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.
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.
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.
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