With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to shop small than now...like right now! The key with actually shopping small is starting early.
Trust me, I totally get the ease and stress-free experience of ordering straight from Amazon or Target. However, when you order from a small business you are seriously impacting someone’s life.
Whenever you purchase from a small business there is a business owner who gets a notification on their phone and is jumping up and down because you chose them over a large corporation. You also get a tingly feeling inside knowing that you shopped small. What’s better than a win-win situation like that?
Think about it - not only will you be getting a product you are happy with, but you are also allowing that small business owner to follow their dreams through their business.
With all that being said, I wanted to share with you some unique, simple, and affordable small businesses for you to shop for this holiday season!
Without further ado here are out 2021 picks for Holiday small business shopping:
The All-In-One Cookie Box
Love baking? Know someone that loves baking? Have a loved one you want to bake holiday cookies with?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this gift is the perfect purchase.
“Bake in a Box” by Chef Keii offers everything needed in order to make the perfect batch of cookies. Everything you need arrives in a box delivered right at your doorstep!
As of right now, there are four options available, three of them for under just $20. Each kit makes about 12-15 cookies and they include everything except for the bakeware, eggs, and butter. If you don’t feel like baking them yourself, this is an easy gift you can give to someone else to offer an interactive experience.
In addition, Chef Keii offers classes! The best thing about this is that it can all be done virtually. If you have a group of friends or a team from work and you want to get them together to have a bake-off or just bake together, this is a great idea. All the ingredients will be shipped to you and you and your friends can join Chef Keii virtually as she gives instructions.
Still not convinced? She was featured on Food Network with the Martha Stewart, so have no doubt…the cookies will be delicious!
Get Moving in Style
One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is move our body.
This small-label workout gear will be sure to turn heads this holiday season and beyond.
Terez is a brand I stand behind because they empower women to highlight their individuality and freely express themselves. By wearing their clothing, you are sure to be challenged and allowed to be bold.
Their products include leggings, bras, tops, and bottoms. They have designed over 1,500 patterns which are sure to spread joy every time they are worn.
In addition, they also have a Joy Shop consisting of different items that feature some of their favorite designers. This makes gift shopping incredibly easy and offers a one-stop-shop for the holidays!
To make it even better, if you spend a certain amount on their site, they will donate to a charity of your choice. So once again not only are you supporting a small business but you are doing much more than that.
You can never go wrong with giving the gift of preparation and organization. With 2022 creeping up on us, having a planner for the following year is a must. This gift is one of my favorite items to either gift myself or receive in my Christmas stocking.
My go-to planners for the last two years have been the Live Inspired Planners by Kennedy Harris. I order one every year, and in fact, I just bought some for my mom and sisters last week.
You can choose between getting an hourly or weekly planner (or both). If you’re not familiar with those types or just not sure which is best for you, Kennedy actually has a ‘planner quiz’ on her site to make the tough decision for you!
These are way more than simple planners with all the days in it though. Each planner includes ‘self-care pages’ for every week and 12 pages designed as coloring pages with unique designs.
I should also note that besides her planners being phenomenal, she has so many other products I am sure you will resonate with. There are stickers, all types of stationery, and apparel with inspiring graphics.
Not only will you be supporting a small business this holiday season, but she donates a portion of the proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2021, she was able to donate $10,000, and your purchase can increase that number for the 2022 donation.
Warm Someone’s Heart With a Candle
Shop small but make a BIG impact with a candle from Thistle Farms ethically sourced and all natural candles!
My favorite products are, of course, their candles. The candles are poured and made with love by women who have escaped the devastation of sex trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Thistle Farms is not just a shop but a sanctuary for these women to work, live, learn, and feel safe.
They have over 16 different types of candles which range from $20 to $60, and are even sold in sets! They also have many other products such as scent sprays, bath and body products, essential oils, apparel, bags and accessories, books and journals, jewelry, tea, coffee, mugs, and textiles and decor.
I recently ordered the Gratitude Candle and it truly brings me joy every time I light it. Not only does it smell wonderful, but after reading through their site, I know it was made with true inspiration and love.
This is the exact energy we all need in our lives!
The Perfect Skincare For Any Skin
Who doesn’t love to receive skin care for the holidays? Ok, I think I just answered my own question: someone with sensitive skin. Well, I have the perfect solution for you. Give the soothing and practical gift of a skin care regimen without the worry of harsh ingredients.
