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Show Your Love for Local Makers on Small Business Saturday®

Nov 13, 2018

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

If there’s no place like home for the holidays, there’s no holiday gift quite like one that’s made by a creative entrepreneur in your very own community. And this Small Business Saturday, shoppers in four cities across the US—Austin, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC—will have an extra-special opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts with hometown heart at an Etsy and American Express-supported pop-up event.

On November 24, dozens of Etsy sellers will be bringing their best botanical embroidery art, hand-blown glass planters, kiln-fired enamel-and-copper jewelry, and monogrammed wood money clips to shopping venues across the US (visit the Etsy Sponsored Events page for all the details). Which means you can do more than just walk away with a serious haul of unforgettable holiday gifts—in many cases, you can also shake the hands of the folks who made each one.

Even if you can’t make it to one of the four markets in person, Etsy makes it easy to support local businesses and shop items that celebrate the places you love all year round. Read on for 10 unique items to add to your holiday shopping list—wherever you are, and wherever your heart calls home.

Sarah, the native Texan behind Austin-based shop Mountains of Thread, expresses her hometown pride through embroidery—and can capture yours in a custom-stitched work of art as well. Peruse Sarah’s ready-to-wrap items at the Austin pop-up at Springdale Station on November 24 from 10am–6pm.

The Los Gatos, California creative behind Gooseberry Designs infuses her vintage-inspired illustrated totes, tea towels, and cushion covers with loads of nostalgic charm.

An original, pocket-size papercut map from Charlotte, North Carolina-based artist Karen O’Leary of Studio KMO will please just about anyone on your list.

Washington, DC shop ash + gin creative puts an abstract spin on the places they love—both close to home and on the road—via vibrant needlepoints of sunsets, summer skies, and super zoomed-in spotlights on architectural details. See them up close at DC’s District Rebel Market on November 24, from 11am–5pm.

Pair a home state pint glass from Wisconsin’s Vital Industries with a six-pack of a hard-to-find local microbrew for your most suds-savvy pal.

The Massachusetts duo behind Treeline and Tide will customize a money clip, bottle opener, belt buckle, or tie clip with the state, city, or geographical coordinates of your choosing. Check out their engraved-wood goods at the Boston pop-up on November 24 from 9am–3pm at Bow Market.

Florida illustrator Betsy Garcia of Bloomwolf Studio captures the iconic sights (and inimitable spirit) of the cities and states she showcases in her whimsical greeting cards and art prints.

Minneosta-based 3D paper sculptor Marnie Karger of Crafterall takes abstract map art to whole new levels.

California illustrator Nidhi Chanani specializes in kid-friendly art that brings some childlike wonder to your little one’s walls. Pick up a print from her West Coast-inspired line at the San Francisco pop-up at Pier 35, November 24–25 from 11am–5pm.

The Michigan-based shop Farmhouse Moon‘s laser-cut acrylic pendants let you keep your home state close to your heart.

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  • bedouin

    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 2 years ago

    Grrreat selections ~ Many years spent in SF ~*~ I'm drawn to the city by the bay tea towel from Gooseberry Designs and the terrific friendly prints from Nidhi Chanani. Cheers to all especially the West of the 1 artisans.

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 2 years ago

    Lovely and unique gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 2 years ago

    Beautiful gift ideas! Tfs :)

  • PokutniaAnna

    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 2 years ago

    Nice gifts for people who like to travel. And I will be glad to have some of these things)

  • NaomiLevitin

    Naomi Levitin from NaomiLevitin said 2 years ago

    Love the variety of options when it comes to featuring art and craft based on location!

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