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Gift Guide No. 4 - Small Business

I have been working on this list for weeks, its one of my favorite things to talk about and, most definitely, this time of year.  A small business means a family or a person who works their fanny off each and every single day to create a life for themselves and their families.  Small businesses have taken a huge hit this year with closings and quarantine and my heart goes out to every single one of them.  I work with so many, am one myself, and I will support them over a big box every single time.  With the ease of big box shipping it is so tempting to just point, click, and order but I am committed to shopping small every single time I can and would love for you to do the same. 

Small businesses I love and would love for you to support ... 

Waiting On Martha ... a local favorite!  She has the best items for holidays and for making cheese plates along with an extensive collection of gifts.  If I could choose one item to share from Mandy's shop I would choose her amazing build your own cheese board she designed herself. You can get one for yourself or cross off your gift list with this goodie!  Also, her cyber sales are currently happening, so make sure you check them out when you get on her site.  (current sale 10 to 30% off)

Buckhead Gift Co. ... this local company is so special and amazing at putting together boxes and gifts for all types of needs.  My first introduction to them was a fabulous spa box I am still enjoying.  The box itself is so good and is packed with so many fun goodies that are curated for special needs.  You can choose from their list or you can create one of your own.  I had the wonderful opportunity to create an amazing gift box I am super excited about. I think this box is amazing for so many people and has a little bit of so many good things.  I hope you will check it out here, the items are truly so wonderful!  

Giddy Paperie ... Leslie is a talented artist and paints the most beautiful things.  She has a number of darling items for your kitchen and home.  One of my favorite things on her website is the suite of items in her fun creative designs.  You can pick a pattern and then choose cards, tags, mugs, flat notes, and folded cards.  Once you choose your favorite design you can just purchase it all.  My personal favorite would be the Ginger Jar Greetings.  (25% off all pink and green items with code HOLIDAYPREP25)

Evelyn Henson ... one of my first blog interviews and to date, one of my favorite.  Evelyn is a creative and talented artist that brings the everyday to the next level.  I love her prints, maps, darling coffee cups + brand new travel cups.  I love sending her city cups to friends to celebrate a trip or their home town or maybe to remind them they are loved in the city I am in. Last year she launched a journal that may be the best book for this year, 100 days of Happiness.  You will love Evelyn if you don't already shop with her ... and currently she is offering 15% off with code OHWHATFUN15 through Monday. 

Cabana Life ... my favorite shop for sun safe clothing, something we should all be wearing.  I love partnering with this amazing company and their clothes are both so darling and super functional for sun safety.  I love the tunic and terry dresses, they are so cozy after being outside and in the water. (You can shop 40% off right now with code FRIYAY.)

Dress for Cocktails ... another talented Leslie with even more cute items.  This Leslie designs the most darling bags for day and night and each one is adorned with bows you can change out to fit your outfit or your mood.  I own a number of her items and my most favorite is the Pink Gingham kiss clutch with the holiday bow.  How about the Christmas Taffeta bow on that darling pink gingham?  Since you can change the bows make sure you grab one or two more.  On that pink gingham I would use either the beautiful red for fun and the palm frond to keep it preppy! (current sale 40% off)

Emily McCarthy ... a dear friend with the best Shoppe around!! I buy so many things from Emily because she sells the best of the best.  I have a custom monogram she created for me and I use it on all things around the house.  I think gifting this to your wife, mother, mother in law, or someone special is an amazing gift.  If you are looking for something a little smaller I highly recommend either the amazing Monogrammed Paper Napkin (seen above) or the darling Peppermint Spot Cheetah pjs.  How darling are those?  I would get a pair for you, and all the girls in your family and start wearing them December 1.  I love them!! If you choose the monogrammed napkins you can personalize them by color and foil color and they make amazing gifts for all. Do you have a hard to buy for on your list ... these napkins are perfect! You can stock up items from the Gift Bar for friends and neighbors and check out her darling clothing line! (current sale .... free shipping over $100 + 3 more days to order personalized gifts)

