Somehow it’s already Thanksgiving week, and my brain can’t quite register it! This year has flown by, y’all. And believe it or not, Christmas is coming. So that means it’s time for a gift guide!! This year I wanted to focus on smaller businesses rather than big corporations, so you won’t be finding any affiliate links here today. I love supporting small and local! All of these businesses are also run by women! That makes me even happier to support them, because nothing is better that a woman stepping into something she feels called to do. Check out my top picks, and then make sure you scroll to the bottom for a GIVEAWAY! One person will when an item from each of these shops!
This shop has the most beautiful journals that would all make perfect gifts. The Motherhood Journal would be such a thoughtful gift for any new mamas in your life. It’s a three year journal, with prompts and lined pages for each week. The Me+You Journal is a correspondence journal that encourages hand written letter writing and story telling. There are so many ways to use this journal! The Heirloom Recipe Journal is another great gift, one that could be perfect for your mother, MIL, or grandmother! I think it would be a sweet newlywed gift as well. It’s a journal you use to compile your favorite recipes, along with any stories and history behind them. Be sure to check out the lunch box love letters as well! I can’t wait to use these in the boys’ lunches!
I’ve never seen such a practical but also stylish and classic apron until I found Leisure Lane. Their aprons are “made for the cook, the home keeper, the farmer, the fashionista, the artist and the little people in our lives.” The Crossback apron is so versatile and simple to put on, and it’s made with high quality and carefully sourced materials. I love the neutral colors and the linen fabric. It’s very easy to put on - no string attached! There are even aprons for your littles (junior and mini sized) - because we know they like to help us out in the kitchen! You could easily pair this with the Recipe Journal mentioned above to make an incredibly thoughtful gift.
I have been slightly obsessed with Dear Mushka’s jewelry for a while now. Gifts with meaning behind them are my favorite! Every piece is inspired by scripture and comes with a verse card. The Eclipsed locket would be such a sweet gift, especially if you include a special picture inside for the recipient. The verse that pairs with this necklace is Jeremiah 33:3 - “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Beautiful, right? There are endless gorgeous and meaningful options that would make such a precious gift.
My friend Sarah recently started her business Little Chick Love Letters, where she makes the CUTEST little personalized crayons. I have gotten each of my boys’ names made and they’ll go in their stockings this year. My kids are crayon-obsessed, so I know they’re going to be so excited to get these. They are thick and sturdy, which means they won’t snap in half within 30 seconds like most crayons do. You could get them personalized, get some fun shapes, or even the entire alphabet. These are also perfect for your nieces and nephews, grandkids, or for your kiddos to give their friends. You can contact her through her facebook page to order! She ships and also has local pick-up.
Skip the big chain store soaps full of who-knows-what and check out Love Life Soap Co. Their soaps are made with natural ingredients (always ethically and sustainably sourced, and locally sourced whenever possible - from local farmers, her own garden, and honey from a friend right down her street), no artificial fragrances or colors, and handmade in small batches. She’s got bar soaps (try the Pale Ale for hubby or dad - they’ll be excited about a soap made from beer), body butter bars, lip butters, and a soap and balm perfect for the babies - she nearly guaranteed me it has magical ingredients to help your kiddos go to sleep easier ;) ! The price point on all of these products makes it easy to stock up for teachers, friends, and hostess gifts. The gorgeous packaging doesn’t hurt either.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know my love for So Yaya products runs deep. I swear by their oil cleansers and serums! They also make the best all natural mani & pedi balms that would make a sweet and easy gift! I’m thinking stocking stuffers, teachers, neighbors, friend gift exchanges! You could easily pair it with some cozy socks or your favorite nail polish if you wanted. Get the mani/pedi set or buy them separately: mani balm, pedi balm.
I can’t leave my own shop out of this list, can I?? Check out the Cold Coffee Shop for a lot of fun options to gift this Christmas! I’ve got notepads and mugs that would make great teacher or friend gifts, as well as art prints! Art is something everyone can appreciate, and it is one of my favorite things to gift. Be sure to check out original artwork I have available, or commission something special with me at Hannah L Fine Art!
Need more ideas? Check out the 2017 Gift Guide here. And be sure to check back to this post for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. I will update the post with info and discount codes accordingly.
And now for some fun…I’ve collaborated with all of these shops to bring you a GIVEAWAY! One person will win the following:
$40 shop credit to J. Sperling Paperie
A Crossback apron from Leisure Lane
Eclipsed locket from Dear Mushka
one custom set of name crayons from Little Chick Love Letters
two bars of soap from Love Life Soap Co.
Mani/Pedi balm set from So Yaya
4x4 Christmas tree painting from Hannah L Fine Art
Use this form to enter
The * denotes required for entry, others are optional for extra entries!
Be on the lookout for my posts on Instagram and Facebook for even more ways to enter! Giveaway will run until November 27th. I will contact the winner and get their info on where to send the prizes! Happy shopping, friends!
Special thanks to each of these shops for sending items to me to able to give my honest review and recommendations, as well as items for the giveaway.