Every year, my first stop for gifts is the marketplace for independent makers, Etsy.com. It’s where I go to find unique pieces that I simply can’t buy anywhere.
And the best part is that it’s the makers themselves who earn money from your purchase. You can be sure that a real person is at the other end of the transaction and will be super excited that they’re received an order from you.
Plus, Etsy is especially good for personalised and handmade items so, if you’re after something specific – something that you’ve pictured in your mind but can’t seem to find – you can always message makers and commission new pieces, especially for your mum.
I love the fact that I can ask for a print in a different colour to coordinate with my interior, or can get a piece of jewellery inscribed with a name.
If you’re looking for something unique for your mum this Mother’s Day in March, make the Editor’s Picks Page your first stop to browse for beautiful gifts. I’ve shared some of my favourite Etsy shops below, many of whom are makers that I’ve shopped with in the past and who I’ve met in real life at craft markets.
Let’s start with a greeting card for your mum. My go-to Etsy shop for all kinds of greeting cards is AbbySumnerDesigns. I’ve previously bought birthday, Valentines and Christmas cards from Abby, as well as new baby cards and personalised 40th and 75th birthday cards. I love the new designs that she brings out each year – they’re always so vibrant and uplifting.
I think jewellery is always a winner for special occasions, and that’s especially true when it’s designed just for you. You don’t have to spend a fortune to commission an independent maker to craft a special necklace for your mum – and that’s just what I did when I shopped with indie maker LydiaMiriamDesign. I was able to choose the colours of the ethical tagua beads for my mum’s necklace and Lydia hand-crafted it for me.
And if your mum is a fan of silver jewellery, BluebellLaneJewelry is a talented local maker that I’ve spoken to many times at makers markets. She is able to hand-make exquisite silver pieces, from earrings to bangles and pendants, using environmentally-friendly EcoSilver.
Perhaps you want to get your mum a practical yet equally pretty present – something she can use regularly and that looks gorgeous? In that case, a hand-sewn and hand-printed make-up bag or cushion by Lovely Lydia would be ideal. She uses natural linen and cotton fabrics, and prints the designs with her own countryside-inspired motifs.
If ceramics are more your mum’s thing, check out the hand-painted pieces by Hannah Berridge. I’ve browsed her gorgeous market stall in real life on many occasions and I commissioned her to create ceramic cat decorations from photos of my two cats, which she recreated beautifully.
Hannah can hand-paint a range of kitchenware, mugs and ceramic pieces, all of which can be personalised with a name or special message. Plus, her packaging is beautiful – you wouldn’t even need to re-wrap the piece for gifting it to your mum!
When it comes to choosing a special gift, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than artwork. From colourful prints to commissioned pieces, there’s something for every occasion on Etsy and you can certainly get a unique piece of art that your mum will love to hang in her home.
If you want something entirely unique, with a message or image just for her, printmaker Unruly Print is able to carve any design into lino and make a personalised artwork in colours to match any decor. Their designs are fun and colourful and provide a really uplifting way to wish your mum a happy Mother’s Day, with artwork that’ll hang on her wall for many years to come.
Another artwork that I have in my own home office is a glinting gold foil design by Crafty Cats Club. I was given one of their star sign prints as a gift for my birthday and it’s one of my treasured possessions. They also create custom pet portraits and mystical designs so have a look at their shop when browsing for mother’s day.
Finally, be sure to check out Hannah Farthing’s art on Etsy. I’ve mentioned her a few times on my blog over the years because she’s the artist that I own the most work of – I’ve got her letterpress prints in my living room and office, and her lino prints in my bedroom. Her pieces are so beautiful and I highly recommend her as a maker.
I hope that these gift ideas from independent small businesses have given you some inspiration and that you’ll take a look on Etsy to shop with artists, crafters and makers this Mother’s Day. Let me know your favourite pieces and top makers in the comment’s below, I’d love to learn about some more indie crafters that I can shop with.
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