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Gifts for Your Best Friends

Nov 25, 2011

by Joslyn

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Joslyn Taylor is the founder of Simple Lovely, a lifestyle blog that chronicles her love for design, fashion, art and food. In addition, she is a founding partner in tinyDallas, which focuses on raising kids in a creative and mindful way in her adopted hometown. She also is a freelance writer contributing to local publications such as The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas edition of Edible Magazine and Dallas Child Magazine.

I’m a bit of an obsessive gift giver — I plan, ruminate on the recipient and make lists before deciding what to buy. The act of selecting a truly meaningful gift for another person gives you a chance to really celebrate them, to consider what they love, their interests and passions.

I think the best gift is a combination of something useful and beautiful — something the recipient probably wouldn’t buy for themselves but will use and love. No dust collectors or fodder for re-gifting allowed.

The most fun (in my opinion) is sleuthing out a gift for a sister or best friend: something that honors your relationship. The ladies in my life tend to run the gamut – there are staunch foodies, earthy gals, accessory lovers, nesters — so I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picks for each. Enjoy!

 

For the Soulful Fashionista

[Clockwise from top left: Sailor’s knot blueberry leather key fob from automaticsweetheart; Rose gold sparkle clutch from Scout & Catalogue; Gold earrings with gemstone from lovejujube; Triangle pendent necklaces from amerrymishap; Grey poppy silk day dress from byrachelrose; The skyscraper necklace from ISWAS + WILLBE]

This bright blue key fob would seriously lower the risk of losing your keys.

I love this sweet, glittery pouch for stashing coins and business cards.

These simple gold earrings would dress up a simple black top.

Triangle necklace: One of Jenn’s clay triangle necklaces would be a perfect everyday piece.

This silk day dress is like a wearable work of art.

I love the mix of rustic black lava rock with the modern pop of pink in this necklace.

For the Nester

[Clockwise from top left: 2012 trellus calendar from Michelle Armas; Saucer/spoon rest from Dawn Dishaw Ceramics; Winter coats painting from Kiki & Polly; “Love” black lines noteset from NEAPOLITAN; Mid-century brass owl tray from VieuxDesign; Modern white mobile from AM radio]

Michelle Armas is a favorite artist of mine — her yearly calendar is a way to share the love with all my nearest and dearest.

I like this blue pottery saucer to store rings.

I love the sentimentality of this sweet winter coat print.

These hand-painted love notecards would be perfect for my Luddite letter writing sister.

This mid-century brass owl would look great atop a stack of books.

And I’m a bit obsessed with these artful himmeli mobiles.

 

For the Naturalist

[Clockwise from top left: 100 succulent plant rosettes from Succulent Designs; Yarrow mound from flores del sol; Cedar spring air plant terrarium from Sea & Asters; Table top forest terrarium from CaptainCat]

I love the idea of pitching in with a few friends to get someone special an over-the-top gift. I think kick-starting someone’s garden with 100 succulents would do the trick, yes?

This sweet yarrow mound would be fool-proof for a green thumb-challenged buddy.

I love these artful, unique takes on a terrarium, and the vessels are just as pretty as the plants.

 

For the Foodie

[Clockwise from top left: Folded salt and pepper cellars with spoon from Pigeon Toe Ceramics; Winter fruit print from clairenereim; Wood serving board from Timber Green Woods; Pit-fired tumbler with ceramic glaze from ClayWoodStone; Fleur de Sel caramels from The Caramel Jar; Rosemary tangelo orange marmalade from cupboardcook]

Sculptural salt and pepper cellars are simple enough to mesh with any décor.

I love framed art in the kitchen; the winter fruit print is an all-time favorite.

I’d give this beautiful natural edge wood serving board with a hunk of good cheese.

These gorgeous ceramic tumblers would be perfect for tea and could do double duty as a vase.

Food gifts like fleur de sel caramels and artisanal marmalades are my go-to for holiday hostesses.

