Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

November 18, 2023

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 online 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. However, as mentioned I have made it a priority to champion 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. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set

This is always on my list as a great gift to give! These leather pouches are so beautifully crafted and supports families of leather makers in Argentina. One of my very favorite gifts to give.

2. Tuckernuck Cocktail Napkins

Tuckernuck was started by three women in search of curating apparel and gifts for a fun-filled life, and I think these champagne napkins are just that! I think linen cocktail napkins make a great gift for just about anyone, they also have a few different embroidery designs to choose from. 

3. Mr. P’s Hudson Valley Trio Set

I have had the honor of getting to know the founders of Mr. P’s Placecards, Martin and Karen, over the past few summers I’ve spent visiting  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 last year – for good reason – it is truly such a great gift for the favorite host or hostess in your life!

4. Mr. Boddington’s Colorful Notecard Set

This whimsical stationery company is based here in Brooklyn and their cards and notebooks feature the loveliest illustrations. For the parents in your life, they’ll adore this set of lunch notes (featured in Goop’s gift guide). If you’re ever in Brooklyn I recommend checking out their store!

5. Petite Plume Silk Eye Mask

Last 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 think this luxurious silk eye mask is a lovely stocking stuffer! 

6. The Fileist Laptop Clutch

From the maker of the TopTote (another fabulous gift!) comes this gorgeous laptop sleeve designed to keep your laptop, phone, and and a notebook protected while you’re on the go. Perfect for your hard working friend who’s always on the go!

7. Catbird Cygnet Bracelet

I love this Brooklyn based jeweler and this bracelet is just gorgeous, customize it with whatever you’d like to make your recipient feel extra special. Related: these earrings by Catbird are one of my most-given gifts! They’re the most delicate special earrings.

8. 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. Starting on Black Friday and through Cyber Monday, use code CHEER for 20% off sitewide!

9. Papier Custom Croissant Notecards

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore a handwritten note, so I had to include these adorable croissant cards! I think customized stationery is a unique and personal gift to give, perfect for friends and family alike. 

10. Unbound Planner Five Year Journal

While I’ve long been a fan of the Five Minute Journal, I’ve heard great things about this beautifully made Five Year Journal. Jotting just a few lines a day is such a great daily practice, and how fun to look back at the same day over five years! A lovely gift for anyone trying to prioritize self care and mindfulness.

11. Catskills Candle Studio Candles

While I’m a city girl at heart, I can’t deny that Upstate New York has a special piece of my heart (I’ve loved visiting the Finger Lakes region and the Catskills). Catskills Candle Studio is a female owned business creating simple and clean candles inspired by the natural beauty and fresh air of the mountains. This Cashmere + Cozy candle or this Campfire + Fir candle would be so cozy to burn during the winter months.

11. Fazeek Coupe Glasses

Fazeek is an Australian company that’s developed a cult following for its colorful handblown glassware. For the mixologist in your group, I think these wave coupe glasses are absolutely gorgeous and would be so beautiful perched on a bar. The matching water glasses are fun as well. 

Shop the Guide

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

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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