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As February 14th inches closer on the calendar, the countdown to Cupid’s day starts feeling more and more like a pressure cooker for discerning gift-hunters. Sure, if you’re in a pinch, you could go the predictable chocolate-and-roses route—but why not kick the romance factor up a few notches with a handcrafted keepsake that will really make your other half feel like your better half?

Explore Valentine’s Day gifts

Even better: While you’re browsing for that perfect something, honor Black History Month by showing some love to Etsy’s rich community of black artisans and sellers. Whether your special someone is craving a little pampering, a wardrobe upgrade, or a gorgeous new piece of jewelry to show off, we’ve gathered a lovebird-friendly collection of sure-to-please treasures. No matter whose heart you’re after, you’ll find a gift that will make them fall in love at first sight.

Whisking them away on a tropical V-Day getaway might not be in the cards within the next two weeks, but you can still indulge your favorite wanderluster with this Caribbean-inspired print by Brooklyn-based artist Erin Robinson, aka Brooklyn Dolly. And don’t worry...

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It was 2012, and Joshica Kiah was standing in her Los Angeles bathroom, beginning to re-straighten her freshly washed hair, when her husband walked into the room. “He saw me and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, your hair is so beautiful! Look at all those beautiful curls,’” recalls Joshica, an Air Force veteran who’d grown used to taming her natural hair with a combination of chemical relaxers, heat, and extensions to adhere to the strict uniform requirements of the armed services. “I could never wear my hair like this,” she quickly shot back. “It’s too crazy!” What followed was a long debate centered around hair, race, and American beauty standards, “but in the end, my husband convinced me that my hair was beautiful and that I should embrace it,” says Joshica. “It was his encouragement that caused me to go natural and stay natural.”

Explore the Joshica Beauty collection

Committing to rocking her natural hair was scary enough, but after leaving her straightened locks behind, Joshica was soon faced with another challenge: how to care for, style, and maintain her new curly ‘do. “I was worried I would stand out and be noticed for this big, wild hair that I didn’t know how to take care of,” she says. After discovering that there weren’t many products on the market suited for her hair’s natural texture—“coarse, kinky, and curly, categorized as a type 4”—Joshica...

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You met on a sunstone mining expedition in Oregon. You threw your dogs an elaborate pet wedding, complete with gourmet “pupcakes.” You recite the same poem to each other every night before bed. Whether your Valentine is your oldest friend, your soul sister, or your life partner, there’s no story quite like the one you’ve written together. So when it comes to Valentine’s Day, isn’t it time to think outside the chocolate box? Good news, lovers. If you’re searching for a heartfelt, one-of-a-kind gift, we’ve teamed up with our friends at custom framing service Framebridge to showcase six unique ways to capture—and display—the wild and wonderful magic of your relationship.

Homes, sweet homes

For sweethearts with a long, happy history and a list of old addresses to match, this printable, letterboard-inspired design by Sweet Potato Four (shown here in Framebridge’s Irvine Slim frame) pays homage to the impact each of your homes has had on you as you’ve moved through life together. Each location holds the weight and the memory of a particular place and time, and a framed print serves as a lovely reminder that...

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When in doubt, look to the stars. In our Shop Your Sign series—debuting this month—we pair an original horoscope for the month’s rising sign, with related (and fated) Etsy finds.

Admit it: You’ve used your horoscope to inform the making of life decisions big and small, from haircuts to breakups to starting (or dramatically quitting) jobs. So why not also use it to guide you to the handmade accessories, home decor, and self-care goodies that’ll serve you best in the coming year? For the next month, we’re in the house of progressive, passionate Aquarius, and we predict that 2018 will be a year of exciting changes for this air sign. But there’s no need to fear the unknown! Armed with the carefully chosen pieces below, Aquarians will feel ready to embrace whatever comes with their signature curiosity and poise. Here’s what’s on tap:

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Happy birthday, Aquarius! You were born to wander and explore, and 2018 is shaping up to be a year full of big changes for you. Relationships, career, travel, home life—they’re all fair game for sudden shifts this year. Be open to the newness and allow yourself to move with the flow. Keep the faith you’ll surely be feeling, and your efforts are bound to be rewarded.

