Customise your Christmas with Etsy | A Christmas Gift Guide

Customise your Christmas with Personalised Gifts from Etsy

Stuck on gift ideas for your loved one, but still want to get them something personal and amazing? Have no fear! I have you covered with my Etsy Christmas Gift Guide!

So when I was asked to collaborate with Etsy Australia this Christmas I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve been a shopper of Etsy for years, having bought a million stickers and washi tapes from there before, and so I knew immediately that I wanted to do it!

When it comes to personalised, quirky gifts – Etsy is the place. It is the utopia/mecca for anything and everything that can be customised. And what could be a better gift than something that has been made specifically for that special person? So here I am, bringing you some of my favourites and actual christmas gifts that I’ll be giving to my loved ones this year, along with some other amazing alternatives.

For Him.

So first gift idea is for that special man / men in our lives. Now since I’ve already purchased my partner his Christmas present, the other special man that I wanted to gift was my father.

He is a functional man, with simple but elegant tastes. I wanted something that was personal, but not over the top. There were a few gifts that I came across that I thought would be perfect for him (or for any special guy out there for that matter – husband, brother, boyfriend). I came across this wooden watch which I thought was brilliant because it was quirky and different, but still functional. I also loved that you could customise it to include a special engraving on the back. This would be perfect for a partner, or even a much loved brother!

I also came across some monogramed alcohol decanter with some matching glasses. If you have a man who loves his alcohol this would be perfect!

Finally I decided that a wallet would be best suited for him, and this monogramed leather wallet was it! I played with the idea of cardholders (like this one), or even a simple pouch (like this). But ultimately I decided on this wallet because it’s familiar but with a touch of elegance and personality. I love that you can pick your initials in gold or silver foil, and for the plain janes out there (like my father) – just simple clear embossing. It turned out great and I’m sure this is something he would love for sure!

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For Her.

Now for that special lady, I feel like you really can’t go wrong with jewellery. I mean, what girl doesn’t love bling? Luckily, jewellery is where you can go absolutely mental with personalising your gift on Etsy!

One of my absolute favourites was this gorgeous necklace which has an opal pendant along with a personalised disc plate. I instantly fell in love with the chain, the daintiness of the pendant, and of course the price! I loved it soooo much… that I might have actually bought this one for myself! (Oops!!)

But honestly, I could spend hours looking at the amazing customisable jewellery available on Etsy. There were so many beautiful pieces that I almost couldn’t decide which one to order. One of the other pieces I was looking at was this beautiful bar necklace that you could customise with your name and coordinates. This would be perfect for a special someone, and you could engrave it with the coordinates of where a special moment took place – for example where you met, your first home together, your favourite restaurant… the list could go on!

There was also a beautiful larger pendant which would be perfect for sentimental mums or grandmothers where you could get names engraved. It could be their brothers/sisters, children, or even the names of their pets!

Another great gift idea were these cuff bracelets which you could engrave basically anything you want (even your own handwritting if you wanted!). And of course for the ring lovers out there, these stackable customised rings are beautifully dainty! The gift ideas in this category are endless! Like, trully endless!

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For the boys.

So for the boys… those darn boys. This is for those guy friends we all have, work colleagues or even siblings / brothers in law. I actually come from a large family of 7, with 3 of them being younger brothers. You can imagine that sometimes buying gifts for these boys can be particularly hard. If I’m honest, most of the time (if not all the time..) I do get variations of the same gift for each brother.  When I came across these personalised army knives and I just thought – Brilliant! One for each brother and I’m sweet! I remember getting my dad an engraved army knife from Switzerland many years ago, and it actually went down a treat! It’s a great gift for guys because it’s functional and they’re always handy! I mean what guy would say no to one of these? (Let be honest, if I received one I certainly wouldn’t be complaining!) The wood finish is also an amazing touch because it takes it from functional to cool!

There are actually a few different fonts/styles of engraving you can choose from, and if army knives are not your thing, there are also bottle openers, hip flasks or even beer holders which you can personalise and gift to any boy in your life.

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For the girls.

