Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Amy's 2013 Small Business Gift Guide





For a long while now, I have made it a priority to patronize small businesses, especially those that are the projects of my friends and family, whenever I can. Since starting my own Jamberry business (the reason why this blog has gone dormant lately), I have become even more passionate about the importance of supporting small business owners of all kinds with our spending money.

To that end, I decided to put together a Small Business Holiday Gift Guide, in the hopes that it will bring customers and small proprietors together! How about staying home this Black Friday? How about shopping from folks like these people instead of from Amazon? There is some really great stuff here. So please - browse and BUY!!!



Bellah + Jude

Flipping adorable customizable tutus and headbands for ladies of any age, newborn to adult! Sewn with love by the beautiful Laura. You can email her at bellah.and.jude@gmail.com.
(That's my sweet Naomi there in the middle!)


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bhuey designs

Elegant and affordable hand-crafted jewelry inspired by media and literature. Choices include Downton Abbey earrings, Jane Austen hair pins, and Doctor Who necklaces!! Designed and created by my beautiful friend, Brigid.



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Gorgeous hand-knitted creations, carefully and skillfully created by the adorable Chelcie (who is loved by my kiddos!!)


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Designer Jules

Personalized and custom items that can be given as gifts at baby showers, wedding showers, as Christmas gifts, or just for fun. Made by the delightful Julia.


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Off-beat, and sometimes edgy, original artwork created by my buddy Dave. Perfect for children's rooms, or any room where you need a pop of color and bit of bizarre. All proceeds go to Barrel of Monkeys, a non-profit educational theatre company based in Chicago.


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Where sensible and stunning meet. Meticulously handcrafted bags [and more!!]. Original designs. Bespoke spoken here. Made by my lovely friend Suzanna.


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Homespun Fun Gifts & Homespun Fun Parties

Customized and handmade signs of all sorts: welcome, monogrammed, holiday and more!! Designed and created by the cute and fun Rachel, who also runs Homespun Fun Parties, an all-inclusive party planning company for young girls. Check out that website as well - what a unique gift idea, buy a party for the young lady in your life!!!



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Are you tired of painting your nails, only to have them chip within a day or two? Jamberry Nails are the solution! Salon quality nail wraps that you can apply yourself, will last up to two weeks on your fingernails and six weeks on your toenails. No smearing, no chipping, no chemicals, no dry time!! Unlike anything you can buy in the store or at the salon. We also carry a line of 5-Free Nail Lacquers, as well as hand and cuticle care products. Signature style at your fingertips.


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Sweet skirts for littles. Sewn by the lovely Annie.


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Embellished, appliqu├ęd, and personalized children's clothing; hand-crafted by sweet Elizabeth.


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State of the art products designed to improve quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning.



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Erin Buschhorn, Independent Designer with Origami Owl

More than just jewelry, with their Living Lockets™ and Tagged charms, Origami Owl brings you personalized jewelry that tells your story.


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Nichole Schlatter, Independent Consultant for Thirty-One

Thirty-One creates products that provide solutions to women on the go. Women deserve something to make them feel special, so check out what Thirty-One has to offer for the women in your life (or yourself!). Browse the catalog here and email Nichole at nicschlatt@hotmail.com with your orders!!!


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Meticulously and gorgeously handcrafted barrettes, forest friends, wallets, and more. Designed and created by the always elegant Abby.


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From Marci's website: "Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read. Choose from almost 2000 bright colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects."



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In addition to these awesome small businesses that I have listed, please consider visiting independently owned brick-and-mortar shops in your city, hosting a party for an independent consultant that you know, checking out the Etsy shops and websites of other hand-crafters and artists, and also consider shopping with socially-conscious companies like Land of a Thousand Hills coffee company.

Support small business owners this Christmas and make a real difference in an individual's life!!!

1 comment:

Laura Brandt said...

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!! You are the BEST - this is so awesome!!! My goal is to gift from small shops and/or social justice companies this year!!! Make the gift count TWICE! xoxo

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