Unwrapped: For The Etsy Lover


Give artists some love this holiday season

Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that's a full month in which we'll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our Unwrapped holiday gift guides. So make your holiday shopping a breeze this season, and let us help you find gifts for all the people in your life.

Have you ever felt the high that comes from finding a really thoughtful gift? Isn't it the best? The easiest way to achieve it is definitely Etsy. Not only can you find just about anything, but you can tailor it to your pal's exact taste, ensuring that it's the best gift possible this season.

The best part about heading over to Etsy for your holiday shopping is that, instead of handing over your hard-earned cash to a corporation that may or may not have your best interests at heart, you'll be supporting an artist that is passionate about what they do. Peep the list below to see what we've been eyeing on the site, from cozy winter essentials and home decor to so much more.

StofStudios, All Good Wooden Hand Earrings, $19, available at Etsy.

These earrings can remind you everything is okay, even when the news cycle begs to differ.

Shannonbroder, Custom Silk Screen Pet Pillow, $68, available at Etsy.

Your BFF has definitely posted enough pics of their pup to Instagram for you to score this present.

GoodsbyMika, Chunky Knit Merino Wool Blanket, $134, available at Etsy.

Sure, it would be cool if you learned to knit this kind of blanket yourself, but also how about just support an artist and skip the DIY fail this holiday season?

OnceWood, Rustic Tub Caddy, $35, available at Etsy.

This is definitely the ultimate life hack.

Foxwood Forest, Brass Crescent Moon and Kyanite Earrings, $36, available at Etsy.

Witchy as hell, and versatile too.

Lemesto, Handpainted Geometric Succulent Planters, $14, available at Etsy.

Skip the boring old clay pot, and plop a cactus in one of these cuties to make life greener all year round.

Ambrijoux, 3 Stone Ear Climber in Black Obsidian, $69, available at Etsy.

Even if the person on the receiving end isn't endowed with endless knowledge about stones and crystals, these obsidian earrings are sure to impress.

DressedToThrillShop, Rose Quartz Moonphase Gemstone Pipe, $34, available at Etsy.

Now that you've seen this, you—and the friend you give this to—will never need to smoke out of a tacky pipe again.

PurpleFishBowl, Butterfly Collar Shirt, $95, available at Etsy.

Even if butterflies aren't your thing, this Etsy shop has plenty of artist-themed designs to dress your friend like the work of art she is.

DropDeadCandles, Skull Candle Gift Box, $20, available at Etsy.

The pastel hues are perfect to keep any home just a tad spooky year-round.

PeachApricot, Pride Rainbow, $32, available at Etsy.

Gay as hell, and the perfect dainty wall hanging to add to any home.

Willowedinburgh, Heart Constellation Locket, $46, available at Etsy.

Skip the cutout photo, and put the stars closest to your BFF's heart with this locket.

Potionnumber9, Celestial Constellation Neck, $22, available at Etsy.

Pretty, even for those who even aren't astrology-obsessed (but, aren't we all?).

HumblePrideGlass, Peach Glass Pipe, $30, available at Etsy.

I tried so, so hard to keep this list to one pipe, but please look at how perfect these little peaches are and tell me you don't need one in every color.

TheUkuleleArtist, Custom Ukulele, $120, available at Etsy.

Ukuleles, despite the cringe-worthy quirkiness they experienced during the early aughts, remain one of the easiest instruments to pick up, and the one that comes with the lowest price tag too. Rather than picking up a toy version, snag one that will look pretty hanging on the wall even when it's not being played.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."