Alison rocking one of her own pieces.

Alison rocking one of her own pieces.

I’m a huge Etsy fan. Once upon a time I made handbags, but unfortunately it was before Etsy, and this makes me sad. I could have been something! I could have pushed Kate Spade off her pedestal with my vegan handbags! Or I could have ended up exactly where I am.

As one who knows what it’s like to try to make a go of it with art, I always try to hit up Etsy when it comes to the holiday season and birthdays. There’s nothing like supporting small businesses, especially those steeped in passion.

This past week, Sam and I, while carousing, met Alison a bartender at one of my favorite bars in the East Village. On top of being a bartender, she has a shop on Etsy with these great feather hair accessories — she also sells them out of the bar. Sam and I each bought one (Sam’s hasn’t left her head in days), and I realized that an Etsy round-up of some of the best goodies for gifts this year was in order. Yes, it might be the 22nd of December, but as I said, if you’re going to be late with a present, at least be original in your gift choice.

Photo: Malice in Wonderland