Christmas gift guide for adults – handmade and indie businesses

If you're shopping for gifts for the grown-ups in your life, why not buy handmade pieces or shop with indie businesses this year? You'll support a small company or independent maker to stay in business and can treat your loved one to a unique gift at the same time...

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While I have been doing my own Christmas shopping online, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite Etsy shops to make it even easier for you to shop for unique and handmade gifts this year. Plus, you can check out the Editor’s Picks Page on Etsy to see their recommended gift guide for even more indie shopping inspiration, too.

Unruly Print

I often recommend this printmaker in my gift guides and that’s because he’s able to custom-make ANY lino-print artwork for you, and at an absolutely bargain price. Where else but Etsy can you commission a customised artwork, in any colours and text you like?

Unruly Print is a one-man-band who designs, hand-cuts and hand-prints a variety of signed, original lino prints. So, if you have a specific colour you’d like the artwork to be to match your friend’s office or your child’s bedroom, you can let him know and a unique print will be customised just for you.

Abby Sumner Design

Over the past year I’ve ordered countless cards and gifts from Abby Sumner’s shop on Etsy. So, when I started shopping for gifts for adults, I went straight to her. I love the vibrant colours of her risograph prints and I think this 2023 calendar will be a winner for all the grown-ups I know. It can be hung on the wall and used all year – then why not reuse the artwork pages as prints for your home?

Custom Memory Books

When you’re shopping for adults at Christmas, it can be difficult to find something that they don’t already have – or something that they really want. So, it’s a great idea to create a unique gift that has been made just for them. Take a look through all the photos that you’ve taken together over the past year and pull them all together in a custom memory book. They’ll appreciate the effort you’ve made to make something special for them and really will cherish the end result.

There’s no design work involved – you can use the online templates to have a personalised book printed just for them, and it’ll only take you a few minutes to select and upload your favourite photos of the family, or days out that you’ve enjoyed together this year. The photo-wrapped book will look lovely on their shelf and this personalized online scrapbooking project makes a great reminder of all the fun you’ve had.

Lydia Miriam Design

Another Etsy maker that I’ve previously bought from is Lydia Miriam. She handmakes these beautiful and ethical tagua necklaces and the best part is that you can customise the design with any colours from her range of tagua beads. This means you can pick out your friend’s favourite colours and combine them into a piece of jewellery that will coordinate with their clothes. This makes for a really special and thoughtful present so be sure to check out her shop.

Crafty Cats Club

I’ve included this indie business because I have actually received their items as gifts in the past. I have one of their gold foil zodiac sign prints in my office that I was given for my birthday and I LOVE my ‘Cat Off’ enamel pin badge. Craft Cats Club are able to make customised designs for customers, including glitzy gold foil pet portraits – so cool!

Hannah Farthing

Likewise, I already own many prints by artist Hannah Farthing. I’ve been given some of her prints as gifts and I’ve bought them for my family members – as well as investing in her pieces myself for my home office! I love her letterpress designs as well as her reduction lino prints, the colours she mixes up are gorgeous and the quality of the prints is excellent.

Lovely Lydia

If practical presents are more your thing than artworks, what about a piece that combines the two? Lovely Lydia’s zipper pouches are hand-made and the fabric is hand-printed with her own designs. I was given one of her biscuit print make-up bags for my birthday a few years ago and it’s still going strong – I love the design and the pretty contrasting lining. These little festive purses are next on my list!

Hannah Berridge

Another practical yet pretty present is a handpainted ceramic piece by Hannah Berridge. As each mug, jug or decoration is painted to order, Hannah can personalise her patterned pieces with the name of your recipient to make the gift even more special. Plus, the patterns are available on a variety of ceramic tableware pieces so you can keep coming back each year to add to your friend’s collection.


If you’ve got a fashionable friend, what could be more extravagant than treating them to some custom-made clothing? Designer Had Davies hand makes dungarees and dresses so you can choose the colour, the type of material and the pattern of the outfit especially for your loved one. Be sure to order in advance as Had sews all of her clothing designs to order so get in there quickly!

I hope these Etsy shop suggestions will help you kick-start your Christmas shopping this year, especially if you’re looking for gifts for the adults in your life. I’ll also be sharing my gift guide for teens and for children over the coming weeks so be sure to pop back for more inspiration soon!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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