Shop Local gift guide, part one

It’s that time again. Its the time of year when I scroll through more than 20,000 locally made items on Etsy and choose my favorites to share with you. These posts are always some of my favorites to put together, and I’m always impressed with how many great shops I find based right in our zip code. Today I’ll give you gift ideas from Omaha shops. Part two will be all Lincoln shops. Happy holidays!


I love things that are personalized — this girl will never turn down a monogram. And since this is a food blog, let’s start with a gift that combines those two loves. Engrain It makes custom cutting boards that are affordable, $15-$40, and on-trend. They’d be fun for a newly married couple, but since they can be customized, they’re a great gift for anyone who spends time in the kitchen.


I don’t know anyone who would turn down a scarf this cozy. For either $25 or $40 (a right steal), Sydney True will create you one in the colorway of your choice.

elisabethThere’s lots and lots of handmade pretty in the ElisabethSpace shop. Some of her pieces are made with vintage components; all are lovely to look at. The most expensive of the three pieces pictured is a mere $40.

knitI cannot underestimate my love of the handmade scrubbie and dish rag. Stuff one of Turk and Bean‘s handmade sets into a friend’s stocking for around $8.

vasesFor the design nerd who has everything or the person who always succumbs to the $6 bouquet at Trader Joes, The Object Enthusiast makes beautiful hand-painted vases that would look pretty in any room, all season long. The blue and gold teardrop vase, center, is $36.

babyI know so many mamas and papas-to-be (or new mamas and papas) right now. It seems every kid these days needs a pacifier strap, and it never hurts to make something as utilitarian as a burp cloth more stylish. The sets, at Harp and Squirrel, average around $25.


Hats for baby. Hats for ladies. Hats for men. The aptly-named She Makes Hats creates toppers in all shapes and styles; if you purchase a hat, she donates another to a newborn in need.


I read enough beauty blogs to know that indie nail polish is a real thing. And it turns out there’s an Omahan making glitter top coats and sparkly jelly polishes. In Decisive Lacquer has polishes in nearly every hue of the rainbow, including color change polish. Most bottles run around $9.50.

maud1I met the owner of Maud Boutique, Lynn Mills, this summer while I was working on a story. Her Etsy shop, full of well-edited, beautiful indulgences, is worth a look. It’s not inexpensive, but the once-in-a-lifetime finds feel special enough to be worth the price. Above, a gorgeous Whiting and Davis bag, $56; a 1950s pearl and rhinestone collar, $120; and below, a party-worthy Adele Simpson pouf, $145; and an ensemble I’d kill to wear, designed by Yves Saint Laurent, $185. Visit her brick-and-mortar shop at 521 N. 33rd St.

maud2All images courtesy of the mentioned Etsy shops.

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  1. […] …better late than never. For all you eleventh-hour holiday shoppers (sheepishly raises hand) here’s part two of my annual shop local gift guide, featuring makers and artists all based just an hour down the road in Lincoln. (Find part one, focused on Omaha, here.) […]