Read on to discover Aquarius’s must-have items for the year ahead.

An adjustable letter board

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Little Anana

The vow to (finally) get organized is one that tops resolutions lists for many at this time of year—although each person’s approach is likely to vary. For some, it’s as simple as diving head-first into an overdue closet purge, while others enthusiastically embrace strict systems to meticulously declutter their entire homes. But no matter which track to tidiness you choose, keeping the positive momentum going past January can prove challenging.

If your own home-improvement efforts have begun to lose steam, we have good news for you: Etsy sellers are here with stylish storage solutions and genius organizing advice to help you finish (or, okay, start) the job—and keep the momentum going all year long.

Read on for organizing ideas and inspiration from six of our favorite storage specialists. 

Cultivate convenience

Fact: The longer you have to spend searching for a place to put something away, the less likely you are to follow through. Equipping clutter-prone areas with convenient places to stash stray items—say, a set of beautiful, hand-coiled rope baskets from Mia Mélange—solves that problem, stat, and makes it easy to clean up in a jiff. And that pays dividends well beyond creating clear...

Photo by Yann Bleney for Hanna Broer Design

Sometimes you find your calling, and sometimes—as was the case with lingerie designer Hanna Broer—it finds you. The Montreal native was working as a seamstress in a city boutique when her irritation with a loose jeans waistband inspired her to create the high-waisted underwear design that would become her signature. To this day, it’s the most popular item in her thriving Etsy shop, which also features swimwear and athletic gear.

Explore the Hanna Broer Design collection

Hanna’s shop—originally operated from a “rickety” two-bedroom apartment above a tattoo shop in Crafstbury Common, Vermont—quickly became more than a side hustle. Today, it’s her full-time job. What’s more, it’s the fulfillment of her childhood entrepreneurial ambitions, and a line of work that allows her to indulge her love of the outdoors (reflected in her eco-friendly materials) and her off-duty pursuits (Hanna and her husband inhabit a yurt on their burgeoning Vermont homestead). “Having an online venue means I can live anywhere I want,” she explains. “I can run a lingerie business in rural Vermont, where there aren’t nearly enough people to have a shop physically.”

Read on to discover more about Hanna’s hidden talent and the dream hue she’s got on her design bucket list, then shop the collection.

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Every day our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, we spotlight new and noteworthy sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales.

With the holidays behind us and a few more months until spring, ‘tis the season to surround yourself with everyday luxuries that spark joy and help brighten winter days. From tiny papercut art pieces perfect for displaying near your desk to silky lingerie sets suited for indulgent evenings in, we’ve rounded up a range of special “me-time” purchases for every style and taste. Bonus: Each featured item is from an emerging designer who’s totally new to Etsy. Take a look, treat yourself, and say hi to these Etsy newbies. Because little luxuries + warm welcomes = the best kind of shopping.

A cozy handmade sweater

There’s a time and place for neutral knitwear, but eventually winter lingers on long enough that a pop of color becomes a welcome relief. When you reach that point of the season, it’s time to shop Viktorija Bugajenko’s collection, Zefyraz, which she produces from Vilnius, Lithuania, with the help...

Photo by Kate Szabone

Designing and creating wedding and engagement rings has never been a job without its pressures. After all, if you do it right, you’re making a piece of jewelry that someone is going to remember—and wear—for the rest of their life. But modern makers like Whitby, Canada–based Kate Szabone face even higher stakes than their metalsmithing forebears. “It’s different how people shop for jewelry now,” Kate explains. “They’re looking to buy a pretty expensive ring that they’ve never seen in person before.”

Her fine-tuned solution to this relatively recent challenge? Combining cutting-edge technology like CAD (Computer Assisted Design) and 3D printing with old-fashioned communication and relationship-building to set customers at ease, keep everyone on the same page, and ensure that each client walks away with a ring that’s love at first (actual) sight.

Explore the Kate Szabone Jewellery collection

“It’s really exciting to work with technology that combines the old and the new,” says Kate, who worked as a photographer before transitioning to jewelry making after her daughter was born. “There are certain things you’re always going to do the same way, like casting, but these tools make the processes much more efficient.” The most exciting part of all, however, is the role her work plays in her customers’ lives. “Being a part of this important step in their life and helping them create a symbol of their love is so rewarding,” she says. “Sometimes...