More Guest Curators

Reserved for Stephanie  - Grey Poppy Silk Top
Reserved for Stephanie - Grey Poppy Silk Top
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Cedar Sprig Air Plant Terrarium
Cedar Sprig Air Plant Terrarium
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The Skyscraper Necklace- Jet Black Lava Rock and Hand Cut Raw Brass Squares
The Skyscraper Necklace- Jet Black Lava Rock and Hand Cut Raw Brass Squares
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SHINE - Rose Gold Sparkle Clutch
SHINE - Rose Gold Sparkle Clutch
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RESERVED for Helen Maas, A Collection of 100 Succulent Plant Rosettes for Your Wedding Favors or Centerpieces
RESERVED for Helen Maas, A Collection of 100 Succulent Plant Rosettes for Your Wedding Favors or Centerpieces
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128 comments

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    Oh daer! i was literally looking for a present for my friend and those necklaces look great!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Love the collection! Your blog is an inspiration.

  • SoleDeVita

    SoleDeVita said 5 years ago

    Ohhh! :) Love that "Naturalist" collection. Thanks.

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 5 years ago

    I am an artist and I am teaching in art workshop for children the importance of creating and giving ....so meaningful!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 5 years ago

    I am an artist and I am teaching in art workshop for children the importance of creating and giving, it is so meaningful!

  • Cleverella

    Cleverella said 5 years ago

    Great picks!

  • evihan

    evihan said 5 years ago

    wowww soo adorablee

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i LOOOOOVE those silk dresses.. i want them all

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Such a beAutiful collection!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 5 years ago

    my best friends love getting stuff from Etsy!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 5 years ago

    Joslyn's blog is aptly named!

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 5 years ago

    Awesome! I love the mobiles!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 5 years ago

    lovely list!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    these gifts are perfect for anyone! i love them all :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love this collection!!!

  • luckykiwi

    luckykiwi said 5 years ago

    Love your creations

  • SaintAndSailor

    SaintAndSailor said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Work!

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    What an awesome post - Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate the the thought and contemplation behind each gift I give too - it so good to know I'm not the only one! ;) Happy Holidays!

  • glusk

    glusk said 5 years ago

    I wouldn't want to give any of these items to my friends or family. I'd just want to keep them for myself ;)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Giving a meaningful gift tells the recipient a lot.

  • EstyElle

    EstyElle said 5 years ago

    Great collection

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Great presentation!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 5 years ago

    Nice picks!

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 5 years ago

    So much better than commercial crap at the mall. I also like to really think about each person and what makes them special and seek out that perfect gift - which of course can always be found on Etsy!

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 5 years ago

    really pretty finds!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 5 years ago

    I always give handmade gifts. I love the challange that each person presents in taste and how I match up something that they never thought they would love until they get it. This year I made chaulk board paint ornaments and paper circle ornaments with brooches on them that they can wear all year long! Great post. I very much enjoyed it.

  • ambika

    ambika said 5 years ago

    I want that key fob for myself!

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden said 5 years ago

    i love that necklace

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful selections!

  • KPlager

    KPlager said 5 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 5 years ago

    Great picks! Love these ideas...

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    great finds!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    beautiful and classic finds ~ perfectly individualized

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 5 years ago

    Very nice gifts!

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 5 years ago

    Love that dress! Gift giving is loads of fun!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Great gift ideas! I also try to give something that is beautiful and for everyday use, so the gift will be used and enjoyed.

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 5 years ago

    What beautiful plants for the "Naturalist" type! Great ideas, thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty you love be what you do." --Rumi

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Wow, awestome picks!

  • LineaSerrano

    LineaSerrano said 5 years ago

    Great finds! Really love these choices.

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 5 years ago

    Love your mix of gifts..! =)

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Love these picks - that orange marmalade looks so good! I love seeing gourmet foods on Etsy - you can find some of the most delicious sweet treats here.

  • sheenajewellery

    sheenajewellery said 5 years ago

    so sweet!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    such great picks! but now i'm hungry! lol!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Beautifuuuuuuuul!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 5 years ago

    wonderful picks! though these are gifts for friends, i could not help but look at "the naturalist" picks, being so into the environment and eco-friendly gifts. thank you for sharing!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 5 years ago

    interesting!

