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5 SMALL BUSINESSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Do as the mug says. Shop small businesses.

In a major accomplishment, I have completed one of my goals already in my November’s First Things First: I have selected my wrapping paper for Hanukkah and Christmas this year.

Now the shopping shall commence!

I don’t have too many opinions when it comes to shopping, except to do it well (gifting is my love language, so I put a lot of emphasis on making thoughtful choices). As a recovering handcrafter, though, I do my best to support local and/or shop from other small businesses and creators. Each purchase helps them in a different way than corporate owners such as the Daytons (although be sure I support their business regularly as well).

Looking for a few new small businesses to support this season? I have a few suggestions…

1.) JENNIFER VALLEZ ILLUSTRATIONS

These soft and sweet images are created by a lovely lady who’s talent might only be matched by her convictions and sass (and her storefront is filled with items that beautiful marry both). Candles, clocks, mugs, wrapping paper…all the things are adorned with Jennifer’s beautiful illustrations of thoroughly modern and strong women (such as the Notorious RBG, Megan Rapinoe, Jackie O, Rhoda & Mary, and the leading ladies of the Royal Family). Custom creations can also be commissioned, but be warned: Plan ahead as these may take three months (but would be totally worth it).

2.) MAEGAN JEANETTE

I can say with great pride that I have met this lovely creator in person, and she is a doll. Her handmade wares and wears are nothing short of amazing. My personal favorite? The canvas crossbody field bag. It is a hardworking bag—durable, fashionable, and just straight up awesome. Maegan Jeanette is more than just purses, too; from scarves to scrunches or essential oil carriers, there is little bit of everything for everyone who appreciates a handcrafted holiday.

3.) WOODFIRE CANDLE

Candles are classic gifts. Woodfire Candle Company of out Duluth, Minnesota, hand pours their product using three ingredients: 100% American soy wax, premium fragrances, and wood wicks. They come in iconic mason jars as well as in dough bowls; tea lights are also an option. And with 25 different fragrances, there is bound to be one that pleases every nose. My favorite? Snow Day. I am a sucker for all things amber and cedar (especially if it is paired with a hint of vanilla)!

4.) KATE PEARCE STUDIO

Looking for a gift to help you represent your home state in a tasteful manner? Kate Pearce Studio has you covered! With a wonderful eclectic product line that includes towels onesies, bibs, shirts, and pillows, this studio puts delightfully different spin on state items. 

5.) ANYTHING ON KICKSTARTER

No, this is not shopping in the traditional sense. In a way, it is a little bit better. Not only are participants most likely getting a tangible item, they are also supporting someone’s dream (which in a way is giving a gift to them, too). My favorite right now is this journal developed by two really awesome, inspiring people. It spreads the joy a little farther, and that’s always a good thing. 

In aw world where commercialization can too often be the reason for the seasons, step out of the box store and into (or onto) the place a small business calls home. Make those holiday dollars brighten more than just bank accounts this year.

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