Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Apple Streudels

Favorite Things, Part III

(…continued from Part I and Part II)

Finding the right gift, no matter what time of year, can be difficult. Big stores offer nice discounts, but the sheer size of the store can be overwhelming. Specialty stores may carry exactly what you want, but things may be totally out of your price range. What I love about is that it combines the best of both worlds—variety in options and variety in price point. To help narrow your choices down, try the Etsy Showcase and the Treasury; both are striking displays akin to those found in brick and mortar shops. What could be better than experts, artists, sellers, and fellow consumers helping you on the great gift hunt of 2007?

For the fanatic in your life…a list!

Remember when you were a kid and you just had to have a poster of Jem or New Kids on the Block on your wall? That same sensibility to surround yourself with familiar images stays with you well into adulthood. Etsy is just the place to look for the things that make you squee with delight. Whether you’re shopping for a TV junkie, a cinema freak, or a music buff, there are several shops that bring that magic to life in their art.

1. I bought a Breakfast at Tiffany’s print on canvas cloth from Elloh as a gift. The recipient and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

The canvases range from $15-24, and can be stretched by the artist onto a wood frame for an additional $15. The artist also immortalized the whole cast of the UK and US Office in a fabulous series.

2. Anyone who loves the Buffy the Vampire Slayer will pine for Betty Turbo‘s linocut prints on binder paper. The simplicity is genius! The look is reminiscent of something you’d doodle in class and showcase in the front cover of your binder (if only I was that artistically inclined). I like the attention to detail even in the ink names—blood red and wooden stake brown. For twenty bucks, you can bring home one of the men of Buffy. That’s five by five for me!

3. If music is more your scene, head over to The Black Apple and check out Neko Case, Bjork, and The Smiths Girls. All 8×10 prints are $13.

I like all the other girls, too, especially Amelie and this Alice in Wonderland series.

The portraits are vibrant and the girls’ eyes are expressive. They remind me of a younger, more petulant Girl Friday!

So…don’t be afraid to look for the perfect gift on Etsy, even for the pickiest person on your list.

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2 Responses to Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Apple Streudels

  1. agnes says:

    thanks for the shout out! i’m enjoying your other picks – isn’t Etsy the greatest?!

    -agnes. (aka BettyTurbo)

  2. Sarakastic says:

    I’ve never really shopped at etsy before but I can see that I’m missing out!

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