you don’t have a stash of preserves on hand, take a look at my favorite canning blog, Food In Jars for some ideas – I just made the Pear & Cranberry Jam about a month ago.

5. Embossed leather key chain or luggage tag (personalized with name/phone number) – lovely DIY found here via Fair Goods.

6. Handmade recipe book or recipe cards. A book might be a bit ambitious, but putting your tried and true favorite recipes on pretty cards, tying them in some baker’s twine, and gifting them to your loved ones – easy and meaningful. I found a lovely free printable recipe card  (shown above).

Lavender Rosemary Foot Scrub DIY

I don’t know about you, but this time of year means my seasonal lizard skin comes out, especially on my poor neglected feet. I don’t usually notice just how bad my feet are until they start cutting holes in my socks. A few years ago a friend made me some natural foot scrub and it was the best thing I’ve ever used on my feet. It can be made with things you probably already have, otherwise you can pick these things up at the grocery store (I’ve also purchased natural products online from New Directions Aromatics and I’ve been pleased with the quality and selection).


– 4 tbsp olive oil (alternatively you can use coconut oil or another oil of choice, but olive oil is my favorite for soft skin)
– 6 drops lavender essential oil
– 6 drops rosemary oil (you could also use eucalyptus or peppermint oil if you want)
– 1 cup epsom salts
– a spoonful of dried lavender buds

– Combine the olive oil and essential oils.
– Stir oils into epsom salts (I used a fork)
– Stir in lavender buds.
– Put into glass jar and seal.
– Glam it up with a label and some pretty ribbon (any excuse to use my vintage typewriter to make a label!)

What are some of your go-to handmade holiday gifts? Or what are some of the best DIY gifts you’ve ever received? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!

Look forward to more gift guides throughout the month of December, including more DIY gift tutorials!