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Great Etsy Shops for Small Business Saturday Shopping

Forbes magazine says Amazon’s value has increased in 2020 by $570 BILLION dollars. It’s not hard to believe with so many people shopping online due to Covid-19.

I’ve certainly contributed to that number, maybe you have too. We don’t have as many opportunities to shop at our local stores this year.

Today is Small Business Saturday, and for the first time since it began in 2010, I’m not working with local businesses to plan big events, or shopping for my Christmas list because my county is in “the purple tier” of Covid-19 infections and most of my local businesses aren’t even open.

All my shopping this year will be online, but that doesn’t mean I can’t support small businesses, and the easiest way to do that is to head to Etsy.com. Etsy is made up of thousands of small businesses, most offering high-quality, unique items perfect for gift-giving. If you’d like to have your purchases gift-wrapped, check the listing description for a gift wrap option. If you don’t see one, message the seller and ask. I’ve found Etsy sellers to be extremely helpful and a lot of the shops have a backstory I love to support.

Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

Felted Christmas Ornaments

Ornaments 4 Orphans sells adorable Christmas ornaments hand made by artisans in Nepal. A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Ornaments 4 Orphans uses its sales to support families and orphans in the area, definitely a shop worth supporting.

Goat Milk Soap

Brayer Ridge Soap uses milk from their farm goats to produce a soap that lathers luxuriously yet is safe for sensitive skin of all types. Their soaps come in too many scents to list here, but when you order, you’ll see the list of choices.

Goat Shirt

Goat lovers everywhere, find your tribe with this shirt!

Kid Pajamas

Nigerian Dwarf goats have become a homestead favorite, and nothing is cuter than a kid in pajamas. By Gramma Wallace makes these adorable goat pajamas with 7 different prints to choose from.

Goats Milk Lotion

Reese, of The Hoof Ranch, is a young entrepreneur who turned his love for animals into a home business making this lovely hydrating lotion from goats’ milk. His goal is to have a completely self-sustaining farm by 2025 and I love purchasing from him to help him do it.

Goat Coat

Goats usually kid in the coldest part of the year, these coats from Isidore Meadow’s shop help keep those wee babies warm on those deep winter nights. Read the description for how to measure your babes for the right size and color options.

Goat Coasters

Having one of those days? Don’t worry! Pour a nice cup of something warm and grab a coaster, You Goat This!

Life Is Better on The Farm Tee

Life is better on the farm, ’nuff said.

Timer Operated Chicken Coop Door

The chicken-lover in your life will thank you every morning for this automatic coop door! Chickens are early risers, they don’t care if it’s 20 degrees outside, they want OUT of the coop and into the sunshine. This predator-proof door opens and closes automatically so your homesteader won’t have to brave the early morning chill, or try to rush home before dark to deal with the chicken door. Brilliant!

Personalized Chicken Coop Canvas

These gorgeous canvas signs can be personalized as much as you desire, add a name, date, location, or change the text entirely, it’s up to you.

Personalized Garden Sign

Decorating a garden is half the fun of having one! Here are some garden knick-knacks for your favorite gardener:

Hand Painted Humming Bird Stake

Solar Wind Chime

Personalized Garden Sign

Ladybug Fairy House

Heirloom Vegetable Garden Gift Set

Heirloom vegetables starter kit for someone who wants to begin their gardening journey with a few favorites.

DIY Garden Kit For Kids

The love of gardening passes from one generation to the next. Give the up- and-coming homesteaders in your life their first garden.

Gardeners Gift Set

Even with gloves, a gardener’s hand take a beating. Love those hard-working hands with this set.

Indoor Herb Garden Kit

Give the gift that keeps giving (and no, I’m not talking about a female cat!). This indoor herb kit will produce delicious, fresh herbs all year long.