The holidays are a time of celebration, but they also can be a time of stress. Maybe you feel overwhelmed trying to find the right gift for everyone on your list. Or maybe you’re dreading those long holiday lines at your local shopping mall.
As a small business owner, have you considered using your Cyber Monday shopping to support other small businesses? You have plenty of small business-friendly options when it comes to personal and business gift giving. Or, if your small business is looking to increase its own sales on Cyber Monday, we have tips for accomplishing that as well.
Whatever the case, you’ll be able to avoid some holiday stress this year by taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of online small business retailers that are sure to fit everyone you’re buying for.
Online Gift Ideas
Gift giving at the holidays allows us to show our appreciation for our friends and family, as well as for valued business associates. This year you can avoid giving generic gifts found at larger stores by shopping online from small businesses. These small businesses offer special, and even one-of-a-kind, gifts that you won’t find in bigger retail stores.
For starters, Pride Socks in Austin, Texas, offers unique and fun socks for everyone on your list. You can choose from colorful tube socks, business casual crew socks, or athletic socks. Pride Socks even offers custom socks made for a cause. However, if you’re not interested in gifting socks, there are T-shirts, tank tops, and other accessories to choose from as well.
If you have friends and family who enjoy staying active, consider a gift from Get Waisted. This site offers a lightweight alternative to traditional fanny packs. Your loved ones will be able to easily and conveniently store all the items they need while out for a run, walk, or hike. Each spandex belt fits comfortably around your hips and can be a great gift for kids as well.
Online Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Children
The holidays can be an especially exciting time for children. Sage Explorers, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, offers high-quality, award-winning toys and games for children of all ages. Their interactive website makes shopping a breeze by sorting toys by ages:
- Ages four to six
- Ages seven to 10
- Ages 10 and up
You’ll even find games that are great for the whole family. Sage Explorers’ enthusiasm for children’s education is not only expressed through their toys. They also offer a full-service learning center. Here, students in kindergarten through high school can receive tutoring.
Looking for the perfect gift for a newborn or infant? You can get handmade bibs, burp cloths, crib shoes, booties, and more from Sweet Summer Baby. You can even request monogramming to make your gift more personal. With only six women designing and making each item, a gift from Sweet Summer Baby is sure to be memorable.
Online Food Gifts
Your friends and family don’t have to be official foodies to have a favorite flavor or dish. Giving the gift of food can be a great way to make an impact this holiday season.
For your breakfast lovers, consider Seven Sundays in Minnesota. This small business offers muesli, a healthy breakfast option that combines gluten-free oats, nuts, seeds, fruit, organic honey, flaxseed, and more. This breakfast is chock full of nutrients, while packing in the flavor for a satisfying start to anyone’s morning.
You probably have at least one relative or friend who prioritizes coffee in the morning. This is why Simple Roast Coffee in New York state is a great option for any coffee lovers who are on your list. You can choose from a variety of flavors made from organic fair trade coffee beans, including Mocha-Java, Ethiopian Natural Sidamo, and Maya Decaf.
Do you have relatives, friends—or even business associates—who love to cook? Inspire them this holiday with a gift from The Playful Pantry. Check out their online store, where you can choose from a variety of flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices, and other delicious ingredients.
At The Playful Pantry’s website, you’ll find new and exciting flavor combinations that will be great additions to anyone’s pantry or favorite recipes. For example, they offer a variety of sea salts, such as Applewood Smoked Sea Salt or Black Truffle Sea Salt. You’ll also find a library of fun recipes your loved ones can try. You could even print a few and add them to the gift directly.
Online Food Gifts for Sweet Tooths
The holidays are a great time of year for those with a sweet tooth. This year, consider giving the gift of chocolate. Cocoa + Co. offers chocolate treats sourced from quality ingredients. You can choose from a variety of assorted chocolates, chocolate bars, spreads, and even drinking chocolate. You also can get gift baskets full of handcrafted chocolate treats.
Baked goods that are gluten-free and still taste good can be hard to come by. For your gluten-free and nut-free relatives and friends, consider Early’s Edibles, located in Connecticut and Vermont. Here, you can get satisfying cookies made with healthy ingredients like sunflower seed butter. Each batch is handmade without additives or preservatives.
Do you have someone on your list who enjoys trying new and interesting desserts? If so, send some candied bacon their way from I Want Pig Candy. You can get them a three-ounce pouch or a sampler size. You also can choose from more than 15 flavors, including:
- Original brown sugar
- Peanut butter beer
- Honey teriyaki
- Maple whiskey
Are you a small business owner that sells gifts? Let us know in the comments.