Ultimate Guide to Handmade Gifts on Etsy: Part 2

We're back with even more handmade picks from Etsy to help you wrap up your holiday shopping in style.

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Our first Etsy gift guide of the season featured everything from sentimental pet portraits to plantable calendar pages to whimsical candy designed to look like twinkling crystals. We hope you checked a few loved ones off your holiday shopping list after exploring our picks, but if you're anything like us, the winter gifting season seems to be flying by faster than Santa's sleigh on a particularly busy Christmas Eve. If you haven't quite wrapped up your holiday shopping (and you're still all about those handmade gifts), don't worry. We're back with a sequel to our Ultimate Guide to Handmade Gifts on Etsy.


Best of all, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your couch to peruse these artisan-made items. So, pull out that shopping list, pour a cup of (highly caffeinated) coffee and round out your holiday shopping on a high note with even more fun Etsy finds.

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1. Upbeat interior decorator

Move over, neutrals! This eye-catching, abstract botanical pillow cover (available with a pillow insert for an extra $10) belongs front and center in your loved one's living room. Handmade with a super-trendy (and super-cute) punch needle technique, each polyester pillow cover is individually designed—and no two are exactly the same. Cases measure 16 x 16 in., so they'll make a great addition to any recipient's throw pillow pile without overpowering the scene.

2. Quirky jewelry collector

For the person in your life who is always ready to accessorize with utterly sparkly and unique baubles, these cheeky glitter shell earrings are just the thing. These silver and pink-hued earrings are made from lightweight acrylic (so the glitter won't flake!) and add a fun touch to any outfit for the holidays and beyond.


3. Pal who loves to spritz

Got a friend who absolutely adores fragrance? They'll swoon over this 100% natural perfume five-piece set with enchanting scents like sweet palo santo, fresh wild vetiver, citrus and white flower, spice and leather and forestlike cedar that layer and interact with the wearer's body chemistry. Even better: This gift set comes with a 15% off voucher that can be used toward a full-size purchase!



4. Work-from-home buddy

This artsy, hand-painted desk set makes a thoughtful and endearing present for any deskmate or friend with a new job. The hand-poured concrete set will add pizzazz to an everyday work station with its handpainted seafoam green card holder and a small planter that's just big enough for a low-maintenance air plant.


5. Kitschy kitchen fan

You know that friend who's always picking up fun mugs and eclectic glassware from the thrift store? Treat them to this "mushroom kitties" glass, which comes with a bamboo lid and metal straw. It's a conversation piece, to be sure—and it's the perfect vessel for 16 oz. of iced coffee, milk tea or good old-fashioned water. Got a holiday fan in your life? Check out this winter-themed kitty glass for a festive twist.


6. Art-museum-obsessed

Feel minimalist and playful in these geometric hoop earrings. Made of gold-filled metal and hand-blown glass bubbles, these irresistibly elegant and edgy earrings are ahead of the trend curve. They're a great choice for that friend who's always raving about the latest modern art exhibit!



7. Trendsetting baby

Move over, plain white bodysuits. This adorable and utterly original hand-knitted outfit is sure to leave any parent swooning. It's not just a cardigan with sewn-on daisies; it's a full 'fit that includes a matching drawstring hat and teeny, tiny knit baby shoes. Sizing is available for newborns through 3 months, and the sweater comes in either cream or vibrant yellow. We're feeling the baby fever just looking at this sweet set!


8. Cozy cat lover

Slippers are a timeless holiday gift, but these felted wool cat slippers are the pick of the litter. Handmade with 100% sheep's wool in Ukraine, they feature an adorable sleepy cat dreaming of his prey: an equally adorable mouse! Choose from a leather or rubber sole and wrap up these sweet slippers for a friend who prefers to spend winter nights cozied up on the couch with a cat (or three) in their lap.

9. Real-life Rapunzel

These handmade woven grass and raffia headbands add a pop of color to round out any outfit or hairstyle. Choose from base colors in white, tan or black infused with strands spanning every hue of the rainbow. Creator BKLYNLNDN's headbands fit both adults and children, so they're a versatile (and totally adorable) gift.


10. Culinary creative

Your favorite home cook will never lose a recipe again with this sweet and simple blank recipe book. With a fillable index page and plenty of space to chart recipes and cocktails, it's a keepsake in the making. The handmade, handsewn hardcover book comes with FSC-certified paper (meaning it's made of responsibly sourced wood fibers), a sewn binding and a ribbon bookmark for easy organization.

11. Bath enthusiast

Close your eyes, sit back and relax—you'll want to buy a box of these ultra-soothing bath bombs for yourself once you've gifted them to a friend. Featuring six square bath bombs in scents from lavender to rose to grapefruit, this gift set even comes in biodegradable shrinkwrap, so it's more eco-friendly than what you might find at a typical bath and body shop. Your loved one will be soaking in a tub of bliss before they know it, and you'll be the one to thank!

12. Ceramic superfan

Made of wheel-thrown stoneware and handpainted, this handmade ceramic planter looks perfect on any shelf, whether it's housing a tiny plant or even serving as standalone decor. It's easy to love these planters' geometric shapes and eye-catching colors, which set them apart from generic clay. For an added dash of thoughtfulness, pop a cute succulent or cactus into the planter before gifting it to a pal.


13. Bud who orders dessert first

Made from light and airy cake, this sweet braided dessert is a surefire hit for the tastebuds. Simply choose a vegan-made babka in flavors like chocolate, ube cheese or matcha. For more fruity (and delightfully jammy) flavor, check out the seller's vegan Taiwanese pineapple cake.

14. Person who monograms everything

We love the overstated ugly Christmas sweater as much as anyone, but there's also a time and place for simplicity. Enjoy a minimal—and sweet—twist on holiday garb with this monogrammed sweatshirt with a cozy crewneck. With a handmade "merry" stitched in soft white, it's unfussy and dainty, unlike its over-the-top holiday-themed counterparts. Looking for something a bit more personalized? Check out the seller's listing for a diagonal monogram sweatshirt or explore our guide to monogrammed gifts.

15. Frequent flyer

A solid cologne is a match made in heaven for frequent fliers. This solid perfume will remind travelers of faraway places— and unlike a classic liquid option, it travels mess-free (no leaky bottles here). With notes of smoky tobacco, yummy yuzu citrus, prickly juniper and mimosa blossoms, this sweet-meets-woody scent transports the wearer to a bonfire on the beach, even if they're in the middle seat.

16. Pint-size pastry chef

Is there a little one in your life who might just be the next Julia Child? Get them started with a handmade wooden cutting board and play food set from family-owned CreatablesShop on Etsy. Choose from a board of desserts, veggies, proteins or fruit in several decorative styles. Each piece of "food" is held together with Velcro and can be "cut" with the set's accompanying wooden knife. Your favorite budding chef will be whipping up mouthwatering make-believe treats in no time!

17. Budding cocktail artist

You know that friend who whips up delicious cocktails at a moment's notice? That person needs toastworthy tumblers that are handblown with a one-of-a-kind tie-dye swirl design (like these). Yes, they're a bit on the pricey side, but each is made with individually blown glass, so no two pieces are identical. With swirls of yellow, red and orange, these Vancouver-made glasses feature a fiery vibe that's utterly one of a kind.

We weren't kidding when we said we had a little something for everyone. For more inspo, check out Part 1 of our Ultimate Guide to Handmade Gifts on Etsy. Your (thoughtful) shopping spree awaits!


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