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9 of the Best Etsy Shops to Add to Your Favorites

The best Etsy makers prove that creativity always prevails. From a felt-flower designer to a stained glass pro, discover some of our top Etsy shops.

Ceramic bowl from Etsy
Photo by: Kiwi Poca

With their delightful designs and unparalleled ingenuity, the best Etsy makers demonstrate again and again that creativity always prevails. Our favorite shops each year range from a mix of new-to-Etsy creators making waves with their fresh perspectives to those who have proven over the course of time that their pieces are perennial favorites with shoppers. Some years, we may opt to theme our top picks, but we’ve always got our eyes peeled for everything from incredible candle sellers to vintage clothing shops to birthstone jewelry makers, and more.

Every year Etsy sellers wow us with their unmatched creativity and one-of-a-kind designs. Read on to discover powerful illustrations from an artist in Detroit and fun, forever plants from a felt designer in Ohio—and so much more.

9 of the best Etsy shops of 2021

Sophie Ciel

Print from Etsy SHOP: Black sea goddess wall art from Sophie Ciel, $10

Detroit-based artist Nina E. Lavelanet-Lewnau makes frame-worthy, print-at-home illustrations featuring radiant Black women. "I call the women in my work goddesses because Black women are extraordinary, beautiful, and powerful—the key elements of a goddess," she says. This year, Nina opened her Etsy shop in a move to increase the visibility of her subjects within the art world—and empower shoppers to embrace their bold, infectious energy. "I hope that the Sophie Ciel goddesses make people feel encouraged to live out loud. I hope they feel liberated to let their own uniqueness radiate."

KelsCuts

Felt florals from Etsy SHOP (clockwise from top left): Felt flower paper clips, $5; felt sunflower stem from $12; full felt bouquet from $77, all from KelsCuts

"I first began making felt flowers as a way to decorate my house because I can't keep any real plant alive," admits Kelsey Linville of KelsCuts. "But I quickly realized I was running out of space in my own home and wondered if other people would enjoy my creations too." The answer was a resounding yes, and now the Ohio-based creative stocks a wilt-proof mix of seasonal blooms, succulents, and more—all crafted from colorful, long-lasting felt that her customers can’t get enough of.

Love Paws Pets

Cat bed from Etsy SHOP: Merino wool cat bed from Love Paws Pets, from $32

"My customers are like-minded people," says Galina Sevryugina, the Russia-based creator of Love Paws Pets and a true-blue animal lover known to carry cat and dog food in her purse. "We are bound by love for our pets and want the best for them,"—including a comfortable place to rest their furry little heads. That’s why Galina launched her line of plush pet beds, knit from snuggle soft merino wool in a range of shapes, sizes, and pleasing hues sure to suit any decorating scheme. Even better? Each sale helps Galina work toward her goal of helping find homes for local animals in need.

Kiwi Poca

Assorted ceramics from Etsy SHOP (clockwise from top left): red checkered mug, $59; latte mug with pretzel handle, $77; ceramic dachshund dish, $71, all from Kiwi Poca Shop

For Turkish ceramicist Elif Cesur, running her Etsy shop Kiwi Poca allows her the creative freedom to produce truly unique work—as in limited runs of a single piece—and the knowledge that she's creating ultra-special gifts for people who appreciate them. From ceramic coffee cups with pretzel and croissant-shaped handles for your favorite foodie friend to chicken bowls and dachshund cups for the animal lover in your life, there’s something supremely original for everyone. And since Elif creates each piece by entirely hand, even skipping molds, you can rest assured your present pick is as one-of-a-kind as it gets.

Ma Bichette Bijoux

Earrings from Etsy SHOP: Handmade dangle earrings from Ma Bichette Bijoux, $35

Before moving to France a decade ago, polymer clay jewelry designer Sunisa Arbona worked in tourism and fashion in her native Thailand, and that cultural legacy continues to inspire her line of standout statement earrings today. “Everyone knows about Japanese and Korean style, but I promise—there’s a distinctly Thai style as well, which is confident and offbeat,” she says. “It’s both traditional and modern, and I think it’s that mix that makes my work unique.”

April Notes

Linen goods from Etsy SHOP (clockwise from top left): Almond linen table runner, from $34; rose duvet cover, from $115; moss green bathrobe, $105, all from April Notes

Lithuanian home linens shop April Notes was a pandemic project for creator Ieva Sidlauske. "My home used to be just a place to sleep," she explains. "I was always in a rush, but during the pandemic, I learned that the most delightful experiences happen when you make the space and time to enjoy those rare moments of peace at home." And now, with her line of luxe linen bedding and table dressings, she’s helping customers around the world follow her lead: “There’s no better feeling than receiving sweet messages from them with photos showing how they drink their morning coffee in our bathrobes!”

