As a small business owner, I know how every little sale can make a difference. Because of this, I would like to take some time each month to share some Etsy businesses with you. In my opinion, nothing mass-produced can really compare to something that has been handmade. I am a strong believer in handmade and small business!
1) ripeshop: I ordered several of the lip balms from Adriana as parts of Christmas gifts. I loved all of the unique "flavors" to choose from. I had fun picking out special flavors for special people. (I even ordered the chocolate covered bacon.) While I didn't order one for myself, I have heard from many recipients that they love their lip balms.
2) isewcute: My 8 year old neice was the recipient of one of June's handmade resin necklaces. She loved it and so did I. June was even kind enough to include a hand drawn card to go along with the gift. I went with a personalized initial necklace, but wouldn't that cupcake one make a great gift for a little valentine?
3) seventhtree soaps: (This shop is currently on vacation until January 20. Also note, this shop is based out of Australia, so allow extra shipping time.) These fun soaps come in great shapes and scents. I had fun picking out a sampler set and I also snagged one of those owls. And while it wasn't why I chose the product, they are all natural.
4) Manly Soaps: For that hard to buy for man, why not get soap made out of beer? Genius! I had fun giving these to lots of the men in our family. I was sorry to see that they currently don't have much in stock. At Christmas they had several different beer varieties!