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These gifts from Italian artisans are so beautiful (& perfect for 2020) …


It’s our last Shop Small 2020 Etsy gift list! While Christmas day is already next week (holy cow!) Many of these items and those on the rest of our gift guides are ready-to-ship and should land in time to place them under the tree.

Photo by Olga Makarova via Bridal Musings

We couldn’t round-up our favorite wedding industry besties without including a wedding photographer. But Olga Makarova isn’t just * any * wedding photographer, she’s the world-renowned destination wedding photographer known for her fine art, ethereal images in Tuscany, Lake Como and throughout Italy. Multitalented, Olga also offers videography services & speaks English, Italian & Russian, catering to so many destination wedding brides and grooms.

Photo by Olga Makarova via Bridal Musings

We’ve featured a number of her beautiful editorials here on Bridal Musings, but even dearer to our heart is our Florence Honeymoon Guide. Olga not only contributed her local travel tips but also photographed Jack (my husband) and I during our month-long honeymoon stay in Florence. Her photos, taken airily through the streets & alleyways of Firenze at sunrise, are photos that we have framed on our walls and will cherish for the rest of our lives!

Olga’s Etsy holiday gift list is not only in support of small businesses & artisans, but those local to her home in Florence:

“I would like to support my artistic local community of Creative People in Florence and buy gifts from talented designers and artisans based in Florence. The tradition of artisans is still alive here and I really admire their work. I really hope that they will get through this year well and will continue to follow their passion for art and craft. Actually, I love to do video projects about local artisans and designers and I hope to be able to continue supporting them in the future. “

Olga Makarova’s Favorite Etsy Gifts

Handmade Wooden Toy – I would like to give this wooden acrobat toy handmade by Jane Harman to my niece. I love this kind of vintage toys done with natural materials and it’s so beautiful because it’s handmade.

Floral Clay Earrings – I would like to give these beautiful colorful earrings by Sara Amrhein to my close friend Maria. I love that kind of happy & sunny feeling you get when you just look at them. I think they incorporate perfect colors which can help you to work through this difficult year.

Florence at Sunset Painting – This will be a gift for my sister. It’s an amazing colorful painting by Jen Leo Art of my lovely city Florence, which I can call my home now. I truly believe that Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is one of the most breathtaking architecture in the world. And I love this a bit abstract interpretation of the classic view of the Cathedral.

Mali Hoop Tribal Earrings – These earrings by Joy Franklin I would love to have for myself. It’s a beautiful traditional ornament embodied in a minimally elegant way.

Ceramic Stoneware Platter – This handmade platter from stoneware clay by Kirstie Marie Mathieson will be a perfect gift for my mother. I like a mix of minimal and abstract motives and it will fit perfectly in the design of her house.

Abstract Watercolor Painting – This watercolor painting by Vintage Fables is so beautiful in the combinations of color and abstract shapes. I would love to give it to my boyfriend, as he loves unusual and contemporary art.

Roman Church Necklace – This is a very unique necklace by Naomi Rachel Muirhead in the shape of architectural plans of the Roman Church. I think it will be a nice gift for my friend Dmitry. I love the combination of silver and marble.

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