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The Best 9 Ways to Spend Your Etsy Gift Card

by Valerie Rains

Dec 25, 2017

Need ideas? Crowd favorites from Etsy's Instagram account are a solid place to start.

Photo by: Big Stuffed

If you ask us, there's only one thing better than receiving a gift purchased from an Etsy shop, and that's getting an Etsy gift card to spend on the one-of-a-kind item of your choosing. And even though the possibilities for redeeming one are endless—or perhaps precisely because they are—we're here with a handy list of nine irresistible ideas pulled straight from the most-loved Etsy Instagram posts of 2017 to help you decide. Which one ranks at the top of your gift card-spending list?
Bound Love's original watercolor-inspired moon calendar capitalizes on the all-things-celestial trend in the most beautiful way. It's down-to-earth and out-of-this-world all at once.
Lightweight enough to hang from a magnet and made from reclaimed wood, Goodsmith's pineapple-shaped air plant holders are guaranteed to elicit a grin.
Big Stuffed's three-foot plush octopus, with his soulful eyes and flocked faux-fur appendages, is a perennial Instagram fave (and, at this point, practically an Etsy icon). A typical comment on Octo's original Instagram post back in October: "Yes! This is a need. Not a want."
Channel a dose of walking-in-the-forest serenity anytime, anywhere with a pro-quality print of an original painting from Halifax, Canada–based artist Katelyn Morse of Birch Bliss.
Apply Jane Safarian's constellation-themed nail decals as a reminder to always reach for the stars.
What better way to start a new year than with a wilt-proof bouquet to brighten each day? Etsy seller kmpressed's preserved-flower work made such a big impression (racking up more than 50,000 likes on Etsy's Insta) that her shop sold out—but there's a bounty of other beautifully flattened blooms available now on Etsy. (Follow @kmpressed to find out when she's restocked.)
This double-handled cactus mug from Back Bay Pottery (with textured "spines" for extra grip) puts the 'fun' in 'functional.'
Let moon phase fridge magnets from Goodfaith Toys light the way to your next midnight snack.
Hang the signed fine art print on the wall, then sit back and watch Cindy Lane's mesmerizing process video on a loop. We can't help it: Its a whale of a time.

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Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.