I’ve been Etsy-fried.

The Art of Doing Stuff is now on Etsy.

I am not designing things.

I am not making things.

I am not selling things.

I am curating things.

Etsy recently started an invitation only holiday gift guide program. They’ve invited bloggers to create gift guides. I am one such blogger.

Basically it involves me staying up late at night in bed with my iPad (which has come to be a very serious version of the adult blankie) browsing through Etsy for the very best stuff that I love or think people I buy presents for would love.

It’s addictive and I spend way more time doing it than I should. So much time that I’m exhausted. I’ve been Etsy-fried.

Curators are allowed to make up absolutely any lists they want as long as it fits into the gift guide theme.

I of course, have taken this to heart.

While most people’s boards are holiday themed and pretty and make perfect sense  (things like Christmas gifts for Her, or Christmas gifts for Him) … I’ve chosen to go another route.

One of my favourite gift guides I’ve created so far is titled “Gifts for people with feet“.

I’m going to try my best to be a little more traditional in my approach.  Honestly.  I swear.  You can tell I’m swearing because I am raising one hand and putting the other one over my heart.  (which should remind you all that another great list would be “Gifts for people with hands.”  That way if you don’t happen to have feet (and I know this is the case with a few of my followers), there’s always the hand thing to fall back on.

If you follow my Etsy board you’ll find a page that looks a little somethin’ like this …


Since Etsy is probably where I do the majority of my shopping most years, I was quick to say YES to the Etsy Christmas curating invitation.  So, in accordance with The Art of Doing Stuff Christmas Pledge, I’m going to be posting great gift ideas, decorating inspiration and wrapping links over the next month or so.

Follow all of my gift guides on my Etsy Gift Guidepage.  I’ll constantly be adding to it so you’re best to keep checking back.

And when you go to my curated page, don’t forget to click on the “follow” button.

And ALSO check out the Etsy main Holiday Gift Guide page, so you can watch the three videos they’ve made specially for the holidays.  They are quite simply beautiful and brilliant.


This is just one more way you can help make your Christmas Pledge a success. And no it isn’t cheating. Going through allllllll the things for sale on Etsy is time consuming. So why not use my boards, or the boards of Sweet Paul Magazine, or Martha Stewart to get some great gift ideas in a matter of minutes?

Then you can spend all that extra time you saved eating cookies. Or making cookies. Or curled up in bed, with your very soft, very cozy iPad.

And yes, I have also joined Etsy’s affiliate program so that means I’ll get a small commission from every sale that comes from my site. So if you can be bothered, feel free to support The Art of Doing Stuff by coming back here to do your Etsy holiday shopping. Just click on the ad on the right and shop away! ~ sincerely, Karen


  1. Kelli says:

    Oh I get it!!!!

  2. Jebberjay says:

    Oh Karen, you just rocked my world. I pledge to take the pledge because now I’m not scared anymore and you can sleep well knowing I’m sleeping well.

  3. Amie says:

    Awesome work Karen! Virtual high-five coming your way!

    These are my absolute favorite shops on etsy : https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/MASHUGANA & https://www.etsy.com/shop/lolliette

    • Debbie says:

      Thankyou, Amie, for the Meshugana link. I went “crazy” when I saw the colorful jewelry! Never did I think a business would be meshugana enough to call itself Meshugana!!!

  4. Meg says:

    OK – we’re a few days into the pledge and I have 4 online orders placed. I am very excited about your curated Etsy pages… here comes more shopping! Until a few days ago, I really had no concept that NOT procrastinating was an option. Actually I think I only half admitted it to myself that I even DID procrastinate. (Which is some pretty impressive denial.) I’m pretty sure I may even have thought people employed elves to magically do things on time.

    I’m starting with the top, gifts for the cat lady. Also love your “Gifts for Karen!” Hah!!

  5. Debbie says:

    Karen, I have to look at your Etsy choices because I know if you chose them I will smile!

  6. Agnes says:

    I can’t believe you pinned fingerless gloves.

  7. Barbie says:

    Happy to support you all the way! Also, I love the idea of making my shopping easier. 🙂

  8. Deb says:

    It’s win/win/win. I get to order online at home through your site. Simply perfect. Now if you could throw some skate shops in there for the teenage boys, i may not need to leave the house until January.

