The Etsy Made Local campaign is back for another year and I think it’s a great initiative. If you’d like to support independent makers this Christmas, you should really check it out.
Etsy Made Local is back this December and it’s bigger than ever! Etsy.com is supporting Etsy Teams for the third year running to host 41 ‘Etsy Made Local’ shopping events that will pop-up between 1- 3 December all across the UK. Bringing sellers offline and into their local communities, Etsy Made Local makes for a great shopping experience where you can get ahead of the Christmas rush and find unique, handmade gifts - whilst connecting with the designers behind the items.
I’ve picked out some special things from a few of my favourite independent makers available on Etsy, to give you an idea of what’s available. This is just the tip of the iceberg – you’ll find so many more lovely things online or at your local market.
First up is Jackdaw Bindery. This maker is perfect for the stationery lover in your life or anyone who appreciates a hand-made, leather-bound notebook (who doesn’t?). There are loads of colour choices, sizes and finishes available. The paper can be white or cream, lined or plain and the cover can be embossed with personalised designs so you can make your notebook really bespoke. Personally I can never have too many notebooks and I’m happy to add these to my coterie but they’re really unisex too so I think I might have to part with one and gift it to Greig.
My second choice is these lovely pieces from jewellery maker Brass & Bold. As the name suggests, the pieces are mainly made from brass and I love the simple, modern, minimal feel to these pieces. They’re lightweight, wearable and good for dressing up and down. I’m wearing a necklace from the aptly-named Less is More collection and the brass ring and bar earrings.
And finally, something for my favourite fancy shirt-wearer. Blacker and Oak makes a beautiful range of wooden items including unique furniture and home decor but I love these olive wood and silver plate cuff links which are a good addition to Greig’s collection. You can also get ones made from old wine barrels if you like that sort of thing.
You can find out more about the Etsy Made Local markets taking place in your area by clicking here. Pop a date in your diary and get yourself down to one. It’s the sort of retail experience that’s guaranteed to give you a warm glow this Christmas, when you find that certain something for your special someone and support an indie maker into the bargain. Win-win!
For more ideas follow @etsyuk on instagram and check out the #EtsyMadeLocalUK hashtag on social media.
Disclosure: This post was created in conjunction with etsy. As always, all opinions are my own.