The holiday season is upon us and I want to help you with all your shopping with this Small Business Gift Guide. Many small businesses took a hit in 2020 with the pandemic, so now is the time to show our support. This Small Business Gift Guide contains many local to me brands, as well as wonderful shops across the country. When people shop small, everyone wins!
A small business based in Houston, TX that creates colorful, everyday bracelets for all ages, including personalization. Amelia & Company creates custom bracelet stacks for customers all over. Whether you like colorful or neutral, dainty or chunky, casual or dressy, we can make a stack just for you! Providing personalized service is our top priority.
Erie and Anchor is a nautical gift and apparel brand for all those who live, love and play near the lake (especially Lake Erie!). From classic totes and tumblers to the softest hoodies, our lifestyle brand has a little something for everyone. We give 5% of all sales back to keeping our Great Lake clean.
Paradise Hills Vineyard is a family owned and operated Vineyard & Winery founded by the Ruggiero Family producing premium estate grown wines from Wallingford, Connecticut. Give the Gift of LOCAL WINE this Holiday Season! You can SHOP online now! And Ship to anywhere in Connecticut.
Shop online: https://www.paradisehillsvineyard.com/Wines
Jill Spunberg owns an organic, healthy, and allergen-friendly meal delivery service based out of West Hartford. We offer family and kid meals! Healthy is the Way delivers in a radius of anywhere from 20-25 miles. All meals come fresh and ready to eat – all you have to do is heat them up! Deliveries are made every Monday.
J. Alden for Women is a finely curated boutique that offers classic clothes and accessories, while incorporating new trends as well. Located in historic Essex Village, J Alden for Women carriers brands like Barefoot Dreams, Nic +Zoe, Southern Tide and so much more. They have a beautiful selection of jewelry and accessories as well as small gifts for everyone one your list.
You, Me & The Sea is located in the charming village of Essex. The shop carries a large selection of children’s clothes and accessories as well as women’s, men’s, gifts and home decor with nautical style.
A unique decorative piece for one’s home and or for elegant jewelry placement. Instagram: @youmeandtheseaessex
Happiest Inc. is a woman-owned gift store. Pinar Ozyigit is a former European journalist-author. She sells many different and unique personalized gifts, custom home accessories, baby, wedding, and exceptional house warming gifts. Pinar is a Chinoiserie Grand Millennial Design obsessed creator. Pinar is not only serving local customers in her brick-mortar store, but also ships to customers all over America. You can see Happiest Collection at happiestinc.com.
Old Line Oysters is a coastal chic home goods and jewelry line that focuses on giving back through using fair vendors and our commitment to keeping the Chesapeake Bay healthy for the next generation. Our Sea Inspired jewelry is made by fair trade artisans because we believe that all people should be afforded opportunities to have dignified and respectable work. To make your gift-giving easy & effortless, all of our items come gift wrapped in our toile wrapping papers we designed using vintage postcards & photographs.
The Red Owl is a veteran owned business located in Cheshire, CT! We are a favorite local go-to spot for unique jewelry, accessories & gifts. We also have a great online store and can ship anywhere in the USA! Let us help you celebrate the ones you love this holiday season with a gift from the Red Owl. We also offer complimentary gift wrapping. Visit Red Owl: www.redowlgifts.com
MamaBear Organics was started by a passionate mom with a mission to raise her children a little less toxic! After struggling with dry, sensitive, eczema-prone skin, she decided to create working products that didn’t contain harsh chemicals. MamaBear Organics is a natural and organic skin care line. All products are made simple, safe, and effective. In addition to skincare, MamaBear Organics is also a toy boutique and carry Melissa & Doug toys!
Stosh’s Kettle Corn – We Bring the Fairground to You! Our gourmet Kettle Corn is Classic Kettle Corn, Maple Kettle Corn & Maple Bourbon Kettle Corn. We cook in kettles so every popped kernel is crunchy and delicious. Made right here in Connecticut. The packaging is a resealable bag so that your kettle corn stays fresh. It is the perfect gift! For your convenience you can now shop on Amazon OR on the website. www.stoshskettlecorn.com
We inspire women to feel beautiful about their bodies no matter what the size. Catering to S-3xl . Your life may not always be perfect but your outfit can be. We have also donated over $5000 in PPE to our local community and departments.
Shop online here: www.timelessdesignsapparel.com
Cottontail Bow & Co. is an online boutique that offers playful, handcrafted bows, bow-ties and now face masks for children and adults. Each month, new collections are released with original styles and darling seasonal prints. We also offer many bows year round, including our Personalized Collection that is perfect for gifting this holiday season! Design your very own bow or bow tie with your little one’s name on it to make it just as unique as they are. All bows are hand cut, pressed, sewn, and styled with love by moms in Massachusetts. Instagram // Website
Dune Jewelry & Co. creates fine experiential jewelry and home accents using sand & natural elements from thousands of memorable and iconic locations around the globe. You can choose from their Sandbank, or send your own natural element to be incorporated into your design of choice. Custom, personalized jewelry, and accessories that hold a tangible reminder of your favorite moments. Made in the USA, Dune offers a lifetime warranty and happiness guarantee on every design. USE CAITLINH15 for 15% off!
Balsam Designs specializes in personalized hand-painted home decor, such as pillows, totes and trays for your home. Balsam Design is a Connecticut based small business designing items that make great gifts for the holidays (year round too!). Looking for a perfect for housewarming or realtor closing gifts? Check out Balsam Designs!
A heated yoga studio located in Hamden, CT featuring Vinyasa style yoga, with an emphasis on power. Gift cards can be purchased on the Mind Body App or through direct contact with the studio. Basic knowledge of yoga required, but ALL levels welcome!
