This is the small business gift guide you need.
Looking to support a small shop (or few) this holiday season? I am! This small business gift guide is here to help.
As a small business owner myself, I know how many of us have inventory on our dining room tables and how often we shuffle kids in and out of post offices to get an order shipped faster than Amazon.
So here is the gift guide recognizing small businesses and all the work put into helping them come alive.
These links are NOT affiliated links.
They are links that support a diverse group of shop owners to help with great products.
These small businesses are fantastic.
Here you will find your next family gift, a fresh idea for the explorer, and maybe something for yourself. (cough, Judith Bright is gorgeous!)
Let’s dive into some of our favorite small businesses that we love to support!
Looking to support a small shop bookstore? Brave & Kind works hard to get the books you need in your hands. They are currently closed but are taking online orders. I had my books arrive with a handwritten note.
Brave & Kind Bookshop is a thoughtfully curated little neighborhood kids bookshop with a unique selection of diverse, classic, artful stories, creative workshops, story clubs, and unique gifts.
If you are looking for books, Brave & Kind is your shop!
Are you in the Atlanta area? Allow me to introduce you to Joy Cannis photography. It is such a delight working with Joy. She is personable and excellent with kids. Whether in the studio, under strobes and softboxes, or in nature surrounded by daylight, every session is unique and has the potential to be extraordinary.
Joy Cannis Photography is my go-to for both professional and personal photographs.
This shop is my favorite for playdough kits! Allison is a speech therapist and mom of three girls.
Specifically, Magical Momdom is on a mission to encourage moms to find joy amid kid chaos. She makes playful playdough kits that inspire conversations and learning through play. These are well-curated kits for kids ages three and over!
Fynn from Happy Tot Shelf has a FABULOUS activity book that you must get your hands on. It is an understatement to say that we have a few pages tabbed.
Fynn has three little children and believes in raising happy little learners, one activity, and one shelf at a time! She has simple ideas that are packed with learning for multiple ages at a time. Fynn believes in collaboration and teamwork, and each activity demonstrates that!
Her book, The Happy Learning Book for Siblings, can be found here. (This link supports another small business, Happily Ever Elephants)
42 Pressed is a letterpress and creative studio based in Charleston, SC. They specialize in producing one-of-a-kind, minimal lifestyle collections that live on or are created to be released in a limited capacity. By producing like this, they can keep things original while pushing themselves creatively.
This shop is for the travelers and explorers in your life!
The All of Us Crayons shop believes in inspiring diversity and honoring the skin tones of our diverse world. The crayons are created with help from bees and palm trees in beeswax and carnauba wax. These are Waldorf-inspired crayons made to celebrate the world around us.
Furthermore, All of Us Crayons come in eight skin tone colors and a triangular shape that is easier for early learners to grip.
Looking for less meal time stress and more feeding success?
Ashley from Veggies & Virtue is here to help! From seasonal meal planning to consultation services, she is a terrific resource. In addition to those services, Ashley has breakfast and lunch combination meal cards! These cards are a fantastic way to change up food combinations. – Especially during these days when every meal is made at home.
I am going to cut to the chase and let you know that these dolls are sold out – yep, I am obsessed, and they are so gorgeous. I just had to share them with you for your 2021 celebrations.
HarperIman Dolls began with a mother and daughter team.
They are dedicated to creating dolls that reinforce how important, smart, beautiful, talented, and creative children of color are.
Open and save this shop for your 2021 gift list!
Do you already know what toy you are looking for and want to support a small toy shop simultaneously? This toy store is a great small business to help!
Toys are organized by category and also by age. Inside the shop, you will find multicultural + inclusive toys, learning toys, wooden toys, and so much more. Take a look around, and you won’t be disappointed!
Looking for handmade wooden toys? We have a collection of items from Jessica’s shop that we love.
Our family uses the Table Talk Connection Cards to enhance dinner conversations, and we adore the colored Stack a Spool. We also have the Make a Match Memory Game that is a blast to play. Most everything from Mama May I come in a canvas carry bag.