  9. Susan Dulley says:

    Well, I won’t be purchasing much this Season, except the new Refrigerator that is arriving today… Wow, they are expensive and have more gadgets on them than my Computer. Anyway that is how I am spending my day off from work. This should be fun, somehow, I doubt it. Cannot wait to see what is hiding under a refrigerator that has been in place for 12 years….Too heavy to move, I feel sorry for the crew that will be arriving to replace it. Well, that is my day, hope yours is more exciting.

  10. Kyle Copeland-Muse says:

    Hey Karen, you should check out my store on etsy….TheDailyMuse. I glitter old albums which would make great gifts.

  11. Bre says:

    I dove into the pledge and nearly drowned in Etsy. Luckily I have my 8 month old and two hungry teenagers as lifeguards to help me back to the surface! I have made huge progress by shopping online (Etsy, Ebay, redeemed some credit card points and Air Miles), bought my Christmas cards, made a plan for gift wrap, and collected 2 recipes for Christmas cookies. I also started knitting some mittens for gifts. I don’t usually have half of this done by the second week of December so part of my brain keeps getting confused and I panic, “How will I get everything done?” Then the beatnik part of my brain is all like “Be cool, Sister. It’s not even mid-November yet. Dig it?” I dig it!

  12. Tigersmom says:

    Conga-rat-u-lations! (That means an entire conga line of rats are dancing to celebrate you success.)

    Good to see you are continuing on your path to blog moguldom. Seriously, its a word. Look it up.

    Off to follow your Etsy board.

  13. Tigersmom says:

    I bought the druzy ring from OhKuol! This Christmas pledge is awesome! Any day now I will make a purchase for someone besides me.

    • Karen says:

      Which one was the druzy ring? Was it one I featured or one you just happened upon? (it doesn’t matter … just curious) ~ karen!

      • Tigersmom says:

        Yes, it is the one you featured. And in the first comment that should read YOUR success, not YOU success.

        Anyway, I’ve been wanting a piece of druzy jewelry for a long time. So great to find the perfect piece finally.

  14. michaele anderson says:

    The video is brilliant…thanks for giving it a promo spot. I think Etsy is very smart to make use of the credibility of bloggers such as yourself.
    I did my version of a LOL (quiet muffled snort) when I read your description of the ipad…so true for many of us.

  15. Kim Merry says:

    Nooooooo I only have 15 min before I need to start getting ready for work and you give me all this to look at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry Boss, I was looking at things on Etsy is NOT a good excuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Sandy says:

    As someone who has an Etsy shop, I thank you for promoting the site.

  17. Rebecca Saha says:

    Great idea, Karen! I too buy what I can on Etsy, as well as the One of a Kind craft show, which I love! I will follow your lists pronto.
    If your other Toronto fans are thinking Christmas (or violin recitals, or holiday parties, or school concerts, or Sunday brunches…) I’d like to invite them to visit our new online children’s boutique, http://www.EcoOutfittersOnline.ca or to Follow us on Facebook, where my business-partner Lori & I display our own curated collection of beautiful, high-end, gently-used children’s clothes. We have party dresses and handsome shirts/vests in lots of sizes, newborn-14. We have cozy sweaters and snowsuits. We have great jeans (if I do say so myself!)We also have 5 Toronto spots for free pick-up! Thanks for supporting our local business, as Lori & I are both supporters and fans of The Art of Doing Stuff.
    I’ve created a special coupon code for The Art of Doing Stuff followers! Input this code at check out to get 10% off your first order of $21 or more, as a “friend of Karen’s” Coupon Code: V1OKIWY7U68L Cheers, Rebecca

  18. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen! I would love to be included on your Etsy gift guide page! My shop is http://www.yumyumbubblegum.etsy.com. That’s one less gift idea that you have to stay awake and lose sleep searching for!

  19. Anita says:

    “Gifts for people with feet.” Gigglesnort!

  20. sky says:

    Kwel will do!

  21. toekneetoni says:

    so great for you! will check it out.

  22. SarahP says:

    Gifts for Chicken Lovers is my favourite…

  23. toekneetoni says:

    okay. I CANNOT stop looking at the personalized wine stoppers! HILARIOUS!!!\

  24. Leslie says:

    I just looked at one of your after-Christmas booty posts. The one that starts with the French butter dish I’ve spent years fondling over at the fancy cooking store and Just Gets Better from there. Now I understand why you’re so excited for Christmas.