Rooted James is a home decor shop striving to bring joy to its customers through custom pieces perfectly fitting their design wishes. The owner, Kimberly James, is a Long Island native, wife and mother of three. Spending her spare time to spur creativity and build meaningful pieces for each of her clients, brings her great happiness.
Ball & Socket Arts is a non-profit organization created specifically for converting the former Ball & Socket button factory in Cheshire CT into a multi-disciplinary arts center, retail village and community gathering place. A volunteer group of local friends have taken on the challenge to transform it into a vibrant place for our families and neighbors. These bracelets are one of a kind and made lovingly by hand from salvaged buttons manufactured at the factory in the previous century. 100% of your purchase of our keepsake ornaments, bracelets or other merchandise supports the mission of Ball & Socket Arts!
Lucy’s Looks – CT Based
Started almost 15 years ago, Lucy’s has been a staple in Fairfield County as the “go to” boutique for all Fashionistas! From feminine tops, classic sweaters, edgy faux fur jackets, to unique repurposed designer jewelry- you will no doubt, find something to fall for! You can shop Lucy’s online shoplucyslooks.com, in- person at our Westport Private Studio or our Ridgefield Holiday Pop up. Text us at 203.428.0078 for more info.
Mad at Disney? Don’t be. Your fairy godmother has probably just been drunk. And now there’s somewhere you can celebrate, commiserate and laugh about this. DrunkFairyGodmother.com offers the best gifts, goodies, life-hacks & laughs to help you through the mess of your life that this fairy has left in her wake.
Looking for more Gift Ideas? Support these Small Businesses by shopping their sites below!
The Monogram Corner is your go-to shop for all things personalized! Custom monogrammed gifts for women, men, children and the home. We truly believe there’s nothing better than knowing something was made just for you.
Hyde Nor Hare creates candles that are completely vegan, made with 100% soy wax, scented with non-toxic fragrance oils and are wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. These make a perfect holiday gift – and are made right in Connecticut!
Gift the gift of Magic Reindeer Food this holiday season. Sprinkle the oats and glitter outside on Christmas Eve so Santa’s Reindeer can smell the oats and see the glitter shining to guide them to your home. Your elf can even bring it from the North pole. Use code CAITLIN10 for 10% off.
CareFree Boat Club is membership boating without owning- our members use our boats, bring them back, and don’t have to worry about cleaning or maintenance! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does someone you know love decorating for the holidays, but due to COVID, can’t get out for their regular HomeGoods fix? Give the gift of ReadyFestive – on-trend holiday & seasonal decorations, personalized for you and delivered to your doorstep! *Owned and run by 2 Moms with 3 kids each who needed this service in their own lives!*
We personalize gifts for every occasion! Face masks, key chain hand sanitizer bottles, tooth fairy bags, coffee mugs, ornaments, shirts, plates and so much more!!! For the holidays we have Santa cookie trays and plates, Santa gift bags, stockings, glitter and tile ornaments…. the options are endless!
A women-owned sustainable clothing brand, THOM KELLY creates effortless and classic pieces designed for comfort and versatility, all made in the USA.
Consider the gift of organization this year! Maria Grove is a professional organizer ready to bring serenity to your home and systems through decluttering and organization.
LC Artistry offers skincare services, lash, brow and body treatments in Connecticut. They also carry great stocking stuffers for hand and foot repair, handmade soaps, soy candles and other small gifts!
Board and Brush Mystic is a DIY Creative Studio offering small workshops, made to order wooden signs and home decor, DIY at home kits and virtual workshops.
Needle felting is perfect for any crafter or anyone looking for a relaxing talent! Everything is included in our felting kits to make a little felted bear, sheep, whale or even a gnome. We have a variety of kits to choose from!
Spray Tan by Kelly
Spray Tan by Kelly offers you a customized glow by using Sjolie Sunless products that are a healthy alternative to the damaging UVA/UVB rays of the sun and/or tanning beds. “Get your glow the healthy way!” Contact Information: email@example.com
Silk City Coffee – Local CT Shop
Not only does Silk City Coffee serve coffee, but they also carry t-shirts, mugs, glasses, bags of coffee and of course, gift cards! Please visit 763 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042 to purchase that all make great local gifts!
Tips to Toes is a full-service salon and spa in Southington, CT, offering facials, massage therapy, lash extensions, mani/pedis and so much more. They also have a fully stocked boutique with holiday gifts and offer curbside pickup for gift cards and products.
Wendy is the owner of Northern Belle Treasures, a CT small business selling handmade jewelry and vintage accessories. You can find a little something for everyone in her shop!
Brimmer Boys offers baby boy birthday shirts, special occasion shirts, preppy newborn baby gifts, child belts and adult belts. Contact: Jaclyn@brimmerboys.com
Connecticut Based Small Businesses
- Paradise Hills Vineyards
- Healthy is the Way
- J.Aledn Clothiers
- You Me and the Sea
- Red Owl Jewelry and Gifts
- Mama Bear Organics
- Balsam Designs
- Some like it Hot Yoga
- Hyde Nor Hare
- Unique Holiday Finds
- Ana Colgan
- Carefree Boat Club
- Amanda Nicole Photography
- Dapple and Grey Cards
- Lucy’s Looks
- Hat Attack
- Beck and Grier
- The Little Gift Shop
- Bliss This House
- Busy Mom Designs
- Kiss and Makeup Beauty Studio and Spa
- LC Artistry
- Board and Brush- Mystic
- Silk City Coffee
- Nola Fiber Creations
- Northern Belle Treasures
- Ball and Socket
- Wood and Worm Blooms
- Brimmer Boys