I found myself in a funny position a couple of weeks ago. My daughters have gotten more and more into doll-driven pretend play over the last year, and I was hoping to give them dolls that looked a little bit like them. Of course, my kids are mixed race, and so there just aren’t a lot of options out there for dolls with their caramel-colored skin and twirly-whirly curls. So I decided to bite the bullet and make my own – I got on Etsy and purchased and downloaded these cute patterns from the Nimble Phish store and set about my sewing task:
Then it hit me: DOWNLOADABLE GIFTS!!
Imagine this: You are halfway through stuffing the stockings after bedtime on Christmas Eve when it hits you – you forgot that Cousin Joanie is coming over tomorrow, and you haven’t put anything for her under your Christmas tree.
Don’t panic! You can solve your last-minute present problems and support small business at the same time by purchasing cool downloadable gifts on Etsy. Don’t believe me? Well, then, check these out:
For the crafter in your life, there are tons of great patterns, tutorials, and designs available for instant download. Print out a set of doll patterns, download some fancy machine embroidery designs, get some cute printables to use for button or magnet crafts, and give them to the person you love! Pair it with an e-gift card for your favorite craft or fabric store, and you’ve got a great gift! Here are some I really love:
- Gorgeous printables designed to work with button, jewelry, and bottle cap crafts from Ink Five
- Download these scrapbook-ready images from Grafica Italia – or maybe get some for yourself; their gift tags are just delightful!
- Lovely designs to be used with an embroidery sewing machine from My Sew Cute Boutique (which just make me want to put elephants and ladybugs on All The Things)
For kids, you can download and print out coloring books, craft supplies, activity pages, decorative items for their rooms, etc. Some things might require some cutting and assembly – do it yourself, or else just print out the components and let the kids piece them together as part of the fun! These are a few of my favorites:
- Learn your letters and numbers with downloadable books from PreK Matters!
- I adore the Parasite Pals coloring book available from the American Beetles store!
- Fun iron-on transfers from Designs By Carrie Lee
- These amazing printable lampshades (with SHARKS!) from LichtErik
Even if your friends and family aren’t crafty types, you can still download and print beautiful, original artwork to give to your loved ones. If you want to go the extra mile, but you’re really doing things last minute, take down a picture from a relatively low-traffic part of your house, and place your downloaded art into a frame. It’s a kind, thoughtful, beautiful gift…even if you forgot until the last minute. There are tons of artists and graphic designers on Etsy, but here are a few that really caught my eye:
- Graphic designs by Pixel Munky, who has some lovely artwork as well as this cool downloadable pregnancy planner – just perfect for an expecting mother on your list!
- Lovely artwork (including a bunch of holiday-themed art) from The Lion And The Lark
Have a downloadable Etsy gift that you love? Share in the comments!