For those of us who hop on the gift-giving wagon during the Christmas season, we know how fun / impossible it can be to think of great gifts. Sometimes the easiest thing really is to stock up on gift cards for Mr. Difficult. Isn’t it fantastic, though, when you find just the right gift? For me, it’s even better when I know my purchase is not only going to make the recipient happy but my dollars are going to support a small business.
For most small businesses, Christmas is when we have the best chance of sharing our creations with the most people. There is something really special about knowing your countless hours spent designing, testing, and eventually crafting a product are not wasted – that your items are headed into the homes of others to be enjoyed. So this Christmas, here are a few smaller businesses that may have just the perfect gift for that loved one on your list.
• MICAH HAMILTON •
Micah is one of the quietest and sweetest people I’ve ever met. She’s also one of the most talented girls I know. She is truly a craftsman (woman? person?) and her work just oozes with the thought she’s put into it. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by checking out her work.
• ERIN MERRYWEATHER •
Erin has been an inspiration of mine for a long time. Eight years ago, she gave me one of the biggest opportunities to really pursue my craft by allowing me to participate in the raddest art show in Oklahoma, The Girlie Show, where she was one of the co-founders. These days, she’s making some amazing classic sterling silver and 14K gold pieces that I think are so versatile and beautiful. She sells locally in OKC at DNA Galleries and you can also find her on Instagram.
• PEMBERLEY JONES •
Pemberley is a blogger who turned her passion for natural beauty products into a full fledged online shop. She carries some of my favorite brands (Osmia and Meow Meow Tweet make a few of my go-to products) and her store is ever-expanding. For the holidays, she’s put together a few favorites that come adorably packaged – perfect for anyone who loves a good pampering!
• LAPIN AND ME •
Lapin and Me is a small online boutique started by mother-daughter duo Madeleine and Delphine. They have curated a collection of some of the most adorable children’s toys and goodies. Although it’s tailored toward children, I won’t lie, I’ve got my eye on a few items for myself!
• Frostbeard Studios •
This married couple from Minneapolis make the most quirky selection of handcrafted candles in their online etsy shop. I have quite a few of their scents on my wish list, but I have to say that one called Old Books is calling my name loud. From Wizards to Sherlock to time-travelling Sassenach’s, there is a scent for every book nerd on your list!
•· P.S. Head over to watch the latest from How to be Fancy on YouTube and there’s a chance to win an adorable bracelet from another of my small business favorites! ·•
List below your favorite makers – I’d love to add to my collection!