This holiday shopping season has kicked into high gear. When looking for gifts for others (or maybe a treat for yourself), there are sales and options everywhere, but you can shop small to support small businesses and craftsman and feel good about your purchase. These types of items are made with love and care and are high quality, and often times, better for the environment. Shopping small has become more popular in recent years with Small Business Saturday, and we have a round up of some great small businesses and ideas to shop for the holiday season!
Hand Poured, All Natural CandlesThe gift of a candle brings warmth and comfort to the home, and a hand poured candle made with locally curated scents is a great gift. Candelles hand pours their candles in Pennsylvania with sleek packaging and invigorating scents. Even better, the candles are made with all natural soy wax and phthalate free scent oils. Each batch is made small and with love, and they are constantly releasing new collections. For the holidays, they have Scents like Blue Spruce and Christmas Orange. Their staple collection also has a variety of earthy, fruity, or floral scents, meaning there is something for everyone.
Good For You, Luxury SoapsFinchberry soaps are a treat for the eye and for the body! These luxury soaps are artisan made with vegan ingredients in the USA. They are preservative free and made with food grade ingredients. They have a range of invigorating scents and the bars are colorful, marbled, and some even have glitter. The bright colors stand out; this is a step up from your average soap bar and a difference for the better. This makes a great gift wrapped in colorful paper, or buy one of their sampler gift sets to give a box of beauty!
Gift Some FunIt can be hard to find a gift as fun as the life of the party, but a handcrafted game is a great solution that will speak to their fun-loving attitude. Walnut Studio makes a wide array of leather goods that are crafted by hand and made in the USA. Their travel friendly game sets are luxurious, compact, and great for a unique surprise. There is a large variety, but a unique game that isn’t very popular is a great way to excite and inspire your gift recipient. Cribbage, a game played during WWII, is a board game that uses pegs. Enrobed in a leather case, this gift can even be engraved. Pair with a fun cribbage leather belt for the ultimate gift.
Bold JewelryIf you know someone who loves to make a statement, buy them a pair of ultra bold handmade earrings from Coralie Reiter. She makes handmade jewelry inspired by textiles and beading in her studio in LA. Her pieces are an investment but the impact they make is worth the splurge. There are more neutral options, or you can go for something truly colorful.