Hello! Oh my goodness, I am excited about today’s post! I’m feeling extra cheery as I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my recommendations with y’all again this year through holiday gift guides. I’m tickled about this post because it is dedicated to something I’m super passionate about: small businesses. As a small business myself, I truly appreciate every single ounce of support I receive from my readers, followers, business connections, and brands that partner with me. So, I love putting together this post and highlighting the dreams that people have transformed into realities with their small businesses.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses
It brings me so much joy to be able to play a small role in spreading the word about small businesses I love, believe in, use, and am inspired by. So, today’s post is a special one! While I love so many big brands too, I urge y’all to think about the little guy this holiday season. Spread holiday cheer by shopping these brands now and throughout the holiday season. Some of the brands you’ll find below are “bigger” than others. But they are all so special and none of them are chain store or department store status brands. I hope you enjoy and discover a new-to-you brand to love! All of my gift guide will heavily feature small businesses but this one is especially dedicated to them. Many of these small businesses are running holiday promotions through today so it’s the perfect time to shop from them.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of me as a small business too! xx
01LAKE Pajamas PJ Set
Lake Pajamas has been one of my favorite small businesses for years! Their pima cotton PJ sets are so incredibly soft. Like a big hug. Perfect for Christmas morning!
I whole-heartedly put my stamp of approval on Weezie Towels. They are the softest, fluffiest, and most beautiful towels. I really love their bathrobe as a holiday gift for secret Santas, brides-to-be, or roommates! You can customize them by choosing your piping color and adding embroidery.
I discovered Hibiscus Linens at a pop-up in NYC and immediately fell in love with the products and the owner + designer, Mariana Barran Goodall. Mariana’s hand embroidered cocktail napkins are a beautiful holiday cocktail party addition! P.S. Hibiscus Linens also has an entire DIY Kit section of bookmarks, towels, napkins etc… such a FUN gift idea for mom, mother-in-law, or a creative co-worker.
If you aren’t familiar with Land of Belle, then you’re in for a treat! It’s a collection of carefully curated home accessories by the world’s leading brands and artisans with an online store and wedding registry (wish I knew of Land of Belle when I registered!) with seasonal pop-up stores. These glasses beautify every table and kitchen! We have and love them (in blue).
I’m telling you, you’ve never seen wine glasses as beautiful as the stemware from Estelle Colored Glass. Estelle is so special because it is all hand-blown colored glass made by glass artisans in Poland. We have their stemware in our house and cherish it.
These hand painted calming blue and pink ceramic plates are made by artisans in Spain and sure to add a touch of personality to your dinner table. They would be such a stunning addition to a loved ones ceramics collection.
Raven Roxanne is as beautiful a person as her paintings. I’ve had the privilege to get to know her this year after being a longtime fan of her work and now love her paintings even more. She is a true talent! A piece of her work would brighten up any Christmas!
These hand-carved ceramic intaglios by Susan Gordon feature small studies of flowers. Each ceramic piece is a drawing etched into raw clay and fired to a rich creamy white mat color before being mounted and framed with a float french blue mat and gold bamboo frame. I’m eyeing one for our house.
Courtland & Co. is a one-stop-shop for beautiful homewares. They did some custom pillows for us for our wedding and I’ve found many treasures from Courtland and Co. from over the years. These decorative pillows are a home run gift for any design darling in your life!
La Coqueta designs the most adorable girls’ dresses. This long sleeve A-line dress is beautifully detailed with a frill collar, a smart burgundy bow around the neck, and pockets to match… a go to piece for any holiday occasion.
14Cygnet Living Childrens Merino Wool Name Sweater
Rowan was gifted this precious embroidered name sweater for his birthday and my heart melted upon opening it. It is just so sweet but also extremely high quality and warm merino wool. The most perfect personalized gift for littles!
I had the good fortune of getting to know Claire, the founder of Oso & me, this year when she kindly asked me to help her host a luncheon and shopping pop-up in Charleston. We had a blast and I fell even more in love with the brand the more I learned about them! Rowan has these corduroy pants and I can confidently say they are the best corduroys he owns!
If you love smocked clothing on children, then trust me and check out Ruth & Ralph. You can’t tell from this perfect little navy bubble, but the majority of their items are smocked perfection. Isn’t this bubble adorable for all year round though?
Did y’all know my dad is an author and wrote a book?! He is self-published so he is truly running a small business from every angle with his writing career. All bias aside, I can’t recommend the book enough! It is a family drama set in Charleston with a mystery tied in. Pick it up as a gift for anyone you love who is an avid reader.