Hazen & Co. ... Taylor is another personal and dear friend and her jewelry is my absolute favorite to buy for others.  I have a number of pieces and if you have some of her jewelry than I would recommend either something from the Holiday collection or if you are new to her items I would pick either a great Margaret or Minnie! The Margaret is the most classic, in my opinion, and looks good with anything and every single bracelet you pair with it.  It is an excellent starting point if this is your first Hazen piece to build a collection. If you choose the Minnie I would get a few to make a great stack! If you are looking for more than one bracelet, I think Margaret and Minnie would be best friends and show so well together! Taylor and Emily created a custom Holiday stack together and I love it so ... you can see that one here(current sale, spend now and save later.  They are offering gift cards to use later with purchases!)

Megan Carn ... Megan is such a talented artist and paints beautiful custom pieces.  She is so much fun to follow and buy from, her art is so cute!  She has both originals and prints on her site and these would be darling for a family member with a pet or for someone who loves to collect art.  This one ... I just can't with its cuteness! I think it would also be so fun to order a custom piece for someone ... her work is truly so good. 

Jane Allen Designs ... Janie is the sweetest friend and her jewelry designs are stunning.  Her goal is to make the special functional for everyday and to be the middle ground between super expensive and costume jewelry.  She has truly nailed her niche and has the prettiest things.  I love both her bracelets and earrings, and would love to start a collection of her stackable rings. (Her site is currently 25% off through Sunday with code THANKFUL)

Bauble Stockings ... This company blows me away with their selection and their mission.  Kate is not only a friend but someone I admire so very much!  Kate's small needlepoint stockings are meant to hold the most special, and final, gift of the season. They are stitched beautifully by loving and hard working women in Haiti.  She has not only created a beautiful product but has also provided work for so many families in a country that is so close to my heart.  I could not love it more. As a major love of all things needlepoint I have a number of her pieces, one for each of my family members to carry on the tradition she has created for her family!  ❤

Crab & Cleek ... Shea has the best tote bags, trust me, I own at least six of them.  They are big and deep and hold so much and are ideal for all things from going away for a night or toting estate sale finds home from a sale.  I love how stylish the look while being so incredibly functional.  You can choose one of her darling patterns or you can create one to your liking with darling stitched letters. I have both styles and think they are both amazing and so cute.  I have given many of her tote bags as gifts and they are always a great gift! A new addition to her inventory are her darling masks that you can also customize with letters, I think they would make such a fun stocking stuffer for your family! 

Barrington Gifts ... Barrington is a great company that I talk about all the time.  As in, All. The. Time. There are two things that stand out to me about ordering a Barrington item, 1. the quality is so good and their customer service is amazing, and 2. every single thing is custom!  I would recommend any single thing on their site, and most definitely tell you to take the time to personalize it for the person you are buying for, it makes such a difference.  You could take your list to their site and pretty much cross every single person off.  My favorite things to purchase for others are the sunglasses case, the luggage tags, the passport covers (we will travel once again), and St. Charles Yacht tote bags.  (Their Buy More, Save More sale, up to 25% off the whole site, is currently happening ... so shop now.  The cut off for Christmas orders is 12/10 so make sure you order in time.)

The Tiny Tassel ... I love Mimi!  She is the cutest with a great business plan and truly hustles so hard.  I have bought a number of things from her and I still swear by her darling handmade tassels.  My earrings are the favorite things I own and this pair is my current favorite.  Add them to your gift, make them a stocking stuffer, or grab them for your girlfriends and you are done! (Currently offering 20% the Curated Collection wide code PINKFRIDAY20)

Lisi Lerch ... all the earrings and all the bags, yes please!!!  Lisi has the cutest pieces ... I would check out their Holiday Collection for the prettiest selection + bags.  I love the studs the most + this bag is the cutest for the holidays and after.  They are currently having an amazing sale ... up to 60% off site wide and free shipping, this is the time to shop for sale!  