Jessica and her mom make these toys by hand, and the ones we play with have lasted for years!
Primary Clothing wants to forgo color stereotypes and offer any color to every kid. The clothes and pajamas have no labels and no slogans. Clothing is made from super soft and sustainable fabrics for clothes that all play together.
We are repeat customers and own their pajamas and hoodies. They have some fun family pajama sets for the holidays! I am personally looking forward to supporting Primary Clothing again!
As a family with a peanut (and now tree nut) allergy, ice cream is impossible to come by. Most brands share a factory with nuts of all kinds, which is too dangerous for food allergy families to risk the chance of cross-contamination.
A La Mode has been our saving grace! After finding A La Mode, my son finally tried ice cream for the FIRST time at four years old.
We can now order ice cream for holidays and special events, and it arrives at our front door. They also own a small shop in NYC that is on our list when travel opens again. We cannot support A La Mode enough. Thank you for making ice cream possible!
Looking for handmade jewelry that will last? I was, and Judith Bright has a gorgeous collection to chose from! I am so happy with everything I have gifted or received over the last few years.
Judith Bright also gives back to local communities. Instead of donating to many different causes, they focus their resources on the organizations that hold special meaning for them and feel they can make the most significant impact. They are incredibly passionate about taking care of people and animals that are homeless and/or sick. You will find a showcase of many of the organizations that they support on their webpage.
I adore Miss Beth on Instagram and love what she offers her Chicago community. Big City Readers helps families learn how to read in a fun, playful way.
Big City Readers is a research-based education company founded by Beth Gaskill (aka #MissBeth), helping parents and kiddos learn to love reading, and is based in Chicago!
Are you helping a reader at home? Run to check out Big City Readers!
I love Clue Town Books! They are mini-hunts designed for adults but tested with children.
Clue Town Books are a series of ready-to-solve puzzle hunts. They are great for date nights, birthday parties, out-of-town guests, team building, sightseeing, education, entertainment, and exercise!
Check them out for a fun experience gift! This adventure makes a fun date night!
Not sure where to start? I highly suggest Your Home Adventure play with family this holiday season!
But that’s not all!
I asked our Instagram community which small businesses are their favorite. Here are a handful of the responses! I haven’t personally purchased from this list…yet.
- Handcrafted serving boards – Pino Grande Woodworking
- Felt Quiet Time Books – Quiet Book Queen
- Benji bank for kids – Benjamin Talks
- Bags and backpacks – Rad Revolution
- Hand-poured candles – Ellery Mae Candle Co
- Baby gear – Lalo
- Stainless steel drinkware – Real Deal Steel
- Laser-cut signs – Queen B Home
- Custom crayons – Custom Crayons by Megan
- Wristlets and wallets – Avryn & Co
- Organizational pouches – Eden and Emeralds
- Toys shop in VA – Pufferbellies
- 3D printed jewelry – Love, Lori Michelle
- Bookstore in Buffalo, NY – Alice Ever After
- Reusable snack bags, baby items, and organic clothing – Howdy Girl Designs
- Bows, masks, and goodies – Willow Crowns
- Lightweight earrings – Grace & Wood Co
- Mama and baby center Athens, Ga – Reblossom
- Giant coloring pages – Teaching Tot Things
- Dinosaur hoodies – Little Bits a Love
- Whimsical jewelry designs – Molly Dots
- Stationary – Igloo Press
- Custom wood designs – Mama Roe Designs
- Toy shop in Portland – Spielwerk Toys
- Toys shop in Olympia, WA – Captain Little
- Canadian toy shop – Dilly Dally Kids
- Gift ideas – Tiff Zippy
- Gift boxes for teens and adults – Box Babe Gift Co
- Outdoor gear for kids – Lone Cone
- Children’s boutique – Olivia Shoppe
Which small business will you dive into first?
So many wonderful ideas and brands are listed here!