small business holiday gift guide

Small Business Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Perfect Gift from a Small Business Like Yours

Elizabeth Macauley + Anne Shaw

The holidays are a time of giving, but they can seem more stressful than jolly if you don’t know what to give.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your in-laws, your second cousin twice removed, or your closest friend, we’ve compiled this small business holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect way to show your family and friends how much you care—all while supporting a small business like yours.

Socially or Environmentally Conscious Gift Ideas

Pride Socks sells, you guessed it, socks—all sorts of socks. What makes this company special is its owner’s story and her mission to create a company whose own mission is to empower others to take pride in their personal stories and goals. On top of that, proceeds from the company’s Custom for a Cause line are donated to the partnering nonprofits.

Like Pride Socks, RocknSocks also sells one of the most popular stocking stuffers, but they do so with sustainability in mind. These funky socks are made in the U.S.A. from sustainable materials. The company also uses only 100% recycled paper products and nontoxic, vegetable-based printing ink for its packaging and marketing materials.

African Heritage Collection sells one-of-a-kind, hand-carved furniture and decor from Ghanaian craftsmen, including candleholders and statues, mirrors and wall decor, instruments and games, and more. This platform not only offers unique gifting opportunities, but also a way for “indigenous skilled carvers to support their families and help sustain their trade and the environment.”

Innovative, Yet Classic, Gift Ideas

With Prince + Pete, we’re back to socks, but not just any socks. These socks sneak in several innovative features, such as extra cushioning on the sole, built-in arch support, a seamless toe, and moisture-wicking, eco-friendly bamboo fabric. You can even gift a monthly subscription. Speaking of monthly subscriptions….

Single Swag is a fun new way to give someone the gift that keeps on giving. This monthly gift subscription has been featured in CosmopolitanInStyle, and more, and, while a gift subscription has become one of the classic gifts, the target group for Single Swag is new. This service focuses on empowering and inspiring single women. Plus, the company donates a portion of their proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Cozy Home Gift Ideas

From pillows and blankets, to seasonal door hangings and inspirational wall decor, and more, Kennedy Sue offers endless ways to create a snug and homey atmosphere.

Witty Wicks‘ hand-crafted, soy wax candles are a sure way to give the warm fuzzies. Nothing feels quite as cozy as candlelight. And these candles go the extra mile with pleasantly unique scents like cinnamon chai, candy cane, and cedarwood & amber.

Dessert and Candy Gift Ideas

Do you have a sweet tooth on your list who suffers from food allergies? Torie & Howard has the perfect gift: all-natural organic candies, free of major food allergens without sacrificing flavor or texture! Give beautifully designed tins of hard candies, flavored with d’anjou pear and cinnamon, pink grapefruit and tupelo honey, and more. There also are Chewie Fruities® of the same flavors, plus sour versions.

Divine Treasures makes organic, vegan, gluten-free European dark chocolates. From caramels, to truffles, to barks and clusters, even sugar-free chocolates, there’s something for every chocolate-lover.

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? What about a box, or even a tower, of cookies? Cookies by Joey, whose cookies were once selected for inclusion in the Oscars® nominee gift bags, offers just that, including gluten-free options.

Creative or Nostalgic Gift Ideas

Since 2003, Poketo has “carefully curated and created a collection of design-conscious goods meant to cultivate a creative lifestyle.” And the husband-and-wife team that started it all has succeeded. To give a gift that sparks creativity, check out their funky puzzles, fanciful garlands, colorful wall planners, unique children’s gifts, and more.

If anyone on your list is still inspired by or especially interested in the 1960s, check out Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The museum sits on the historic site of the Woodstock festival and, in its online shop, you’ll find Woodstock-related posters and prints, CDs and films, coasters, ornaments, tapestries, and collectibles.

Whatever your gift needs are this holiday season, consider purchasing from a fellow small business owner. ‘Tis the season!

Does your small business sell gifts? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Responses to "Small Business Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Perfect Gift from a Small Business Like Yours"
    • Tyrone E Foxworth | November 21, 2017 at 1:04 am

      I am the owner of Foxworth Scent Body and Bath Oil..Located at 242 South Lowry St , Smyrna Tn..Ph# 615-788-7306

    • Sandra | December 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I am, Dr. Sandra Hobson, owner of Helping U Hear, LLC in Des Moines, IA. Many who where hearing aids appreciate the gift of batteries, dryers, maintenance kits! Also, those who want to know more. I have a DVD for CareTakers to know more about hearing aids, Cochlear Implants, and Communication. Having been deafened at age 2, I’ve focused on developing ways of helping others whether the hearing challenged or the caretakers.

    • Linda | December 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      I am Linda, owner/photographer at Linda Terdan Photography, LLC in Mentor, OH. Prints make GREAT gifts. (The printed photograph seems to be disappearing.)
      Gift certificates for Family sessions or a Boudoir session also make very special gifts.

    • Eleanor | November 14, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      I am Eleanor we sell local Arizona honey. Everyone loves honey right? We even have flavored and whipped honeys which make a fabulous gift for anyone on your list that is hard to buy for. Large sizes or small it will be appreciated for weeks to come. Order on line at

    • Nora | November 15, 2018 at 7:39 am

      You must contact Cook Associates in Norwalk CT – 203-838-0490 for all things company gifts. They will put your logo, website, phone #, etc on almost anything. Visit their showroom for a vast array of ideas.

    • Trip Wolfskehl | November 15, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Merry merry to those looking for awesome personalized gifts – we make custom map blankets and scarves of any address in the world! Super plush and cozy – perfect for really any gift giving need, but especially in the winter. See this:

    • Yolanda Padron | November 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

      I am Yolanda Padron, owner of Fitness Together South Miami. Yes!. a way to start with a Fitness routine that will increase energy, stamina and health, will lower cholesterol, stress, blood sugar levels and weight . That is a gift for life!. We are a private studio, specialized in personal training. We were created for people that don’t like big gyms or don’t feel they can keep the pace o a group We focus on taking care of any special desease or injuries.
      A session at Fitness Together South Miami will be the gift your love ones will alway appreaciate.

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