Now you can actually pick any gift ideas that I’ve already mentioned above for a girlfriend. For example jewellery is always a great pick, and a personalised wallet/cosmetic case can work well too. But just to change things up, I why not get them a customised foil print decoration? With this one I just chose a motivational quote that was in-stock and ready to be shipped… but you can actually customise it to say anything you want! Maybe an in-joke, or even a motivational quote the both of you identify with. Alternatively you can just put their name, or their latest achievement! Sky is the limit with this, and home decor usually goes down well as a christmas gift! To add an extra touch, find a beautiful vintage frame to add character to the foil print you picked out!

Alternatively you could go for the bath and beauty section. Etsy is the place to go for customised soap / gels / bath bombs. You could even pick gift packs which are wrapped beautifully with a variety of mixed goodies like this one (which comes facial mask goodies) or this one (which will be perfect for a nice relaxing bath).

If your girl friend has a bit of a green thumb, I found this really creative gift basket with succulents! It’s adorable and totally different from any other gift pack that you can by anywhere else!

Lastly, why not get a little knick-nack such as these gingerbread earringsHello, are they not the most adorable little earrings you’ve ever seen?! There’s such a variety in the type of little polymer clay earrings you can get! There are christmas trees and snowmen to keep the festive spirit, but also donuts, cookies, pretzels and even cupcakes! Buy your friend her favourite food to wear on her ears this christmas! (They’re way too cute not to love!)

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For them.

So finally, for the collective. When I mean them I refer to the group of people we sometimes gift collectively because it’s easier – not only for time management, but also on the wallet. For example a family, newly wed couple, your in-laws or your grandparents! Sometimes it’s not always feasible to give individual presents, however buying a collective present doesn’t have to mean cheap either. I found some amazing gift ideas that are thoughtful, but still easy on the pocket!

The piece I selected for this cateogry is this beautiful handcrafted book decoration for my parents. It got me because it’s so quintessentially Etsy! When you think of beautiful, handmade, handcrafted pieces you think of Esty and pieces like this. I mean It’s essentially a book, but someone was clever enough to  figure out a way of folding it, to form a word! How amazing is that! You can pick two letters with a love heart (like what I’ve done), or you can also pick a name or a word (like Christmas!) The options are endless, and this was and actually amazing pick for the price! It’s a one of a kind gift, and perfect for that couple who have everything!

Another other amazing couple/family gift idea is a customised cheese board. There are so many designs, and they’re perfect for any couple who have just gotten married! This particular design I think is gorgeous, but you can also get customised chopping boards or wooden serving cutlery if that is preferred!

And finally, one of my absolute favourite and one I will be getting next year for sure is this beautiful family cross-stitch! I really wanted to get one but unfortunately they were all sold out when I was looking at the time. However if I was you, I’d definitely bookmark this page so that when it goes back in stock you can order one asap! It’s a sweet little gift and will be a hit no matter who you gift it to! I mean, not only can you have every member the the family included, you can also include pets/animals too! How cute is that! And lets be honest… who doesn’t love a cross stitch of themselves? TRUST ME, this is one you have to check out!

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So that’s it!

That is my Etsy Christmas gift guide to the special people in your lives. Let me know if this helped, or if it gave you some good ideas that you can gift to your loved ones. Believe it or not, I’m not actually the best at picking gifts for people. But Etsy makes it so easy to get someone something that is perfectly personalised for them!

You guys should let me know – what was your personal favourite from my picks!

 

Slipping out of the comfort zone | J W Anderson Pierce Bag

Slipping out of the comfort zone | J W Anderson Pierce Bag

So there’s a little play on words for you! Sometimes there are things that you do, and things that you try that may not necessarily be you, because of social media/blogging. This is probably one of them. I have always loved the look of slip dresses worn casually, and being petite it has always been such a struggle to pull it off. But after purchasing the JW Anderson Pierce bag (which was definately not my style to begin with… ) I really wanted to do something that pushed my boundaries a little bit.

NOW, this outfit is not by any means ground-breaking, and I’d probably be the last one to put their hand up for being the most daring/creative… but this was out of the comfort zone a little bit.

In saying that – I think it looked alright! It may not be my most amazing outfit… but I loved how it made me feel. I felt different (albeit a bit odd… and out of place…) but I felt like a true fashionista (is that lame saying that? haha…) But you guys know what I mean – I felt fashionable! I didn’t feel like I just dressed nice, I felt bold and like I really put myself out there.