  25. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Great stuff Karen..I have been loving that cat cocoon for a while now..I am just afraid that I would spend all that money and they wouldn’t use it..you know how cats are..lol

  26. Laura says:

    Looking at the gifts you recommended on Etsy just makes me want to buy them all for myself. Oopsie.

  27. Why else would we follow you if you didn’t do things a little differently? Loving the categories so far!

  28. amy watson says:

    WOW…too bad I am not a blogger, that would be a perfect project for me, I am an ETSY ADDICT…I don’t even “do” Pinterest, because I would rather be cruising around Etsy….I bet I have a longer favorite shops list than anyone on the planet has 🙂

  29. Amanda Rodriguez says:

    I’m sure you have a bunch of ideas but if you need one more for babies…..


  30. Zoe says:

    How wonderful! I feel like you are going to remove the extreme panic that happens to me when gift buying!! I thank you 🙂

  31. I spend far too much time on Etsy too! Just did it again this evening after work, instead of going for a walk, I went on Etsy, instead of cooking dinner, I went on Etsy ….
    but, the good news is, I didn’t buy yet, so now I can go through your button, YIPPIE!

  32. Nan says:

    Love all the Stuff you are doing!

    And also, Karen, I want to thank you so very much for choosing our antique garden tools to include in your gift finds on Etsy! What a fun thing to be doing…scouring Etsy for gift ideas…very cool!

    If anyone else would like to visit our Etsy shop, we are FRENCH VINTAGE LINENS AND ANTIQUES
    address: Etsy.com/shop/vintagefrenchlinens

  33. Alyssa says:

    Thank you!! I was totally stumped for what to get my mother-in-law for Christmas, she loves to knit but I didn’t feel right just giving her a bag of yarn. And I am not the best gifter when it comes to her – I’ve had more recent success, but it’s worth mentioning one year I got her a horribly ugly fur coat because I’m an idiot. Lol.

  34. Andrea Meyers says:

    I love the way you separated gift ideas. Him and Her, are LAME. But I have chicken people in the family, and rust people. There are a few with feet too. Thanks!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Andrea. I keep adding new things and new boards so keep checking. And I try to have a variety of price ranges. ~ karen!

  35. Penny says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now – I think you’re my new virtual bestie!!
    I have a custom embroidery and gift shop on Etsy – take a look, if you’ve a mind, at:


    Maybe some of my items might fit in one of your lists!

    Love your posts & your style of writing!!

  36. Kim says:

    So you have gifts for the Cat Lady, but not the cat?? Tisk-tisk! Check out my shop! kgrantdesigns.etsy.com The best handmade cat toys out there. MEOW!

  37. Tracie says:

    Karen, I apologize ahead of time for my ignorance, but as for the Etsy thing….I am pretty new to this and was wondering about the shipping charges? I saw a mug for about ten bucks, and the shipping is thirteen, but only three something if shipped with something else. Now, does that mean I would have to buy something else from this particular person, or any Etsy item?? Because unfortunately, I won’t be buying the mug if it’s going to cost me around 25 bucks or so.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracie – Each shop has their own shipping policies. So if someone says $3 for additional shipping, that means only something from their shop. However, it never hurts to email them and ask if they can ship using a less expensive method. ~ karen!

      • Tracie says:

        Thanks Karen! I do appreciate your prompt response, and I have perused your Etsy picks with enthusiasm….and have learned something along the way. 🙂 As is usual with you.

  38. martina says:

    Hi Karen, All of the etsy links in this post are broken!

    • Karen says:

      Hi, thanks Martina. Yes, Etsy seems to constantly be changing how they do their links. Like once a year so it’s almost impossible to go back and update all the old links. Anything more recent should be working. ~ karen!

      • martina says:

        Wow speedy! Would you mid posting a link to your curated selection of stuff? My birthday’s coming up and I thought you’d have some cool stuff on there.

        • Karen says:

          Hi Martina. I’m not curating lists on Etsy anymore. They’ve just made it too difficult with all their switching link issues etc. So no I have “The Goods”. It’s under my shop page on my site. https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/the-goods/ And that’s exactly what it’s for. It’s stuff that I’ve curated that’s interesting, fun and beautiful from around the web. There’s also a category just for my favourite books. ~ karen!

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