The Etsy Design Award Finalists were announced earlier this month and winners will be chosen this September. To celebrate the beautiful, handmade work done by makers all over the world, I’ve rounded up my favorites that would make amazing gifts!
Did you know this is the first year of the Etsy Design Awards!? Makers from all of the world submitted their work for a chance to win one of six prizes. This September, Etsy will be announcing the grand prize winner along with five category winners. Categories include Inventive Decor, Signature Style, Festive Celebrations, Earth Friendly and Creative Collaborations.
The 160 finalists represent a broad collection of work from different countries. Everything from a gorgeous bohemian wedding dress to a quirky swimming pool-shaped necklace can be found amongst the finalists.
Today I’m sharing eight amazing gift ideas from the Etsy Design Finalists. These gift ideas are special in their uniqueness and truly something to treasure. Etsy has always been my go-to when searching for gifts that will wow. I was blown away by the creativity of these makers and encourage you to look through their shops. While they were chosen as finalists for these specific products, their shops are full of beautiful work and more amazing gift ideas!
Enjoy this round-up! I’m excited to see who Etsy will announce as this year’s winners! Check out all of the finalists on Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Page!
Amazing Gift Ideas from the Etsy Design Finalists
Amit and Misha, from Sky Goodies, create the coolest mini calendars, including these printable typewriters. Based in Mumbai, India, their shop is filled with beautiful paper crafts you can print and assemble at home. Gift to your fellow office mate or create one for your own desk and add something unique to your work place! (Their printable sewing machine calendar is worth checking out as well!)
Looking for the perfect housewarming gift? How about a plant with one of these adorable plant animals hanging from the branches? Aimée Furnival’s metal plant animals add the perfect whimsical touch to houseplants. Grab the sloth, orangutan or collect all eleven! Any plant enthusiast would be happy to welcome these little critters into their home!
Personalized bookmarks are the perfect gift for book lovers! Sophie Wordsworth, of Swag and Tassel uses vegetable-tanned leather to create these beautiful bookmarks. Stamped with your custom message or name, they are a great personalized gift for birthdays, graduations, and Christmas. Check out the entire Swag and Tassel shop for keychains, glasses cases and valet trays – that can all be personalized!
Looking for a meaningful first anniversary gift? Maybe a special anniversary gift for your parents? The Paper Roses Co creates papercut versions of wedding venues! Each papercut creation is handcut by owners, and twin sisters, Laura and Victoria. Their attention to detail in these beautiful pieces makes them an amazing keepsake to display in your home. Their shop also features papercut creations for babies, kids and even a personalized sign for your craft room!
Surprise new home-owners or gardening enthusiasts with this stylish bee hotel! Liam Yates, shop owner of Wuddl, designs bee homes for the garden. They are designed to attract native solitary bees. These docile bees are incredible pollinators! A thoughtful gift that will add color to the yard while also helping the declining solitary bee population. Wuddl’s design is a finalist in the Earth-Friendly category.
When you need an amazing gift for your bestie, you seriously can’t go wrong with these fun custom face magnets created by Brittney Andrews. Andrews of Kit Atlas, started creating magnets from illustrations of her sweet rescue dogs. This soon led to creating personalized magnets of not just pets, but also people! Wouldn’t this make a fun gift for your bridesmaids? Magnets of your children’s faces would also make a cool grandparents’ gift!
With Christmas on the horizon, it’s never too early to start planning gifts for the little ones! Éva Guillet, designer behind Milky Wood, has created a beautiful world with his birch plywood houses and furniture. This modern dollhouse includes moving doors, ladders and a lift as well as a personalized sign. The best part? It’s simple, neutral design makes this a fun gift for both girls and boys.
Let’s not forget gifts for our furry friends! Tina Kim, of Feline Fun, has the perfect birthday gift for your kitty – catnip toys that look like birthday cakes! They are filled with organic catnip and can be personalized with the color and letter of your choice. With a collection featuring everything from ice cream cones to pizza, Kim’s toys are cat-approved by her own cat Frankie!