GreatGets was created and designed to celebrate and showcase the best of the best of everything and anything. On rare occasion when we find something we think is pretty darn special, we even award our own, very much coveted, DARE TO BE GREAT AWARDS! Well today is one of those days. Etsy has done it again. Even without our prodding, they have created their very own version of our Dare to Be Great Awards. The Etsy Design Awards are Etsy’s first-ever global award program. Honoring the work of creatives from around the world, #TheEtsies highlight the best of Etsy and celebrate the talented people behind the winning products. We checked out the finalists and truthfully, we are impressed. These Etsy designs are award worthy!
Selected from thousands of entries received from around the world, 160 global finalists are in the running for the $15,000 USD Grand Prize or the top prize in one of five categories: Inventive Decor, Signature Style, Festive Celebrations, Earth-Friendly, and Creative Collaborations.
Our Favorite Top Ten Etsy Design Awards Finalists
So we are sure you are all sitting on the edge of your seats wondering which are our favorites amongst the many great gets chosen to be finalists. Here is our list. Some of our choices were clear winners. While truthfully, others were more of a coin toss. And we actually chose one favorite because we have worked with the seller before and not only love his work but also enjoyed the entire collaborative experience. Yep, we often buy what we recommend. Some of the Gets (that’s you Matt) are not so happy with this particular byproduct of our job.
The Best of the Best Inventive Decor on Etsy
Yep! We are obsessed. We want one of these oversized circular abstract glass wall clocks today!. Simply fabulous (with a price to match). Such a stunning statement piece of practical art.
Clearly we have a preference for practical art pieces. In contrast to the enormous glass wall clock this Ceiling Mounted Hanging Clothes Rack is a minimalist statement piece. The fact that it is easy to set-up seals the deal. (https://vimeo.com/280991480) We love the simplicity!
We actually ordered Kroft Studio’s white oak floating nightstand with drawer a few years back. The nightstand was crafted beautifully but the color of this particular white oak did not quite blend with he rest of the woods in the room. We contacted Dustin and he was the consummate professional. He accepted the return and immediately. refunded our money. And he has actually stayed in contact. In retrospect, I probably should have kept the drawer and mounted it in Izzy’s bedroom at home and finally replace the hot pink plastic nightstand currently gracing the room. Hmmmm — now that’s an idea. It might still happen. Ok – I have to stop looking at the Kroft Studio Etsy Shop. I want everything! OMG – check out the modern magazine racks and the leather strap floating shelves, while you are there!
The Best of the Best Signature Style on Etsy
We have to admit, this category is harder for us to choose. In general we tend to go to Etsy for home decor and party supplies rather than clothing and jewelry. BUT we did find a few gets.
It is hard to resist this Sterling Silver Farfalle Pasta Necklace especially since its purchase provides 30 meals to help fight hunger. The perfect foodie (or anyone) gift. Cute and meaningful. Just another reason we love Etsy sellers!
We chose this girl’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Come and Play with Me Dress because it would be the perfect party dress to wear to one of PartyIdeaPros.com’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Birthday Parties or even a big sister dress at a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower. According to PartyIdeaPros, “It is always hard to find theme related outfits so that is why we do not bother searching elsewhere. We go straight to Etsy.”
The Best of the Best Festive Celebrations on Etsy
Sometimes ordinary simply does not do. Once in a lifetime purchases call for the extraordinary, describing this Pair of Gold Honeycomb Pattern Wedding Bands perfectly.
We love that this compact (handbag-friendly) wedding planning book is not only beautifully designed, it is completely gender neutral. It mentions neither the gender of either spouse or the gender of any of the members of the wedding party. Perfectly suitable to cover pretty much all weddings, all words have been carefully chosen. This is the perfect engagement gift from a friend or proud parent or anyone who wants to help a spouse-to-be navigate an exciting but sometimes stressful journey towards the wedding day.
The Best of the Best Earth-Friendly Everything on Etsy
We are definitely noticing a pattern here. We clearly look for products that combine form and function. Pretty is great but if it works and it is pretty, it is a great get! Loving these reusable glass drinking straws that come in 4 different colors to match our mood, or more likely, outfit of the day.
We recently read an article (I wish we could find it now) that basically said every room should always have at least a touch of black both to ground it and make it pop. This eco-friendly black and copper bowl made from 100% recycled paper pulp will complement pretty much any decor and make a statement without breaking the bank.
The Best of the Best Creative Collaborations on Etsy
Our friends over at RealEstatecClientGifts are always calling over to see if we have any new gets for their clients. Well we found one today! These custom three dimensional architectural portraits are pretty special! A few years ago we alerted them to Etsy seller TheInkedLeaf and a few other Etsy artists who specialize in home illustrations but ThePaperRosesCo take home portraits to a whole new level.
And finally, a PETGET featured in the Etsy Design Awards! These personalized portraits of your pet made in ceramic are mind blowing. You can even hold your dearest one in your hand or pack your sculpture in a carryon bag so you will always have your “baby” in hand. Wow! This gift is for the same pet lover who loves to twin with their pet and has their pet’s specially formatted healthy pet food delivered right to the front door.
Dare to be Great!