Real Simple Editors Share the Best Thing They Ever Bought on Etsy
Fair warning, you're going to want all of them.
We all know that Etsy is a treasure trove of one-of-kind finds, handmade pieces, and personalized presents—but sometimes, you just don't have the time to scroll through the endless selection to land on that must-have item. We get it. So to save you the work of hunting, we rounded up Real Simple editors' all-time favorite Etsy purchases. From a custom-embroidered jean jacket to an ultra-affordable set of art prints, these items are the Etsy gems you've been dreaming about finding.
Several years ago, when I was living on a super-tight budget out of college, I got a set of nine prints from The Paris Print Shop for $20 that I framed in nine of IKEA’s white Fiskbo frames (99 cents each) and hung in a group on a wall in my bedroom. The whole project cost me about $30 but looked much more expensive. These nine prints have followed me to every apartment and remain a nice statement piece wherever I put them (currently they’re above my sink to transport me to Paris when I’m doing dishes). Sadly, the designer isn’t making the 4x6 prints I bought anymore, but these are similar in 5x7 and above. —Elizabeth Sile, features editor
To buy: $90, theparisprintshop.etsy.com.
This floating bedside table! We bought a fantastic bed with storage drawers a couple of years ago and quickly realized the drawers couldn’t open when our nightstands were next to the bed, so switching to wall-mounted ones was the only option. I swear I searched the entire internet, and only these simple, super-functional nightstands passed the test. They have just-big-enough drawers, a small shelf for a book or two, and space on top for your water glass and your phone. Sturdy, affordable, and easy to install. —Anna Maltby, deputy editor
To buy: $127, urbansize.etsy.com.
I didn’t actually buy this one (it was a gift), but I adore it—the Yoga Bunny! I have the upward facing dog one, but if I had more space I’d happily buy the other two in the set (Downward Facing Dog and Child’s Pose). I think they’re so, so cute (if a little quirky) and very soothing—and mine reminds me to do more yoga every time I look at it! —Lauren Phillips, associate digital editor
To buy: $14, medagliadesigns.etsy.com.
Some people might think it's silly to buy bookmarks when you can just use a slip of paper, but it's worth it when you're an avid reader and constantly tossing books from bag to bag. These (adorable!) bookmarks are printed on paper that protects them from moisture and wrinkling, and they have a magnet tucked inside that keeps the bookmark secure even when you're running from place to place. And who can resist those little faces? —Nora Horvath, assistant editor
To buy: $6, beedooto.etsy.com.
A couple weeks before my wedding, I realized the cold temps weren’t going to disappear before the big day, so I ordered this Just Married jacket. It’s the perfect oversize outfit topper and added such a fun touch. I loved it so much, in fact, that I ended up ordering a second one with my new last name embroidered on the collar so I could continue to wear it beyond the “just married” phase! —Stephanie Sisco Luccarelli, home editor
To buy: From $120, wtfembroidery.etsy.com.
I have a bit of an obsession with Turkish towels—and it all started about four years ago when I bought my first blue-and-white-striped one on Etsy. My peshtemal collection has grown over the years, but this first fast-drying, travel-ready towel is still a favorite. —Katie Holdefehr, senior editor
To buy: $5, organicturkishtowel.etsy.com.