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From us, to you: Etsy Made Local

The pleasure’s in the giving, so treat yourself to a meaningful shopping experience, close to home, at an Etsy Made Local event

by Psychologies

Giving gifts is one of life’s greatest joys. Choosing the loveliest present, the anticipation of our loved one’s reaction and their genuine smile reinforcing the feeling that, ‘Yeah, we know each other pretty well!’ – a feel-good glow that deepens our connection.

When we allow ourselves the time and space to make our Christmas-present shopping a mindful and personal experience – one where we know exactly where our gifts are from, how they’ve been made and the care that’s gone into them – the results will always be more life-affirming than those times when we’ve hastily run to the only shop open on Christmas Eve in a blind panic (yes, we’re looking at you, Dad).

That’s why online marketplace Etsy puts together a host of Etsy Made Local events every December across the UK. Now in their third year, these community-led mini Christmas markets bring together the independent designer-makers near you, so that you can get a feel for their lovingly handmade and thoughtfully sourced goods in person, from homewares and jewellery, to fashion and much more.

Forty-one venues, from Aberdeen to St Ives, will be decked in festive cheer from 1-3 December, giving you a long weekend to immerse yourself in the variety, artisanal skill, big personalities and inspiration that make Etsy truly unique. Soak up the cosy vibe and see more of what your area has to o er. It’s a heart-warming day out on your doorstep.

Look up your nearest Etsy Made Local event and plan your gift-giving this year around the feel-good factor. You’ll have as much fun searching for a truly special present as your special people will have opening it. Visit etsy.com/etsymadelocal.

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