Handcrafted gifts are unique and meaningful—just like your family and friends. Choosing presents for special people can be a daunting task, but unique, handmade items complement almost any home. What’s more, their purchase supports individual craftspeople instead of corporations.
You’re likely familiar with Etsy, the online marketplace of craftspeople from all over the world who use the site to directly sell their handiwork to customers across the globe. But you may not know about the company’s mission. Dedicated to building a people-powered economy, and supporting small businesses and individuals focused on craftsmanship and quality, Etsy is “committed to using the power of business to create a better world.” Etsy encourages sustainable practices, and works to minimize its own impact on the planet and environment, as well. Last April, the company committed to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.Here are some of our favorite items made by Etsy artisans who are committed to using high-quality, eco-friendly materials. We hope they make your holiday season a little more special.
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Knob Creek Metal Arts’ hand-hammered solid steel bookends are quirky and remarkably sturdy. Choose among the dozens of designs in the
shop, such as this owl and woodpecker, or request a custom set.
To Buy: $65, etsy.com/shop/knobcreekmetalarts
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For the fishing or nature enthusiast, these fishy coasters make the perfect stocking stuffer. Handmade from salvaged driftwood logs recovered from Vancouver Island’s shores, each piece is unique in shape and finished with beeswax-based wood wax. Additional designs are available.
To Buy: $25 for four, etsy.com/shop/studiorobazzo
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Friends and The Vintage Studio co-owners Erica and Jennifer love to create new objects out of old or discarded items. When the two kept finding old Reader’s Digest books that were being thrown away, they decided to repurpose them into these stylish vintage letters. Today, they’re proud to say they’ve rescued more than 3,000 books.
To Buy: $16 per letter, etsy.com/shop/thevintagestudiominn
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Made from slices of reclaimed tree bark, this
statement clock brings the beauty of nature indoors. With a genuine vinyl record as its base and layers of hand-sawed tree-branch slices, this rustic, character-filled clock is the epitome of eco-friendly decor.
To Buy: $62, etsy.com/shop/shannybeebo
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These mountain ornaments are made from fallen branches and dead trees artist Allison Hetzell finds near her Ohio home. She cuts, dries, sands and paints the wood, then finishes each ornament with a handmade polish of pure jojoba oil and local beeswax. Personalize the ornaments with
a handwritten message for $9 extra.
To Buy: $33 for three (not personalized), etsy.com/shop/bytherockandweed
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These DIY living roof birdhouse kits include a cedar birdhouse (for nuthatches, chickadees,
titmice and wrens), available in a range of colors, and instructions and materials to construct the
living roof. Plants aren’t included—the designer
recommends hardy winter sedums and succulents.
To Buy: $50, etsy.com/shop/rebeccasbirdgardens
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Seed bombs make a fun gift, especially for families with kids. Made with clay, worm castings and seeds, the balls can be tossed into gardens, yards, fields or even abandoned lots in spring, summer or fall. The worm castings enhance soil as rains break down the ball. The Butterfly variety attracts winged wonders. Several varieties are available.
To Buy: 5 seed bombs for $8, etsy.com/shop/visualingual
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Treat your loved one to the magic of hummingbird visits with a recycled bottle hummingbird feeder. Unlike other bottle feeders, this one hangs right-side up, letting iconic graphics shine as hummingbirds sip a sweet treat. Choose from a wide range of bottle options, or request any glass bottle be made into a feeder.
To Buy: $25, etsy.com/shop/hummerssodafountains
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Artist Rosie Carson transforms old wine bottles into functional garden décor in the form of etched windchimes. Combine etching designs (she has more than 300 options) and bottle colors to create a unique gift for your favorite nature lover.
To Buy: $30, etsy.com/shop/windcatcher
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These remarkable birdbaths are made by casting real plant leaves in fine cement, creating a “fossil” that captures every leaf detail. The fossil is then sealed to make a glasslike, waterproof surface. The hardy birdbaths will stand up to rain and sun, but can’t handle frozen water. Each one-of-a-kind bowl sits on a 20-inch pole (included) and can be filled with birdseed or water.
To Buy: Hosta leaf sculpture, $66, etsy.com/shop/gardenwhimsies
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Handcrafted stoneware makes a useful and durable gift. Los Angeles-based Claylicious makes dozens of unique pottery pieces, including these beautiful countertop canisters. Sizes and styles vary—mix and match sizes, colors and words (such as coffee, rice, beans, salt, etc.).
To Buy: Large crock, $65, etsy.com/shop/claylicious
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Made of sustainable bamboo, these stylish engraved cutting boards feature the exact coordinates of any home. Boards are available in a few sizes and multiple design options, all at ¾-inch-thick.
To Buy: 10-by-12-inch board, $35, etsy.com/shop/dolcehome
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This rustic wine holder is made of reclaimed wood from shipping crates and pallets, which is sanded and stained. Industrial hooks on the 24-inch holder make space
to accommodate six bottles—perfect for your favorite oenophile.
To Buy: $65, etsy.com/shop/palletsnstuff
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Handpainted on reclaimed wood, The Word Junkie’s farmhouse wall décor makes a memorable gift your loved one can display for years. Choose one of shop
owner Diane’s many premade options, or customize your own.
