You guys know that fear of showing up to a party wearing the same dress as another attendee? That’s the kind of fear I have over holiday gift shopping from big box stores. Something about everyone gifting the same sweater or throw blanket just rubs me the wrong way. Having only ever worked for small businesses, I know the value of supporting them whenever possible.
When you shop small, suddenly a necklace isn’t just a necklace. It’s the blood, sweat, and tears of a shop owner who just launched her business and is trying to feed her family. That set of tea towels you just bought? They’re supporting the dream of a college student who hopes to be her own boss one day.
Every holiday season I fill my cart with my favorite Etsy finds, and it feels amazing to know that at the same time that I’m buying gifts for my loved ones, I’m also investing in the businesses and creativity of someone out there who really appreciates it. I’ve rounded up just a few of my favorite gifts from Etsy this year, for everyone from your coffee-obsessed BFF to your cat-loving coworker.
Tell us, do you shop small during the holidays? What’s your favorite kind of gift to receive? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was in partnership with Etsy, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.