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I’ve loved miniatures for as long as I can remember—they’re practically entwined with my DNA. In 2012, I launched @dailymini as a way to showcase everything tiny to the world at large, and discovered that I wasn’t alone in my admiration. Minis delight the masses because they’re readily recognizable, universal objects—simply shrunk down, with impossible detail achieved through impeccable craftsmanship. We all speak the language of miniatures: “Well, that’s just unbelievable. And adorable.” Whether you gravitate toward microscopic fake food or unthinkably small pottery, one of the eight shops below is sure to give you a little thrill.

Fatal Potato

Carb lovers, come on down! Fatal Potato founder Leah’s expert handling of clay is evident in her miniature ice cream creations, delectable strands of pint-size pasta, and minuscule kernels of corn. I’m a big fan of her style and was impressed to learn she creates minis in her spare time between industrial design studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her ice cream bars are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, or for your favorite summer adventure partner.

Mad Missy Minis

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Six years ago, when Kingsley Thompson realized his wallet had become threadbare, he did something unconventional: Instead of buying another, he decided to make a new wallet for himself. A lifelong lover of leather shoes, belts, and bags, Kingsley soon found himself immersed in the traditional craft of leatherwork. “Leather really tells the story of its owner,” he says. “I’m very drawn to the tactile feel and the smell, and I love the way leather ages over time.” Before long, Kingsley’s friends and family were requesting his bespoke designs, and in 2013, the self-taught craftsman launched his eponymous Etsy shop, Kingsley Leather. Two years later, inundated with orders, he made the decision to devote himself to leatherworking full-time.

Explore the Kingsley Leather collection

Today, Kingsley creates his dapper range of handmade wallets, belts, key rings, and cufflinks from his home workshop in Cheltenham, England, using a curated collection of vintage and modern tools. “Leatherwork is quite a rare skill. You can’t always do a Google search to figure out how something might get made,” Kingsley explains. “When someone comes to me for a custom order, I have to use the skills I’ve developed. The challenge is great, and I love that the items I make are sent all over the world and put to use.”

Read on to find out what surprised Kingsley most about working with leather, then shop the collection.

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The Etsy Trend Guide is a compilation of fresh trends our expert is noticing across Etsy and the industry as a whole: what sellers are creating, what shoppers are loving, and what’s hot right now in the wider market. These trend predictions for 2018 are based on past top searches across categories on Etsy.com and within the industry.

And just like that, it’s 2018. Happy New Year! Last year, I began writing these Trend Guides to give an inside look at what’s currently trending in the Etsy marketplace and share my top predictions for what’s headed our way in the year to come. Now that 2018 is (finally!) here, I’m more excited than ever to watch those predictions come to life through the creative handiwork of Etsy’s 1.9 million makers and curators.

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to level up your accessories game, get real with your home decor, or even plan the one-of-a-kind wedding of your dreams, infusing your day-to-day with some fresh picks can set you up for success and help you step into the year with a little more style and pizzazz. Keep reading for a recap of my top 2018 trend predictions (and a sampling of the Etsy shops already delivering on them). It’s going to be good year, I can feel it.

Home decor Wabi-sabi

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“From the time I was very young, I was told I was going to be an artist,” recalls Natasha Durham, the multi-talented, Maine-based designer behind luxe leather handbag line Rough & Tumble. “Nobody was a business person in my family. But I knew by the time I was four years old, making things and selling them to my parents’ friends, that I was meant to be an entrepreneur.” Following a brief stint teaching painting in her twenties, Natasha struck out on her first big entrepreneurial adventure, turning a four-table diner into a thriving two-restaurant business with a combined staff of 80. But after 17 grueling years in food, she was ready to find a new material—and her next hands-on creative pursuit.

Shop the Rough & Tumble collection

“I picked leather as my new ingredient,” explains Natasha, but she’s the first to admit the decision to pursue handbags was a bit of an accident. Never one for carrying a purse, Natasha whipped up a simple bag to use on a recentering trip to Italy shortly after leaving the restaurant world behind. “Long story short, I got...

