The "perfect gift" can be elusive. But while the recipient, price point, and occasion may shift, I'd argue that a present should ideally be something your recipient would never think to buy for themselves—yet also useful.
While this might sound like a tall order, Etsy — with its endless array of one-of-a-kind gifts — fits the bill. While its selection may feel near infinite (full of some questionable offerings), there are a few stores we find ourselves going back to again and again. Ahead, eight gift ideas that Apartment Therapy editors and staff buy on repeat...sometimes for other people, sometimes for ourselves (because #treatyoself, right?).
Personalized Sound Wave Print by Newton and the Apple, $38
Perfect for: The sentimental minimalist. If your dad, grandmother, or S.O. prefers to keep things clean and hates clutter, get them a gift that manages to both be abstract and heartfelt. The artist can even work with heartbeats or multiple sounds — the limit is your imagination about what sounds and memories you want to capture.
Custom Pet Portrait by TinyxArt, $35
Perfect for: The friend who uses the phrase "fur baby" a lot. Because what does a dog mom or dad really need more than a custom portrait of their beloved? (Answer: nothing. Unless it's the ability to clone their pet as well.)
Polka Dots Tray by Depeapa, $27
Perfect for: The friend who loves plants — but can't keep them alive. Or just anyone who wants a bright pop of color in their day. The tray is handmade with a melamine base, making it perfect for everyday use.
Couples Custom-Made Outdoor Doormat by Just Smile Always, $54
Perfect for: The new homeowners in your life. Or the new pet owner. (We love the addition of the paw at the bottom!) Or, with this version, even the new home owners with a few kids in tow.
Monogram Baby Hat by Wildly Blessed, $24
Perfect for: Your childhood friend who always made sure the baby dolls matched. Because, let's be real, the cute hat isn't really for the baby, is it?
Mr. Tea Ceramic Mug by Lenny Mud, $20
Perfect for: The fool you pity for not drinking coffee (but want to support anyway).
Self-Ink Custom Address Stamp by MJ's Art Stamps, $28
Perfect for: The couple that only thought they registered for everything. They'll think of you every time they don't have to hand-write their return address on their thank you notes.
Kiss Emoji Cookie Cutter by Rochaix Cookie Cutters, $3
Perfect for: The tween cousin who thinks you're really cool (especially if you're invested in keeping that reputation). Bonus points if you include a cookie mix with it.