The Nomadic Sol

Sun catcher from Etsy SHOP: Stained glass sun catcher from The Nomadic Sol, $55

Stained glass runs in the family at The Nomadic Sol, where creator Stacey Hudson-Santos’s mother and sister have also perfected the craft. “Their hard work and dedication inspired me to start my own shop,” she says. Now, she spends hours diligently designing each nature-inspired piece, happy in the knowledge that it will (literally) brighten someone’s surroundings: “Hanging a sun catcher to a window adds a pop of color to one’s home and hopefully brings joy and a smile every single day,” she says.

Beton Creatif

Assorted concrete decor from Etsy SHOP (clockwise from top left): Small succulent planter, $30; asymmetrical concrete tray, $35; taper candle holder, from $20, all from Beton Creatif

"Our goal is to bring color and long-lasting utility together," says Sy, the Brooklyn-based designer behind homewares line Beton Creatif. "Beton" is French for "concrete,” which is the primary material in Sy's work—shown off to beautiful advantage in their vases, vessels, trays, candle holders, and more. Our favorite part? The palette: many pieces come in beautiful, soft shades not traditionally associated with industrial concrete, like lilac, mint, and poppy orange.

Boho Craft Studio

Beginner embroidery kit from Etsy SHOP: Beginner embroidery kit from Boho Craft Studio, from $28

UK-based DIY duo Faye and Chrissy specialize in super cheerful hands-on embroidery kits for beginners featuring some of the things we love most: animals, flowers, and animals wearing flowers, just to name a few. Their projects span all ability levels—including plenty of designs for novice stitchers to choose from—and come with everything you need to get started. Bonus: when your crafting is complete, you’ll have a piece of original artwork ready to hang in a place of pride.

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Fern + Sunpalm

Assorted dried floral decor from Fern + Sunpalm SHOP (clockwise from left): White and rust dried flower bud vase arrangement, $49; flower wreath hoop, from $70; blush dried flower bouquet, $49, all from Fern + Sunpalm

For veteran florist Jenny Ray, opening her stunning dried flower specialty shop Fern + Sunpalm was a clever pivot when her main gig designing fresh arrangements for weddings and events literally dried up this spring. “When Covid struck in March, the wedding industry got hit hard and we had over 70 couples postpone,” she says. And so Jenny got creative, translating the botanical trends she saw pre-pandemic (think fluffy stems of pampas grass and loads of dusty pastel blooms) into a new line of preserved bouquets and floral decor perfect for special occasions and everyday moments alike.

Epalladio Ceramics

Assorted ceramic home goods from Epalladio Ceramics SHOP (clockwise from left): Ceramic olive oil pitcher, $99; ceramic dinner plate set, $122 for four pieces; ceramic plant pots, $99 each, all from Epalladio Ceramics

If Epalladio Ceramics’ earthy vessels evoke the ethos of ancient civilizations, that’s because they’re designed to—with each hand-engraved and gorgeously glazed pitcher, pot, and cup born of founder Noufris Papatzanakis’ long-held passion for Ancient Greek culture. Over the years, what started as Noufris’s hobby researching and re-creating oil lamps and decorative items grew into a full-blown family business, bringing together multiple generations to sculpt and mold Old World–inspired ceramics from their 18th-century studio on the island of Crete. And as of 2020, their wares are reaching a contemporary global audience thanks to their brand-new Etsy shop.

Coze Handcrafted Comforts

Soy wax candle from Coze Handcrafted Comforts SHOP: "Cozy Flannel" soy wax candle from Coze Handcrafted Comforts, $26

In a year when we’re all searching for ways to keep cozy and create hygge vibes at home, the scented soy wax candles from Kayleigh Miller’s new shop, Coze Handcrafted Comforts, offer a surefire way to do just that. The best part? Kayleigh loves making her eco-conscious creations (which come in comforting, cleverly named fragrances like Cozy Flannel and Cocoa Cashmere) as much as her customers love burning them—a discovery she inadvertently made a few years ago while working on some DIY gifts. Kayleigh says: “I enjoyed the craft of it so much that I haven’t stopped making them since!”

K. Jones Prints

Woman illustration from Etsy SHOP: Woman with monstera plants illustration from K. Jones Prints, from $15

The dazzling and diverse chorus of women portrayed in Kendra Jones’s collection of colorful prints exude a sense of power, confidence, and courage—which is fitting considering that launching her shop, K. Jones Prints, was in itself an act of bravery. “My love of art began at a very young age,” she says. “But I didn’t get the nerve to release my work until Covid hit and I was left without steady income.” That leap of faith mirrors the fearless spirit embodied in Kendra's confident subjects, and taking the plunge to follow her passion has paid off. “I had nothing to lose; so far, it’s been a beautiful new journey,” she says.

Mary Elizabeth Home Collection

Ankara apron, pot holder, and hot pad set from Mary Elizabeth Home Collection SHOP: Ankara apron, pot holder, and hot pad set from Mary Elizabeth Home Collection, $60

Kenya Stanfield comes from a long line of seamstresses, so it was no surprise when the Mary Elizabeth Home founder cut the ribbon on her very own line of hand-stitched home goods earlier this year. Featuring eye-catching patterned planters and aprons so cute you’ll want to keep them on post-baking sesh, Kendra’s collection speaks to the many indoor interests we've all indulged in 2020, from succulents to sourdough. And while the brand is rooted in the family tradition of sewing, Kenya adds her own fresh spin by using some fabrics that showcase her original art prints.

