Etsy Holiday Gift Guide

Sunday, 3 December 2017

There is nothing I love more than shopping, and doing it for the ones I love is just an added bonus, so when Etsy challenged me to create a gift guide that holds tradition or meaning for me, I nearly bit their hand off in my eagerness to comply. The things included in this list are items that are all ones that tap into the warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings that I have for Christmas passed; they are ones that I would be overjoyed to receive, or ones I am planning on gifting to my own beloveds. And, as a massive plus, all of them are lovingly handcrafted by small businesses - and just knowing that adds a layer of warmth and Christmas spirit to each and every one of them.

Snowflake Garland
For me, nothing says the Holiday season more than snow - we're all dreaming of a white Christmas after all, right? And although we don't get much snow in the UK, even the smallest possibility of the white stuff around this time of year makes everyone near-giddy in excitement.

Grease "Pink Ladies" Film Print
Vintage movie prints are a go-to for me when it comes to gifts. I mean, who doesn't love classics like Grease? You can't go wrong! And, what makes it even better, is that MerryNotesDesigns offers an entire range of minimalist film, television and music prints to meet everyone's pop culture needs.

"Make Today Worth the MakeUp" Cosmetics Bag
Oh, how I love inspirational quotes. I try to sneak them in everywhere I can when I buy people gifts, because I have found that there is nothing better than your loved ones knowing that you are rooting for them.

A5 Stars and Constellations Diary 2018
Possibly the most practical gift in this entire gift guide, but that doesn't mean that it can't still be beautiful. As the holiday season draws closer, so does 2018, which means that gifting a diary is one present that everyone is in need of and one which they will cherish for the entirety of the year to come.

Ceramic Christmas Baubles
For me, when it comes to Christmas, a big thing is the baubles on the tree. Strange as it seems, it is because, over the years, my family has accumulated an entire menagerie of beautiful tree trinkets - some made my siblings and me, and some bought from little, independent shops like this one. Screw having the same red baubles as everyone else, here is to our decorations standing out from the crowd.

Yuletide Nights Candle
Inspired by the christmasy setting of Home Alone, this candle is a perfect present for those cosy nights-in watching a series of holiday movies or even just the snowfall. Nothing says winter to me like the flickering flame of a scented candle and it is sure to set the ambience of any holiday celebration.

Star Fairy Lights 
Every-time that I look at these, all that I think is starlight, star bright - they are just so delicate and so beautiful! With this gift, your loved ones can experience the majesty of a winter sky without the risk of frostbite, and they are sure to look exquisite twinkling in the background of any room.

Stranger Things "Mornings are for Coffee & Contemplation" Mug
Stranger Things is sure to dominate on the present front this holiday season - this series has already conquered Halloween and I am certain it is not going to stop there. When it comes to gifting items related to the show, avoid all of the generic Save Barb pins and the fairy lights t-shirts and go for something more off of the beaten track. Like this mug!

Christmas Penguin Earrings
 Hi guys. My name is Cass, I am 22 and I have a penguin addiction. Christmas is the only time it is really appropriate to push my dependancy onto other people, so I am going to take full advantage of that and nudge you towards these adorable earrings. I actually bought the Santa-version of these for my flatmate last Christmas and the thought that goes into each pair of these is impeccable.

Gothic Literature Enamel Pin Set
 Did all of you literary MVPs think I had forgotten about you? Trust me, I haven't. In fact, I have been saving possibly the most beautiful for last. This absolutely stunning pin collection comprises of quotes from some of the most iconic books of all time - Dracula, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein... It is truly a showcase of the best in gothic literature.

*Post in collaboration with Etsy

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