  • SheEarth

    SheEarth said 5 years ago

    You can buy me a Christmas present: I like rocks, nature and blues music. Ok if you won't buy me a present, will you at least tell my family what to buy me - they don't have your great Taste.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    fantastic finds! thank you!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cool picks!

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Work!

  • sewasong

    sewasong said 5 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR FINDS!!

  • chenghan

    chenghan said 5 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR FINDS!!I LOVE YOUR FINDS!!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 5 years ago

    Nice finds. Good work.

  • sballgurl072005

    sballgurl072005 said 5 years ago

    Great blog! :)

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    Those tumblers are beautiful! It's so easy to find the perfect gift on Etsy. There is so much to choose from.

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    QueenBeeVintiques said 5 years ago

    Wonderful gift list!!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful items chose! What talent

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 5 years ago

    gREAT jOB!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    I like the thought of "something that honors your relationship". So true, be it unique jewelry or vintage book or singing fish. You know what makes that person special in your life. Great collection - thanks.

  • molgallery

    molgallery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and very unique ! Pleasure to look at.Great job.

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 5 years ago

    You listed perfect requirements when shopping for a gift ~ "really celebrate them, to consider what they love, their interests and passions." I think it really shows if you grab something off a shelf at the last minute or if you truly consider the recipient. Lovely selections featured here!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    What beautiful pictures of the succulents

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 5 years ago

    beautiful

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago

    These are great.

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 5 years ago

    Yup! Beautiful.

  • SimplyClassicGifts

    SimplyClassicGifts said 5 years ago

    Simply Lovely.

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 5 years ago

    love my girl on etsy- bravo Jos! xo

  • BeadoRama123

    BeadoRama123 said 5 years ago

    loving the soulful fashionista collection :-)

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 5 years ago

    Awesome stuff here! I'm the kind of person who always wants to find the PERFECT gift for someone. I like it to match their personality and have something to do with our relationship. It just makes the gift giving so much more special when I and the recipient know how much thought was put into it.

  • TreasuresByUs

    TreasuresByUs said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic find, great collection

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 5 years ago

    Such great ideas!

  • madefromtheocean

    madefromtheocean said 5 years ago

    Love it all but which do I pick?!

  • TheLaughingLlama

    TheLaughingLlama said 5 years ago

    Lovely list and wonderful ideas. My favorite is the Naturalist section. ;)

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 5 years ago

    Great selections!

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 5 years ago

    Agreed! I hate receiving- makes me feel funny- but I LOVE giving. I also think that choosing the right gift is a way of showing you care, listen and love!

  • emwi

    emwi said 5 years ago

    I love gift guides! These are all fun personality types. I would love to see a whole blog post on "For the Naturalist," please. :)

  • seaandasters

    seaandasters said 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous list of goodies! I love the necklace, mobile and silk dress...and the succulents...and the yarrow mound...and the..I could go on and on. Wonderful gift ideas! Thank you for including my terrarium in your lovely list!

  • UnderMilkWood

    UnderMilkWood said 5 years ago

    Fabulous Finds, Very Inspiring!

  • mdavisstudios

    mdavisstudios said 5 years ago

    Great gifts! A suggestion though: how cool would it be if you image mapped the images of the gifts, so that clicking on that item in the image would bring you right to the product page, or at least the shop home page?? It's a little cumbersome to read through all the links in the caption below the image to find the item that interests you.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put this all together. Great finds!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Great collection!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    Great ideas!!!

  • jensmith22

    jensmith22 said 5 years ago

    Hey sis love your gift ideas!!! You are so talented. I would love any of these gifts LOL. I miss you dearly.

  • lepetitloiseau

    lepetitloiseau said 5 years ago

    these things are nice - but there is nothing from MY shop! (as usual)

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 5 years ago

    Great collection - cool necklace!!!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    totally groovy selections. useful & beautiful is the way to go :)

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 5 years ago

    Great ideas!Love the categories :P

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    Great collections and beautiful Blog:)

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 5 years ago

    nice picture and love your gift ideas

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Great products/creations, love the serving board...and I just knew those were lava pieces! Aloha, Connie

  • zelenahandmade

    zelenahandmade said 5 years ago

    beautiful and amazing gifts!

