There are several kinds of gifters. Some spend days searching for the perfect present that complements a person's personality, and some scoop up candles for everyone on their list at the last minute and call it a day. We're not judging either way, but if you're hoping for the best of both worlds this year—i.e., finding seriously thoughtful gifts without having to put in much work—we suggest turning to Etsy. The retailer is the ultimate one-stop shop for artisan-made, one-of-a-kind goodies galore, and now that the Etsy early Black Friday sale just landed, there's never been a better time to shop. From now through Nov. 19, you can scoop unique holiday pieces and presents for everyone on your list for more than 25 percent off. We're talking handmade advent calendars, custom portraits and even personalized necklaces. Yep, Etsy just made gifting season a whole lot easier—and cheaper.
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There are a ton of options bound to impress the socks off your giftees, along with plenty of holiday decor finds and goodies you may want to snag for yourself. We love kicking off the holiday season with an old fashioned Christmas countdown, which is why this adorable, customizable Advent calendar (was from $58, now from $46) by LoveandLuxeHandmade is the first thing we're buying. The foldable wooden calendar features a festive scene dressed in plaid, and is packed with 24 drawers that can be filled with mini treats (from Hersey kisses to Godiva truffles) to get everyone into the holiday spirit leading all the way up to Christmas.