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It’s a widely accepted fact that yoga can increase your flexibility and provide relief from stress, but for London native Donna Rossiter, her practice was also the catalyst for a complete personal and professional 180. After years of moving through poses before heading off to her 9–5 as an account director at an ad agency, Donna started to notice a growing gap between what she was doing day to day and what she was passionate about. “I was working on a big global drinks brand, and I used to joke to my friends, ‘I get up and practice yoga every morning, and then I go and sell alcohol to kids all day.’ There was an inconsistency in my life,” she says.

Explore the Satya Yogawear collection

Then one day, all of that changed. “I quit my job and just kind of left London,” Donna explains. “I went to India for nearly a year and practiced yoga in Mysore, which is the home of ashtanga yoga. That life I was living before kind of dropped away, because I couldn’t feel any meaning in it anymore.”

The stars aligned after Mysore, when what was supposed to be a quick trip to Bali to visit a friend led Donna to meet her now-husband. Her time in Bali also held the key to unlocking another dream: creating Satya Yogawear, a yoga clothing line aptly named after the Sanskrit...

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Whether you’re getting dressed for a formal event or jazzing up your daytime look for after-work drinks, an eye-catching cocktail ring can tie everything together. And while there are a lot of unique rings on Etsy, if you’re feeling creative, you can break out your jewelry-making supplies and make one yourself.

The process to make these rings is just the right mix of easy and fun, and the best part is that it only takes about 30 minutes to complete (plus drying time).

Ready to make your own? I’ll show you how.

At a glance

Time: 30 minues

Difficulty: Beginner

You will need: Step 1: Plan your design


Before gluing anything in place, it helps to arrange a mock version of your ring on a tabletop. Play around with the rhinestones until you get the desired configuration.

Step 2: Glue rhinestone clusters onto felt


Cut a...

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In an era when everyone has a smartphone seemingly stapled to their hand and a slew of apps to help keep track of everything from grocery lists to dentist appointments, you might think that writing things down the old-fashioned way would go out of style. But London-based paper goods designer Nikki Strange has built a mighty successful business betting otherwise—and spends much of her time offline diving into illustrations for her ultra-analog line of notebooks, planners, and journals. Her goal? To help shoppers tap into their own creativity. “People are feeling really disconnected with how much we use the Internet,” says Nikki. “Getting away from the computer is a healthy way of knowing that you’re doing something authentic.”

Explore the Nikki Strange collection

Inspired by everything from walks with her dog in the English countryside to tropical beach vacations, mystical crystals, and faraway stars, Nikki sets out to capture the magic of the natural world and inject it back into digital-age life. “It’s almost like going back to the original source,” she explains. And from address books emblazoned with watercolor palm leaves to galaxy-themed pocket notebooks splattered with metallic constellations, her dreamy, ethereal line offers a refreshingly tactile touchpoint in a world brimming with sterile screens. “It’s so nice to actually put pen to paper as opposed to typing notes in your phone,” says Nikki. “And it’s nice to achieve that quiet...

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If you ask us, there’s only one thing better than receiving a holiday gift purchased from an Etsy shop, and that’s getting an Etsy gift card to spend on the one-of-a-kind item of your choosing. And even though the possibilities for redeeming one are endless—or perhaps precisely because they are—we’re here with a handy list of nine irresistible ideas pulled straight from the most-loved Etsy Instagram posts of 2017 to help you decide.

Didn’t get an Etsy gift card this year? Don’t worry—you can enter to win any of the items featured here by commenting on the relevant Instagram post on the @Etsy account.*

Which one ranks at the top of your gift card-spending list?

Bound Love’s original watercolor-inspired moon calendar capitalizes on the all-things-celestial trend in the most beautiful way. It’s down-to-earth and out-of-this-world all at once.

Lightweight enough to hang from a magnet and made from reclaimed...