Dudley Stephens ... Dudley's are the best and coziest pullovers, maybe ever.  I love them so, and own one and have a second one on my wish list. I own the Cobble Hill and Park Slope is on my wish list. They are so cozy, so soft and timeless! (Choose a gift at checkout with a $150 purchase)

August Morgan ... Kate makes the most beautiful things ... I love them all. I own so many pieces of her clothing + collect her cocktail napkins.  They are so fun to gift to others ... and can be the best little happies for anything from coffee + cocktails.  This one may be my favorite of all time, but they are so cute! 

Mae Wearable Art ... Mae is an adorable jewelry artist here in Atlanta.  She is truly infectious and creates the most unique and beautiful pieces that are most definitely unique. I met Mae at The Southern C this year and loved her immediately.  We share a photographer so you can easily tell she has great taste. There are so many pieces of hers that are amazing, I will try to name just a few. Please check out both the Starburst Hoop (these for holiday are incredible and how about every single day with that sparkle!) and the Emmie Square (an amazing gift at just $18 and available in 15 colors). You must also check out the Anna collection.  She lost a friend to a horrible battle with cancer and the earrings she created (and donates all proceeds) are just the prettiest things.  Here is the gold I just ordered for myself ... can you even? I think they make great girlfriend happies (for any day) and would be darling for your teen girls! (Mae shared a coupon code with me ... TPC10 for 10% off site wide from 11/25 to 11/29. Not valid on the Anna Collection or the Wrist Wear Collection and cannot be combined with any other offer.  Not valid on past purchases or gift cards.)

Weezie Towels ... I have owned and loved these towels for so long, the moment the box arrived and I tried them I was hooked.  They are the softest towels we own and feel so good the second you wrap them around after a shower.  I clearly know why everyone raves about them so, they are just so good.  I also own the robe, love it too, and the item I use most would be the face towels.  These towels are ideal for gifts ... and would be amazing in a stocking.  They come in a set of two and you can keep them together or break them up into two gifts.  I use these face towels every single day. (free shipping on all orders!)

The Monogram Corner ... I love a great monogram and monogram shop even more.  After owning my own monogram business for over six years I shop from what I consider to be the best.  I am picky and there are a few businesses I think do an amazing job, The Monogram Corner being one of them.  Their holiday collection is really good and I love a number of the items in the section.  The darling name bracelets are so popular this year and I think these make precious gifts, those gold beads are so pretty. I also think these oval dip boards are so unique and I love that you can personalize them ... what a great gift!  If you need bulk gifts I really think these Cachepot Candles are darling ... and they are made of soy wax which makes them a safer option.  If you have any specific questions pop them an email, their customer service is really good and they are so very helpful with choosing monogram styles and colors.  

Maizie Clarke ... To know Maizie is to adore her, she is just the kindest soul.  Her art is so fun and I love the watercolor images she creates.  We have long said we want to work together if I ever get my act together and find some time without chaos.  I purchased these plates for our dining room and I love them and this desk calendar is a must have for sure. If we ever needed a new calendar this would be the year!  This desk calendar is the cutest, maybe ever.  When you are done with the month you can flip it over and it becomes a frameable print on the back.  Yes please! I snagged two of these towels for gifts ... I think they are perfect for my bourbon loving friends and will be used so much!  

Lycette Designs ... this company (and the one below) are my go to for amazing needlepoint canvases.  I am partial to Jessica since she taught me the craft, but there are so many incredible shops!  If you are new to needlepoint it is an easy hobby to pick up, and if you are already addicted than you know how good and relaxing it is.  If you have a mom, sister, SIL, or someone you need a great gift for ... I can not recommend a great canvas enough.  I added a series of them to my wish list and have asked my husband for a gift card.  For me there is nothing more satisfying than finishing something and I can not tell you how relaxing it truly is. If you don't know what canvas or accessory to snag, I highly recommend a project bag.  I have one, I don't love it, so I will be upgrading to one of these for sure! (Free priority shipping on orders over $249)

Morgan Julia Designs ... ditto from above.  If you are looking for some great stocking stuffers for a needlepointer (or yourself to give ideas to someone you love) I suggest her darling needleminders.  I love her canvases and you should definitely check out what she has in stock.  Can I get the Cabana Boy canvas, oh and the cabana boy too

