The holidays are a time of giving, but they can seem more stressful than jolly if you don’t know what to give.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your in-laws, your second cousin twice removed, or your closest friend, we’ve compiled this small business holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect way to show your family and friends how much you care—all while supporting a small business like yours.
Socially or Environmentally Conscious Gift Ideas
Pride Socks sells, you guessed it, socks—all sorts of socks. What makes this company special is its owner’s story and her mission to create a company whose own mission is to empower others to take pride in their personal stories and goals. On top of that, proceeds from the company’s Custom for a Cause line are donated to the partnering nonprofits.
Like Pride Socks, RocknSocks also sells one of the most popular stocking stuffers, but they do so with sustainability in mind. These funky socks are made in the U.S.A. from sustainable materials. The company also uses only 100% recycled paper products and nontoxic, vegetable-based printing ink for its packaging and marketing materials.
African Heritage Collection sells one-of-a-kind, hand-carved furniture and decor from Ghanaian craftsmen, including candleholders and statues, mirrors and wall decor, instruments and games, and more. This platform not only offers unique gifting opportunities, but also a way for “indigenous skilled carvers to support their families and help sustain their trade and the environment.”
Innovative, Yet Classic, Gift Ideas
With Prince + Pete, we’re back to socks, but not just any socks. These socks sneak in several innovative features, such as extra cushioning on the sole, built-in arch support, a seamless toe, and moisture-wicking, eco-friendly bamboo fabric. You can even gift a monthly subscription. Speaking of monthly subscriptions….
Single Swag is a fun new way to give someone the gift that keeps on giving. This monthly gift subscription has been featured in Cosmopolitan, InStyle, and more, and, while a gift subscription has become one of the classic gifts, the target group for Single Swag is new. This service focuses on empowering and inspiring single women. Plus, the company donates a portion of their proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Cozy Home Gift Ideas
From pillows and blankets, to seasonal door hangings and inspirational wall decor, and more, Kennedy Sue offers endless ways to create a snug and homey atmosphere.
Witty Wicks‘ hand-crafted, soy wax candles are a sure way to give the warm fuzzies. Nothing feels quite as cozy as candlelight. And these candles go the extra mile with pleasantly unique scents like cinnamon chai, candy cane, and cedarwood & amber.
Dessert and Candy Gift Ideas
Do you have a sweet tooth on your list who suffers from food allergies? Torie & Howard has the perfect gift: all-natural organic candies, free of major food allergens without sacrificing flavor or texture! Give beautifully designed tins of hard candies, flavored with d’anjou pear and cinnamon, pink grapefruit and tupelo honey, and more. There also are Chewie Fruities® of the same flavors, plus sour versions.
Divine Treasures makes organic, vegan, gluten-free European dark chocolates. From caramels, to truffles, to barks and clusters, even sugar-free chocolates, there’s something for every chocolate-lover.
Who doesn’t love a good cookie? What about a box, or even a tower, of cookies? Cookies by Joey, whose cookies were once selected for inclusion in the Oscars® nominee gift bags, offers just that, including gluten-free options.
Creative or Nostalgic Gift Ideas
Since 2003, Poketo has “carefully curated and created a collection of design-conscious goods meant to cultivate a creative lifestyle.” And the husband-and-wife team that started it all has succeeded. To give a gift that sparks creativity, check out their funky puzzles, fanciful garlands, colorful wall planners, unique children’s gifts, and more.
If anyone on your list is still inspired by or especially interested in the 1960s, check out Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The museum sits on the historic site of the Woodstock festival and, in its online shop, you’ll find Woodstock-related posters and prints, CDs and films, coasters, ornaments, tapestries, and collectibles.
Whatever your gift needs are this holiday season, consider purchasing from a fellow small business owner. ‘Tis the season!