Social Media Editor of The Augusta Chronicle, previously features reporter for two years. I'm the fearless leader of our awesome Xtreme Teen Board and also edit Richmond County Neighbors and North Augusta Today. I'm a fan of fashion and technology, and I write about both. You can catch my budget-conscious fashion blog Shopgirl online or in Thursday's Applause, and I give tips for social media and tech in a Sunday column, Social Savvy. Before coming to Augusta, I started my professional career as a general assignment reporter at the TimesDaily in Florence, Ala. and am a proud graduate of Auburn University.
Posted December 16, 2010 12:03 pm

Facebook, Etsy combine to find gifts

Looked everywhere and still can't find the perfect gift? Try Etsy.

Etsy.com is a site that sells handmade and vintage items. Looking for a zombie T-shirt? Jackalope art? Unique jewelry? You can find it. There are a couple of ways to search for gifts.

One new way is by using the personalized gift suggestions on Facebook. After connecting to Facebook (click "buy") you can pick a Facebook friend for recommendations. Using the person's "likes," it gives various gift ideas.

I searched using my 19-year-old brother Luke's profile -- a difficult demographic to shop for. Because Luke likes Iron Man, it gave results including Iron Man cuff links and a computer decal. Because Luke likes engineering, it gave results for math-related items such as an "I do math in pen" shirt and a clock with math equations on it.

You can also support local crafty folks by using the "shop local" search. Local shops include a variety of items, from ironworks to hair accessories.

If you're not sure where to start, I recommend perusing the "treasury" lists, which are curated by topic.