Red Clay Hot Sauce, I love you! We’re big fans in our family – Edwin decors the hot sauces and I go straight for the honeys. We gifted Edwin’s dad this ‘Whole Shebang’ pack for Father’s Day this year and it was a big hit. When in doubt, gift this to any foodie or guy you’re stumped on shopping for (dad, father-in-law, co-workers, uncles, brothers, etc.).
The perfect gift for your foodie friend! The biscuit selections in the Callie’s Hot Little Charleston Cravings Pack are beyond delicious! This is a fun gift that also turns into an experience too (when the receiver bakes the biscuits!).
I had the privilege of taking a pie class with Southern Baked Pie in the spring of 2019. I loved every minute of it and every bite of pie! A delicious pie is the perfect gift for an aunt or a mother who needs nothing! Also great for teacher gifts.
Gifting someone who is obsessed with their dog (like me!)? You’ll love Mod Squad Mutt Dog treats… they are Maybelle and Hopper’s favorites! The company gives back too through community partners like dog rescues.
Charleston Candle Co. is a special local candle company. Their candles are hand poured in Charleston with unique Charleston scents. Their “Charleston Christmas” candle is perfect for the holidays with notes of orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and pine.
Friends, meet Bling Wipes, your simple solution to keeping your jewelry sparkling wherever life takes you! My sister-in-law founded Bling Wipes with the goal of designing a jewelry cleaner for the on-the-go jewelry lover. Bling Wipes easily fit in your purse for instant access to a hassle free and impressive jewelry cleaning experience! Gift these to brides-to-be or use as stocking stuffers.
My lovely friend Hannah Alyssa is the most talented photographer so it’s only natural that she has a beautiful print shop. Gift a dreamy print from her Charleston, Nantucket, or Paris collection to your friend who loves to travel!
Y’all, I died when I saw this blanket! Have you ever seen a cuter blanket in your life? Gift this to your favorite homebody who loves to be cozy all winter long. P.S. I SWEAR by ChappyWrap blankets… so warm and soft.
It’s never been more fun for kiddos to wash their hands! Sohp Shop soaps are so amazing for kids because there is a toy at the center so littles are encouraged to wash their hands to get to the toy. Our niece and nephews love these soaps!
I’m completely smitten with this gift idea! It is the most adorable way to file and keep track of your favorite recipes or family recipes. Plus, there are a bunch of equally adorable accessories for it. Gift this to literally anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen!
Started by the sweetest sisters Chloe & Neely Burch, Neely & Chloe designs items of quality and beauty – Handbags, Wallets & Accessories – that are to be used for years. I loved finally meeting them in person this fall! Their vanity cases are my absolute favorite, favorite. They can be embossed or hand painted too! Gift to the girl on the go. P.S. I have the small and large sizes and love both.
Sara Fitz is a small business that celebrates iconic New England-style through beautiful watercolor illustrations that Sara has turned into lovely products like wrapping paper. Gift Sara Fitz gift wrap to your most festive friend or your favorite New Englander.
Waiting On Martha Home (WOMH) is a thoughtfully curated home & gift store dedicated to everyday inspired living… what’s not to love! The owner, Mandy Kellogg Rye, is an über talent with a clever eye so I love to shop through her. P.S. if you live in Atlanta, then head to WOMH’s flagship store.
This high-quality black pony hair + tortoise acrylic wristlet is the perfect gift for social butterflies (because I pray we’ll all be able to be social butterflies again one day sooner rather than later!). It was designed to be a go-to bag for going out! Slip it on your wrist so your hands are free for sipping wine, eating hors d’ouerves, dancing the night away. My girlfriend Sara started Beau & Ro and is a handbag designer genius!
Pamela Munson is a bag designer you see me carrying quite a bit. She designs the most stunning straw bags out there! If you are gifting anyone with a purse addiction or anyone planning on traveling to a warm weather destination in the near future, then gift them a gorgeous Pamela Munson bag for the trip!
Dora Maar is a small business on the rise that you must know (did you see the company’s Vogue profile!?)! It is my go-to shopping destination for pre-owned luxury fashion. Shop clothing, accessories, shoes, & more. This Brock Collection dress is a fraction of the cost! Dora Maar is a great place to shop for gifts for a chic mom or friend. One of my besties, Lauren, is the mastermind behind this company!
The loveliest, most romantic, little ring I ever did see. This ring by Fewer Finer is inspired by string lights. It’s meant to be stacked between two other rings and to look like the diamonds are floating in the space between. P.S. You should see their tennis bracelets!
