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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?
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Apply Jane Safarian's constellation-themed nail decals as a reminder to always reach for the stars.
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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.)
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This double-handled cactus mug from Back Bay Pottery (with textured "spines" for extra grip) puts the 'fun' in 'functional.'
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Let moon phase fridge magnets from Goodfaith Toys light the way to your next midnight snack.
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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.