If you want to give handcrafted gifts this year and support independent designers and artists, but you don’t have time to hit a string of boutiques to find just the right thing, then Etsy.com is perfect for you. The range of handmade items you can find there is astounding, and the prices are often great as well. Here are just 3 of the hundreds of designers and artists whose work you’ll find on Etsy.
The Lacy Dream hand-painted wine glasses by artist Rae Smith are sold as a set of two, and they have flowers in silver, slate, and white to give a wintry theme and look especially gorgeous once you fill them with red wine. Perfect as a hostess gift, they’re heat set and hand glazed for beauty that lasts.
Calendars may have acquired a reputation as a practical, but “ho hum” gift, but you won’t think that after having a look at this Mini TTV Flower Calendar for 2011. The work of award-winning photographer Bomobob, each unbound photo calendar page measures just 4 x 6: perfect for your desk, and each has a different, stunning flower photo. This is one calendar that will be saved as art once 2011 is over. And for $7? Can’t beat it!
Fireweedimpressions is a mother and daughter jewelry design team that makes uniquely beautiful sterling silver hand stamped jewelry. The selection includes gorgeous cuff bracelets and sweet pendants, meticulously hand stamped for a one-of-a-kind look. A gift from Fireweedimpressions will be an immediate favorite, as well as a unique and meaningful expression of love.