We’re back with #3 in the homey homies approved holiday gift guide series! This one is for those who want to shop small this holiday season. One of the biggest ways we can make a change is by being intentional with where we spend our money. Although we all need to shop the big stores from time to time, gift giving is a perfect opportunity to support independent brands and take a break from Amazon. So for this installment, I’m giving you a full small business gift guide.
Some of these are brands I’ve found online and on social media, some of businesses that friends of friends own, and others are some shops local to the Atlanta area.
But one thing all of these small businesses have in common: they’ve got some incredible, high quality, and unique products. And every single one of the would fit perfectly in the home of any homey homie.
here’s the best small business gift guide for the holiday season
STUDIOASTRSK – abstract-shaped soy candles
I found this brand when a friend tagged me in an Instagram giveaway, and I’m so happy I did.
Funky shaped candles are all the rage right now, so they would make a great gift.
A bonus to me: they rep my home state of Michigan.
YOWIE – small artist curator
YOWIE isn’t a single brand, but rather a collective of amazing makers and artists. It’s based in Philadelphia, but you can shop online, too.
The founder actually comes from a corporate fashion design background, but she launched this as a passion project, and it has grown over the last couple of years.
The whole vibe of the shop is just fun and lively.
They do have some YOWIE-branded products, but they curating tons of amazing collections from other great, small brands.
No Sleep Club Montreal – wooden LED-lit signs
I recently received one of these signs as a gift, so it’s almost fate that it needed to be included on this small business gift guide.
Every sign is handmade, and I can personally vouch for the quality. It’s been a great addition to my office wall.
There are tons of options for the design and wording on the signs, but you could also create your own custom sign.
Just a heads up, these do take several weeks to come in since everything is made by hand. So keep that in mind and shop early.
Growin Womxn – plants, figures, and affirmation accessories
Shoutout to the Atlanta art events for introducing me to this lovely lady.
She has a range of products that are all related to mindfulness, wellbeing, and affirmations. And what better way to show your loved ones that you care than by giving a gift that shows that you prioritize their spiritual health?
I bought one of her body figures with an air plant in it, and I get so many complements on it. But you can also buy plants by themselves, crystals, and affirmation and plant accessories.
Rua Carlota – sustainable fashion brand
This is a pricey one, but SO worth it if you have the budget to splurge a little.
You might’ve seen them on Instagram before. It’s a cool ass brand that’s trying to challenge waste culture by turning fabric scraps or used clothes into works of art.
Charlotte, the owner, makes everything by hand. And everything is one of one. So every single piece you get is a completely unique art piece.
Fun fact: the owner was actually a mathematics graduate, so she uses lots of her background in geometry when creating these pieces.
I want one of everything
Happy Hooker ATX – crocheted products
Whether you are looking to gift someone a cute rainbow or cactus pillow, a wall hanging or a groovy crop top, Happy Hooker ATX is your go-to. Her brand is full of happy, 70’s-inspired goodness.
I interned with the owner, Micayla, when we were both in the wedding planning biz, so it’s so exciting to see her grow and perfect her craft.
She crochets every single order herself, but you couldn’t tell: you could definitely fool me that it was professionally produced.
If you’re in the Austin, TX area, make sure you check her out at the many popups she’ll be at. Otherwise, you can order online!
Urbn Rewrrk – repurposed vintage fashion
Urbn Rewrrk is another small brand that has a mission of making fashion more sustainable.
Instead of creating pieces from scratch, the owner LaMicah, reworks vintage items to add her own flare. Whether its mixing two pieces together, reshaping pieces, or adding interesting stitching, every piece is an immediate statement.
She’s from Ann Arbor, MI (woot woot, go blue!) but currently resides in Brooklyn, NYC.
Sarah Riley Ceramics – funky ceramic mugs
If you have a friend who perpetually buys cool mugs to add to their collection, Sarah Riley Ceramics is a great option.
Every piece is so unique. Many mugs have a clear influence from the human body, but there are also many more abstract shapes. But I can guarantee even the biggest of mug collectors don’t have any like this.
In addition to the striking shapes, each piece also has such rich, deep color that clearly shows the quality of materials used.
gldeng6rl – surrealist artist
If you’ve been here for a while, you’ve probably seen this artist before. I’ve been absolutely obsessed ever since I discovered her over a year ago when doing research for my Black artists you should support post.
She has one of the most unique surrealist styles I’ve ever seen. Her art pieces blend photographed photos and illustration is such a unique and compelling way.
Whether the person you’re buying for has more of a muted or colorful style, there is a huge range of prints that can fit whatever their style is.
If your friend is an art enthusiast, this will be a great addition to their collection.
bean & Bean coffee – coffee subscriptions
This small coffee shop is a mother-daughter duo. And though they’ve grown to 4 different locations since launching in 2008, I still wanted to include them on this small business gift guide.
One of their missions is to help close the gender pay gap that appears in the supply chain of coffee. So if you buy from them you’re supporting a great cause.
They also have a subscription program that can help you show some love to your coffee-loving friends. You can get them either a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription to deliver yummy, ethical coffee right to their door.
Citizen’s Supply – small brand marketplace
Citizen’s Supply is another collective that curates collections of several different artists and makers.
There is such a variety of products here, from candles to clothing to leather goods, even chocolate. And all of them are created by small businesses.
Their online offering is pretty thing, but if you’re in the Atlanta area, I would absolutely recommend checking out their huge store inside of Ponce City Market.
THESLAPSHOPVA – resin jewelry
This is an amazing small business that makes really fun and colorful jewelry. These earrings are made for people who want to make a statement.
Abstract shapes are having a moment right now. And so is resin jewelry. This would be a perfect idea to get for your whole friend group.
Tal & bert – Geode and concrete planters + candles
These are straight up some of the coolest plants and candles I’ve ever seen. Tal & bert describes themselves as “industrial concrete meets raw minerals.
Each of their products – whether it’s an all-natural soy candle or a planter – have this really interesting geode side detailing.
We all know how much plant lovers geek over cool planters, so this is the perfect gift to give them while shopping small.
any other businesses you think deserve to be included on this small business gift guide?
Feel free to plug your favorites (even your own or your friends) down below in the comments!
Let’s all try to shop small for at least a few gifts this holiday season!
keep it homey, homies
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Hey my name’s Hannah Michelle Lambert, the voice behind homey homies. I’m an Atlanta-based blogger and interior designer. I’m passionate about fun, adaptive, and affordable design that is filled with personality. And I’m a huge believer in a good DIY. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for – and maybe a little extra 😉