This is shamelessly stolen from Jess at Belle Lumiere, who's list I am mad for. Seeing as I've spent an obscene amount of money on Etsy, I feel fairly qualified to rattle off a few shops that I unconditionally adore. Feel free to use this for some Christmas inspiration, since I myself am also doing the majority of my yuletide shopping among these stores.
Quirky faux-Victorian chain and perspex oddities, with a wonderfully odd sense of humor which means I feel like I've found my soul mate. Long live Tilly Bloom.
This was the first shop I bought from, and unsurpassed in the sheer generosity of the seller. The first set of earrings I bought from TB had really thick threads on them - which looked lovely, but hurt my ears - and as this was not her fault, I set them aside and ordered a different pair, asking politely if I could have thinner threads since the normal ones hurt. Once she'd apologized profusely, she sent me my new order - plus the original earring pair with thinner threads, PLUS a brooch. Also her packaging is wonderful. I've gifted these to many people in my time.
Wins the gold medal for the most products bought from one shop. I adore UM. All their jewelry is either incredibly intricate, thick lasered perspex or brushed steel, and the heft and sheer quality of them is amazing. Again there's a certain offbeat-ness that I'm really drawn to - I have the elephant pictured above and it is awesome (though not white like it sort of looks - it's brushed steel and a standard metallic matte silver). When I've come to the conclusion that jewelry MUST be bought - for myself or others - this is where I look first.
For sheer, wonderful WTF-ness with serious talent and artistic ability, Melabo cannot be beaten. She takes the porcelain figurines you might find on wedding cakes or in Grandma's china cabinet, makes a mold, adds clay, removes and morphs multiple molded figures together, creating the glorious pieces above (please go look at her shop header...). I am still waiting to find the person I can gift one of these to while rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes.
Kitty Came Home
I actually first found one of these wonderful little clutch/wallets in the Kings Park gift store in Perth - bought it immediately, used and abused it, still hold it dear to my heart. Multiple years later, I stumbled across her Etsy store, which I am so thrilled about, since her stuff is so wonderful. Her clutches are a sown sheet of vintage fabric, covered and sewn into a plastic sleeve and bound closed with vintage buttons and loops of elastic. Every piece is a one off, and the plastic covering means that they will live on pretty much forever. Also, since she's Australian, she posts within Australia free. And has just released her 2013 diaries!! OMG.
M x M Jewelry
For sheer simplicity, beauty and understated class, MxM's paper planes and pinwheels and naughts and crosses and butterflies are pieces you'll own and wear for decades. More expensive than a good deal of comparative stores, but I think that communicates. I have the above pendant on it's way to me, iiieeeee.
Lucy Blaire Homemade
I won't carry on about these TOO much, since I did a whole other post about them a little while back. I'm starting to think that these oilcloth makeup bags are becoming like Peter Alexander pyjamas and Lululemon exercisewear for me - I cannot go back. I am locked there forever. Also I've had my three gold/blue zips ones for more than a year now, and they are going strong. And for a touch under $50 (including shipping) they were absolutely worth my while. VERY recommended.
I cannot get enough of these prints by Yellena. I want them ALL. Have two thus far and they are sublime. Can't recommend enough, I feel honored to have em.
SO YES. My Etsy recommendations. Have at it, kids.