Well, the weather is turning cool here in the Mid-Atlantic. Combined with the recent time change and a few trees hesitantly displaying bits of red and orange, I feel like fall is finally arriving, don’t you?
Thoughts of autumn make me start thinking about our two big upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Each year I complain about how quickly the holidays seem to roll around, even while I get excited about making meals, buying that special present for someone I care about, and enjoying the general festive atmosphere everywhere.
This year, though, feels different, doesn’t it?
I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in my state, the governor just went back to more restrictions on restaurants and indoor gatherings.
So depressing, right?
But I don’t want 2020 to end on a depressing note. I think it is important that we find joy wherever we can.
Have you ever shopped on Etsy? I love this place! It’s like the universe of handmade and personalized gifts, available at the click of a mouse. I generally find the sellers to be very creative, responsive to questions, and quick to ship.
Some of my favorite Etsy purchases include:
I bought this for two beloved cats’ burial sites. The was excellent and the seller did a great job on the personalization. Know someone who lost a cherished pet in 2020? This would be an unexpected and meaningful gift. Even if the animal was cremated, the stone could be placed in a garden with flowers planted around it.
How cute is this? What woman wouldn’t love carrying her business cards in this unique case? It’s a high-quality case and the seller has many designs to choose from.
It doesn’t get more personal that a map of your recipient’s zip code, does it? I’m actually still waiting on my order for a map I will give to a friend who just bought a new house, but the reviews on it are great. You can include any custom wording—names, dates, city, state, state, coordinates, and so forth.
And so, dear reader, I think I’m going to have an Etsy Christmas. I will likely limit my gift list to a few loved ones, but they are going to receive some super-awesome personalized gifts!
What about you? Do you have a great Etsy story to share? What has been your best purchase from the site? More importantly, what do you plan to do for joy this holiday season?
P.S. I receive no compensation from Etsy for recommending them. I’m merely sharing my good experiences from the site with you. ?