‘Tis the season of giving, right?
It’s almost December, and we’re officially in mad gift-shopping mode! However, because of shopping and logistics delays, our gift-shopping mode has a new setting: small business-focus.
It’s exciting to be on the prowl for the coolest gift, but we’re always attracted to those cool gifts that come from a small business. With the pandemic’s effect still taking its toll, small businesses are struggling more than ever. This holiday season, we’d like to reinforce the importance of shopping small – so we pulled together our favorites from small business owners with big talents!
So, with the spirit of the season, let’s do some shopping and some supporting…
Our brand new GWS x Erin Condren softbound planners will change the way you wedding plan. Perfect gift for engaged friends, or for you to not-so-subtly hint at! GWS expert tips throughout in these beautiful books – choose from these two floral cover designs. And—there’s a new vow book set, as well!
BUY IT @ Erin Condren
Not planning a wedding but love pretty floral things?! Our LifePlanners are great for anyone simply looking to stay organized. Find the floral cover that best fits your gift recipient! We’re very into Tropical Neutrals design right now :)
BUY IT @ Erin Condren
We’re just letting this floral theme run wild! Every piece of jewelry from Shop Moss Handmade is hand-sculpted with different floral petals in front of mind. We also love these blush tassel earrings!
BUY IT @ Etsy: Golden Stracciatella Earrings
Empower African communities through their own resources with award-winning natural beauty products from Alaffia. The All-in-Authentic African Black Soap is a magical product and it comes in several scents (peppermint is a fave).
BUY IT @ Alaffia
You might gift this luxe bouquet to someone…or you might keep it for yourself. It doesn’t matter to us! We love this husband + wife duo in Cali who create dried floral bouquets + intentionally curated gift boxes.
BUY IT @ Idlewild Floral Co.
Never say no to a retro inspired t-shirt…that’s our motto! You’ll find 1-100 styles you like at The Bee and The Fox – we particularly love this pick flowers not fights shirt.
Give a bottle of handmade batched cocktail mix made from fresh, flavorful ingredients with no preservatives or additives. Withco cocktails makes the yummiest mixes like the Honey Sour, and it’s just SO PRETTY.
BUY IT @ Withco Cocktails: Honey Sour
Anyone who sees this beauty will surely turn green with envy. Part of their most popular collection, the Verdant Garden is a flawless choice that will bring a natural burst of green into any space.
BUY IT @ Lula’s Garden: Verdant Garden
These handmade felt ornaments are the perfect addition for your tree or to gift! Silk Road Bazaar Shop creates these all by hand from New Jersey and we are LOVING them! Choose from faves such as Kamala Harris, RBG, Dr Fauci, Bob Dylan, Vincent Van Gough, and so many more!!
BUY IT @ Etsy: SilkRoadBazaarShop
Believe it or not, these cuddly, hand-knit dolls empower talented women artisans with equitable, fair trade employment! With every ethically produced, hand-knit doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children in need. That means 1 doll = 10 meals!
Modern heirlooms with everyday charm. Artist, designer, and ceramicist Molly Hatch is all about making the traditional new again, and she’s the genius behind these very cute pie plates + pie accessories (yeah, that’s a thing).
Ooh, stacking rings are so in – and they make great gifts! Dani Barbe designs gorgeous raw stone jewelry (with ethically sourced stones) for the modern bohemian. We are in love with these Opal Stacking Rings!
BUY IT @ Etsy: Opal Stacking Rings
One of our favorite local paper shops, Urbanic Paper Boutique in Venice, has had quite the arduous 2020 (haven’t we all). Supporting them online feels good – especially because we love their Signature Hand-Poured Candles ($22) and these Decorative Match Boxes ($5.50), making for the cutest gift sets!
Camp by Julia Wester creates the most gorgeous hand dyed hoodies, tees, socks and more! Each piece is unique and like wearing a piece of art!
OK what’s cuter? The dog or the old fashioned cocktail toy. Here’s a perfect gift, printed in the Midwest, for dog + cocktail lovers. Raising Good also prints meaningful messages for kiddos like these Read Me a Story crews!
BUY IT @ Raising Good: Old Fashioned Dog Toy
When you take a big whiff of ever-entrancing Zum products, you can feel good about it knowing that every one of these products is made with pure, high-quality, vegetarian ingredients. You guys, they smell amazing. Ease into these sweet-smelling, sustainable gifts with their holiday collection.
BUY IT @ Indigo Wild: Zum Yule
Sustainabar is a sustainable beauty brand founded by two young sisters. Their mission is to replace all bottles with bars, in order to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills each year. Their Sustainabar Starter Pack contains shampoo, conditioner, dish Soap, hand Soap and lotion. Get it, ladies!
BUY IT @ Sustainabar: Starter Pack
We know! You have too many mugs! But this Danish Mug from Paper and Clay Studio with their signature dipped glaze will make you want to replace all your mugs!
BUY IT @ Etsy: Dipped Glaze Danish Mugs
The Jewelry Standard is the place to go for dainty jewelry lovers! Especially those that adore celestial details. They have so many delicate necklaces and earrings, but this Sun Necklace is a favorite!
BUY IT @ Etsy: Sun Necklace Celestial Jewelry
Yonder sells beautiful pottery, ceramics, and wood decor. They perfectly blend unexpected and modern shapes with natural and earthy colors. Their terrazzo serving trays are the perfect gift for the entertainer on your list!
BUY IT @ Yonder: Terrazzo Serving Tray
From illustrator Lee-Foster Wilson, comes the Always Flowers necklace! You’ll find so many art prints and cards alongside a range of cute and colorful pins and jewelry in her Etsy shop that she’s made deep in the Cornish countryside of south western England.
BUY IT @ Etsy: Flowers Always Necklace
Custom portraits are such a fun gift idea! Perfect for newlyweds, families or you and your fave pet!
BUY IT @ Etsy: Custom Family Portrait
Storied Hats started in late 2018 to change the hat game. Made with the highest quality and most sustainable fabrics, these hats are crafted in ethically managed facilities where people are treated with dignity and paid fairly. Always without a logo…for you to insert your own story!
BUY IT @ Storied Hats
24. APOTHIA Candle ($55)
We’ve said it before, but candles make the BEST gifts. APOTHIA is known for their amazing scents – Jen is currently burning the SOUL candle and her whole family loves the warm woody scent. Made in Los Angeles with a 60 hour burn time, they are Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free, and Non-Toxic.
BUY IT @ Amazon: APOTHIA candle
This pour over was thoughtfully designed by KatieMMudd (in Portland, OR) with your coffee needs in mind. Handmade and thrown on the wheel using an earthy speckled stoneware, this pour over was designed to fit a regular sized coffee cone and the peek-a-boo star design is the cherry on top. A gorgeous piece you’ll want to display on your counter.
BUY IT @ Etsy: Stoneware Star Pour Over