Kristin Pearce ... I have known Kristin for years and truly think she is one I would be besties with if she lived next door.  Kristin has amazing style and is a fellow needlepointer so I am always watching what she is working on.  You must check out her shop ... it is filled with so many fun gifts and the prettiest jewelry.  Her holiday collection is filled with so many great finds, you can most definitely get some amazing stickers and gift tags. In the jewelry collection I love this beautiful classic piece + this one with the double strand.  I think my mother would love this one. (Kristin has shared a coupon code to give to you ... PAIGE15 for 15% off the site)

Smith's of Dublin ... Natalie is the sweetest and has done an incredible job transforming a small town jewelry store into a destination shop for all things fabulous.  I have been to the shop twice and each time found something that was more amazing than the last time. If you have not been to visit I would describe it as a jewelry shop filled with incredible china, home accessories, the prettiest tabletop pieces and so much more.  The holiday section is just so good, I want one of everything to gift! To know is to know.  I asked Natalie if she would recommend one item to share with you and she came back with a fabulous choice, this prayer box.  I think this is the most amazing + beautiful gift, especially for this year.  (I have a fabulous coupon code to share ... PINKCLUTCH15 for 15% off the site.)  

Tiny Tag Co. ... Another amazing small business run by two incredibly creative people. The fun part about following and purchasing from Tiny Tag is seeing them on Instagram share so many fun things that other people purchase. Every time they share I want to order more since they are telling me how to use it.  I am a visual learner and this totally speaks to me. I have a few things from the girls that I really love, but the item I use most are my notepads.  With two small businesses of my own and a big family three I am constantly making lists ... they are my favorite! You must check out their Holiday collection, there are such cute items!  For years I had a friend that would gift me holiday tags each year in early December for me to use all season.  It was the best gift and until now I had forgotten all about it.  Every single time I used those gifts I thought of her and our relationship.  Such a sweet gift and I need to start doing it for my people!  This design is my absolute favorite, it is so sweet! (use code CYBERWEEK to save on all orders over $35)

Brooke Wright Designs ... You will love Brooke's creative designs, she is a hit with her darling clothes and cute headbands.  I own a number of Brooke's pieces and love that you can match your mask to your clothes, which is even more fun when you need to wear a mask.  (She is offering 20% off both her fall items and the sale pieces with code THANKFUL.)

Lake Pajamas ... Lake has a cult like following and if you wear them once you will instantly know why. They are the softest pajamas around and so very cozy. Their pajamas are the best happy for anyone, both adults and kids, and matching is so much fun.  I am known to wear my pj bottoms around the house as a lounge pant, they are just that comfortable. The site is currently hosting a Black Friday sale with amazing prices, I would most definitely check it out and see who you can scratch off your list. I love both the short long option and the short short option, they are both so comfy and great to add with a robe if you get chilly.  

Elizabeth Wilson Designs ... I have loved Elizabeth Wilson's clothing since the first time I spotted her designs.  The ruffles and the gingham, I am telling you they are just the cutest things.  She designs amazing pieces each season and I seem to find one new one in my closet each time she does.  Her newest collection is truly darling, and I am sure you will love it as well.  I know these holidays will be so different, but dressing well is always a great idea.  The best thing about her clothes is that you can dress them up or wear them with jeans and cute tennis shoes, ruffles and gingham match anything! You will most definitely want to check out her pieces, I did.  This one has my name all over it, don't you think? (EWD Black Friday sale starts on 11/27, 30 to 80% off site wide)

Willow Park Boutique ... This local shop is one of my absolute favorites.  Owned by two darling and dear friends the inventory at Willow Park is always so fun to peruse. From a fun top to pair with jeans to something more special they have every thing on both ends and everything in between.  It is a great one stop shop for all things for your closet and most definitely need to be added to your frequent shopping list.  They are currently offering 25% off for their Black Friday special, just use code BLACK25

Sweet Caroline Designs ... Caroline is one of my closest friends who is so gifted and draws the most amazing things.  Her designs are so fun and so unique and I absolutely love owning any and all things from Sweet Caroline Designs.  She created the logo for my new shop and I think it is truly so perfect.  You can order so many fun things from her, along with custom pieces, and you will love each one. Her cut off for Christmas cards is December 1, so hurry if you want one of her designs.  There are so many good ones to choose from, this years selection may be my favorite she has created.  I can not choose a favorite one to share with you.  Also, her wrapping paper designs are soo cute, I order some each year and love using it.  Last year I ordered the toile and loved it and I will order it again.  I also will order a few sheets of the St. Nick, the red stripe, the Nutcracker, and the Ginger Jar.  I clearly could not pick a second favorite.  

