There are different types of vacation buyers.
There are those who still take the traditional route – pulling out those leaflets and braving the Big box store Christmas crowds in their quest for gifts. Others prefer another approach.
Those looking for gifts with a more personal touch – and the ability to drop your Christmas list from the comfort of your couch – turn to smart online platforms.
When it comes to finding special and unique gifts for the ones you love, you don’t have to go to an art fair or market anymore. Sites like Etsy make it easier to buy something special, while supporting independent craftsmen.
What’s even better, you can buy from small stores at local stores. There are many online stores that sell handcrafted goods made right here in Grand Taunton.
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From soaps and scarves to jewelry, artwork, home decor, and customizable gifts, you can find just about anything on Etsy. And there’s still time to shop for your gifts before the holiday rush of shipping.
Here are some local Etsy stores to check out this holiday shopping season:
Looking for a gift for that literature lover in your life? Check out Taunton-based LiteratureLodge run by Robert Sadler – a shop “for book aficionados, by a book nerd”.
Just seeing the cover of ‘A Farewell to Arms’, the portrait of Mark Twain, or the famous purple signature of Virginia Woolf fills me with fond memories of flipping through pages, lost in masterpieces. I know I’m not the only one, ”the seller says.
So he put his love of reading to good use with his Etsy store, which offers unique, charming items – from canvas bags and key chains to statuettes and wooden wall tiles.
But her signature element is the Writer’s Block – hand-crafted odes to history’s greatest writers and historical figures. Here you will find the famous faces and works of Kurt Vonnegut, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Edgar Allan Poe, JRR Tolkien, Frederick Douglass, Jane Austen, HP Lovecraft and many more.
They make the perfect accent for any desk, dresser or table. The store also sells similarly crafted solid wood bookends to complement any bookshelf.
“Each item is an ode to the greats of all time and the perfect complement to any literature lover’s collection,” says the seller. “Even if you don’t buy anything, I hope my items will remind you of a late night sweetheart, sitting by a table lamp with a classic in hand.”
Browse the collection on https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteratureLodge.
Taunton-based TartagliaFarm offers some fun additions to your home. Here you’ll find everything from wooden holiday posters and signs, to ornaments, rustic farmhouse decor and, for the kids, a specially designed Santa Claus milk and cookie tray to make sure that the big one and his reindeer receive their treats on Christmas night. .
See what this store has to offer at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TartagliaFarm.
This local store proves that hops aren’t just for beer.
HappyHopsFarm is a small hop farm run by a husband and wife team in Taunton, where several varieties of hops are grown to supply local craft breweries. They are also used in making natural handmade soaps, candles, skin care, lip balms and more for sale in their Etsy store.
Farm owners also collect dregs from brewers to make dog treats, which you can order for your furry friend.
Note to tea drinkers: The shop sells a loose hop tea blend, made from their farm-grown hops, with copious amounts of antioxidants that are said to provide many health benefits.
“We love the hops here on our hop farm and sometimes we want to reap the benefits of hops in things other than beer,” the seller says. “They have been used in teas for hundreds of years to cure many ailments.”
Discover them on https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyHopsFarm.
This boutique has some unique gems that will turn heads, but won’t break the bank.
What started out as a hobby and “something to do” quickly turned into a passion, according to Jennifer Page, a Taunton-based saleswoman, and now she enjoys sharing her beautiful but affordable creations with others. The store offers handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, jewelry sets “each piece is unique and different from the next”.
See what’s in store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/EJCBoston.
At IllustrateChrissy, you’ll find the fun and quirky designs by illustrator and artist Taunton Chrissy.
A self-proclaimed lover of dogs, nature and video games, her collection of stickers and magnets – which are hand-drawn, digitally colored, printed and hand-cut in her studio – showcase several of her favorite things.
Whether ‘Animal Crossing’, cuddly animals or holiday themed stickers you’re looking for, this shop has it. And they make a cute addition to any notebook, planner, planner, laptop or refrigerator.
You can even order magnets to look like your own puppy.
According to her sales page, Chrissy received her BFA in Visual Design and Illustration from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and has since “pursued my dream of being a freelance illustrator.”
Discover her colorful creations on https://www.etsy.com/shop/IllustrateChrissy.
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At Raynham-based CozyBurrowStudio, boutique owner Anna Franzosa “creates things in the hopes of bringing joy to the lives of others.”
She injects a sense of humor into her designs – seeing her Jesus magnet peek into a corner and say “I saw this” – many of which are inspired by pop culture.
Her items have great stocking potential for fans of “Schitt’s Creek”, “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Mandalorian” or “Harry Potter”.
The store features stickers, magnetic key chains, pins, wall art, bags, handmade and crochet beanies, various Massachusetts highway and city signs and more.
Browse his articles on https://www.etsy.com/shop/CozyBurrowStudio.
Rebecca and David Inglin are the husband and wife team behind the handmade jewelry and accessories at InglinCrafts.
According to their shop page, David makes earrings, bracelets, and pendants from recycled metals, and Rebecca makes pearl watches and matching accessories from a range of pearls, gems, and jewelry. handmade glass.
Treat your friends and family in style, whether it’s a night out – with a unique pendant or watch – or a day at the office – with specially designed ID lanyards and beaded pens.
Discover them on https://www.etsy.com/shop/InglinCrafts.
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KatherinePaigeDesign has something for everyone in your life.
Haven’t you crossed your child’s teacher off the Christmas shopping list yet? No problem. This Berkley-based shop has plenty of ways to say “thank you” to those responsible for shaping the minds of – and arguing – our young people every day, from fun tumblers and mugs to ornaments.
Led by Barbara Miller, Katherine Paige Designs offers a range of ready-made, personalized party supplies, home decor, and gifts. The shop has everything from cupcake wrappers for your next party to cute book cushions and personalized wine goblets.
Browse his shop on https://www.etsy.com/shop/KatherinePaigeDesign.
According to Katherine Paige Design Facebook page, she is a frequent traveler of the Downtown Taunton Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe. So you can go to the next event – weekends until December 19 in the old Taunton Gazette building on Cohannet Street – and see his work in person.