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Shop Etsy's Instagram Best Nine of 2018

by Valerie Rains

Dec 26, 2018

It's time to bring home your most-favorited finds.

Custom embroidery from Ria Paramita
Photo by: Ria Paramita

Well done! You’ve closed out another successful gifting season: Now it’s time for reflecting, recentering, and reexamining your own wish list for the new year. And what better way to begin than by revisiting some of those pinned, saved, and favorited handmade items you’ve been eyeing for months but haven’t bought yet—especially if, like us, you currently have an Etsy gift card or a bright little envelope of stocking-stuffer cash burning a hole in your pocket? With that in mind, we’ve compiled a treat-yourself cheat sheet, pulled straight from Etsy’s most popular Instagram posts of 2018. Click through to purchase your top picks today—or enter to win any of the featured items in our #EtsyBestNine giveaways by commenting on the corresponding item post on Etsy’s Instagram account through December 31, 2018.* Which one have you been wishing for?
If there's anything we loved as much as succulent-themed decor in 2018, it was a colorful illustrated chart. No surprise, then, that this botanical beauty from LKD made the Best Nine cut.
Fair warning or the ultimate welcome? Judging by the number of likes for this feline-forward find from The Cheeky Doormat (currently 42,591), we'd say it's the latter.
Australian artist and Instagram star Annie Tarasova of Dreamy Moons captures the vastness of our glittering galaxy and the fragile beauty of a patch of wildflowers in a single watercolor print.
We don't know what we love most about Vicu's plush alpaca pillows: their fluffy, pettable wool coats; their bright, on-trend pom-pom accessories; or the sweet, serene expressions stitched right onto their cute little faces.
The creativity of stained-glass artists on Etsy never ceases to astound us. Prime example: this iridescent crystal-inspired corner piece from The Sweet Karma Bar.
Japan-based portraitist Ria Paramita's sunflower-adorned embroidery art speaks to the dreamer in all of us—and can be customized to resemble any of us.
This teeny-tiny hanging planter from Captured By Mary Creative embodies the intersection of our gardening aspirations and our miniatures obsession.
It's hard to accept that this ultra-lifelike hedgehog sculpture is actually made entirely of felted wool. Seriously, GladOArt, how did you do it?
Meet your new secret weapon for social media–worthy baked goods: Goody Woody's engraved rolling pin, which presses intricate patterns onto the surface of cookie dough in an instant. *No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & DC, Canada (excluding Quebec), France, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. 18+. One prize per Giveaway. 10 entries per person per Giveaway only. Sponsor: Etsy, Inc. Ends at 11:59:59 PM EDT on Dec 31, 2018. Void in Quebec & where prohibited. See terms & conditions.

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Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.