It's never too early to start your Christmas shopping; spreading out your purchases over a few pay packets is a savvy way to ensure that you won't be broke come January. Our favourite place to start? Etsy. The online marketplace is a treasure trove of unusual pieces that are hard to find anywhere else. Even better, many pieces can be customisable, making it the perfect place to source memorable, one-of-a-kind gifts. From choosing the colour of a jumper or beanie to finding ear jackets to suit the colouring of your giftee, playing a part in the creative process of your Christmas gifts is satisfying and rewarding.
But it has to be said that for every gem of a boutique on Etsy, there are a dozen less-than-appealing offerings. Which is why we've created this edit. We've trawled through the great, the bad and the just plain boring to round up items that would make great fashion gifts across all budgets. So get scrolling, clicking and bookmarking and get ahead on your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your sofa.
These pretty dresses are made in Manchester and the brand also has a great selection in beautiful Liberty fabrics. This is the kind of silhouette that suits every figure.
This might look like a beach bag, but tell your delighted giftee it's also a great storage solution in the cooler months.
How fun are these ear jackets? You can choose from nine different colours for the front and back part, making them a pretty bespoke piece.
Knitted in Georgia, people will be mistaking Vintage Gal Shop's jumpers for Ganni.
Knowing the provenance of your gift is a nice touch. These pom-pom beanies are hand-knitted from 100% pure wool from the Shetland Islands in Scotland.
For the jewellery magpie in your life, this ring dish is a sweet touch.
Love Maison Labiche's tops but priced out for a gift? Pom Pom Stars has a great selection of cute, embroidered motifs in 12 colours. You can also request a custom message tp put on its tees.
Antique-looking gold disc pendants and signet rings are being snapped up by fashion editors everywhere right now. This Turkish brand gets in on the trend at a fraction of the price.
Newcastle-based Bikiniboo's swimwear, which is made from vintage fabrics, gets rave reviews online.
As far as fun and personable stocking stuffers go, these Perspex letters are a winner.
Ignore the dubious shop name. Dog Breath Apparel has some great graphics across tees and trousers.
Pochettes are always handy. This playful style comes in a choice of two sizes and with the option of a strap.
Etsy is a goldmine for highly original jewellery. Check out Nook of the North for beautifully textured pieces.
We have it on good authority that South Korea–based Blue Blue U.S. is a good find. Top of our list? This designer-esque wrap knit.
Looking for something utterly unique? These boho blouses from Ukraine are a good place to start.
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