To Buy: “Bakery” sign, $35, etsy.com/shop/thewordjunkie
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These unique earthenware “Vegetabowls” are cast from real fruits and vegetables from their crafter’s local farmers markets. The offerings change based on what’s available each season, and custom options are available. Choose from a wide variety of styles.
To Buy: Cantaloupe bowl, $24, etsy.com/shop/vegetabowls
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New Orleans-based SoLAdeli specializes in infused gourmet organic olive oils. The oils are made in small batches with high-quality oil sourced directly from Spain and organic herbs and spices, many of which are grown by the shop owners. The five-bottle sample set includes Rosemary & Savory, Oregano & Thyme, Ginger & Chili, Herb & Chili, and Basil & Black Pepper.
To Buy: $15, etsy.com/shop/soladeli
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Sunchowder’s Emporia uses locally sourced produce to make its canned goods, such as this sweet and spicy mix of jalapeños, guajillo peppers, cider vinegar and turmeric, also called cowboy candy. One of the shop’s best sellers, it’s perfect atop pizzas and sandwiches, mixed into cornbread batter, or combined with soft cheese and used as a spread.
To Buy: $8.75, etsy.com/shop/sunchowdersemporia
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Organic and local are the two requirements when Nicole makes her vegan, organic, preservative-free granola. With rolled oats, coconut, almonds, cashews, dried apricots, dried cranberries, raisins and dried cherries, this no-added-sugar blend is the perfect gift for neighbors, teachers or party hosts. It’s delicious alone, on yogurt or with milk.
To Buy: $10 per pound, etsy.com/shop/nicolestreats
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Treat the gourmand in your life to a customizable organic spice set from Spice Expressions. Choose from more than 50 top-quality spices and spice blends to create your own set of 16, all in magnetic hexagon jars.
To Buy: $70, etsy.com/shop/spiceexpressions
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If you’re looking for a sweet gift, consider Dear Macaron’s sets of six or 12 colorful confections, packaged in a signature box. Dear Macaron’s ingredient list includes cage-free eggs, local grass-fed dairy, and organic fruits and flavorings.
To Buy: 6 for $18 or 12 for $28, etsy.com/shop/dearmacaron
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Ivy Lane Designs collects trash-bound broken crayons from area schools and upcycles them into brand-new crayons. Made in adorable kid-friendly shapes—including robots, dinosaurs, animal crackers and more—they’re perfectly sized for little hands and come packaged in a sweet gift box.
To Buy: 20 crayons for $20, etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns
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Handprinted using eco-safe water-based ink on 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton, Fine Little Fits’ adorable, gender-neutral kids clothes are inspired by some of nature’s finest things. This “Good Feelings” tomato tee is one of the Austin, Texas-based store’s most popular.
To Buy: $26, etsy.com/shop/eleventyfive
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This classic truck is handmade in Minnesota using sustainably harvested hardwood and a homemade finish of camelina oil and local beeswax. It comes in a U.S.-made cotton drawstring gift and storage bag and can be personalized with a little one’s name. Former Peace Corps volunteers, the shop owners donate to Peace Corps youth development programs for every toy sold.
To Buy: $20 with personalization, etsy.com/shop/smilingtreetoys
4. To the Stars and Back
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Encourage a love for the outdoors with this dreamy blanket, made with certified organic cotton, nontoxic water-based inks and organic cotton sateen. Featuring constellations from the night sky, this hand-constructed blanket measures 27 by 34 inches and will last from infancy through childhood and beyond.
To Buy: $52, etsy.com/shop/sewnnatural
5. Rainbow Bright
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You can feel good about little hands working this cheery puzzle. The artist uses sustainably harvested, locally milled wood; paints free of animal ingredients and testing; and homemade wood polish made of plant waxes and organic oils.
To Buy: $32, etsy.com/shop/outsideeverywhere
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This sampler pack of luxurious, organic herbal teas will provide cup after cup of comfort. Packaged in biodegradable, compostable cellulose and delivered with a hand-stamped gift note, gift ribbon and inspirational message, this tea set makes a healthful and thoughtful gift.
To Buy: $17, etsy.com/shop/becauseurpriceless
These repurposed fork plant markers make a great gift for herb gardening enthusiasts. As they age, they’ll continue to develop a rich patina and become even more beautiful.
To Buy: 5 markers for $24, etsy.com/shop/therusticstamp
These hoops show off their wearer’s sustainable style. Jalak Leatherworks creates lightweight earrings made of eco-friendly bamboo, laser cut into perfect hoops. Available in three sizes, each 1⁄8-inch-thick, and a range of setting options including stainless steel and antique gold-plated.
To Buy: $12.50 for one pair of 2-inch hoops, etsy.com/shop/jalakleatherworks
These small-batch, handmade rose waters are made from organic rose petals and high-quality oils. Known to promote healthy skin and a sense of calm, rose water can be used as a facial toner, hair rinse, bath soak, or room and body mist. Containing no preservatives, each bottle lasts four to six weeks.
To Buy: $9 for 4 ounces, etsy.com/shop/apothotopia
Every year, 28 billion glass bottles end up in landfills. While they can’t rescue them all, the owners of Songbird and Twig do their part by transforming some of them into colorful serving dishes. Although they all originate in the recycling bin, every finished dish is unique. Available in a range of color and bottle options.
To Buy: $20, etsy.com/shop/songbirdandtwig