Wouldn't it be amazing to have a handmade + independent Christmas? I know this is a huge challenge for me because it's so easy to grab the cheap Frozen stickers and Minnie Mouse t-shirt at Old Navy and call it good (like I did a few days ago), but I am challenging myself to buy local/independent/handmade Christmas gifts this year from here on out (and make as many DIY ones as possible). It may mean less presents under the tree, but the presents that we give and receive will be so much more meaningful than whatever we found on sale at Target at the last minute. Supporting small businesses so directly enriches our communities in such a huge and wonderful way, so I'm challenging you too! How do you plan to shop independent his Christmas?
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As an Etsy seller, I'm all about shopping other Etsy stores for both Christmas supplies and handmade or vintage gifts! One way I'm planning to make this easier on myself, my husband, and maybe even my family is to
make an Etsy "wish list"
. If you have an Etsy account, it's easy to create a list of your favorites. I've titled mine "Christmas wishlist", and have included things that I think Lily and I would love. (You can see it
for an idea of what I'm talking about.) It feels weird and selfish to be making a list of 'wants', but I know people are wanting to buy Lily, Alex, and I presents so why not help them along and encourage them to shop handmade this year, too?
Along the same lines of making a wish list for myself, I also
made a "Christmas Gift Ideas" list
on Etsy. Throughout the year as I stumble upon things that might make great gifts, I've added them to the list which makes it super easy to find them again and add them to my cart when it's finally time for Christmas shopping! You can view my example list
, but don't look too closely because I may or may not be ordering Christmas gifts from that list! ;)
Another way to shop indie when you might not know what to get someone is to
A few tips:
please remember that everything on Etsy is either a craft supply, something vintage, or something handmade. That being said, there are real people running these shops who have families, sometimes other jobs, and other obligations. They aren't a fulfillment service like Amazon, so please shop accordingly -- with kindness, patience, politeness, making sure to order far enough in advance to allow them to lovingly make your gift and allow for shipping time. Most shops will have deadlines for holiday order cut-offs and current processing time, so please take these into account before ordering!
How will you accept the challenge? Which indie shops + makers are your favorite? I'd love to hear!