So, are you ready for gift guide number two? Good. Today’s guide is all about supporting small businesses. I love shopping small, and whenever possible shopping local. We’re going to get to the “local” part, but for today it’s shopping small via the internet.
As I said yesterday, I love giving unique and personal gifts. I also love to support small businesses and independent artists. Between RAWBaltimore, Artscape, and other bloggers, I’ve got quite a collection of Etsy shops favorited and sites bookmarked. This collection was pulled from exclusively from those, helping you shop small this holiday season.
I was introduced to Duke and Winston at Artscape 2012 (picked up this tee) and while their products may be more focused on the guys, who wouldn’t love to lounge in this pullover (or really anything. Plus this dog hoodie.) These earrings are from a brand called Tigerlilly, which I’ve also shopped hands on at festivals in Baltimore. So many beautiful, nature inspired pieces that make special gifts. This tank may or may not already be ordered for my best friend for Christmas. The shop has fun and funny work out tanks for the fitness fanatic on your shopping list. A print of an original work of art, this phone case makes a great stocking stuffer for your tech obsessed friend or sibling. Studs of a….stud? Sorry, it was too easy. So many funny options, these are great for a small gift for co-workers, or the girls in your book club. Gifts that commemorate where you’re from are hugely popular. This tee, or one of these cuffs are both unique and meaningful gifts. I’m always drawn to initials on gifts mainly because it’s not something I feel like a lot of people buy for themselves. That’s why I love these and their handcrafted details. For you mom, your sister’s new apartment, or your BFF’s baby girls nursery, all the prints in this shop are beautiful, especially this one.
If you choose to order, make sure to keep the artist’s timeline in mind. Handcrafted doesn’t happen overnight. Also, be mindful of a return policy (or lack there of) but don’t let that keep you from getting your friends and family unique gifts while supporting small business owners at the same time.