Polka Dot Circle

Face mask from Etsy SHOP: Fabric face mask from Silver Tuna, $26 for set of three

At the beginning, sleek and stylish brass jewelry was the main focus of Marina Jurcevic’s shop, Polka Dot Circle. “Most of my pieces were inspired by trips through Europe and Asia,” she says. But when travel restrictions took effect earlier this year, Marina felt called to create something completely different. “Everybody was talking about the shortage in masks, so my boyfriend and I bought a sewing machine and began watching YouTube tutorials,” she says. Both novices, it took them seven hours to create their first face-covering prototype, but as demand increased, so did their skill sets and production capacity—so much so, that they were even able to train and hire friends. “I was grateful to be able to help the community and also happy to help my friends who lost their jobs,” Marina says.

Paper Play + Wonder

Assorted children's games from Paper Play + Wonder SHOP (clockwise from left): Downloadable pirate paper doll, $6; downloadable firefighter paper doll, $6; downloadable affirmation card set, $10 for 45 printable cards, all from Paper Play + Wonder

As any parent of a virtual learner will tell you, play is fundamental for a child’s development; for illustrator Shaina Adams of kids' activity shop Paper Play + Wonder, representation is equally important. That’s why Shaina founded her line of inclusive, illustrated coloring book pages and paper dolls, drawing upon her skills as an artist and storyteller. “As a mother of three African-American kids, I felt a drive to create something for my children and children like them, who were unaccustomed to seeing their likenesses in their toys,” she explains. “One of my greatest joys when I launched my shop was to have my children come in, glance at my prints, and ask ‘Oh! Is that me?’”

Jessica Kopetzki

Assorted postcards, prints, and decor from Jessica Kopetzki SHOP (clockwise from left): Wooden angel tree ornament, $12; afternoon tea postcard, $3 for a set of 4; cozy cottage postcard, $3 for a set of 4, all from Jessica Kopetzki

“Drawing and creating has always been my thing,” says UK-based illustrator and recent art school grad Jessica Kopetzki, who uses a mix of traditional media including gouache, acrylic, and ink to bring each of her charming, personality-filled works to life. “Being on the autism spectrum, images are easier for me to understand,” explains Jessica of her impulse to create. “Visuals are my preferred method of communication.” We suspect many of her buyers may agree: Since her shop opened earlier this year, Jessica's best-selling postcards have provided shoppers all over the world with a beautiful way to keep in touch with loved ones near and far.

Silver Tuna

Polymer earrings from Etsy SHOP: Tan and rust abstract line statement earrings from Silver Tuna, $23

If there’s one accessory that feels especially 2020, it’s a pair of video call–ready statement earrings to dress up your at-home look—and the whimsical, polymer clay designs in Kylie Saunders’s shop, Silver Tuna, are more than up to the task, with their telegenic textures and trendy motifs (terrazzo, anyone?). So it’s perfect timing that she opened when she did, given that starting her own business has been a long time coming. “I've wanted to have an Etsy shop since I was in high school over 12 years ago,” she says. “Etsy has helped me continue my creativity and pursue my dreams!”

The Chocolate Tortoise

Assorted baked goods from The Chocolate Tortoise SHOP (clockwise from left): Assorted shortbread cookies, $30.50 for two dozen; fall leaves cookies, $24.50 for a dozen large cookies; holiday shortbread wedges, $26.50 for eight wedges, all from The Chocolate Tortoise

Coated with specks of pistachio and rose petals, drizzled with blueberry lavender frosting, and dipped in rich chocolatey goodness, the delightfully decorated desserts in Flore and Wes Foley’s shop, The Chocolate Tortoise, have quickly become a hot commodity—and it’s easy to see why. Send a delicious care package to a faraway friend, or curate a custom box of treats to suit your own personal palate and prepare to be wowed. In the words of one satisfied, satiated shopper: “These were some of the best cookies I’ve ever had.”

Te Haus

Stained glass wall art from Te Haus SHOP: Stained glass suncatchers from Te Haus, $50 each

We don't mind admitting it was love at first sight when we stumbled across the simple, vibrant stained glass suncatchers in Caitlin Willhoite’s shop, TeHaus. But for the Texas-born maker, falling for her chosen medium took a little longer. “I'd always thought of stained glass as being reserved for churches and lamps,” she says. Luckily for fans of modern minimalist decor, Caitlin changed her mind in 2016, when the stained glass windows in her Seattle 'hood prompted her to buy a DIY kit and start tinkering. The result is her recently launched collection of Southwest-meets-Bauhaus suncatchers—which have been a bright spot in a dark year. “Having this hobby to focus on has given me something to look forward to when things start to seem bleak,” Caitlin says. “I'm extremely grateful to everyone who takes time to look at my art and I hope it provides them with a little joy as well.”

Additional reporting by Diane Vadino and Aleksa Brown.

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