The holidays are a time of celebration, but they also can be a time of stress—especially while searching for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, whether they’re a foodie or a sports fan, or even a combination of the two.
If you’ve been dreading the long holiday lines at your local mall, then consider shopping online. More and more small businesses have begun participating in Cyber Monday, the online shopping event that takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Shopping Cyber Monday is a great way to avoid some holiday stress, save some money, and—increasingly—support other small businesses. Take a look at our handy small business online gift guide. Small businesses offer something to make everyone happy this holiday season.
Online Gift Ideas for Babies and Young Children
Green Toys makes all its eco-friendly children’s toys in the United States. From stackers and vehicles to water toys, and more, you can use the easy filtering tool while shopping to quickly find the best toys for all the babies and young children on your list.
Sage Explorers is a learning center, toy store, and online shop that provides “high-quality, award-winning toys and games for infants, toddlers and children of all ages.” Shop by age on its website, inclusive of teen-, adult-, and family-friendly options.
Online Gift Ideas for Pet Parents
Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe is a retro dog bakery and pet boutique in San Diego. Check out its website, where you’ll not only find unique doggie treats, but also cute dog clothing and accessories, dog carriers, dog toys, and more. You can even find dog-printed leggings…for people.
The Fish & Bone will speak to your pet lovers’ desire to do the best they can for their pets, especially cats and dogs. None of the treats and food they offer contain by-products or artificial dyes, flavors, or preservatives. They support their local shelters in Boston year-round and also sell pet toys, pet beds, clothing and accessories for pets and humans, and more.
Online Gift Ideas for Foodies
Zia Pia imports fine foods from various regions of Italy. Its online shops offer various high-quality pastas, sauces, Italian sweets, balsamic products, extra virgin olive oil, and—the foodie holy grail—truffle products.
I Want Pig Candy takes bacon to the next level: crispy, crunchy, candied bacon. Depending on the flavor, which can range from maple whiskey to mango habanero, fans enjoy it was a topping on everything from ice cream to burgers. Of course, you also can just eat it alone as a snack.
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits has been featured by Oprah, in Southern Living, in Food & Wine, and more. Based in Charleston, S.C., the company’s online shop offers buttery, southern-style biscuits, biscuit-making kits, pimento cheese, and more. If you’re local to the area, you can even take baking classes.
Online Gift Ideas for Dessert Lovers
Taffy Shop allows you to create your own mix of saltwater taffy flavors or choose themed bags like Santa Snax. Purchase bags by the pound, selecting from various flavor families, including novelty flavors such as blueberry muffin crumb, campfire s’mores, and spiced carrot cake. It even offers sugar-free varieties.
Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies offers gift baskets that have been featured by Rachael Ray and on Good Morning America and The Today Show, among others. From cookie bars, to toffees, to granola, you’ll find something for every sweet tooth on your list.
The Happy Chocolatier provides a unique way to enjoy truffles: Cubze™, cube-shaped truffles that are smooth, extraordinarily rich in taste, and made from all-natural ingredients. With flavors like raspberry, cookies & cream, and dark chocolate sea salt, you can’t go wrong.
Online Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers
Hopscotch Coffee in Bloomington, Ind., presents coffee-related gift sets, gift subscriptions, mugs and cups, and brewing equipment on its website—so even non-locals can try their Fair Trade roasts.
Monsoon Roastery, an eco-conscious community coffee roaster in Springfield, Mass., offers various roasts, coffee-related gear, and coffee subscriptions in its online store. You can even find a “Rise & Grind” coffee soap bar!
Press Coffee Roasters, based in Arizona, features coffee beans sourced from locations across the globe. Gift your coffee lover a subscription to try a few. The packaging even profiles tips for brewing the best possible cup.
Online Unique Gifts for Her
The buyers at Pink Olive select “objects that are beautiful, innovative, inspiring and thoughtful.” From bath- and spa-related items to beautifully crafted stationery, and items for the home, you’ll find many options for mothers, wives, daughters, friends, and more.
HipChik sells clothing, accessories, shoes, decor, and more. Check out the beaded blazers, funky handbags, and even playful knick-knacks and games.
Bosco’s Mercantile is “an upscale bedding and lifestyle store in the Hudson Valley” that supports fair trade and puts quality first. Visit its online shop for fine linens, ceramics, comfortable robes, candles, and other gifts.
Online Unique Gifts for Him
Fine and Dandy sells everything a man needs to look his best. Visit its online shop for made-in-the-USA men’s accessories, including: cufflinks, ties, bow ties, handkerchiefs, scarves, neckerchiefs, hats, tie bars, lapel pins, collar bars, watch straps, suspenders,and much more.
If you have a sports fan on your list, then Pro Image Sports is the shopping destination for you. Shop by league—both NCAA and professional—and by team to find fan-friendly sports gear and apparel, ranging from a Michigan State Spartans putting green runner to a San Francisco 49ers red breakaway knit scarf with tassels.
Are you a small business owner that sells gifts online? Please feel free to share in the comments!