Yes, you may or may not have noticed our gift guides. We’ve got gifts for book lovers, pampering beauty gifts, tech and cooking gifts. Now, we’re turning to Etsy, and hunting down the 20 best gifts on Etsy. Yes, it’s early fall, but we’re doing the smart thing and are gearing up early for the holiday season. When you think about it, the sooner you order your Christmas gift or Hanukkah present, the sooner it arrives. Not only will you be able to find the perfect hiding place for them, but you also won’t have to worry whether the gifts will arrive on time.
If you’ve ever wandered around Etsy, you know it’s a wonderland of handmade goodies. There’s everything from furniture to candles, to vintage clothing, to toys and so much more. If you’re looking for gifts from incredibly talented individuals and small businesses that make things that are as unique and joyful as the people in your life, we’re happy to let you know that we took up that challenge and found thoughtful (and tasty) Etsy gifts from all over the United States, Canada and the UK. We think these really are the best Etsy gifts out there.
Scroll through to find the perfect presents for everyone on your holiday list. Think of us as Santa’s helper.
1. Do Your Own Gin Do Your Own Gin Kit
BEST FOR MIXOLOGISTS
For those that love crafting the perfect cocktail, introduce them to this stylish and useful kit. They’ll be able to make botanically-infused gins just like the artisanal brands. The kit comes with 10 different botanicals like juniper berries, green cardamom, licorice root and more. Mix them up to make blends or standalone infusions. The kit comes with recipes, two bottles to create and store the botanically-mixed gin and a funnel. It comes in recycled, biodegradable packaging.
2. Art by Monday “Mystery” Abstract Art Canvas Print
BEST FOR ART LOVERS
Stacie Monday creates semi-abstract paintings of women. This North Carolina-based artist has consistently received five-star reviews from buyers. Her canvas prints are made to order, so if you’ve fallen in love with “Mystery,” and need to have it by the Holidays, don’t dither. Monday states that she’s inspired by “how far my ancestors traveled (and) what civilizations they began or influenced.”
3. Gusto Spice Gusto’s Original Barbecue RUBS of the STATES BBQ Sampler Gift Set
FOR THE GRILL KING OR QUEEN
For those who count the days until they can start grilling outside again, or if they’re lucky enough to own an indoor grill, they’ll, pardon the pun, dig into this gift. The BBQ sampler set contains 5-2oz. tins (1.35-1.38oz. net wt. each / about 1/4 cup each) of their most popular dry rubs. Each tin can cover four to five pounds of meat. The set is comprised of the Lexington, NC dry rub. The ingredients include brown sugar, celery seed, dry mustard and cayenne pepper. Try it on chicken or pork. Next up is the Memphis, TN rub. It’s a smoked rub that works perfectly with pulled pork. The East, Texas rub is yummy on burgers, brisket, and all sorts of beef. The Kansas City, MO rub is a mix of garlic, dry mustard and other barbecue flavors. Try it with pork or beef. Last up is the Santa Maria, CA rub. Rosemary, lemon pepper and onion are the highlights of this flavorful mix.
4. Victoria Mae Designs Jane Austen Tea Gift Set
FOR THE JANE AUSTEN LOVER
To many readers, diving into a Jane Austen novel is the perfect antidote for bad weather, a bad day, a sunny day, well, you get the idea. The next time your Austenite reaches for their favorite copy of Mansfield Park, they can enjoy the witty words with a copy of Jane Austen Tea. This set contains fair trade teabags enclosed in sewn paper envelopes that either contains a quote or reference from her novels. The teas are a mix of British brands that include PG Tips, Breakfast and Earl Grey or a selection of mixed flavors like Roobios, Indian Spice Chai, mint and more. The teas can be customized, just reach out to the seller.
5. Mega Gear Custom Personalized Leather Sleeve Bag for MacBook Pro and Air
BEST FOR TECH LOVERS
Talk about an eye-catching gift. This slim leather sleeve bag is embossed in a colorful print, and it can even be personalized with a name or initials on the flap. Made from top-grain cow leather, you can choose a brown, dark blue or purple (shown) sleeve. If your laptop lover doesn’t own a Mac, take a look at the measurements on the shop page to see if their netbook would fit inside.