Arianna Belle ... I love Arianna's pillows and so do all of you when I share images of them.  I first used her pillows in a One Room Challenge for our hooked and was hooked. The patterns are so pretty, the quality is top notch and you really can't go wrong with purchasing from her.  I have a pair of the Magenta Velvet + a pair of the Les Touches in Blue.  A pair of pillows or a gift card would be such a great gift for someone in your family, maybe someone who bought a house this year.  Or your parents, they can update a space in their house with some cute pillows.  You will truly love her work.  (She is offering a BOGO deal.  Buy one pillow cover, get the second one at 40% off.  Valid from 11/26 to 11/30 with code BOGO2020)

Natalie Chang ... Natalie is such a talented and kind friend.  Her hand drawn designs are so very special and have been something I treasure purchasing year after year.  Each year I buy a number of her cups, coffee to go cups, and napkins and wrap them up with treats to give to teachers, neighbors, and our best friends. The cups come in a good number to divide in half and tie with bows.  You can request extra sleeves when ordering to do just that, it makes it so very easy.  Last year I tied up her napkins with yummy Rosemary Shortbread from Trader Joes and it was a huge hit amongst my girlfriends.  I also love to buy ribbon from Natalie, she always has the best selection, and her Very Merry Bundles are the best.  You can get a number of cups and napkins to share and use for yourself.  If you get the reusable cups you can wash them in the dishwasher and use them all season.  

Collyn Raye ... Another super talented friend with a heart of pure gold.  This summer Shannon rescued a dog which she lovingly gave to us when our daughter's dog passed away.  Birdie has been a joy to love and raise and I love with Shannon asks for pictures and videos. Her clothes are sooo cute and this season may be my favorite of her collections.  The Carolina top is my go to, it is so flattering on and is so comfortable to wear. I also love the Kiawah top, it is so pretty under jackets and other things with the darling collar.  You will love Shannon's pieces and her heart of true gold. (Black Friday sale ... 30% off Bluffton tops with code BLUFFTON)

Willa Heart ... talk about some talent ... Aly is so good and so fun to work with!  Her art is so popular and can be seen in so many homes and shops.  You can purchase so many fun things on her site, from originals to prints to stir sticks.  If you have an art loving friend or family member I would suggest getting a framed print, you will be the hero the season, Bitsy + Tipsy (seen above) are my favorite. I also love the stir sticks wrapped with either their favorite spirit or even with some cocktail napkins + a great cocktail.  You do not have to have a bar to enjoy stir sticks and cocktail napkins, they are darling on your coffee bar ... they are so cute sticking out of a coffee cup and sitting on a darling napkin! 

This list is just a tiny bit of the amazing small businesses available to us all.  Please do some research and see if there is a small business option for anything on your list.  I have a second list of food and books that I will update later this week. For those super hard to buy for a great autographed book or a amazing and unique food product.  If you see a business you think I need to add to my list please pop me an email and I am happy to do so.  I made a number of lists and tried to include all I could think of and even searched my email for all of those I shop the most.  Shopping small is the best decision, always!

If you have any questions about finding a small business or a product please pop me an email ... I will do my best to help you find something.  Have the best day ... 

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Paige! Just wanted to tell you that I purchased two bracelets from Hazen and they arrived the other day. When I opened the box, I was absolutely knocked out by the presentation! Just beautiful and so thoughtful - Taylor will go far in this world and I am so glad that you promote her business whenever you can as she truly deserves it!

    Thank you for the recommendation - she just released a silver collection which is perfect for my white-haired self!

    Susan Toye Ferguson



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