JW Pierce Bag – First Impression

So while I was here I really wanted to touch on the Pierce Bag again because I have recently uploaded a youtube video revealing it.

As I mentioned in that video, in the very beginning I couldn’t be any more repulsed by the bag. I thought – fad fad fad fad fad! But the more I looked, the more I saw, the more I liked! And now- I absolutely love it! It might just be the fact that it’s the newest and shiniest bag in my collection, but I have loved reaching for it for an easy grab and go bag! I’ve attached a leather strap that I use for my eva, and even though I rarely use it as crossbody, it makes the bag SO SO versatile!

So shall I quickly list some Pros & Cons for you analytics out there?

Pros

  • different – you can’t find this bag everywhere! I’ve sort of touched on it already… but you can almost find this bag in every instagramer’s wardrobe. However, where you can’t find it as readily is on the street! When you’re walking around with a chanel bag and see that the girl to your left and your right have the same bag as you… it’s nice to be walking around with something different but still very stylish!
  • carefree – It probably doesn’t look it – but this bag is the nudist/carefree spirit of the handbag world. Weird analogy I know… but bear with me. It doesn’t have a closure, it’s accordion style and the bag is really mushy. Which means, you can stuff it and everything hangs… but it’s al good because it looks great! Does that make sense? No? Basically its a fuss-free bag.
  • gorgeous colour – so this is more related to the colour or I got because it’s beautiful! Its a gorgeous rich mahogany which teams with so many colours so so perfectly! I could go on and on… but it’s gorgeous!
  • can dress up or down – I’ve worn this shopping, I’ve worn this on a date, I’ve worn this to church. This bag can literally take you from day to night. The size is such a perfect all round size. So it’s not too big to be able to wear for date night… nor is it too big for everyday!
  • spacious! – hard to tell but the accordion style actually lends this bag itself to being very spacious. You can stuff it soooo much and I’ve even managed to put a water bottle in there! It’s amazing and the softness of the leather makes it so easy to put whatever you want inside!
  • PRICE – Seriously, for this bag, you can not beat it for the price. Hands down one of the biggest pros!

Cons

  • repulsive – I put this here because some people can not love a bag but appreciate its beauty. This bag on the other hand almost puts people off it! (And then you have to explain and justify yourself sometimes and why you got it – which in itself is a con!)
  • quality – I feel like I have to put it here that compared to Chanel – the build isn’t amazing. First of all the hook isn’t as smooth as chanel or louis vuitton. It also has glazing and already I’m having cracking of the glazing especially where the flap hinges. At least if and LV item had a glazing issue – it was easy to get it fixed. Honestly with this one I wouldn’t even know where to take it!
  • No closure – I have to admit, as “casual” and “nonchalant” not having a closure makes this bag… I mean come on! Why wouldn’t you at least have a magnet! Because then what happens is you can’t quite stuff it too much because it won’t close properly. Also it means that sometimes the flap moves around and it might not align properly.
  • short strap – I was hesitant putting this here because this was one of the selling points of the bag! I love how it looks different with the short strap. HOWEVER, it is damnnnnnn uncomfortable! The short strap not only is not secure enough, it’s not comfy when wearing it short on the shoulder. It would be amazing if this came with a chain strap like the JW Anderson Logo bag! Also I think the strap on this is a lot flimsier than that bag due to the very soft leather

Overall Impression

So you’re probably wondering what’s my overall impression so far? Well look it’s still shiny and new to me – so it’s been positive so far! I love the vibes, I love how it makes me feel. I love how it pushes me out of my comfort zone… and it’s actually very versatile and user friendly!

Anyways it’s good news so far but I will keep you updated over the next few months!

OUTFIT

TOP – MISSGUIDED | SLIP DRESS – H&M | BLACK SLIDE FLATS – ZARA | CAT EYE SUNGLASSES – LE SPECS | BAG – JW ANDERSON PIERCE | EARRINGS – ASOS

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Welcome to my blog sale everyone! (FINALLY!) So as promised I am opening it up to my blog family/instagram followers before posting it on youtube, so if you’re interested in any of the items make sure to hit me up! Unfortunately I am not able to reserve the item until payment has been made. All shipping will be via Australia Post Express with tracking + Signature on delivery. Insurance is optional.

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