6. Cades and Birch Personalized Key and Leash Holder
BEST FOR DOG PARENTS
The biggest lament from dog owners? They can never find the leash. It either slithers off of tables, falls off of doorknobs or gets stuck somewhere. Give your favorite pup parents a key and leash holder that can be personalized to hold two sets of keys and one leash or vice versa. You can pick the wooden holder seen in the photo, or pick His Hers, His His, and more.
7. Equal Peaks Paramount Laptop and Phone Stand
FOR THE WFH WARRIOR
With so many people working from home, carving out a spot where one can work can be frustrating. This gift can make a difference in their workday. Handcrafted from birch plywood or aluminum, this seven-inch high laptop and phone stand can turn any surface into a standing desk. It can also be used with a chair to help with posture. This is a chic way to turn a small space into an organized one.
8. Sparkle Dogs Gold and Diamond Cat Necklace
FOR CAT MOMS
Talk about a glamorous stocking stuffer! Celebrity stylist Carrie Cramer is the designer behind this brand of pet-themed jewelry. Lindsay Vonn is just the latest celeb spotted wearing one of her dog pendants. Cramer has jewelry that showcases cats and almost every type of dog breed. If you know a cat mom or cat sister, you know one of the things they bemoan is the lack of cute things for them. Dogs seem to be on everything! Make their holiday bright with this gift. It’s a gold and diamond pendant on an 18-inch gold chain. It also comes in rose gold, silver and white gold.
9. Birdy Sue Sews I Love You to the Moon and Back Gender Neutral Baby Blanket
FOR NEW PARENTS
New parents need anything and everything! This holiday gift is a soft handmade blankie that is faux fur on one side and a charming cotton print on the other side. The blanket can be customized with a Sherpa backing instead. Just shoot Carrie, the owner, an email. She also makes a matching fitted crib sheet, so you could create a set if you’d like.
10. Herbs and Soil Think Outside the Box Gift for Men
BEST SPAY DAY FOR GUYS
Give your favorite guy the gift of relaxation. Everyone needs a bit of “me” time, and he’ll love this gift from Herbs and Soil. Handmade in Salt Lake City, Utah, this gift is really like importing a spa into a home. Made with natural ingredients and without artificial colors, this gift box contains a Midnight Mahogony Loofa bar, activated charcoal soap bar, two eucalyptus and spearmint shower steamers, Pacific Mist Detox Whipped Sugar Scrub, Everyday Healing Salve and a bottle of Sea of Trees bath salts. All items are sulfate-free, phthalates-free and petro-chemical free, and non-GMO. It also comes gift wrapped.
11. Hortiki Plants Organic Leafy Greens Eco-friendly Seed Starting Container Gardening Kit
FOR BEGINNING GARDENERS
If anything, the pandemic made us realize how much we love the outdoors and growing things. This is a holiday gift that grows all year long. Black-owned Hortiki Plants has put together a gift filled with plants that are not only nice-looking, but they’re also yummy. Now a salad can grow on a windowsill. The gift contains three seed sachets of organic seeds so you can grow your own kale, arugula and spinach. Three biodegradable pots, three biodegradable water catchment trays, three bamboo plant markers, two bags of organic potting soil, one glass mister bottle, instructions, recipes, fun facts and more are included. The biodegradable containers are 100% post-consumer recycled paper and made in the US. But wait there’s more. If your recipient is confused, Dr. Victoria LeBeaux (Ph.D. in Sustainable Agriculture) the owner of Hortiki, is happy to answer questions, take a look at photos and videos to help your gardener’s thumb stay green.
12. Peace Organics Personalized Vegan Skin Care Spa Gift Box
BEST SPA DAY FOR HER
After the year we’ve all had, pampering is a gift we all crave. Peace Organics specializes in creating vegan skincare and soy wax candles. This holiday gift set contains one of their seasonally scented candles along with a slew of vegan skincare that includes an 8 oz. candle, body spray, lip balm, oatmeal and honey body butter (travel size), peppermint leaf bar soap (travel size), bath bomb, matches for the candle and a personalized gift card. Choose from over 15 holiday scents like Wassail, Vanilla Bourbon or Fallen Leaves for the candle.
