‘Tis the season to stock up on gifts, and what better way to find something unique for everyone on your holiday shopping list than turning to small businesses?
At Bluevine, it’s our mission to support and empower small businesses all year long, but we know that the holiday season can be an especially important time for you. Data shows that consumer-facing businesses earn nearly 50% of their annual sales in Q4 alone, and 70% of small business owners identify the winter season as a critical time for sales.
As part of our ongoing efforts to build up small businesses and help them grow, we’re launching our second annual Small Business Gift Guide, featuring a curated list of amazing small businesses and Bluevine customers.
Read on to discover some of the unique businesses that you can shop with this holiday season and beyond.
When you’ve got little ones to check off your holiday shopping list, Built By Brando’s handcrafted yarn toys and stuffed animals are the sweetest gift. Each unique and charming character—from Gemma the giraffe to Damien the duck—is made in San Jose, California using high-quality 100% Egyptian cotton for superior durability and a luxuriously soft texture. Built By Brando also offers custom orders and sets based on classic children’s stories, including a Peter Rabbit gift set.
You might not be able to box up cleanliness or sustainability and tie them with a bow, but gifting someone Ash Hopper’s earth-friendly products comes pretty close. Ash Hopper creates artisan soaps that are 100% plant-based and made with organic botanicals and therapeutic essential oils. All soaps are made in the Hudson Valley using local and globally-sourced ingredients. Shop soaps à la carte to create your own curated gift set, or opt for the ready-made Two Bar Gift Box, which comes with your choice of soap as well as a soap saver sack made out of sisal.
Nothing soothes the soul quite like a cup of tea, and The Irie Cup knows just what goes into brewing the perfect cup. Based out of the Hampshire, Illinois area, The Irie Cup works with farmers from across the globe to source the best quality ingredients for their teas, which customers rave about for being full of flavor and tasting incredibly fresh. If you’re looking for the ideal gift for a tea lover on your list, get them the works with one of The Irie Cup’s pre-made gift boxes. Want something a little different? The Irie Cup also offers plenty of cute merch and teaware that make the perfect gifts or stocking stuffers.
Shopping for crafters opens up a world of possibilities, but none are quite so fun as It’s Only Fabric and Thread. Based out of Georgia, It’s Only Fabric and Thread was started by Katharine Curtsinger, an avid quilter who started quilting as a hobby passed down by her mom and grandmothers, only to then turn her passion into a passion-driven business. In addition to selling an assortment of patterns, It’s Only Fabric and Thread has a ton of fun merch that’s sure to resonate with all the sewing and quilting fans out there (think: gifts like “Hands Off My Fabric Scissors” sticker or an “I Got 99 Problems, but a Stitch Ain’t One” mug).
Sweet treats always make for a great gift, especially when they come in sugar bomb form. The Ohio-based Sugar Bombs by Cara offers a wide range of fun confections, like cookie cups, French macarons, tea lollipops, and—the pièce de résistance—beverage bombs, including assorted tea bombs, latte bombs, and hot chocolate bombs. All products are made from scratch in small batches using all-natural, high-quality ingredients, right down to the raw ingredients used to make frosting, curds, and marshmallows. Plenty of products are also naturally gluten-free. No matter what kind of sweet tooth you’re shopping for, Sugar Bombs by Cara is sure to delight.
When shopping for the design aficionado in your life, where better to look than an award-winning design studio? Kalakatta Design Studio specializes in brand identity, event and exhibition graphics, and designs for print, packaging, and websites. However the founder, Sonal Gadre-Shintre, also started a spinoff project, Frame the Wall, where she sells framed art, photography, paintings, and handmade decor products. Whether it’s her nature snapshots or her stunning cityscapes, Sonal’s photographs are sure to make for a stunning statement piece in anyone’s home.
Adventure lovers have a soft spot for the outdoors, and Outbound Candle Company makes it easy for them to bring the feel of nature—from the wild woods to the perfectly peaceful golden hour—right into their homes. Born in Eagle County, Colorado but currently based out of Ashford, Connecticut, Outbound Candle Company creates eco-friendly hand-poured candles using natural dye-free soy wax and consciously-selected fragrance oils. The rustic amber jar used for each candle is made with 50% recycled material and is accompanied by a cotton-core wick and cork lid.
High-quality spirits with high-quality values. That’s the essence of Common Ground Spirits, which is built on the mission of cultivating human connections and bonds based on common ground, regardless of race, religion, color, or sexual orientation. As entrepreneurs of color, founders Tory Brown and Julian Peebles aim to have a positive impact on the spirits industry by creating expertly-crafted gin and bourbon that also promotes diversity and representation. Delight the gin lovers on your holiday shopping list with unique picks like Gin Recipe 01, which features a blend of basil and elderflower flavors, or shop the full collection of spirits and merch to find the perfect gift.
There’s nothing better than a fresh cup of coffee to start your day, except maybe a fresh cup of coffee that also protects America’s trails. Trail Rated Coffee Company is a Colorado-based family-owned coffee roasting company with the outdoors at its heart. Not only do they provide coffee for two brewing methods—beans to brew at home and pour-over coffee pouches to use when camping, hiking, or going off the beaten path—but they also support the restoration and reopening of trails across the country with every sale.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to tell someone how much they mean to you over the holidays. While we can’t guarantee that Louise Lauret will give you the right words, per se, we can say that they’ll give you the funniest. Michelle Bingham, the creator behind Louise Lauret, specializes in creating witty, one-of-a-kind laser-cut greeting cards and gifts that offer a punchier, to-the-point alternative to traditional options. Add some holiday laughs to your holiday haul with ornaments like Season’s Greetings (perfect for the chefs on your list) or It’s the Most Wonderful Time for a Beer (great for the beer lovers).
The holidays are a time to feast, and it’s also a time for the culinary lovers among us to show off or hone their skills in the kitchen. Harness the spirit of holiday food prep and gift the novice or rising chefs in your circle a virtual cooking class with New York chef Jonathan Scinto. Chef Jonathan has been featured in Forbes, Good Housekeeping, and Business Insider, just to name a few, and has also served as a host and contestant on some of television’s most popular cooking shows, including Food Network’s “Chopped” and Amazon Prime’s “Family Kitchen Revival”.
Smells have a way of conjuring up memories and taking you back to the past—which is exactly what Anjali Vandemark was after when she started her perfume business, Anjali Perfumes. Growing up in India, Anjali warmly remembers the role that scents and smells played in her everyday life and experiences, such as how the scent of sandalwood takes her back to making sandalwood paste—gandh—with her grandmother on special occasions. Today, Anjali’s perfumes are meant to embody and serve as a nod to her own experiences, but they’re also her way of exploring new creative territory and experimenting with scents in a unique way. All perfumes from Anjali Perfumes are handcrafted in small batches in Bainbridge Island, WA and feature a blend of fragrant, Indian spices and precious oils that are sourced from around the world.
If you’re also a Bluevine customer and would like your business featured in future marketing campaigns and business spotlights, let us know.
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