Santa isn’t the only one making a list this time of year. While he’s busy checking off who’s naughty and nice, everyone living outside of the North Pole is making lists of what to get their loved ones for Christmas — regardless of their good or bad behavior. Often, those lists include gifts from local shops around town. But for those who prefer shopping online, finding locally-made treasures on the internet is a little harder to do.
Handmade marketplace Etsy is a great first stop to find unique gifts made by individuals and small businesses. But it’s also a crowded marketplace. In the past, FresYes has featured several local makers with shops on Etsy — The Painted Press, Make Pie Not War, and most recently, Natasha Holland’s handmade maps. But in the spirit of lists, and hopefully helping you check a couple items off yours, here is a guide to shopping local on Etsy this holiday season.
CRAFTS AND HOME DECOR
The Rugged Heart – Fresno-based wood gifts and home decor shop. They even have a set of wood dinosaurs for the little guy in your life.
Project Wildflower – The local favorite for woven wall hangings and hand-made leather wall pockets is getting back up and running just in time for Christmas. Check out Instagram for updates on when the shop will be replenished, as items sell quick!
ART WORK AND PAPER GOODS
Paper Thin Studio – Clovis-made paper goods that are so, so good.
Rob Carey Original Artwork – Watercolor sketches of people, places and things from Fresno and around the world.
MOMS, DADS, AND COUPLES
Keep Life Simple Design – Mostly for engaged and married couples, this shop also has a little something for everyone when it comes to slogan t-shirts and gifts.
BlueJboutique7 – Simple, delicate and customizable jewelry out of Fresno. How cute is the puzzle piece necklace?
Ciscos Kids – Any little girl would love to have one of these fun necklaces.
Pressed Rose Jewelry Co – Pretty jewelry out of Visalia. Your teenage daughter would probably love the cactus suede choker/bolo necklace.
FOR THE GUYS
Catkuma Patent Press – Can’t buy your guy a vintage motorcycle for Christmas? Then buy him one of these black and white patent prints of a vintage motorcycle. Or just about anything else.
All Lovely Made – Lovely, hand-made and personalized gifts for the tiniest tots. Based in Fresno.
BATH AND BEAUTY
The Black Sheep Soap Co. – Clovis-made bath time goodies.