2019 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
It’s no surprise I love small businesses. My grandfather had a bodega and my parents run their own practice. Entrepreneurship runs in the family.
Small Businesses fuel our economy. When you shop small, you’re not only pouring back into local areas, but you’re also helping boost employment & employment opportunities. On average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores.
Another reason why I like to shop small is because I love partnering with people’s visions & missions. Most of the time if you ask a local business owner why they’re doing what they’re doing, they’ll tell you a story and it’s very rarely about the money. It’s because they want to carry on a legacy. They wanted more time with family so they created a business & life that would allow them to do that. They want to advocate and employ people with intellectual disabilities. They want to bring freedom to people through their products/services. The list could go on.
Because most small businesses are purpose-driven, you’ll often find they get involved and partner with local charities. In fact research shows that 91% percent of small-business owners contributed to their community in the last year through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and direct cash donations!
As you can see, it’s super important to support small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday, but at least once a week. This is why we budget to shop small for certain items or experiences. It’s important to say, “Hey, we see you and love what you’re doing. Let’s help”.
I will be sharing some posts about my favorite local St. Pete shops we visit often, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few products that some of my small business friends are selling incase you’re looking to add a few more unique items under the tree 😉
HAND-CRAFTED EARRINGS & JEWELRY
Lizzy Lime is a ground-floor online boutique offering amazing items at incredible prices, while simultaneously loving on customers through fun gifts & surprises.
We understand that sometimes you have to choose between feeding your children or grabbing a little somethin’ somethin’ for yourself – that’s where we come in – with Lizzy Lime, you can do both!
We provide cutesy fun things, organizational things, helpful things, party things, kid things, family things, crafty things, blingy things, handmade things, unique things and more at very affordable prices.
FOR THE COFFEE LOVER
Every time you purchase coffee or any other product from our farm, they’ll make a direct donation to Ignite Community Development Center in rural Honduras. You can buy some here.
FOR THE HOUSE
This Farmhouse style lint bin is an instant space saving solution for your laundry room organization. You can buy yours here.
$12 CHRISTMAS & PHOTO ORNAMENTS
FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE
Veteran Owned All natural beard and hair product company. Browse the Shop
ENCOURAGING CARDS, STICKERS & BOOKS
Jenipher Lyn is a self-taught artist, author and podcast host who believes the more genuine encouragement in the world, the better! Browse her shop
FOR THE KIDDOS
Denise Brown writes childrens’ books and personalizes them. Check out her store here
FOR THE KITCHEN
FOR THE BOOK LOVER
My friend Lisa created this I book-inspired gift shop, Slyfur! Shop Here
FOR THE CREATIVE
The perfect way for creatives to start the new year! You can buy yours here
THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER
My friend Lisa Kidwell retired from photography and is now creating these awesome tumblers! I think these would be perfect & fun stocking stuffers, everyone needs a tumbler! Get Yours Here
FOR THE DIY CRAFTER
Create beautiful painted poured coasters with a kit from Crownmade. Shop Here
FOR THE CANDLE LOVER
“We sell products that help you create your atmosphere of grace. Our signature product is our Non-toxic candle line with no carcinogens, no phthalates, no dangerous soot trapping toxins in your lungs”
FOR THE ART COLLECTOR
Texas based artist, Ruby Wieners believes that all creatures have a good spirit in them. Ruby Captivates her audience with her rendition of the real beauty inside each creation using a combination of acrylic paint, gold foil and purposeful symbols and dots with bold brush strokes
An oil starter kit is an incredible gift for the lady who keeps everybody healthy and happy! Shop Here