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9 Gen Z Etsy Shops To Shop This Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be struggling to find gifts that are just as wonderful as your friends and family members. Shopping small is the ideal way to give back to your local community, blossoming crafters, and young artists. Plus, handmade goodies are one-of-a-kind, and will make great additions to your loved ones’ homes. Enter Etsy: the marketplace for burgeoning artists from near and far. These Gen Z makers are some of our personal faves and offer everything from crocheted tote bags and felted garlands, to honey-tinged hair products. Whether these artists are still in school, or a few years out of university, they are absolutely shaking up the world with their art.

Beyond Etsy, some loveable Gen Z-centric small businesses include BUGGIRL200, who specializes in Swiftie tees, Harry Styles merch, and even accessories for the Nathan Fielder-obsessed. Additionally, Gen Z Alternative shares myriad earrings, rings, necklaces, tees, and beyond rooted in pop culture sensations such as WandaVision and Spider-Man.

If you are looking to do a major small business haul, make sure to head to your local flea markets this holiday season, scout out your nearby vintage stores, and check out these sensational Gen Z Etsy store owners below. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Atomic Tangerine

Atomic Tangerine is all about slow fashion. Crochet artist and candle maker Alison Green offers adorable stocking stuffers and crochet patterns on her Etsy store and shares her upcycled fashion on her website. Taking old crochet blankets and turning them into brand-new cardigans, totes, scarves, and beyond will have your most eclectic BFFs grateful and feeling cozy from the one-of-a-kind gift. Plus, sustainable gifts are in season this year and every year.

Dotties Official

Naturally dyed hair accessories? Count us in! Dotties Official naturally dyes her crunchies with floral pigments and sews adorable headbands, bandanas, and heart-shaped totes. We are personally obsessed with the pink pearl-embellished scrunchie!

Nastja Crochets

Want to DIY your BFFs gift this year? Look no further than the PDF patterns from Nastja Crochet’s Etsy shop. From vest patterns all the way to tote patterns and bandana guides, you are absolutely going to knock a handmade cozy gift out of the park. Plus, you can make these patterns over and over again with new colors each time.

Cultured Creations

Polymer clay artist Abby Rickabaugh has you covered with the cutest earring selection on her Etsy store. Additionally, you can pick up a super cute keychain that will never go out of style.

The Monarch Tree

The Monarch tree is your one-stop shop for every girlie on your list. From felted plants and garlands all the way to hand-painted earrings and stickers, you will be a hit at any Secret Santa party you head to with these little trinkets. Plus, your forgetful friends won’t be able to kill this succulent this time around.

Fire Baby Studio

Your witchy friends will be simply over the moon for these celestial studs. Cleveland-based Fire Baby Studio handcrafts these delicate earrings that are so cute, you’ll have to grab a set for yourself, too.

Honey Bee Natural

Your friends will love Honey Bee Natural’s hair and skin products. Products include lip gloss, Honey Glow Oil for dark marks and breakouts, and the Buzzfeed-heralded Curl Defining Flaxseed Gel with Manuka Honey. Self-care is always a go-to way to think about gifting.

Lush Ceramics

Grab a pottery item that is just as quirky and cool as the person you are shopping for this holiday season from Lush Ceramics. Small-batch ceramic artist Nikki Reiss is based in Columbus and has recently branched out into Kewpie Doll designs. Check out her Etsy, as well as her personal website to find vases, mugs, and even pet bowls.

Trash Pandacoot

If you and your friends are obsessed with memes and possums, Trash Pandacoot on Etsy is quintessential Gen Z humor condensed into one digital shop. While their anonymous brand identity is not confirmed to be Gen Z-made, it’s fair to say they’re at least extremely embedded in the broken humor culture. Grab as many buttons and stickers that speak to you. We will definitely be picking up this bumper sticker.

Have a happy holiday season and remember to shop small when you can. If you or your friend run an Etsy shop or small business, make sure to comment. We would love to add you to this list, too!

Maria Serra is the SEO editor at Her Campus Media, providing updates to evergreen content across all brands including Her Campus, College Fashionista, and Spoon University. She also writes new fashion content for College Fashionista, foodie finds and shopping tips for Spoon U readers, and sex and wellness stories for the HC girlies. As a certified emo girl, it’s no surprise that her previous work includes a wide array of music stories. In the recent past, she served as the assistant editor of Alternative Press magazine where she interviewed her favorite groups including The Aces and The Maine. She also worked with music PR firms including 2bEntertainment, and served on campaigns for rockers such as My Chemical Romance and Mod Sun. Currently, she works as a freelance writer with idobi Radio where she shares music and alternative news with fellow pop-punk lovers. She is planning to expand her work into the freelance world with everything from modern rock tunes all the way to more sex and wellness works. After all, she does have a minor in human sexuality and is quite proud to have that necessary and cool academic background. In her free time, she is a stand-up comedian, sketch performer, and improviser in the Cleveland area working primarily with Imposters Theater. Additionally, she is a dog mother to a perfectly round chihuahua-pug named Bobbie who has four teeth but is still a delightful companion nonetheless. She is debating on whether or not Bobbie needs her own TikTok account… we’ll see. mariaserra@hercampus.com