I’m so excited to share our Small Business Holiday Gift Guide with you. We’ve teamed up with 8 other small businesses to bring you gift ideas for friends, family, work-mates, teachers, and more!
Over the past decade, shopping small has become more and more important to me. When you buy from a small business, you are directly supporting individuals and families. When you shop small, you can find unique and handmade gifts that aren't available in big box stores. And your purchase goes further because you are helping small business owners buy groceries, pay their bills, or save for a special trip. When you shop small, you're supporting someone's dream!
Every business featured here is women-owned or owned by a husband-and-wife team. I know that, as I scroll through these beautiful products, I can think of someone on my list that would love to receive each one.
Colleen from Wander On Words creates hand-lettered art and illustrations that uplift, delight, and inspire. Colleen’s pen and ink designs become cards, prints, stickers, tea towels, and more. Wander on Words strives to spread kindness and add joy to your life! Colleen is inspired by nature, language, and design. Most recently, she has been drawn to puns and horror! Colleen believes that light can be found even in dark places, and wants to share those findings with others.
Gift Idea: Hand-Lettered Too Much Snow Tea Towel
This unique, hand-lettered towel is decorative and useful. Tea towels make a wonderful holiday or housewarming gift for a skier in your life. This towel measures 28"x28" and is made of 100% natural cotton.
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Theresa from Adams Apple Company creates apple-inspired products including apple butters, jams, relish, and marinades. Customers say that her products "taste like memories"!
Gift Idea: The Original Adams Apple Butter
The Original Adams Apple Butter is smooth and creamy, full of flavor, perfect for holiday breakfasts, hostess gift, teacher gift, or anyone on your list!
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Caitlin from Good Faith Handmade creates minimalist coconut soy wax and 100% soy wax container candles, maximalist soy wax melt bars, and room & linen spray. Creating a candle that performs well was Caitlin's main motivation to start candlemaking. She was looking for beautiful safe scents, in a candle that burned to the bottom and didn't leave lots of wax behind. Candlemaking turned into a real creative outlet once Caitlin started making wax melts and blending her own scents. She enjoys interpreting scent into an abstract colorful art piece, and having the scent match the vibrancy of the colors and performance.
Gift Idea: Fall & Winter Wax Melt Bars
These beautiful soy wax melt bars are handcrafted with clean fragrance oils (no phthalates and no prop65 toxins) and ethically-sourced mica. The bars colorful maximalist look provides a full sensory experience, coupled with a strong fragrance throw. These generously sized bars provide approximately 40+ hours of fragrance enjoyment.
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Michigan Threads Headbands is a small batch collection of high quality hair accessories handmade in Michigan. Sarah is best known for her sweat-absorbing non-slip headbands that are so stretchy and comfy you can wear them all day with no headache. She also has beautiful luxe scrunchies and other hair accessories to bring you confidence throughout the day. Sarah's customers are her biggest inspiration for the unique designs that she has created for many of her fabric prints. She tries to think of cool prints that can be implemented with career or casual wear.
Gift Idea: Twisted Headband
Twisted headbands are 4 inches wide and feature a permanent twist in the front. You can wear it backwards for a fuller look. The headbands are sweat absorbing and chic-looking.
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Julie from Ever Afther creates handcrafted jewelry and delightful events for soul sisters celebrating connection and savoring moments. Ever Afther is based in Seattle and creating memories everywhere. Ever Afther jewelry is inspired by the connection between women, our sisterhood and shared stories. Julie loves dainty, high-quality handmade jewelry that reflects a sense of belonging & nostalgia. I truly want my jewelry to bring joy as our tagline says “…and they wore it happily Ever Afther”.
Gift Idea: Infinity Necklace
Julie's best selling necklace is symbolic of a timeless connection. The 14k gold fill is water-safe and meant to be lived in. Available in a dainty and sleep-friendly chain.
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Bobby and Michele of Colors of the Wood create beautiful wooden kitchen and home decor. They love to be creative and genuinely enjoy the process. Being able to give it to customers to enjoy and use is even better and very rewarding!
Gift Idea: Large Gradient Tray
This is a classic 10”x20” serving tray with a gradient design going from dark to light woods.
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Arielle from The Materials Design Co. is a maker and creative with a background in fashion. Her shop includes not only her own beautiful hand-dyed goods, but also a curated collection of joyful and whimsical designed from designers and makers from around the world. She believes that the joy that goes into creating is stored in the soul of an object, ready to impart moments of joy to the lucky person who brings it home.
Gift Idea: Hand-Dyed Boxy Bags
These sweet little storage pieces are for everyday use. They are hand-dyed with all-natural dyes, pieced and hand sewn by our sewing partners (One Stitch Back!) in Vermont. They are perfect for toiletries, stationery, and tote bag or desk organization.
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Jen from Letter B Calligraphy and Design offers wedding and event calligraphy, personalized gifts, custom projects, teach workshops, and more to the Boston area and beyond. Jen remembers getting Santa letters when she was little and truly believing in the magic of Christmas. Now, she wants to give that back to kids with her love of snail mail and calligraphy!
Gift Idea: Santa Snail Mail
Send the gift of Christmas magic with personalized Santa snail mail, arriving via North Pole Air Mail, of course. Santa snail mail includes a personalized nice list certificate, letter from Santa, and sleigh tag, and is all decked out in Christmas cheer! Add on a postcard to Santa so the recipient can write back with their gift wishlist.
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We are a mother-daughter business based in Northern Vermont. Working with our hands helps us connect with our family history. We take pride in sourcing our materials locally (whenever possible), assembling our products with care, and creating as little waste as possible. Sewing with scraps is one of our favorite things to do!
Gift Idea: Gold-Stitched Christmas Patchwork Coasters
These pieced quilted coasters feature several different gold-stitched Christmas fabrics. No coaster or set is the same! I sewed scraps together to create panels, then cut out coasters. Each coaster and set is a little bit unique.
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