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Shop Small Business – 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

by Jessica Molnar

November 21, 2023
cardinal holiday tree ornament by Cedar + Pearl
Photo Credit: Cedar + Pearl

For the past 20 years, we’ve been passionately supporting independent ecommerce brands. We believe in shopping small, and chances are, if you’re reading this you feel the same way. Our 2023 holiday gift guide embodies the spirit of giving and the joy of supporting small, design-forward businesses!

Cards + decorations

Benzie felt pom pom garland
Photo Credit: Benzie
  • BenzieFelt pom pom garland: Celebrate the season in the felt pom colors of Peony, Foxglove, Cranberry, Moss, Fern, and Mint.
  • a. favorite design“reddi for the holidays” card: Nostalgic, cheeky, letterpress printed redi-whip-themed card.
  • Em & Friends – “Deck Yourself” Cards: Festive and silly, the Deck Yourself (before you wreck yourself) holiday cards come in a handy 8-pack.
  • Cedar + PearlOrnaments: Handmade in upstate NY, Cedar + Pearl crafts heirloom-quality holiday ornaments. Choose from wood, glass, or paper mache.
  • Zeppa Studiosdog-themed ornaments: Perfect for the pet-lover on your list, Zeppa Studios offers over 250 breed designs to choose from.

Gifts for the home

Photo Credit: Lisa Congdon
  • Lisa CongdonHold It Lightly: Limited edition screen-printed poster announcing Lisa’s first museum show. The “Hold It Lightly” exhibition will be on view at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art until December 10th in Moraga, California.
  • Ashley LongshoreRoar!: A Collection of Mighty Women: The perfect coffee table book for the art-loving feminist on your list. Each book is signed by the artist and features portraits of iconic women including Rosa Parks, Frida Khalo, Greta Thunburg, and many more!
  • SchoolhouseLambswool Plaid Throw: Handwoven from 100% Merino Lambswool in Ireland exclusively for Schoolhouse and available in 3 plaid patterns. Check out their holiday collection for more nostalgic, heirloom-quality gift ideas.

Stocking stuffers

Photo Credit: Nice Enough
  • Nice EnoughStickers: Made from 100% USA-sourced materials. Artist and founder Biff Ulm believes that doing what you love and being who you are is the ultimate form of rebellion. We couldn’t agree more!
  • Three by threeMagnets: So many fun magnets to choose from including gnomes, dinosaurs, sloths, and sushi, just to name a few.
  • Rifle Paper Co.Stocking stuffers: An array of delightful little gifts such as pens, notepads, keychains, and more, all featuring the timelessly charming artwork that has made Rifle Paper Co. a household name.
  • Another StudioHouseplant decor: Perfect for the plant-obsessed, Another Studio creates flora-and-fauna-themed brass accessories for houseplants.
  • LoftipopSanta UFO camp mug: This whimsical and fun enamel camp mug features Santa getting beamed up into a UFO.

Photo Credit: eeBoo

Gifts for kids

  • eeBooPuzzles: Woman-Owned and Mother-Run, eeBoo offers puzzles, games, and art supplies. Their packaging and game components are created from 90% recycled post-consumer paper.
  • SweetHoneyChristmas Village tea set: For little ones who love tea parties, this set is sure to be a big hit! Also, check out their Christmas collection for the cutest pajama sets.
  • Baby Beau and BelleHeirloom baby gifts: This shop has the sweetest holiday baby outfits that are perfect for dressy occasions. They also offer super-soft plush animals.
  • Merci MiloToys: If there’s a kiddo on your list, you are sure to find the perfect gift in this shop. They have everything! Merci Milo is a small family-owned business that sources the highest quality, ethically made toys and goods for children.
Photo Credit: Unwind Studio

Gifts for crafters

  • Unwind StudioNeedlepoint kits: Fun and relaxing project kits for crafters of all ages and skill levels.
  • Gather Here – “My Job is Craft” limited edition t-shirt: For the craft-obsessed person on your list.
  • Snuggly MonkeySpiral Sampler Beginner Embroidery Kit: This best-selling kit is perfect for people looking to start a new, relaxing hobby. Makers will learn all of the basic embroidery stitches while creating a mini work of art!
  • Jen HewettCharm Club: Delight the quilter on your list with two screen-printed pieces of 10″x10″ quilting cotton fabric in two different designs each month, for a total of 24 pieces in 2024. All fabric is screenprinted by Jen.

Gifts for foodies

Chocolate Season salted caramels - Aeolidia 2023 holiday gift guide
Photo Credit: Chocolate Season
  • Chocolate SeasonArtisanal chocolate: Each piece is an edible work of art, made by hand with the same intentionality and care that you put into gifting them.
  • Little Apple TreatsMartha Stewart gift box: Each box is filled with one Original Apple Cider Vinegar, one Meyer Lemon + Green Coriander Shrub, one Ginger + Hibiscus Shrub, and a recipe list. Little surprises complete the box to make it the perfect gift!
  • Ayako & FamilyJam gift sets: A gift to yourself or someone you love. Each custom gift box includes three signature flavors: Apricot, Mirabelle, and Rhubarb.
Worthwhile Paper Oracle Deck - Aeolidia 2023 holiday gift guide
Photo Credit: Worthwhile Paper

Self-care gifts

  • Worthwhile PaperInquire Within Oracle Deck: 53 hand-illustrated oracle cards to inspire inner wisdom, growth, and connectedness.
  • Kate Ryan Skin CareCreate your own gift box: You get to hand-select all of the items to create a custom gift – beautiful packaging and wrapping is included!
  • Whispering WillowTranquility Gift Box: Includes an assortment of all-natural, organic, lavender-scented bath products and a note card.
Anne Vaughan Designs artisan jewelry
Photo Credit: Anne Vaughan Designs

Gifts to wear

  • Anne Vaughan DesignsDecadence Collection: Artisan jewelry, hand-crafted in Virginia. The Decadence Collection is their newest seasonal offering.
  • Maison MiruJewelry: Maison Miru is a unisex system of jewelry – essential pieces that you can play with to endlessly remix and reimagine.
  • VerloopSocks: These are no ordinary socks! Verloop’s House Socks feature fun color-blocking. They are fully fleece-lined with non-slip patches, for cozy indoor wear.
Photo Credit: Sugar Paper

Gift wrap

  • Sugar PaperGift wrap + tags: The finishing touch. Add a sweet complement to any special holiday gift with Sugar Paper’s classically elegant holiday wrapping paper, gift bags, stickers, and gift tags.
  • Studio CartaRibbon: Made exclusively for Studio Carta in Italy, their luxe ribbons are made from 100% Italian cotton.

But wait, there’s more!

If you need some additional gift-giving inspiration please check out this incredible gift guide curated by our friends at Proof to Product, featuring independent makers and shop owners!

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