Importance of Shopping Small
More than ever small businesses need our support and the holiday season is the perfect time of year to do so. Small businesses give back to the community, make a big impact on the economy, better customer service, create meaningful jobs, and support your local entrepreneurs.
There are so many incredible ones out there. So if you are shopping for great gifts for Christmas or just want to spoil yourself (hehe), definitely consider shopping local businesses. I have created gift guides that support small business owners.
I’ve compiled the perfect gifts that I think almost everyone in your family and/or friends will love. They’re unique gifts that include a mixture of local Chicago businesses, women-owned businesses, and minority-owned businesses. Several of them are having Black Friday deals!
Holiday Gift Ideas That Support Small Businesses
Gifts For Everyone
Minnow specializes in contemporary swimwear for the entire family (women, men, and kids) and resort wear.
Paris Laundry specializes in clean beauty. The founder is a breast cancer thriver and we connected because of our cancer diagnosis. Kelsey (the founder) is passionate about clean beauty and breast cancer research. 10% of the proceed will go towards breast cancer research.
Pyar & Co specializes in home goods from home decor to children toys/clothing to women’s clothing to well-curated knick knacks. I personally love Pyar & Co’s home decor pieces especially their pillow covers. But everything in their store is SO CUTE!
All She Wrote is a custom stationary store and gift shop. It is the place to go to for wedding invites, party invites, custom stationaries. However, they have other amazing goods in their store. They have home goods, clothing, and books. Almost all their clothing can be personalized too!
One/Third specializes in high-quality jackets and blazers without the luxury price-tag. I own one of their blazers, and they seriously look and feel like a Veronica Beard blazer but a third of the cost.
ITEM FEATURED: Jacket 10
Alice & Wonder is a local boutique shop that has the CUTEST clothes. I think I shop there too much haha. They have clothes that range from trendy to chic to classic. Almost everything is under $100 and it’s all from well-known brands. They also have clothes for babies & toddlers called Little Wonder.
Brightland is the place to shop for pure and delicious olive oils and vinegars. They’re made with authentic olives that are never rotten, overprocessed, or fraudulent. Anyone I know that has tried their olive oils swear they’re amazing.
ITEM FEATURED: The Mini Essentials
Fiona’s Pasta is known for her artisanal and colorful pastas. All the colors in her pasta’s are natural dyes from edible foods such as beets, tarmac, etc. Nothing artificial at all! I came across a random video of Fiona creating her beautiful pastas and I’ve been hooked since!
ITEM FEATURED: Fiona’s Pick – Pasta Gift Box
Art Effect is another local boutique that I enjoy shopping at frequently. You can find gifts for almost everyone in that store! They carry everything from clothing, jewelry, home decor, kitchenware, etc.
ITEM FEATURED: Green Onyx & Amazonite Earrings
P.O.S.H. is seriously a treasure and a treat! If you love all things European and vintage, you’ll immediately fall in love with this store. They mainly specialize in finding unique trinkets (mainly dinnerware and kitchenware) that they found in Paris flea market. But they also carry a lot of other unique goods too!
ITEM FEATURED: American Rose Platter
Semicolon Bookstore is a local Chicago bookshop. I have a soft spot for local bookshops. They are truly a gem and rare to find these days. If you’re not in Chicago, I suggest you support your local bookshops (also authors get recognized for their work if you purchase their book from local shops instead of Amazon). Semicolon does not sell books online, however, you can request to order a book online for pick up. All you have to do is fill out this form.
ITEM FEATURED: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Revive Jewelry are handmade jewelry pieces that gives back to cancer and chronic disease. Every jewelry piece will tell you which research organization you will be supporting. I love that not only are the jewelry beautiful, but they give back to incredible causes that really need the attention and funding.
ITEM FEATURED: Embrace Ring For Lung Cancer Research
Art of Pure is a clean, non-toxic beauty store. I recently discovered this shop just by walking around the neighborhood. They carry the best of the best of clean beauty products from face mask to makeup.
Gifts For Babies & Kids
Rey to Z has the cutest personalized baseball caps for babies, toddlers, moms, and dads. So many colors and options to choose from!
Evening Star is a sustainable clothing company for babies. Their fabrics are comfortable and soft and made to last. Carter has a few of their pieces and we could not be more in love with them!
ITEM FEATURED: Breton Striped Playsuit
By Little Star creates handmade leather shoes for infants (pre-walking). They wanted to create footwear that is beautiful and comfortable. Omg, my heart melts every time I see Carter wears his pair of shoes.
ITEM FEATURED: Brown Dancer
Hazel Village are handmade stuffs. You can choose from animals or dolls and you have the option to pick their own outfits too! They’re just the sweetest gifts ever.
Play is our favorite toy store. It’s always a blast walking in there and the toys are so well curated. Every time we bought gifts for Carter or for our nieces and nephews, they are always a hit. My favorite spot is their book section. I can be there for hours!
Odin Parker has the cutest and most unique toys. I love their collection of play food and education toys. If I could, I would have every toy from there! Also, every purchase donates meal to a child in need.
Kyte Baby specializes in baby apparel made in bamboo fabric. Their fabric is EXTREMELY soft. I want them for myself haha. And the color options are beautiful!
ITEM FEATURED: Zippered Footie in Slate
State of Play Kids believe in soft, high quality apparel that are easy to wash and wear. They have so many cute clothing and I obviously love all their Chicago apparel!
ITEM FEATURED: Chicago Pride Penant Onesie
Hope you all enjoyed looking at these! I definitely had fun putting this together. And if you have any other small business recommendations, please do share with me! Btw, do any of you know a good small business that specifically sells things men like? I recently discovered I don’t know many of those!