Besides shopping at local merchants, I love to purchase gifts from independent artisans and merchants online at Etsy, a certified B Corporation. Anyone can set up an Etsy shop and sell their handmade or vintage items, giving you access to a great variety of items from people with diverse skills and backgrounds. And with Etsy Local, you can even search by location to find Etsy merchants in your hometown. Shopping at Etsy reminds me of shopping at my favorite local boutiques because of the great variety and unique handmade goodies you can’t find at the larger chains. Over the past week, I’ve had two memorable experiences with Etsy shop owners that made me remember why it’s so much more enjoyable to purchase from real people,…