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

Elizabeth Macauley

The holidays are a time of giving, but if you don’t know what to give, it can make the season seem less festive and jolly.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your in-laws, your second cousin twice removed, or your closest friend, we’ve compiled a list of options that will make a lasting impression—all while supporting a small business like yours.

Gift Ideas

During the holidays, gifts allow you to celebrate your family and friends individually. Each gift you give can be personalized with their wants, needs, and passions in mind.

For your dog- and cat-loving family and friends, check out Five Bostons. You’ll find high-quality accessories, blankets, collars, food, treats, and toys that are great for anyone’s furry friend.

Do you have a friend or loved one who needs a more efficient way to carry their belongings? Are they weighed down by their purse or fanny pack? Get Waisted offers a lightweight alternative to traditional fanny packs. Each spandex belt fits comfortably around your hips and offers a range of storage pockets. These waistbands are perfect for anyone who enjoys staying active, whether that’s running, playing with kids, or traveling.

Fitness Inspired Gifts

Giving the gift of an experience can leave a lasting impression, while giving you opportunities to make memories. A great place to start looking for experience gifts can be fitness centers. All you have to do is find a place near you. Florida residents can work out at Orangetheory Fitness. These fitness centers offer an exercise destination that’s great for beginners or seasoned fitness gurus.

Looking for a more structured fitness experience? Check out 9Round Middletown for 30-minute kickboxing classes to fit even the busiest schedules. In addition to Connecticut, 9Round facilities can be found in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Cycling is another great way to get active with your loved ones. Empowered Cycling, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, offers indoor cycling classes. These classes combine technology, certified instructors, music, and specialty lighting to help ensure a successful and fun workout.

Don’t stop at just fitness centers for gifts this holiday season. Help your loved ones fuel up after a hard workout with a gift card from Fresh Monkee, with five locations in Connecticut. Here, your loved one will find protein shakes made from whole fruits and vegetables—with no mystery powders or unhealthy ingredients included.


Holiday cards, senior portraits, newborn announcements, wedding shoots—the list is endless when it comes to moments people want to capture. Upgrade from your smartphone to support a local photographer this holiday season and capture special moments at the same time.

Connecticut residents can reach out to Roxbury Photography for all their picture-taking needs. Those located throughout New England can seek out Nick Caito Photography. In Texas, connect with professionals at Modern Lux Photography.

Food Gifts

Last, but certainly not least, is the gift of food. If you’re really drawing a blank, local restaurants, shops, and specialty food stores are the perfect place to purchase tasty treats or gift cards.

Food Gifts for Sweet Tooths

The holidays are a perfect time to gift sweets. For those with a sweet tooth on your holiday list, the website of Chicago-based 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.

If your loved ones are into ice cream more than chocolate, they’ll love Big Dip Ice Cream in North Syracuse, New York. A gift card will let them indulge in soft ice cream, hard ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, flurries, slushies, floats, and more. There’s something for everyone.

Donuts and coffee are another classic to consider. With a gift card from The Art of Donut in San Antonio, Texas, your family and friends can enjoy fresh homemade donuts—from classic to salty to seasonal—paired with hot coffee any time they want.

Do you have loved ones who are vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free? If so, they’ll love Get Baked, in Windsor, Connecticut. Here they can satisfy their sweet tooth or try countless breads, muffins, and treats that fit their diet.

Food Gifts for Everyone

A gift card for lunch or dinner can be a great gift that allows your loved ones to share a meal with others. For Washington, D.C. residents, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. offers savory fried chicken paired with their signature buttermilk biscuits. SnackBox Hot Dogs, located in the heart of Times Square in NYC, focuses on classic and specialty hot dogs, coupled with homemade toppings.

Minnesota residents can find American street foods at Streetz American Grill. They offer hot dogs—both Chicago and Coney, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, tacos, burgers, and more.

Know any fans of Cajun cuisine? If so, The Lost Cajun in San Antonio, Texas is a great place to get a gift card. Your friends and family can enjoy fried catfish, shrimp, oysters, Louisiana gumbo, and signature beignets. The Lost Cajun has more than 25 locations in six states.

If American style foods aren’t what you’re looking for, then Italian cuisine can be another great option. A gift card to V’s Trattoria in Hartford, Connecticut, can satisfy any pasta or pizza lover’s cravings. Florida residents can enjoy similar Italian cuisine at Terramia Trattoria, which is known for their specialty thin crust pizza.

In addition to Italian, you can give your loved ones a taste of Mexico this holiday with a gift card to the Agave Grill in Hartford, Connecticut. Here, they can enjoy Mexican style cuisine, as well as other signature dishes.

You can let your loved ones’ taste buds travel even further south than Mexico with a gift card from Caribbean Hut in Charlotte, North Carolina. Caribbean Hut offers authentic entrees such as curry goat, oxtails, pepper steak, jerk chicken, and a variety of shrimp-based dishes.

Know any sushi lovers? If so, Wasabi On 82nd, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a great choice. A gift card from this restaurant will let your friends and family enjoy sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine.

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!


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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