There are different types of vacation buyers.
There are those who still follow the traditional path, pull out those flyers and brave the Christmas crowds of big box stores in their quest for gifts. Others prefer a different approach.
Those looking for gifts with a more personal touch – and the ability to drop your Christmas list from the comfort of your couch – turn to nifty online platforms.
When it comes to finding special and unique gifts for the ones you love, you don’t have to go to an art fair or market anymore. Sites like Etsy make it easier to buy something special, while supporting independent artisans.
What’s even better, you can buy from small stores at local stores. There are many online stores that sell handcrafted goods made right here in the Grand Fall River.
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From soaps and scarves to jewelry, artwork, home decor, and customizable gifts, you can find just about anything on Etsy. And there’s still time to shop for your gifts before the holiday rush of shipping.
Here are some local Etsy stores to check out this holiday shopping season:
PeaceLightApothecary (Fall River)
PeaceLightApothecary is a Fall River-based boutique that sells everything from natural, handmade soaps to body scrubs, lip balms, and melted waxes. According to product listings, 10% of all profits from molten wax sales go to Autism Speaks to support children with autism.
âOur goal is to bring warm, tranquil aromas from our workshop to your homes,â says boutique owner Michelle Pinho.
The store also carries sprays made from natural essential oils and purified water that can be used to cool your home or as remedies for a variety of common ailments including nasal congestion, asthma, nausea, and headaches. (check out Peppermint Eucalyptus Mist).
Gift baskets can be created upon request. Browse the store on https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceLightApothicary.
JohnnysTwisted (Fall River)
Are you looking for a unique interior design? Discover JohnnysTwisted on https://www.etsy.com/shop/JohnnysTwisted.
Based in Fall River, the boutique sells hand-crafted wire sculptures that make thoughtful gifts. The seller’s creations, crafted from aluminum wire and copper, range from butterflies and bonsai trees to cyclists, dragonflies and more to dress up any desk or coffee table.
PainterNik (Fall River)
At PainterNik, you’ll find the colorful creations of Fall River artist Nicole Wong, who was born and raised in Spindle City. Nicole Wong Illustration sells original mixed media paintings and digitally created fine art prints.
Her whimsical work features playful children, dogs and kittens, nature and playful scenes created with meticulous attention to detail – the perfect gift to brighten up any room.
According to her sales page, Wong was drawn to the arts from a young age – her father was a designer and painter and her mother was a fashion illustrator and art teacher – and her passion for it shows in her work.
“When I was a kid, I never thought of becoming anything other than an illustrator. I drew constantly when I was a girl – including on the walls behind the furniture, where my mother found drawings years later.” , says Wong, who got his first freelance illustration job. at the age of 12, and eventually graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Today she is “luckily a full-time illustrator of magazines, greeting cards, educational and business books for children.”
Discover his shop on https://www.etsy.com/shop/PainterNik for unique gift ideas that will make someone smile.
Bgenius15 (Fall River)
Nothing is more unique than a personalized gift with initials or a meaningful quote.
Bgenius15 offers various customizable gifts for all occasions and lots of items with stocking potential.
The Fall River store is run by Ashley Braga. According to her seller page, Braga and her husband, both from different islands in the Azores, Portugal, moved to the United States in 2007 with the dream of owning their own business.
Their Etsy store sells everything from compasses to pocket watches, key chains, money clips, nautical telescopes, beard combs, pocket knives, wallets / pouches and bottle openers, including the most can be engraved with names, dates or sayings for a special touch.
Browse their store on https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bgenius15.
SunflowerAccessoryCo (Fall River)
Check out SunflowerAccessoryCo for fun handcrafted jewelry for friends and family made in Fall River that will get everyone talking and won’t break the bank. Visit the store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SunflowerAccessoryCo.
WoodmanDecorMore (Fall River)
WoodmanDecorMore, run by Felicia Rego, is a Fall River-based Etsy store that offers “custom decor designed just for you.”
Whether it’s stocking stuffers you’re looking for or items designed with the gift recipient in mind, you can find it here. The store specializes in laser engraved ornaments, coasters, creative door hangers, interior design and personalized signs.
Discover them on https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodmanDecorMore.
MomMeKnits knows exactly how to keep you warm with hand-knitted and crocheted designs for you, baby, or home. Their shop sells scarves, hoods, blankets and more, made in Somerset.
âYou’ll find a bit of everything in our store. We like to keep things exciting and fresh,â the seller says. All items are on sale: 20% off scarves and 10% off blankets, so buy now for the holidays.
Discover their store on https://www.etsy.com/shop/MomMeKnits and help your loved ones stay warm and stylish this winter.
The mother-daughter team of Somerset-based Generations Lampwork Beads create lamp beads and other handmade items in a small glass studio in Southeast Massachusetts.
âOur diverse styles, backgrounds and passions allow us to bring you a range of pearls in different styles. You will never know what you will find in our store,â said Angela and Cheryl, owners of State Stores.
Their collection of colorful bracelets, pendants, jewelry, bead sets and rings are handmade with special care and are oven annealed for strength and durability, according to their Etsy site.
See their collection on https://www.etsy.com/shop/generationslampwork.
They also have a sister store, GeneraionStichedIt: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GenerationStitchedIt. Here you will find handmade items such as rugs, clothing, home decorations, tote bags, pouches and bags, crochet winter hats, puzzles, animal bandanas from company and more.
According to the seller, when the COVID pandemic hit in 2020, the store made and donated caps and scrub masks to healthcare professionals in the area and has since added the item to its offerings.
Serious Assistant (Tiverton)
This Tiverton-based store offers a collection of “geek glassware” featuring various themes from cartoons, anime, video games and pop culture. Discover them on https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeriousWizard.