When it comes to shopping for your own home or a friend’s birthday, there are many options, but few of them offer affordable and unique products, which means that you’re better off just looking to buy online. If that is your case, we’d like to recommend etsy.com and their great selection of items. After spending a lot of time on their website, we’ve come to the conclusion that these are the best 20 items you should look up on etsy.com!
1. Handmade wedding dress
Yes, this is the most important day of your life, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on a dress. On Etsy you can find unique handmade dresses and be sure that nobody in the entire world has your dress. Plus, the prices are very affordable- you can purchase a lovely gown for under $300, which is a real bargain. Plus, you can talk to the seller and see if you can alter it (add flowers, butterflies, a tiny bolero and so on). Most of the times, the seller is also the crafter, which is great if you like the bottom and not the top or vice versa. For under $30, you can also purchase a veil to go with your beautiful dress and you’re good to go.
2. Colorful rugs
Most rugs go for hundreds of dollars, depending on their provenience, but you don’t have to spend that much money on a Turkish rug when we have our own crafters in the US. There are a few rules you need to keep in mind when looking for a colorful rug: make sure that at least 2 colors in the rug match the room you’re planning on putting the rug in, choose something rectangular and not square (it fits better, especially in the kitchen and living room) and steer away from too complicated shapes that don’t make much sense to you. For a few dollars, you can take home one of these puppies:
3. Cookie jars
You simply cannot have a complete kitchen unless there’s at least one quirky cookie jar. Plus, you can go as bald and as colorful as you want or just stay classy and go for a more subtle theme. But if your perfect cookie jar is one big ceramics cupcake, then go for it! There are plenty of cookie jars on Etsy to help you waste an entire afternoon browsing for the perfect one!
4. China sets
OK, not everybody inherited a cool China set from their grandmother, but you definitely need to purchase one if that is the case. First of all, choose something that fits your kitchen, table clothes and your everyday rhythm. Although using mugs is fun too, imagine that could have classy breakfasts every morning and actually teach your kids to appreciate old tableware. Plus, these sets look really cute, don’t they?
5. Bags and purses
If you need a new purse or just a very big bag, you’ve come to the right place. You may not ace sewing, but other people do and don’t really ask a lot of money for their work: you can pretty much shop for anything, from baby bags to backpacks and wallets, which is great. Plus, you can customize them and ask the crafter to personalize it if you choose to: add your name, a cool phrase or your favorite quote. There are so many things you can do for such a little amount of money!
6. Handmade toys
Most people don’t realize that buying their kids plastic toys is really not a great idea: babies and toddlers need different types of fabrics and materials to experiment with textures, while the plastic is smooth and shiny. Not to mention that the whole Barbie representation ruins kids’ perception on beauty. They should have child-appropriate toys that are soft, colorful and educational. And just to give you an idea, how would you feel about a box of felt potatoes or fresh vegetables? They are way better than an unrealistic representation of women, don’t you think?
7. Christmas decorations
Tis the season to be merry and decorate the house? No, not yet! Buy all your Christmas decorations during spring or summer, in order to benefit from the discounts (yes, they do discounts on Etsy!). It’s time to really start thinking about those encrusted dough rollers, the themed table clothes, the personalized stockings, Christmas sweaters and so on! Not only you’ll be amazed with what other people could come up with in terms of originality, but the prices won’t let you down either.
8. Maps and paintings
In case your walls are longing for some affection and nothing comes to mind, hanging up maps and painting could be the best idea you had in a while. If that’s not enough, you can also purchase map fabric and use it to create curtains for your kids’ room, for example. No matter the case, Etsy’s got you covered!
9. Kitchen decorations
If you don’t have at least an over sized fork and knife set on your kitchen wall or a “Spooning since (insert year here)”, then you really should start googling those items. Remember that your kitchen needs to be fun, inviting, well-equipped and inspirational (unless you want to cook fried chicken for the rest of your life, of course!). Stay young and fresh with a unique tea pot, a vintage bread box, a set of cool napkins and the list goes on.
10. All kinds of stickers
Not all of us are skilled when it comes to drawing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t decorate our walls and household items. From one simple smiley face glued on the refrigerator to butterflies on the walls of your baby’s nursery. The good thing about stickers is that they don’t cost a lot, not to mention that they are easy to take down. If you don’t really like the idea, these pictures might change your mind!
Clocks are generally expensive, especially when you’re looking for something vintage and unique. However, there are many crafters on Etsy that can create amazing clocks with just a few wooden boards and a lot of creativity, so check out their work! These are our favorites, but new clocks are uploaded every day and we’re sure you’ll find something that’s within your price range and aesthetic requirements.
Buying swimwear online is always tricky, which is why using Etsy could sound like an odd alternative. However, the fact that some of these swimsuits are handmade is actually a good thing: imagine that you could send them back to the seller and ask for some adjustments to be made. Did we mention that on Etsy you’ll find the largest collection of vintage swimwear?
Looking for a comfy pair of shorts? Say no more! From lace to denim, Etsy has a very interesting selection of shorts (of all lengths too!), no matter if you’re going classy, sporty or just casual. Moreover, you don’t have to spend more than $10 dollars for a pair, which is great!
14. T-shirts and jerseys
For guys only- it seems that women’s wear is way more expensive (maybe because we DO like to shop a lot?!). So if you’re a guy looking for a t-shirt or a jersey, try Etsy’s selection. Our favorites are the polo shirts and the sports jerseys, but there are so many other things you can look through!
15. Pregnancy wear
We know how difficult it is to find pregnancy wear that looks decent, not to mention fun! On the other hand, when you do find something nice, it’s incredibly expensive and you have to go back to the same old baggy pants and muumuus. Well, those days are gone! We found a very cute selection of maternity clothes that you’ll definitely adore. What do you think?
16. Fun baby clothes
Yes, you can personalize clothes almost on any clothing site in the world, but they are rarely within your price range, which makes things a bit difficult for young parents. Fortunately, we checked the prices they have on Etsy and think anyone can afford some of those cute baby t-shirts. Here are our favorites:
17. Flower pots and other ceramics
When it comes to decorating the house, you just can’t forget about your plants! Not only that they bring the furniture back to life, but also produce oxygen which…well, we can’t live without! If you have small children at home, you will need to invest some time and money in a few flower pots and plants. Some of the items found on Etsy are very cute, affordable and easy to fit in your home. What do you think about these choices?
18. Picture frames
You can’t just keep all your memories on the fridge: the most important moments in your lives deserve at least a good picture frame, which is why we thought about browsing Etsy in search of a really good option and came up with dozens! Most people complain about their frames deteriorating, but we have a solution: buy antiqued items- this way, they will always be a little deteriorated, but 100% adorable!
19. Necklaces and other jewelry
Of course, if what you’re looking for is silver and gold, Etsy is probably not your best choice, but otherwise there’s no reason not to browse: search for unconventional jewelry, Aztec earrings and cuffs, handmade necklaces and the list goes on. Another idea would be to personalize your jewelry with your wedding date, name of your spouse or kids and whatever piece of information should you choose to use.
This is probably the best place in the world to look for presents! If your friends like vintage cans, license plates numbers or just a good leather passport case, you have so many options on Etsy that you’ll wish you found it sooner! There is also a great selection of ribbons and wrapping paper, just in case you need to showcase your presents.