  • Sirwood

    Sirwood said 5 years ago

    I think u have selected lovely gift ideas, Thanks for the blog!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    Very nice selections and beautiful blog!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Nice pics!

  • iswasandwillbe

    iswasandwillbe said 5 years ago

    I love your definition of the best gift: "something useful and beautiful" I definitely harmonize with that thought! Thank you for featuring our Skyscraper Necklace; your curation is on spot! Cheers ;)

  • bdii

    bdii said 5 years ago

    That lava necklace is pretty cool!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    I love your "Nester" Collection! Those are great gift ideas for people my age! Thank you for sharing!!

  • alysavan

    alysavan said 5 years ago

    I love this blog post. Thanks for the unique gift ideas, so much better than commercial retail overspending too! The succulant plant gifts- nice! and I love the gray silk dress you mentioned!

  • JoulesVintage

    JoulesVintage said 5 years ago

    That grey poppy silk tunic dress! More please. Lovely things in this feature, from everyone.

  • Everblue

    Everblue said 5 years ago

    This is awesome, thanks for the ideas :)

  • loveandreason

    loveandreason said 5 years ago

    wowwwwwww these are amazing!! great finds. thanks for introducing me to some great shops. will check out your blog for sure!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Super Post!!! Lovely Creations!!!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous collection !

  • EuraLee

    EuraLee said 5 years ago

    I really liked the blog. It was fresh with quick reads.

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 5 years ago

    Wow, thanks!! Great finds, I have a few friends who would love these items. Lovely blog, too!!

  • Melody1875

    Melody1875 said 5 years ago

    those terrariums were great gift ideas for my best friend.

  • prairieboutique

    prairieboutique said 5 years ago

    Great gift ideas! This year all my friends are getting handmade! :) Happy Holidays!

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 5 years ago

    Beautiful .. <3

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix said 5 years ago

    tree in the terrarium - amazing!

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 5 years ago

    Thanks for supporting and promoting handmade gifts for Christmas (or anytime). A great article!

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano said 5 years ago

    Im super excited to be getting practically everyone on my christmas list items from Etsy this holiday. ;)

  • TheCozyBarn

    TheCozyBarn said 5 years ago

    very talented ! I love reading these for inspiration! Great JOB!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    ..found a few new favorites!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    Etsy gifts are the best!

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 5 years ago

    Taking notes!

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado said 5 years ago

    wonderful choices... thank you!

  • OceanSpiritJewelry

    OceanSpiritJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wow! These items look awesome. The necklace is absolutely chic! Love it!

  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 5 years ago

    Love these gift guides!! Superb. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • tjalaine

    tjalaine said 5 years ago

    What great ideas! I love the themes you created! I can definitely think of a few friends that fit these styles perfectly!

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 5 years ago

    Very good. My favorite is the skyscraper necklace. Really great.

  • SaraAmrhein

    SaraAmrhein said 5 years ago

    really well thought out, beautiful curation as well. Thanks so much for the ideas!

  • alittlebittipsy

    alittlebittipsy said 5 years ago

    Love the ideas!!! Thanks so much.

  • Simag

    Simag said 5 years ago

    B E A U T I F U L !

  • noavider

    noavider said 5 years ago

    Great!!

  • Jessicabstract

    Jessicabstract said 5 years ago

    Really cute. I need to get my bridesmaid's some stuff pronto!

  • NaturalandVintage

    NaturalandVintage said 5 years ago

    lovely gift ideas! definitely things my friends would want!

  • LouiseDempsterCards

    Louise from CreativelyCouture said 4 years ago

    Gift giving..how I started off with my creations. Fab blog. Thank you.

  • brittanyfromboston

    Brittany from BrittanyfromBoston said 1 year ago

    Great choices! I would definitely buy these for my friends! Here's another you may like, the Doors of Boston poster: https://www.etsy.com/listing/286286139/doors-of-boston-poster?ref=shop_home_listings

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