Contrary To Popular Belief, There's Cool Stuff On Etsy For Guys, Too

You just have to dig for it.

26/01/2016 8:45 AM AEDT | Updated 30/01/2016 4:01 AM AEDT

On the surface, it seems like Etsy has no idea what a guy wants.

Its men's market page is full of masculine clichés ("Dadzilla" T-shirts, "coffee makes me poop" mugs, signs that say "When I go to sleep, I count antlers, not sheep," and knitted elephant boxers with a trunk that you put your dick in).

But underneath Etsy's basic-bro stuff you'll find furniture, one-of-a-kind vintage items and leather goods (think wallets, dopp kits and messenger bags) -- as long as you know where to look.

"There are tons of unique items for guys on Etsy," Emily Bidwell, merchandising manager for Etsy, told HuffPost in an e-mail. "Some of the biggest trends we see are funny T-shirts, fan art and bespoke toys, like surfboards and skateboards. We also see a lot of leather accessories for gentlemen, such as wrist watch bands, weekender bags, and grooming products."

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If you're not shopping for yourself, the marketplace can also be a great way to source DIY ideas or cheat find the perfect gift for your lover if you're able to find the list of items they're watching on their profile.

Here's how to make Etsy work for you.

Let those who know do the work for you. 

Rather than its hilariously unfortunate men's market page, Etsy's "Gifts for him" roundup is much more curated (and refined). Editors scour the site every day to find the best stuff and highlight it in categorized lists ("gift ideas for dad" and "winter style for men," for example). From time to time, their Featured Shop Series includes brands that skew toward masculine (such as Solid Manufacturing Co.), which is a great way to find exactly what you want in the mob of other vendors on the site.

Create a profile.

And add any items that you like to your favorites. "The more you Favorite, the more new items and great gift ideas you’ll discover in your activity feed that become personalized to your tastes," Bidwell said.

You should also sign up for their newsletters, Etsy Finds and Etsy Dudes, which pulls out some of their better items.

Start with these shops:

If you still need more convincing, here's a list of some ways Etsy will enhance your style, whether it's in the bedroom, kitchen, office or wardrobe.

  • Greta de Parry Design/Etsy
    There are many bar carts on Etsy, both vintage and modern, but we like the Coleman Bar Cart, made by Greta de Parry Design as "the quintessential bar cart with Basil Hayden’s bourbon in mind," for its sleek steel frame and solid, Chicago-sourced wood.
  • Pixel This
    This wall clock from Pixel This is a great example of why Etsy's known for finding quality refurbished "stuff made from stuff," and if you only use it as DIY inspiration to copy for yourself, we won't blame you. 
  • Shark Gravy
    Shark Gravy is one of the many vendors who make it easy to find and ship your next suite of quality vintage furniture, like this tweed sofa. The buyer selects and pays for the shipment and they'll assist in getting it to you on their end.
  • Market Linen
    Linen is great for bedding, as it gets softer every time you wash it. This handmade throw from Market Linen is a great color, too.
  • Dee Mac and Co.
    Use the flexible pegs on this hanging valet by Dee Mac and Co., a catch-all on the wall, for anything from keys and watches to sunglasses, hats, scarves and coats.
  • life in a day
    This linen apron from Life In A Day would be a great gift for the home cook you know, if you can buy it and not keep it for yourself.
  • Cattails Woodwork
    This handcrafted wood knife block from Cattails Woodwork hangs your knives safely on the wall, and looks good doing it.
  • ONEandMANY
    These ceramic bowls from Israel-based ONEandMANY are handmade and colored individually, so each one is a little different.
  • Harbor London
    Of the many iPhone cases and wallets available on Etsy, we liked this wool-lined leather case from HarberLondon, which holds your iPhone 6S and two-to-three credit cards.
  • Liquid Courage
    All of Liquid Courage's flasks are made in Tennessee. Each design, like the one on their Astronomy flask, is screenprinted on vinyl and adhered to the stainless steel flask, which holds 6 ounces of your favorite hooch. No guarantee that they'll give you a horoscope.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that ONEandMANY is based in Israel, not Australia.

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