With the holidays around the corner, it’s never a bad time to start thinking about gifts for others or for yourself.
Story by Kennedy Williams
These Austin-based Etsy shops are the perfect destinations for your shopping needs. Support local businesses by browsing through their products and finding some gems.
If you’re looking for all-natural candles to enhance your dorm or apartment, ClassySmashedCo has lots to offer. All of their candles are made of 100% soy wax, which burns longer than paraffin wax. Each candle is packaged and shipped in recycled, biodegradable boxes, so you won’t feel guilty about your purchase. Scents such as “Mint Mojito,” “Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake,” and “Hazelnut Coffee” are available but you can also customize your scent.
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Custom necklaces are theFolk's specialty. While there isn’t a shortage of custom jewelry on Etsy, this shop's classic pieces stand out. Show your state pride no matter where you are with one of their state necklaces. If nameplates are more your thing, check out their silver and gold-plated necklaces. Each piece is handmade by shop owner Julie Godsey.
According to its website, this shop specializes in “thoughtful handmade objects crafted with the intention of enhancing daily life.” It offers stoneware wall planters, hanging planters, bowls, pitchers and utensil holders. Each piece is inspired by strong, geometric lines. The sculptural elements are balanced by functionality. Owner Ryan Lucier frequents Austin craft fairs and participates in the annual Texas Clay Festival. For more information on Ryan’s work, head over to Rhynoclaywork’s Instagram.
Photos courtesy of Rhynoclayworks
Pins bring interest to the most boring jackets, backpacks and sweaters. Add some personality to your ‘fit with pins from Name Pinding. While they’ve recently decreased their available products, keep an eye out for new releases. Their chips and queso sticker is a must have. Make some room on the lapel of your favorite denim jacket.
Little Low makes “happily designed, well made” paper goods, according to the shop bio. Their use of bright colors, bold fonts and graphic prints are captivating. While they have a large selection of prints, they also have screen printed tea towels, recipe cards and art hoops. Each piece is handmade by a small design team.
Photos courtesy of Little Low
Son of a Sailor
Son of a Sailor makes unique, handmade leather pieces and jewelry. Their streamlined, minimal aesthetic updates classic pieces. Their incense holders, dog collar and leashes, flash drives, and personalized keychains have been beautifully updated to create a more modern look. Simple yet impactful pieces are Son of a Sailor’s strength.
Photos courtesy of Son of a Sailor