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We’ve featured many small businesses throughout the year on our blog. I’ve also had the privilege of interviewing entrepreneurs whose passion for their work is inspiring. It’s been the best part of my job, getting to know them. These brands do a lot of incredible things. They help to lift their communities, bring more representation into their fields, create products that they are passionate about and focus on sustainability.
We encourage you to support these small businesses as you shop for gifts for loved ones over the next few weeks. They not only do a lot of good but also make some really great products. This gift guide was created to help you make the holiday shopping process easier. We hope you love these brands as much we do.
All brands listed below ship to the U.S., and may also deliver to other countries.
For snack lovers
Are the holidays really over if you don’t indulge in delicious food? These delicious treats will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Rize Up Bakery offers cinnamon spice bread
Rize Up Bakery is like no other bakery. The San Francisco bakery has roots in social justice activism and makes some unique sourdough varieties, such as Ube, Garam Masala, K-Pop Gochujang loaves.
This cinnamon spice loaf bread is full of holiday flavors, making it the perfect gift for any sourdough enthusiast.
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses offers a gift basket made in Michigan
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It has many restaurants around the area. Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is committed to preserving the community and has therefore decided to open only Ann Arbor-based businesses. They do ship some food items, so everyone can enjoy them.
This gift basket is made in Michigan and includes a variety of delicious snacks, including cherry preserves, peanut butter chocolate, bread, and pasta.
Ten bar stack from Seattle Chocolate
Seattle Chocolate produces the finest chocolate bars. The small business also has a great mission. The business donates 10% of the proceeds from every purchase of chocolate bars to Girls Inc.
This ten-bar stack contains Mexican Hot Chocolate, Rainier Cherry, Crunchy Peanut Butter, and is perfect for Christmas trees.
Made with Local – Four-pack Granola Bar Mix
Made with Local is a certified B-corporation. There are many things to love about Made with Local. This small business is located in Nova Scotia. They give back to the community in many ways including sourcing products locally and hiring people who are not part of the mainstream workforce.
You can also make delicious granola from them. You can share this four-pack of granola with loved ones during the holidays.
Kola Goodies Tea Latte & Strainer gift box
Kola Goodies creates delicious tea blends from Sri Lankan producers and sources all their ingredients from them directly. This not only makes their blends authentic but also allows small businesses to directly support Sri Lankan farmers.
This gift box is ideal for those who love high-quality teas. It also comes with a gold strainer for tea!
For home decor lovers
This holiday season, why not gift elegance and style? These brands create high-quality products that will look amazing in any home.
Geo Hera Concrete Statue from Janet Gwen with Tray and Diffuser
Janet Gwen’s products have been very popular since their inception in 2014. The brand has been viral on social media many times since they expanded their product line.
These sophisticated concrete statues come with a tray and diffuser, making them one of the most sought-after items.
Freres Branchiaux Vanilla Spice Candle
Three brothers, aged 16, 13 and 11, were the founders of Freres Branchiaux when it was established in 2017. They knew that they wanted to make quality candles that would give back to the community, despite their youth. They donate 10% of their profits to charities that fight homelessness.
Their candles smell amazing, but the Vanilla spice candle is my favorite. It has the perfect warmth and comfort for the colder months.
Ethiopian Tea Towels at The Flourish Market
Flourish Market sells home decor and jewelry as well as clothing. All of their products have a higher social purpose. The brand partners up with small businesses such as B corps and employs artisans all over the globe with the aim of giving back to those communities.
These tea towels, made by Ethiopian artisans, would make a great addition to any kitchen.
Inglenook Marketplace: Handmade incense & Tea Light Cottage
Inglenook Marketplace, a small business located in New York, sells candles, home decor and books.
These cottages are handcrafted by a Hudson Valley potter and can be filled up with incense, lights or other decorations. They make a great gift for any holiday decor.
Fast fashion brands are not only bad for the environment but also their clothing is often low quality and designed to be quickly replaced. We love to support the following brands, which create fashionable and comfortable clothes with sustainability in mind.
Nora Linen coat by Love and Confuse
Love and Confuse is a family business committed to making clothing that lasts for generations. They use natural linen for all of their products, as well as recycled materials for their packaging.
This Nora linen jacket in black is chic and warm for this season.
Tracksuit set for Elias children from This is Unfolded
This is Unfolded can help you make an impact on your holiday shopping. This brand makes eco-friendly clothing for children and women, and donates the proceeds to Pratham in India, an Indian charity that supports education.
This tracksuit for kids is a fun and colorful gift idea.
Storm half zip long sleeves top by Eyo Active
Eyo Active designs workout clothes with the Earth in Mind. Their products are specifically designed to reduce ocean waste. Regenerated nylon, also called econyl is their main fabric. Repurposed nylon is made from fishing nets that otherwise would pollute the ocean.
This long-sleeve top makes a great gift for someone who enjoys working out or just lounging around.
Alqo Wasi signs alpaca sweater for dogs
Alqo Wasi makes beautiful furry garments from ethically sourced alpaca fibre. These sweaters are handmade by Peruvian artisans using traditional techniques. Their products are a unique gift idea for animal lovers.
This sweater is available in bold blue with an intricate pattern.
The conscientious shopper
These brands are committed creating nontoxic products, and incorporating sustainable practices in their business to make them eco-friendly gifts.
Eizzy Baby mustard snack cup
Eizzy Baby makes non-toxic baby products with non-toxic materials. They are ethically sourced, and BPA-free. Parents can feel confident about what they give their children. Angel House International, a Ugandan organization that assists girls in poverty, is also a partner of the small business.
This snack cup makes it easy to clean up for toddlers!
Saie is a makeup brand that values sustainability. They make all their products using natural ingredients. The brand is committed to making a positive impact by partnering with many environmentally conscious organizations, including Climate Neutral and 1% For The Planet.
The sunvisor sunscreen has nourishing ingredients that give it a subtle glow that will look flattering on everyone.
Arctic Haven Studio Holiday Notecard Set
It’s hard to go wrong when you send your loved ones some quality stationery. Arctic Haven Studio offers just that. These notecards are made from high-quality, hand-crafted paper art that was inspired by Alaska’s wilderness.
The brand recycles paper and limits plastic usage. A portion of the profits is donated to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Ocean Bottle – The Big Bundle
It is easy to reduce your carbon footprint by switching to reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones.
Ocean Bottle is a great place to buy because every bottle you purchase helps the brand collect 1000 bottles that will be recycled and not end up in the ocean.
This 4-pack bundle makes a great gift for friends and family.
We hope you found this blog post helpful in introducing you to small businesses that you can support this holiday season and beyond. We wish you a happy, healthy holiday!
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