It’s that time of year again! Just watching on youtube how “black Friday” went in some malls made me very happy that I stayed home and did my shopping online. Doesn’t that short-change employees you ask? Well…yes and no.
I could support big stores who don’t care for their employees needs or family life…or I could encourage people to strike out on their own and support those who already have done so! I work helping a friend who sells on Etsy. It’s a great site with lots of creative gift and home options from mostly family run businesses.
Many of my friends had never even heard of Etsy so here are some tips if you haven’t shopped on Etsy yet and want to give it a try:
1. Search a topic your gift recipient likes and you will see all the top sellers of items you never even thought were made with that topic! People can be so creative 🙂
Notice the stars next to the sellers name. Etsy shoppers are often very loyal shoppers. If someone has a large number of sales, has been in business awhile and has a high volume five star rating too…chances are you are going to get a quality of product and level of customer service that is amazing. If you love a product of a new shop owner-you can help them build their reputation by giving them a try.
Have a sister who loves her some Mexican food? Get her a comfortable t-shirt with a note that” this made me think of you!” She’ll think of you whenever she slips it on.
2. You can ask sellers for something custom and they are usually able to help you find what you’re looking for if it’s not too crazy!
If you want to get a framily member a butter bell for the counter, so they can warmly think of you with their morning toast buttered to perfection…You can ask a seller like this one below for a custom color that you know will completely match their kitchen decor!
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3. Keep in mind that if the items are of comparable quality to items on say Amazon or in a store,-that your purchase on Etsy is helping those who are working for themselves from home to be able to continue doing so. You can sometimes read their “shops” story on their homepage and see who you are directly supporting 🙂
4. There are a lot of great reusable/green gift items on Etsy! If you want to give someone the gift that keeps on giving…give them something that they can really make use of that would save themselves some money throughout the year. Have a cousin who loves owls and packs lunch from home often? Why not get her a reusable sandwich or snack bag in a print she’d find a HOOT! Fill it with her favorite candy for it’s first filling and add a note “Happy Munching!”
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5. Shop earlier than you think you should to allow for creation and shipping times. Many items on Etsy are made as ordered. If shipping direct to the recipient, many sellers will happily include a gift note for you! Just ask and let them know what you’d like it to say and keeping it short and sweet so it can fit on a small card.
If you’re satisfied with your order, remember to rate your seller so that others know they too will be happy ordering from them!
What are some super unique gifts you’ve given over the years?