As a lover of all things natural, unique, handmade, and vintage, a supporter of artists and small businesses, and an internet savant, Etsy is like my dream shopping experience. Anytime I plan to buy anything from artwork to jewelry and accessories to glassware to clothing and even party and craft supplies, I check Etsy first. I have bought quite a few items from various sellers since I discovered the site, and I have only been disappointed once. Most of the time, I am beyond thrilled with what I get.
Naturally, Etsy is my favorite place to shop for baby items. I have found some of the most original, innovative, useful, and well made baby stuff that I would never find in a large store, at least not for the quality, price, and attention to detail. Do yourself a favor, and do a search on Etsy for “hipster baby,” and you will die when you see some of the adorableness.
I thought I’d share my favorite things here, give shout-outs to some of my favorite sellers, and help you in your last minute search for the perfect gift. I have no investment in any of their products, and no one is paying me. I just like to spread the word and support my favorite small businesses.
1. Toggle Toes: Booties that stay on! Upcycled wool on the outside, soft poly fleece on the inside, and a tough, no-slip bottom, these are the perfect warm soft shoes, and by far my favorite Etsy find. No joke, every single time I take my little guy out in these I get multiple compliments and people want to know where I got them. I predict that they are going to be huge someday soon, and I will get to say that I “discovered” them before they were cool. 😉
2. Crochet by Karin: I have only tried one hat from this shop, but it is adorable and was very well made. Also, quite affordable.
3. Kangaroo Care: Beautiful nursing/teething necklaces. I am in love with these things. Leon was 4 or 5 months old when I ordered mine. He had broken three of my chains, and I decided to get a baby-friendly necklace. These are great, ’cause your baby can tug on it, chew on it, play with it, whatever, and it’s safe and the wood chemical free. Some of the beads are crocheted for texture. Even without a baby, they look good as a piece of wearable art.
4. Green Orange Violet: Gorgeous Baltic amber necklaces. The shop owner is friendly, and does quality work. Leon has been wearing his for a year now, and it is still good as new.
5. Anna Carrie Baby: Sturdy, affordable baby carriers with designer fabrics. This was one of my gifts from Charlie. I have no idea how this woman sells these carriers for this price. I used to make them, and granted, I am a slow seamstress, but unless she is like a speed-racer, I don’t know how she profits. My point: These are a STEAL. I have used mine on a regular basis since Leon was just a few weeks old, and it is still in excellent condition. I have washed it a million times, too. I get compliments on it whenever I wear it in public.
A few other ideas for baby gifts on Etsy:
hooded bath towel
personalized sippy cups
skull bibs or skull booties or skull anything for lovers of the macabre
holiday stocking caps
bamboo sleep sacks
cloth diapers (Charlie got a Harry Potter one that was adorable!)
personalized baby block (My friend Joey got me one, and I love it.)
hand-carved wooden toys and puzzles
Really, there is no end to the creativity. They even offer gift certificates.
What are some of your favorite baby items from Etsy? Let me know in the comments. If you are a seller, feel free to promote yourself, too. I’d love to check out your stuff.
If you’ve never shopped Etsy before, I hope I have convinced you to give it a shot. Check back soon for part two of my favorite Etsy things.