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Real Simple Curates Etsy Gifts Under $50

Dec 12, 2012

by kappenbrink

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Real Simple is dedicated to making life easier for the modern woman, from helping her find the perfect outfit to helping her get dinner on the table faster. Kristin Appenbrink is the Senior Editor for RealSimple.com, where she oversees the Work & Life content, Simply Stated blogs, and social media for the brand. Originally from Kansas City, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn and likes to make things (namely ice cream and knitted scarves) on the weekend.

I started working on the Real Simple gift guide back when I was an intern for the magazine in the summer of 2006. So, even though I no longer help pick the gifts, it’s one of my favorite stories we produce each year.

I always strive to find those unexpected, but completely right gifts, which means that I frequently go for several small gifts — kind of like a care package — instead of buying one large gift for friends and family members. Somehow that seems to let me express how well I know them, and allows me to get a bit quirky with some of my choices.

  • Custom Return Address Stamp

    Celebrate a first Christmas as a married couple or in a new home with a well-designed address stamp.
  • Hand Stitched Leather iPhone Sleeve

    A classically styled accessory for a very modern gadget, this iPhone case is perfect for tech-savvy dads.
  • Herman Melville Print

    These literary quotation posters are perfect for the book-lover in your life.
  • "Anchorman" Engraved Pencil Pack

    Who wouldn’t want these chuckle-inducing pencils on their desk?
  • Cross Stitch Pin Kit

    A DIY gift that won’t take hours to make, this pin just might become your go-to gift.
  • Brushed Silver Coin Bracelet

    This simple, stylish bracelet is perfect for everyday wear.
  • Porcelain Knitware Coasters

    Keep the coffee table protected from all those mugs of hot cocoa with this coaster set.
  • Wooden Toy Rainbow

    A step up from regular blocks, these wooden semicircles will provide hours of building fun.
  • Lasercut Neon Fluorescent Pink and Clear Starburst Necklace - 18&

    This simple but on-trend acrylic necklace is sure to please the hard-to-shop-for teenage girl on your list.
  • Dinosaur Magnets

    Who wouldn’t want their latest art project, report card, or birthday party invite put up on the fridge with one of these dino magnets?
  • Superhero Shoes

    Can’t wear the cape to school? Compromise with these superhero wings that go over the laces of any pair of sneakers.
  • Reading Notes

    For book-lovers who like to keep their copies pristine, these note books in library card pockets let them keep jot down their thoughts without cluttering the margins.
  • Jaunty Animals 2013 Calendar

    Ideal for framing or propping up on your desk, an illustrated calendar is the perfect gift for everyone.
  • Sunny Succulent Terrarium

    Small and easy to keep up, this terrarium makes a great gift, whether your friend has a green or black thumb.
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Here are some of my recent favorite gifts on Etsy. For ideas on how to present them, head to Real Simple for 12 Festive Holiday Wrapping Ideas.

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HERMAN MELVILLE Literary Art Prints, Travel Quote Minimalist Poster, Large Wall Art Print Illustration, Bookish Gift for Dad, Boyfriend Gift
HERMAN MELVILLE Literary Art Prints, Travel Quote Minimalist Poster, Large Wall Art Print Illustration, Bookish Gift for Dad, Boyfriend Gift
$24.00 USD
12 ANCHORMAN Engraved Pencil Pack, stay classy, funny gifts, gifts for dad, stocking, holiday gift, Ron Burgundy, movie quotes, funny pencil
12 ANCHORMAN Engraved Pencil Pack, stay classy, funny gifts, gifts for dad, stocking, holiday gift, Ron Burgundy, movie quotes, funny pencil
$15.00 USD
Cross Stitch Pin Kit
Cross Stitch Pin Kit
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Waldorf Toys - Educational Toys - Montessori - Baby First Christmas - Rainbow Stacker - Toddler Toy
Waldorf Toys - Educational Toys - Montessori - Baby First Christmas - Rainbow Stacker - Toddler Toy
$49.00 USD
Dinosaur Magnets - 8 piece set in Chartreuse - Apple Green Extinct - Fill your pinata
Dinosaur Magnets - 8 piece set in Chartreuse - Apple Green Extinct - Fill your pinata
$20.50 USD
Superhero Shoes- Blue Wings
Superhero Shoes- Blue Wings
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2018 Calendar - Jaunty Animals by Hello Small World, Desk Calendar, Monthly Calendar, 12 Months, Fox Bear Bicycle Raccoon Moose
2018 Calendar - Jaunty Animals by Hello Small World, Desk Calendar, Monthly Calendar, 12 Months, Fox Bear Bicycle Raccoon Moose
$18.00 USD

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