If you're looking for a unique gift, a special piece of jewelry, or a crochet giraffe, Etsy is the place for you. An "online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade," it's a smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind pieces. The prices range from mid-level to "wow, I can get six pairs of these earrings for $10." The website is fun and easy to explore (it's kind of like being at the world's biggest crafts fair), and I know several independent artist who consider it a valuabe resource for e-commerce and getting their work out there. I find the quality and level of craftsmanship to be surprisingly high (for a site that has thousands of artists' work represented), and there are pieces to fit every taste and style.
For example, I was reminded of Etsy today by a post about these notebooks made from vintage computer punch cards.
So cute! Of course, they are available in the seller's Etsy shop.
So go and explore Etsy - I swear it will come in handy for that friend who collects candlesticks in the shape of US states.
Notebooks Made from Punchcards via Boingboing