I love Etsy. The convenience of shopping online, without sacrificing quality or uniqueness. This time of year, especially, I'm grateful for the opportunity to shop from the comfort and... warmth, of my own home.

In case you're not familiar with the wonderful world of Etsy, let me explain. Etsy is the online home of a seemingly endless variety of homemade or handcrafted jewelry, prints, gifts, clothing, candles, bath and beauty products, home furnishings, stationery, decorations and everything in between.

I'm partial to their wide selection of party decor and decorative prints. Because items are handmade or handcrafted, most "shops" offer custom choices - such as color, font, design, style and personalized options. 

What's even better is the option to search for items made and sold by local merchants. Start by searching a category or specific item on Etsy and then change the seller or "shop" location by entering a local city. How awesome is that?

Here are a few local Hendricks County, Indiana, shops I found to help get you started...

Seize the Night Designs Handcrafted jewelry and gifts from Seize the Night Designs on Etsy. This beautiful "faith" keychain is just $8.

This Etsy shop boasts an incredible selection of handcrafted jewelry including vintage-inspired looks and unique materials. Most notably, this Danville-based Etsy shop is known for custom orders -- jewelry, keychains, ornaments and gifts of every kind.

Owner, Sarah, also has a brick-and-mortar location on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, Indiana. Somehow, her order turn-around is still super impressive, and the prices for her handcrafted pieces are unbelievably priced. 

Whether you're in the market for some last-minute, hard-to-find gifts or a little treat for yourself, check out the beautiful work of Seize the Night Designs on Etsy or in her store in Danville.

CraftyIndyGalDoormats, clothing and great gifts from CraftyIndyGal

This has become one of my new favorite shops!

This talented, crafty gal has a knack for creating all the trendy items our Pinterest hearts hope for. 

She designs, cuts, prints and personalizes a variety of items. Doormats, tee shirts, hoodies, wall art and even hair bows. You'll find an impressive selection of items that range from humorous to inspirational.

Looking for some Disney attire to wear on an upcoming trip? She's got you covered. Looking for a teacher gift? She has created some really great clothing items for that. You'll also find family sets, holiday boutique styles, local spirit wear and a selection of items for the little ones.

This shop is professional, the quality is top-notch, and you'll receive your order super fast. Check out this Brownsburg-based Etsy shop and see for yourself.

BourbonCreekCrafts

This husband-and-wife team based out of Brownsburg offers a variety of handcrafted items.

He makes rustic wooden block decor and art - such as the "Home" blocks seen on the featured photo at the top of this story.

She specializes in paper crafts and offers pre-made scrapbooks, greeting cards and gifts.

HeatherTeesHendricks County based Etsy shop HeatherTees offers a variety of clothing and gift items

You'll find more than tees in this Avon-based Etsy shop. Bibs, bags, aprons and a host of clothing items ranging from infant to adult size and selections.

I really love the Indiana and Hendricks County town items. 

You'll find humorous items, classic boutique styles and faith-based clothing and items that would make perfect personal gifts. Everything is reasonably priced with lots of options.

PattisPretties

Better than an online boutique, with Pattis Pretties you know that you're directly supporting the creator of these handmade accessories. This Brownsburg-based "shop" offers crocheted ear warmers, scarves, jewelry and purses.

You can't go wrong with her hair accessories that include very popular trends right now. Her items are simply stunning.

These are just a few of the many locally based "shops" you'll find on Etsy. Do a search of your own, and you'll soon see that we have a lot of talented folks here in Hendricks County.