What makes the perfect gift? The recipient, price point, and occasion may change, but I’d argue that no matter what, a gift should ideally be something the person would never think to buy for themselves, but also something they can actually find useful.
While this might sound like a tall order, Etsy — with its endless array of one-of-a-kind gifts — fits the bill. While its selection may feel near infinite (full of some questionable offerings), there are a few stores we find ourselves going back to again and again. Ahead, eight gift ideas that Apartment Therapy editors and staff buy on repeat…sometimes for other people, sometimes for ourselves (because #treatyoself, right?)
Perfect for: The sentimental minimalist. If your dad, grandmother, or S.O. prefers to keep things clean and hates clutter, get them a gift that manages to both be abstract and heartfelt. The artist can even work with heartbeats or multiple sounds — the limit is your imagination about what sounds and memories you want to capture.
Perfect for: The friend who uses the phrase “fur baby” a lot. Because what does a dog mom or dad really need more than a custom portrait of their beloved? (Answer: nothing. Unless it’s the ability to clone their pet as well.)
Perfect for: The friend who loves plants — but can’t keep them alive. Or just anyone who wants a bright pop of color in their day. The tray is handmade with a melamine base, making it perfect for everyday use.
Perfect for: The new homeowners in your life. Or the new pet owner. (we love the addition of the paw at the bottom!) Or, with this version, even the new home owners with a few kids in tow.
Perfect for: Your childhood friend who always made sure her baby dolls matched. Because, let’s be real, the cute hat isn’t really for the baby, is it?
Perfect for: The fool you pity for not drinking coffee (but want to be supportive of anyway).
Perfect for: The couple that only thought they registered for everything. They’ll think of you ever time they don’t have to hand-write their return address on their thank you notes.
Perfect for: The tween cousin who thinks you’re really cool (who you also want to make sure keeps thinking that, too). Bonus points if you include a cookie mix with it.
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