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Gift Guide 2018: 5 Great Etsy Accessory Shops

Gift Guide 2018: 5 Great Etsy Accessory Shops

Welcome to Amidst’s first ever gift guide! You’ll find I do gift giving a little differently: I’m not about high prices that break the bank. What matters most to me is that each gift feels personal, and comes from a company you want to talk about. In this five-part series (I’ll be putting new posts up through Dec. 14), you’ll find a list of affordable, special fashion and beauty items and companies that will have you just as excited to give gifts as your recipients will be to receive them. Happy gifting!

Supporting small businesses and ethical manufacturing through holiday gifts is, I’m very happy to say, easier than ever today. But when sitting down to start crafting our holiday gift list, I still first head to the OG of promoting unique mom-and-pop shops: Etsy. The jewelry and crochet sections are, specifically, my preferred treasure troves. Here, my five favorite companies right now.   

Courtesy Etsy/Crochet by Colleen

Courtesy Etsy/Crochet by Colleen

For the statement bag collector
Head to Crochet by Colleen. Based in Long Island, Colleen has a plethora of fun and quirky bags and clutches (mostly straw, around $30 to $50) and some small extras like sleep masks ($15). I bought the lemon straw clutch last summer and have had a hard time putting it down since, but the crocheted girl portraits are a crowd favorite. Have your own idea in mind? Colleen does custom work too—her crochet skills have even been featured in art installations, including a New York Times Square billboard.  

Courtesy Etsy/Allison Wonderland Jewelry

Courtesy Etsy/Allison Wonderland Jewelry

For the Disney fan
Spend some time at Allison Wonderland Jewelry. Founded by a close friend of mine, I can assure you that each bracelet, necklace and set of earrings is thoughtfully crafted by hand. The prices, all hovering around $12, are extremely reasonable too. 

Courtesy Etsy/Chic Bambino Crochet

Courtesy Etsy/Chic Bambino Crochet

For the cute, cute kids
Buy an imaginative beanie at Chic Bambino Crochet. Inspired by her daughter, the owner hand stitches whimsical fox hats, triceratops hats, penguin hats, koala hats (all typically around $25)—the photo-worthy list goes on.  

Courtesy Etsy/Justice Originals

Courtesy Etsy/Justice Originals

For the minimalist
Focus on graphic jewelry made from repurposed steel at Justice Originals. Each bracelet, necklace and picture frame (ranging from $25 to $160) is one of a kind.

Courtesy Etsy/Top Knots Macrame

Courtesy Etsy/Top Knots Macrame

For anyone mad for macramé
Meet Top Knots Macrame. The Oklahoma-based shop has eye-catching wall hangings ($15-$90) that the owner can customize in length, width and color, but I’ve got my eye on the macramé keychains, $8 each. There’s also a “gifts under $20” tab. 

Looking for more?
Etsy’s Jewelry Gifts Under $50 section is a great place to start.

Click here for my next Gift Guide post.

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