Nicola Bathie is one of the most talented earring designers out there right now. She’s a great follow on Instagram too! Her earrings make for a thoughtful and stunning gift for any feminine-forward woman out there or for yourself! If I found a pair in my stocking, then I’d be smiling from ear to ear!
I’ve worn Goldbug Collection jewelry multiple times here on Rhyme & Reason and wear the jewelry line constantly out and about. The Charleston-based jewelry line is run by two wonderful sisters who have such a creative eye! These bee hive earrings are so whimsical and fun.
41Joie Digiovanni Aquamaring Single Baroque Pearl Gemstone Necklace Via Over The Moon
Edwin got me this Joie Digiovanni Aquamaring Single Baroque Pearl Gemstone Necklace for my birthday this year and I absolutely adore it. It is such a special piece that feels both timeless and statement at the same time. I couldn’t love it or recommend it more!
Sarah Flint has made a name for herself thanks for her feminine, handcrafted shoes. Her shoes bring luxury to every woman. I can attest to how long-lasting, high-quality, and durable her shoes are! Gift a pair to your favorite shoe addict. P.S. I wish I was familiar with Sarah Flint when I bought wedding shoes because they are SO comfortable!
Margaux Shoes is another favorite small business in the footwear category. I adore the two women who founded the company and believe in their mission to offer an extended size range, multiple widths, and made-to-measure sizing so that every woman can find her perfect fit, regardless of size.
Marysia makes my absolute favorite swimsuit that I own. I reach for the one piece so often that I wish I had it in every single color. It is an investment price for a swimsuit but it wears so well, is super flattering, and lasts. I would be thrilled to receive a Marysia one piece as a gift. Hint, hint!
46Breck and Grier Hand Painted Monogram Straw Tote
I discovered Breck and Grier last year and fell in love with the hand painted straw tote bags. I have this style with the longer handles and love how easy it is to carry around. It’s über cute and functional!
Frances Hart is a wonderful line designed with pregnant and nursing women in mind. Maternity clothing doesn’t have to be frumpy thanks to thoughtfully designed brands like Frances Hart! I would have loved to wear this adorable striped cotton tunic while pregnant. A perfect gift for the expecting mama!
Kiel James Patrick is a brand that embodies East Coast prep at its finest. They have so many amazing novelty type holiday sweaters and such this year but I’m really smitten with this classic yet festive polka dot dress.
If you aren’t familiar with small business Dudley Stephens, then let me fill you in… Dudley Stephens is an environmentally friendly and stylish fleece clothing brand made in the U.S.A.. I recommend gifting a DS fleece to your sister or sister-in-law who loves to be cozy or needs cute + practical clothing for travel or work.
My love affair with the AYR French Fry Tee runs deep. It comes in a handful of stripe colorways but my personal favorite color I have is this gorgeous soft hydrangea color. If you ask for one basic this holiday season, let it be this tee.
Designer Lela Rose might be familiar to you but did you know that Lela has the small business Pearl by Lela Rose that is a woman-led, fashion-forward, ready-to-wear line. Everything in the collection is gorgeous and more affordable than her runway collection. I LOVE her dresses! P.S. I’m wearing Pearl by Lela Rose in the photos in this post!
I love the team at The Avenue! Everything they touch is gold and their buying eye is impeccable. I always discover new-to-me small brands through The Avenue like Cinq A Sept. Isn’t this top perfect for the holidays?
Ann Mashburn is one of my favorite designers. I miss having my sister live in Atlanta so I could shop in-person in her store there. She makes the most timeless, all-American clothing and accessories. I’m currently completely obsessed with these vegan suede pants. über comfortable and chic.
Buru was founded with the mission to offer moms on-trend clothing from designer collections and style them to take the guesswork out of getting dressed. I think they do the best job curating gorgeous styles for woman like this stunning green dress! A great brand to gift to stylish women.
RMS Beauty is an all natural, certified organic makeup and skincare line that I swear by! I’ve never worn a makeup brand before that has given me a better natural glow. This luminizer quad does just that! I rebuy it the second I go through it. Gift to your favorite beauty addict.
I started using ILIA beauty products in early 2020 and fell in love. This balmy gloss tinted lip oil has been my favorite lip product ever since! I also can’t recommend their True Skin Serum Foundation enough. Pro tip: great stocking stuffers!
Yum! Gift this extra luxe and cozy alpaca basketweave throw blanket to your favorite homebody. The throw comes in multiple beautiful neutral colors and is extra chic for the homebody with refined taste.