If you’re still in search of any last minute holiday gifts for the traveler in your life, you’ve hit the jackpot!
As I’ve said before, Etsy is my favorite online marketplace! It’s the perfect place to find exactly what you’re looking for, while still supporting small local shops. A win-win!
Another thing I love about Etsy is that they make it easy to get to know the people behind the products. Something that I find very important to making a meaningful purchase.
Also, keep in mind that handmade products take time, so if you want to gift one for the coming holidays and it won’t be ready in time, print out a picture and put it in the card, with one of the vendor’s stories. It will be worth the wait- trust me.
And so, here are 3 of my favorite Etsy travel shops and a short introduction to the wonderful vendors behind them!
Daniel Foytik and his shop ‘RSVPhandcrafted’
Daniel Foytik has been fascinated with leather as long as he can remember. Growing up in a little remote town in Siberia, there wasn’t very much access to things like toys, so he learned to make his own. His grandfather was a saddle maker and so he had unlimited access to all sorts of leather helping the creations in his imagination come to life.
In 2004, he was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease, a type of arthritis that affects the joints, due to inflammation caused by an immune disorder. His new reality- everyday life is full of pain, fatigue, and stress. What keeps him going- making his customers happy. In his words, ‘I’ve got something to share and I will carry on until I won’t be able to hold a tool in my hand…’
As time passed, a lot of things changed, but his love affair with leather and his passion to create only grew stronger. His goal with RSVPhandcrafted- share his skills, his style, and his life experience with his customers. He wants to spread positive energy and creativity with his designs.
My pick from his shop- his amazing handmade leather camera straps!
His shop- RSVPhandcrafted
Ros & Ed Hathorn and their shop ‘Stabo’
Husband and wife duo, Ed and Ros, started their Etsy shop Stabo in back in 2001. Since then they have been on many journeys with it literally traveling all the way from England to New Zealand and back again.
They have now become a family business and run everything from their studios in their back garden, while the rest of the family activities take place in their house. They love designing new products that are original, interesting, and stylish, but also quality products that are made to last. They also find it really exciting to sell their products around the globe, knowing a little bit of ‘Stabo’ is making someone in a far-off country smile!
My pick from their shop- Handmade leather luggage tags!
Their shop- Stabo.
Julie Lavender and her shop ‘Green on a String’
Julie’s vision at Green on a String is to help her customers re-envision ‘Green’ by making green look good!
She handmakes each of her bags is in Chicago, Illinois, with recycled and upcycled materials such as upcycled burlap, Leather, and sail material. The leather comes from second-hand materials, and the burlap is directly responsible for bringing someone, somewhere, the beans that made their morning coffee. By using sail material, we divert these scraps from the landfills to your hands!
She’s all about helping preserve our planet and making it look good in the process.
Beyond using upcycled materials, she looks to decrease her shop’s carbon footprint in every way possible by offering earth-friendly shipping options, reducing scrap waste, and using 100% recycled and biodegradable paper! You go- Julie!
My pick from her shop- her personalized monogrammed makeup bags!
Her shop- Green on a String.
More about Julie.
Disclaimer: I was gifted these travel products for purposes of this post, but as always all opinions expressed are my own. I would only recommend something that I genuinely feel my readers would benefit from.
Do you like supporting small local shops when buying gifts? Or when shopping for yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!