Etsy is easily my favourite site for building wishlists. It has become my go-to for bookish buys, and more recently the ideal marketplace for cosy buys. A lot of the items you see in my Instagram photos are either from TK Maxx, second-hand stores, or Etsy. And since in-person browsing feels more like a thing of the past, I’m spending way more time searching for online stores to try out. Enter: Etsy. I was recently inspired by Jessie and Lennie Ware’s favourites, as well as last year’s post to put together something new. Plus, it’s great way to support small businesses and fellow bloggers (most in this post are UK-based), and find something personalised or unique.
Etsy seems to be the best place to find a specific type of mug. There’s pretty much always a hot drink featured in my flat lays, and my plan is to invest in a few more handmade mugs to cosy up my content. I’ve had my eye on the Fair Trade Handmade Glazed Stoneware Mug by AURA QUE for a while, especially because the reviews for the product and the shop are glowing. They’re a London-based store that works with ethical producers and WFTO members in Nepal to create handmade bags and accessories. Definitely one for the Etsy wishlist!
From six-foot trees, to wedding décor, to bedside pots, there’s almost every kind on Etsy. I’m partial to succulents because the pots are pretty, but dried flowers and vines always photograph beautifully. Right now, I have the White Ceramic Boat by MeHomeCo and the Artificial Succulents in Ceramic Pots by Annie Thompson Flowers in my basket, they’ll be on the ‘gram soon. The latter’s products are made to order, with a great range for wedding tables and favours. But I can definitely see the adorable pots and beautiful arrangements featuring in my lifestyle content.
Any time I want to get comfortable, my first resort is a blanket. Tartan Blanket Co’s wool blankets are rarely far from reach. I never thought to look on Etsy for blankets until I considered something homemade. Part of me wants to try and knit my own, ever since trying out the craft last year. But I’m a long way from chunky blanket status, so until then I’d like to invest in the Chunky Knit Acrylic Blankets by Alice Bethan Creations. The shop has a bunch of knitted gifts which are perfect for photos. And if I do decide to make my own one day, there’s always Wool Couture’s knitting kit to get started.
Any chance I can get to mention a book-related accessory, it’s happening. And having your own that you know and love is unbeatable. I recently got a wooden engraved bookmark from Birmingham Stationary Co., and I’m kinda obsessed with it. It says: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books & that’s kind of the same thing.” If that isn’t perfect for me, I don’t know what is. I also have my eye on the Bookshelf Tracker Bookmark by Abbie/@britishbookreader. Her designs are so cute, cosy, and perfectly affordable.
TK Maxx was always my go-to for candles. They’re usually quite unique, affordable, and every store had its own assortment. But trying and sampling candles is far from safe right now, so I’m relying on Etsy reviews to pick some new scents. At the very top of my list is & Chai by fellow blogger, Michelle from Daisybutter and her sister, Louise. Their vegan, sustainable, and cruelty-free range has grown amazingly since launching last year, and I have their Able Sisters Soy Wax Candle (yes, Animal Crossing-inspired) sitting patiently in my shopping basket.
If you follow along on Instagram, you have likely been subject to witnessing my terrible baking skills. I can whip up the basics, but presentation is out of the window. Nonetheless, I really enjoy baking and have found a love for being in the kitchen since the first lockdown. When I made my easy banana muffins, I used the Reusable Muffin Cupcake Cases by MyNameChain, and they work amazingly. My plan is to now upgrade my entire kitchen with adorable baking accessories from Etsy.
Years and years and years ago, a friend bought me heart-shaped teabags (similar), and it’s one of the nicest gifts I have ever received. I love tea. Yorkshire Tea will always be number one, I couldn’t live in the county and say otherwise, but I also drink a lot of herbal tea – especially in the winter. They can be carried on the go without the fuss of milk and sugar, and are idea for flasks and travel mugs. I didn’t realise you could buy teas on Etsy, but there’s a crazy number of shops selling their own leaf recipes. I’m home!
I’m always on the hunt for new wall art. My living room recently got a refresh, thanks to Photowall and Dear Sam, but there are plenty of other all-white walls in my house that deserve some love. I still have space on some of the walls in my bedroom that I think deserve a full-size print. And it has to be one dedicated to being cosy, it’s only right. There are an endless number of small design businesses on Etsy that offer both prints, posters, hangers, and frames. It’s just finding the perfect one!
Check out The Best Bookish Buys on Etsy here.
What’s on your Etsy wishlist?