When properly utilized, Etsy is an amazing tool for finding unique, well-made holiday gifts. Since there is no middle-man, the prices are also damn near impossible to beat. In cities that boast a variety of hardworking, creative artists, craftsmen and collectors like Philadelphia, it also becomes a handy and effective way to get what you want while supporting local makers and artists.
Here are a few gifts we found just begging to be purchased for the Christmas and holiday season.
It’s scalable, and it’s spectacular.
This artist specializes in simplistic portraits of stars, or in this case, superstars.
At 15 ounces, this is a truly awe-inspiring and engrossing work of art.
It also features customizable options (see bottom right corner).
Handmade from Tetraclinis Articulata, a tree native to northern Africa.
Adds a unique sense of ambience and handmade goodness to any room.
Perfect for a relaxing, marijuana-scented bath or for confusing cops.
You don’t have to hit one of the Philadelphia record stores to get some wax. Vinylux is a Philly-based company that makes pieces like this out of repurposed vinyl.
Features original artwork and photography.
Complete with a screen and human-friendly finish.
Perfect for adding nature to a room in a low-maintenance package.
A handmade desk caddy: simple, yet effective.
To continue with our sitcom theme, it’s machine washable and microwave safe.
This is a vintage item from the 1960’s, and you can grab it for pickup.
Offered in several different sizes, this is a handmade minimalist wine rack.
These are custom-made to ensure you get the slab shape you need.
One of these is almost essential for city living.
Choose from a variety of different custom options.
Like many of their other lamps, it’s meticulously handcrafted and LED compatible.
Philly might be best known for cheesesteaks, but its specialty in Alpaca sweaters is a close second.