You’d be surprised at how many emails I get from boys about to pop the question, always asking me the same thing: where can they find an alternative engagement ring? I always reply with the same thing too – ETSY!
When once such email came in just last week I got all distracted and started leafing through myself. Literally two hours later I’d not only wondered where the time went, but had saved a plethora of beauties to my favourites.
Here are just a few of the unique sparklers that made me stop in my tracks.
‘Cup of love’ cup cozie by Christina’s Yarn Crafts
Boys, why are you so difficult to buy for? Gareth either never wants anything, or does but it’s mega expensive or techy. I usually end up getting him a bottle of whiskey and something full of sugar.
But fret not, I’ve scoured Etsy from top to bottom and unearthed these treasures that are sure to keep even the fussiest of dudes happy this Valentines day.
1. Black ice whiskey stones 2. Leather briefcase 3. XBox controller cookies 4. Heavy duty beard balm 5. ‘Cup of love’ cup cozie 6. Circuit board cufflinks 7. Natural wood phone case 8. Wooden bowtie 9. Heart coffee scoop
Gold and silver foil handmade art print by Miss Poppy Design
What could be a better excuse for some Etsy browsing than the most romantic day of the year (allegedly!) being just around the corner? If I’m being totally honest, this is just a ploy to leave some not so subtle hints to Gareth for some cute little gift ideas. I can but try…
Here are the most adorable gift ideas for girls, unsurprisingly its all hearts, pink and glitter. Next week we’ll I’ll tackling those tricky boys too, hurrah!
1. ‘You’re my Favourite’ card 2. Heart gloves with red felt 3. Hearts paper garland 4. Rainbow sapphire eternity ring in sterling silver 5. Gold and silver foil handmade art print 6. Flourished hearts cookies 7. Rainbow heart necklace 8. ‘There’s nobody I’d rather lie next to’ card 9. ‘I Fucking Love You’ candle
Ceramic skull planter by Mud Puppy
If there’s one thing in competition for my love of all things sparkly, its anything with a skull on it… much to my mother and my husband’s dismay! I’m not sure where this slightly macabre fascination came from but if there’s something in a shop in the shape of a skull I am instantly drawn to it.
I don’t like ugly or hyper realistic skulls mind, just the pretty ones in candy colours or covered in glitter. I know you understand.
If there’s someone in your life with the same weird obsession, I’m sure you’ll be able to find them a gift from this collection. I’ll have one of each please.
1. Victorian skull art print 2. Skull dinner plates 3. Skull candle holders 4. Ceramic skull planter 5. Heart eyed skull earrings 6. Glitter skull and crossbones hair clip 7. Ruby eyed skull ring 8. Skull sugar cubes 9. Chocolate skulls with candy and cranberries
Faux fox stole by A Girl Named Leney
Snugly winter goodies make perfect Christmas gifts. There’s nothing I love more than finding something soft and warm under the tree that I can wear immediately (and probably not take off until April). The chunkier the better.
Etsy is a wonderful place to buy your Christmas gifts. Not only will all your purchases be unique and handmade but you’re supporting small businesses by buying from them rather than being sucked in by yet another sentimental John Lewis advert.
I got lost for hours browsing through while I was looking for these goodies. It’s SO DAMN COLD outside, I need to get my mitts on pair of these hand knitted mittens stat!
1. Crochet Mary Jane slipper socks 2. Luxurious crochet white fingerless gloves 3.Hand-crocheted, bulky cowl grey ombre infinity scarf 4. Mustard knitted sweater 5. Hot pink alpaca blended mikhaila wool coat 6. Super chunky double cable throw 7. White baby alpaca wool infinity scarf 8. Sequin hand-knitted sweater 9. Faux fox stole