Photo by Alphabet Bags

Lucas and Hayley Lepola were a year into their relationship at university when they launched their first online business, created out of a simple desire to explore a shared interest in typography. Now, ten years and two kids later, the United Kingdom-based couple are co-owners of Alphabet Bags, a cheerful clothing and accessories line known for cheeky, eye-catching messages emblazoned on everything from makeup bags to baby onesies to totes and tees. “A common theme for our aesthetic is that everything is simple, straightforward, and functional—but also bold and with a sense of humor,” Lucas says. “We’re conscious of what works and what we enjoy designing.”

After their daughter June was born, Lucas and Hayley brought on Hayley’s sister Amy as a full-time colleague. “It happened so naturally. Everyone does a bit of everything in terms of coming up with ideas and finished products,” explains Hayley. “We all have a say in how we want things to look.” While everyone pitches design ideas and wears many hats, Lucas tends to take the lead on design, but is quick to credit his wife and sister-in-law for their expert input.

Together, the team has expanded from their initial line of tote bags to offer a wide assortment screen printed and embroidered pieces that make ideal giftables for wedding parties, new parents, or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up. “It comes back...

Photo by Heather Baird

There are few things sweeter than a winter walk in the woods—meandering along through patches of dappled sunlight, breathing in the inimitable fragrance of the forest, tuning into the sounds of snapping twigs, shuffling snow, and the occasional cold-weather bird. Why not evoke that same bucolic bliss indoors this holiday season with a collection of woodland-themed treats you can whip up in the kitchen? From irresistible owl cookies to a gingerbread gnome home, branch out from the standard sweets-table fare with whimsical desserts that seem transported from the pages of a storybook.

Read on to indulge your inner foodie (or fairytale-dweller) with these four festive showstoppers—each paired with a serve-ware suggestion.

Adorable acorn cookies

Serve in: a handmade cookie jar

On the hunt for a sweet holiday morsel that guests are sure to go nuts over? Feast your eyes on Heather Baird’s meringue acorn cookies. A light, airy texture and a melt-in-your-mouth combination of vanilla bean and chocolate nibs ensure these bite-size treats taste as good as they look. To display your stash, try a...

Photo by Twitch Vintage

Colorful? Yes. Statement-making? Absolutely. Ugly? No way! Sure, the holiday sweater suffers from a bad rap, but if you ask us, it’s just a classic case of misunderstanding. Because really, what’s not to love about a piece of clothing that doubles as a physical manifestation of your capital H, capital S, Holiday Spirit?

To help restore them to their rightful place atop the holiday attire hierarchy, we’ve rounded up our favorite not-so-ugly sweaters to keep your whole crew (pets, too!) feeling festive this holiday season. From fleecy pullovers emblazoned with cheerful messages to old-school Fair Isle knits, there’s something stylish (and cozy) to don for every December celebration.

For her

Whether you’re wrapping presents on the living room floor or singing your heart out on the annual caroling circuit, it’s easy to opt for a sweater that’s as chic as it is comfortable. Channel the ghost of (fashionable) Christmases past with a nostalgic vintage jumper, or consider wearing your holiday motto on your sleeve with a minimalist graphic number. There’s no wrong way to play it, but this year, our personal fave arrives in the form of a reindeer, finished...

Photo by One Man, One Garage

The first thing you’ll notice about One Man, One Garage is that there are actually two men working in that garage, Marcus Williams and SJ Stone. These two friends share a business, a shop dog named Ellie, and a 1950s ranch house with a detached garage on a residential cul-de-sac in Nashville, Tennessee. “The name of the business is a joke,” says SJ, “but I also see a deeper meaning in it: You can get anything done and you can do it anywhere, whether it’s in your garage or your craft room. Just get started.”

Marcus and SJ use their garage as a workshop and laboratory, designing and fabricating original laser-cut kits that assemble into lamps, birdhouses, planters, maps, ornaments, and more. With over 15,000 Etsy sales, this team thrives on nonstop innovation. “It’s totally based on passion,” says Marcus. “If you’ve got the drive, you can do it. We’re living proof of that.”

Read on to discover exactly how Marcus and SJ got their start, and shop the collection.

So, how did One Man, One Garage get started?

SJ: We had been friends for a while, and the business evolved organically. We started out just playing around with the laser cutter, going into...