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Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

November 14, 2022

Small Business Gift Guide

Ever since becoming a small business owner myself back in 2016, I’ve been much more keen on supporting others who are waking up every morning, being their own bosses, working so hard and pursuing their dreams. In today’s age of shopping I think it’s even more important to support small businesses so today I’m looking forward to sharing my gift ideas from small businesses. 

As a bit of background, small businesses often cannot afford to be a part of affiliate networks which is how content creators like myself make a lot of their income (purchases = commission & money earned) so often they aren’t included as much but as mentioned I have made a priority of championing small businesses for the past six years and I am committed to doing so.

You guys support my small businesses and I am forever grateful for that so I see posts like this that take a lot of time and do not equate to much income for me as a way of paying it forward. 

I had so much fun compiling this and I’d love to hear what you guys like the most in this guide or if you buy any gifts!

Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

1. Dudley Stephens Park Slope Turtleneck

My favorite pullover fleece that’s plush, comfy and perfect for chilly days. Dudley Stephens is a family run business by two sisters and the quality is so great. I size up to a L. I think this is a great gift for a mom or sister in law. If this style isn’t for you, they have so many other great options in cozy, chic fleece and other materials.

2. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set

This is always on my list as a great gift to give! It’s so beautifully made and supports families of leather makers in Argentina. One of my very favorite gifts to give.

3. Truffle Clarity Travel Case

Chic cases for your jewelry or toiletries or cords – you name it! I have a set of these and absolutely love them. The brand is running their Cyber Week Sale right now so you can score some of their styles on sale.

4. Top Tote

Whenever I post a travel outfit and show my hat neatly hanging off my tote – I get asked about how I travel with it. It’s the Top Tote! Perfect for the person who loves to travel with a hat – it features a super strong magnet and has been a game changer for my travel routine.

5. Necessaire Gift Set

I love this luxury body care brand. The Eucalyptus scent feels so luxe and this kit has three bestsellers from the brand.

6. Catbird Cygnet Bracelet

I love this Brooklyn based jeweler and their newest release is just gorgeous and perfect for the special New Yorker in your life. Related: these earrings by Catbird are one of my most-given gifts! They’re the most delicate special earrings.

7. Mr. P’s Hudson Valley Trio Set

I have had the honor of getting to know the founder of Mr. P’s Placecards, Martin and Karen over the past few summers I’ve spent coming to Upstate New York and their lifestyle brand is full of beautiful items. This set includes my very favorite Lemon Curd as well as two of their other bestsellers. Not only did it make Oprah’s list of favorite things this year – for good reason – it is truly such a great gift for the favorite host or hostess in your life!

8. Otherland Candles Build a Set

Otherland’s candles are some of my favorites and I love that their gift sets come in super luxurious feeling packaging and includes a little set of matches so the recipient can enjoy the candles right out of the box. Pick three for a personalized gift!

9. Petite Plume Pajamas

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of La Petite Plume when she threw an event with M.M.LaFleur for a collaboration they worked on. I fell in love with the super cozy, super soft, super divine pajamas and think they would make a great gift. They have so many styles and colors to choose from, too!

10. Petite Plume Silk Eye Mask

Want to level up your pajamas gift? Or give a nice stocking stuffer the recipient is sure to love and use regularly? Try one of these beautiful silk eye masks. Lots of patterns available to choose from!

11. Material Glasses

Pretty glassware is one of my love languages and these new drinking glasses from Material are perfect for water for guests, juice on Sunday mornings or even a little casual cocktail.

12. MiiR Wine Tumblers

One of my BFFs grew up with the founder of MiiR and I love this brand’s products including the wine tumblers I was given as a gift. Perfect for walks with your friends in the neighborhood or bringing to the park or pool. They also make great water bottles for kids and other products that are great for gift giving.

13. Brightland Essentials Capsule

The gift sets from Brightland are one of my favorite housewarming gifts to give as you don’t have to think about the packaging and you know they’ll be put to good use! Once you try Brightland Olive Oils you won’t go back and this set also includes their handcrafted vinegars.

14. Monogrammed Hat

How cute is this monogrammed hat? A perfectly practical and yet personalized gift!

15. Vertly CBD Bath Salts

The ideal zen gift. At under $25 these bath salts are perfect to give the gift of relaxation. These clean, natural bath salts feature a unique combination of natural salts, botanical infusions of lavender, lemon and clary sage and 100 mg of hemp-derived CBD per bag. Perfect for the bath lover in your life.

16. Chappy Wrap Blanket

Founded by a mother/daughter duo this small business features oh-so-plush comfy blankets that anyone on your list is sure to love. They have special ones for kids and truly so many patterns and colors from which you can choose!

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Hope you guys find something perfect from this gift guide for those on your list and some new small businesses to bookmark and support moving forward! 

There are even more #ShopSmall ideas here (many submitted by wit & whimsy readers!) and I have a list of my favorite small businesses that I added to The Shop earlier this year here

And if you’d like to support your local bookshops this season, you can do so when you sign up or gift a LibroFM membership for audiobooks. I use and love this service and I love that every book I buy supports my favorite Brooklyn bookstore!

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  1. Christina says:

    I want to buy one of everything on this list!

  2. Libby says:

    I love shopping small and local businesses. Especially for gift giving because it feels extra special that way. These are awesome picks, and I would give them as gifts and buy them for myself!! Yay for my favorite time of seasons and gorgeous gift guides!!


    xoxo Libby

  3. Melanie says:

    so cute! I gave a pet portrait as a gift one year and my friend was SO touched! can’t wait to see the rest of your gift guides!

  4. Lauren says:

    This is a great gift guide! There are many good options to choose from. I’m visiting my cousin for Christmas which happens to be her 35th birthday so I’ll be referring back to this page when I’m ready to buy her a gift!

  5. Katie says:

    Thanks so much for including Katie Dean Jewelry in this Meghan! Your support and kindness is so appreciated. Happy Holidays!! xoxo Katie

  6. Camila says:

    Just ordered a Truffle case. Looks fab and can’t wait to use it.

  7. Dawn G says:

    Thank you for doing my Christmas shopping work for me 🙂 Great gift guides, Meghan!!

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