A skincare brand that is not only clean but curated by a real esthetician. X Formulations by Julie Grosso, an entrepreneur and mother, was created during the 2020 pandemic after pivoting when her brick and mortar spa shut down. X formulations is safe and gentle for all skin types even acne prone and post treated skin. Treat a loved one (or yourself) with their best selling serum or gentle cleanser, they even have a gift box.
Naturally Made Homeware
A little decor can go a long way. Whether you’re hosting for the holidays, know someone who just moved, or want to spice up a friend’s living room, this is the gift you need to get.
Rough x Tumbled by Mackenzie features homeware products that are sustainably sourced and ethically made. These products are incredibly unique. They are minimalistic but with a natural, organic, and rustic feel and look to them.
Whether you purchase pampas suns, pillows, bath products, throws, decor, rugs, or poufs and loungers, people will surely comment and ask about the product.
My personal favorite products are the pillows and throws. These products along with many others are actually handcrafted by artisans around the world. This shop definitely distinguishes its products well and designing your home with these products makes it known that you are not a traditional shopper.
Not only are you supporting one small business, but you’re actually supporting two by shopping at Rough x Tumbled. You will be supporting Mackenzie, a small business owner, as well as the artisans handcrafting your products.
A Water Color Pet Portrait
Give a unique gift that will totally surprise whoever you are gifting it to. https://aquarellepets.com offers beautiful and unique watercolor portraits of fur babies!
This small business was created by a mom and daughter duo after rescuing their fur baby, Finn. I truly believe this unique gift will completely shock whoever you gift it to!
The Gift Of Physical Health
With the new year rolling around, a wonderful gift could be a two (or however long you want!) month pass to a virtual fitness coach! We have the perfect one for you. Albina, creator of www.bodybybina.com, offers 30-45 minute virtual zoom pilate classes. She is inspiring, uplifting, and created her newfound business after having to choose between working for a large fitness corporation or taking the leap of having her own clients and starting her own brand. Bodybybina was an outcome of the 2020 pandemic. Support her small business today by giving the gift of a monthly membership. Local in LA? She also offers in person classes. They start as low as $20/month!
What's Christmas Shopping Without A Little Gift For Yourself?
If you are wondering where I get my meditations each morning, I have a few secret tools. One of my favorite being the Cacti App. They offer much more than just meditations, too. It is home to workouts, Intention setting workshops, walking meditations, inspiring conversations and more.
The owner, Kira Jones, is a young female entrepreneur who works with career-driven women to integrate mindfulness and productivity. It's hard to have a successful day at the job when your mental health is taking a dive. We have a gift for you! On top of the app's 14-day free trial, I scored us an extra month of free access (45 days in total)! Just use code MYMAGICMORNINGS at checkout (HERE) to get started.
A Better Morning Routine
This holiday season, you can give a gift that will empower your loved ones to feel like the best version of themselves.
I created the MAGIC journal so you can start off each morning right. It is a 6x9 inches hardcover journal filled with inspiration, motivation, and support for the best you. Bonus tip! If you visit the site and sign up for the newsletter you will get 10% off your first order.
There are 90 template pages to start your morning M.A.G.I.C! Each template inspires the user to Meditate, write down self Affirmations, express Gratitude, write down three Intentions, and reflect on a different quote each day with some Coffee. The journal also includes 90 blank-lined pages for anything you wish, a unique habit-tracker scorecard, 8 fun fact pages, and 100 inspiring quotes.
My Magic Mornings also sells some incredible accompanying products. We also sell inspiring sticker packs and a sacred talisman, helping you get the most out of your meditations.
Additionally, for each journal purchased, one will be donated to a high school student. So, not only are you giving your loved ones a gift this holiday season, but also someone in need.
By Getting, You're Giving
By buying small, you are giving the small business owner a gift. The gift of BUSINESS. It’s truly the best gift we can receive (trust me, I know from experience!) You are giving them the gift of being able to live out their business dreams!
Small business owners love going the extra mile. Your purchase makes their day and, in return, they continue spreading positivity. Whether it is through a thoughtful thank you card that comes with your order, or a few added bonuses to the package, they rarely forget to give back to those who appreciate their work.
The trick I have found to build a good habit of shopping small is to start early. Most small businesses don’t have a whole line of production, so things usually take a little bit longer. If you start your search and order early enough, you will receive your packages in a timely manner. A little patience and planning are all it takes.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out these amazing small businesses and shake up your holiday gift routine. You’ll make your loved ones feel so special with the extra thought, and you’ll make a small-business owner’s day.