13. Papa Mask Plaid Facemask and Matching Scarf Set
FOR THE TRENDSETTER
This unisex mask and scarf set keeps the cold at bay while looking stylishly on-trend. Papa Masks makes a variety of plaid scarves and matching masks. The mask has three layers, a cotton lining, filter pocket (it comes with a filter), adjustable nose bridge and earloops with a matching scarf. Made locally in Vaughn, Ontario, this woman-owned small business has garnered rave reviews. Papa Mask has created a special promo code especially for SPY readers. Add “SPYVIP10” at checkout for an additional 10% OFF on their listings.
14. Banilla Relax and Recharge Gift Box
FOR THE GUY WHO’S HARD TO GET
There’s always that one person who is hard to gift. For whatever reason, when it comes to holiday shopping, you’re stumped. Take a deep breath and relax. Banilla’s got your back. The holiday gift box has the little things that can make someone feel special. They’ve partnered with the Coffee Cartel, the New Chocolate Company and the Glasgow Soap Company for this holiday treat. In addition to their hand-poured soy wax candle and glass sleeve of matches, there’s the Glasgow Soap Company’s Dusky Sloe Handmade Vegan Scottish Soap bar, which combines apples, nutmeg and musk for a sensuous scent. Then there’s the Coffee Cartel Brazil Ilicinea Cliffs coffee tin. With hints of sugar browning and Nutella-esque notes, this is a deep rich coffee. There’s a pair of cable-knit thick wool socks and a bar of the New Chocolate Company’s dark chocolate bar. Filled with a tasty blood orange and passionfruit grenache, this chocolate bar is layered with edible copper metallic dust. This gift box can include a personalized message and shipped directly to your recipient.
15. Fashion By Cultures Unisex Natural Cotton Eco Dye Towel Robe
FOR BATH LOVERS
This lightweight unisex towel is made from 100% high-quality cotton that dries quickly. It’s a lightweight hooded bathrobe made with gentle dyes that keeps the wearer comfortable throughout the year. It can even be packed in a tote and used as a coverup at the beach or pool. The cheerfully colored stripes give this holiday gift a happy vibe.
16. Azzo Handmade Personalized Airpod Case
Airpods have gone from being a “thing” to a daily need. For the holidays, give your special someone an Airpods case they’ll be happy to show off. Encased in faux leather, it can be monogrammed and comes in brown, black or red. Just pop in the plastic AirPods case and go. It even comes with a clip so it’s easy to find.
17. Handmade Soap by Rini Bell Gilmore Girls Luke’s Pumpkin Pie & Spice Soap
FOR PUMPKIN SPICE LOVERS AND GILMORE GIRL FANS
Pumpkin spice lovers want everything, and we mean everything to use that sweet flavor. Stuff their stocking while satisfying their cravings with this sweet, scented soap. Made by Gilmore Girls’ own Lulu (Rini Bell), this soap is an ode to Luke’s Diner. Rini creates, from start to finish, this layered bar of soap.
Rini originally created soaps for the Gilmore Girls fan fests and was surprised and delighted to get requests for her soaps throughout the year. She’s set up shop on Etsy and produces Gilmore Girls and holiday-themed soaps throughout the year. For the right person, this is one of the best Etsy gifts.
18. Beji Collections Cotton Blanket Throws
Looking for a gift for a college student to brighten up their dorm room? Need a holiday gift for someone who’s just moved into an apartment? Could you be looking for something to give to the couple who loves to cuddle on the couch? Give them this incredibly soft Beji Collections cotton blanket throw. Made by hand in India from 100% recycled pre-dyed cotton. Each blanket is finished with hand-knotted fringes. It comes in eight soft hues, each so pleasing to the eye, you might have a hard time choosing one.
19. Lasaris Geometric Delights Laser Cut Coasters Set of 4
BEST FOR HOME ENTERTAINERS
Looking like tiny sculptures, these are coasters made from laser-cut oak wood. They’re a great holiday gift from Etsy for first-time homeowners, amateur mixologists and those who are looking forward to entertaining. The coaster measure 10 cm in diameter.