Good Things Come in Small (Business) Packages

The end of the year is a time of holidays—and shopping. By now, you probably have at least one list of gifts to buy. After all, it has been a tough year, and you deserve something nice, right? 

Support small businesses

Whoever you’re buying for, shopping at small businesses is an excellent investment in your community. Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and remain essential to our country’s economic growth and employment. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 30.7 million small businesses accounted for 99.9% of U.S. businesses, employed 59.9 million people, and created nearly two million net new jobs in 2019 alone.1

At BlueVine, we believe in the power of small businesses. We support them and encourage others to do the same—it’s one of the ways we give back to the owners and employees of the businesses that keep our communities thriving. 

The 2020 BlueVine Small Business Gift Guide

This year, we put together our first Small Business Gift Guide to help you find something special for everyone on your list—this is just the beginning of our growing number of small businesses to support during the holidays (and beyond). We feel this is an opportunity to showcase the diverse entrepreneurs that use BlueVine.

CHOCOLAT MODERNE®

Choose from over 100 varieties of handmade artisans of bonbons, bars, drinking chocolates, and caramel sauces that are sure to impress and delight. Located in NYC and available for online orders.

GLX Helmets 

If you’re looking for affordable off-road, cruise, full-face motorcycle, youth, or half helmets for your two-wheel excursions (a great way to get out of the house during COVID), this shop has it all. Available online with free shipping for domestic orders.

Hella Good Skin

A skincare company that is all about organic, vegan, simple ingredients that are proven effective—no fillers, no fuss, no weird ingredients, no chemicals. Available online with free shipping for all orders over $40.

Jacki Easlick

Jacki is a former Design Director for Kenneth Cole Productions and Vera Bradley now offers her own line of high-quality, affordable luxury handbags lovingly handcrafted by artisans in Manhattan, China, and Indonesia. Available for online orders.

Scarlet Sage Herb Co.

Herbs, essential oils, and other organic supplements are available from this LGBTQ-owned apothecary that has empowered people with holistic health care resources since 1995. Shop at their San Francisco store or order online with free shipping for orders over $75 (and 20% off for December).

The Shuckery

Located in Petaluma, CA, this is the place for raw oysters and artfully crafted, ocean-inspired dishes. They’re serving beautiful pick-up seafood platters with champagne, conserves, caviar, and oysters for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Skinsational Creations

Committed to providing quality natural products, including body butters, scrubs, infused oils, and soap chips. Available for online orders and currently offering a sitewide 20% discount.

Spongelle

Create your self-care oasis with a multi-use body wash that features a blend of high-quality moisturizers, botanicals, sea minerals, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. Spongelle’s products are made with love in Los Angeles, California, and available online (currently with a 20% discount sitewide). 

Wayward Paws

Get inspired to get outdoors. This small, LGBTQ-run pet wear and supply business located in Phoenix, Arizona, offers handmade products that help create unforgettable moments and bear witness to the beauty, excitement, and mystery of life with your best friend by your side. Their matching human and pet sets and other products are available online.

COVID makes supporting small businesses more important than ever

It’s been a challenging year for all of us—and an especially rough year for small businesses. The lockdowns put in place to manage the pandemic have forced small businesses to prohibit or limit in-store customers, curtail the services they provide, or shut down for varying periods of time. 

It’s always important to support small businesses. And, though they’re resilient, the existential threat they face in 2020 means that—without our support—they might not be around in 2021. We hope you’ll consider shopping at the small businesses above, as well as any others whose unique products and services have made a difference in your community and your life.

If you’re also a BlueVine customer and would like your business featured in future marketing campaigns (or added to this gift guide), let us know.

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