Let’s face it — this Holiday season is coming up on us fast.
With just under a month since Thanksgiving to prepare for all of the joys of gift giving, Christmas parties and table-sized feasts, we really have our work cut out for us.
Luckily, I always have an eye on handmade and local goodies to get the job done. From handcrafted Texas ornaments to add a little festive touch to your tree to gifts with a personal Austin touch, you just have to dig around a bit to find the best of the best on Etsy.
For those of you new to the all-handmade-all-the-time website, I’ll give you a bit of a refresher. This marketplace for all types of gifts and gadgets under the sun has been operating out of NYC since 2005, connecting makers and vintage resellers to buyers all over the globe. You can usually talk one-on-one with these artisans, sometimes even crafting custom orders to suit more personalized gift needs.
Give a Local Gift on Etsy
Texas makers have a huge corner of Etsy under their belts, which is where I like to start when I am on the hunt for the perfect piece of jewelry, decor or gift for a friend. Just searching local communities like “Austin” and “Lakeway” will give you a handful of close options for gift-giving and the like.
Are you last minute looking for some awesome cactus Christmas cards for your loved ones? Or maybe you are seeking to send them the ultimate in Austin goodies, like a handmade bronze bat necklace? The sky and your imagination is the limit on Etsy, which is why I keep coming back for more.
Here are some of the funnest and best gifts sourced locally and around Texas:
In addition to great gift giving, Etsy is home to amazing party supplies and party favors to assist in the holiday cheer, like black and gold party favor kits, 2015 charms for your upcoming New Years parties, glam gold and black tassel garlands, sequined gold, black and silver party dresses, New Years Eve lollipops, and cheeky sparkly Good Times banners, all made locally in Texas.
But don’t stop there! Do you own search on the site to see just what amazing and one-of-a-kind goodies you can find.