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It’s that time of the year when we share our gift recommendations for everyone on your list. This year we are focusing on small businesses, artists, and boutique marketplaces. We are talking about unique, quality crafted items that are truly special. Many of these shops and brands are recommendations from our community, so thank you to everyone who share them. Enjoy!
This year especially, local businesses need all of the support that they can get. Consider purchasing gifts from a local business and/or supporting local restaurants through gift cards. If you need some help finding small businesses in your area to support, one thing that you can do is post in the Next Door App asking for business suggestions from your neighbors!
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An online shop that provides products and artwork from Filipinx and BIPOC makers, artists and in-house designers/creators. All of the products are curated with design, community, and sustainability in mind.
The first curated e-commerce marketplace for Latinx brands. Every part of Shop Latinx is intentionally created with patience and relationships at the root. Shop Latinx is more than just shopping online. From creating relationships that are stronger than the transactional status quo of capitalism, to events that holistically capture the taboos and weight behind money from cultural stigma. Shop Latinx is a labor of resilience, love, identity, and empathy.
A lifestyle brand and the go-to source for jungalicious design goods and inspiration. Their shop features a curated ensemble of creative, colorful, modern goods from around the globe, including furniture, artwork, apparel and more.
BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace by all Black artisans who create quality natural Black-owned toxic-free products. They carry everything from skin care to hair care and even feminine wellness products, and they’re all items you can feel good about using because they’re thoughtfully created!
Clothing & Accessories
Putting a quirky twist on familiar things, American Happy is a fun and unique brand offering goods like fanny packs, pins, and more.
Sustainable and eco-friendly clothing and accessories. KINDOM uses sustainable, natural, recycled, reclaimed, and indigenous materials, fair trade-made in ethical and compliant facilities, while also offering size-inclusive & gender-inclusive fashion. Their branding is also compostable – using natural cotton labels, printed with water base ink to reduce pollution to the planet, and unbleached hang tags connected by natural jute twine with a metal pin. No plastic!
Check out their company for jewelry and vegan lashes. They’re based out of New York and ship worldwide!
A black-owned educational clothing brand focused on highlighting important contributions to society made by Black People.
GRL Collective is a Latina founded lifestyle brand for grls that give a f*ck. A percentage of their profits goes to support social justice programs.
Based in St. Louis, MO, Pretty Bad Co. is a solo-person owned apparel and accessories brand that selling pins, shirts, patches, and more.
A small business owner, self taught sewer, makeup and skincare enthusiast, brand ambassador and content creator. On his website you will find all of his creations, from clothing to accessories.
JZD is a Texas-based lifestyle brand with a mission to create products that make you feel represented. They carry fun tee’s, accessories, and more.
Mari Mari Store
Your favorite Filipino classic snacks turned into an everyday fashionable items! All bags are unique and handmade. Stitching varies, but guaranteed to be strong and durable. All food items are donated to community fridges and packaging is waste and plastic free.
TORRAIN was born from a passion for sustainable design, authenticity and community empowerment. Working closely with artisans in Cambodia, their products are designed and built with travel and adventure in mind.
Founded in 2009, Shwood was born from the limb of a Madrone tree, a rusty pair of cabinet hinges, and lenses from the corner store. The goal was simple. Create a product that encompasses the individuality and uniqueness that can only be found in natural surroundings.
A stylish yoga brand just launched a month ago. Zen Modern Life offers a variety of shirts, sweaters, leggings, and yoga accessories for the Yogi on your list.
OMA THE LABEL is a brand focused on challenging homogenous industry standards, while creating quality and affordable pieces for the everyday woman.
Marida Adan, the founder and designer behind the brand, is from California and was raised in a family who owns a fine jewelry business for over 30 years. Marida’s focus is on creating designs to make a woman feel unique and good.
Yam is a black-owned jewelry company based out of Astoria, NY. The majority of designs incorporate upcycled/deadstock materials bought from vintage warehouses on the East Coast and small sellers from around the country. All items are handmade/assembled in-house.
A sustainable and eco-conscious jewelry company based out of Denver, CO. Omerica Organic specializes in wooden plugs, pendants, dog tags, and more. All pieces are offered in a variety of wood options and are custom made to order.
A black-owned skincare company creating products that not only benefits melanin based skin tones, but all skin tones and skin types. Their line is plant-based and handcrafted, designed to make you glow from inside, out.
Vive Cosmetics is a Latina-owned and operated beauty brand created to celebrate our love for all things beauty and cultura in one place. Vive Cosmetics’ story has become less and less about lipsticks and more about celebrating the diversity and power of the Latinx community.
A black woman owned and operated small batch, non-toxic, ethical nail polishes and treatment line, promoting radical self-care for women. They seek to revolutionize the narrative of self-care as a selfish reward to a necessary practice that should be supported and accessible within the lives of women—at every stage of their journey through womanhood.
A black-owned makeup brand sharing cruelty free & vegan products for ALL women. From their original nude lipsticks to eyeshadow palettes to blushes, each of their makeup products is perfectly pigMented to match your skin tones. They want all women, from light to tan to dark skin tones, to feel like they have makeup that actually works for their complexions, so they’ve created the shades to help accomplish that.
Caitlin Shoemaker, creator of the blog From My Bowl, shares the laid-back kitchen magic of her simple, ﬂavorful recipes. Simply Delicious Vegan proves that unprocessed, plant-based food doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated, or boring—and even better, it can make you feel your absolute best.
By superstar nineteen-year-old activist, motivational speaker, and the youngest Certified Integrative Health Coach in America, a unique cookbook and inspiring guide that combines 80 delicious, wholesome, super-powered plant-based recipes with a “7 points of power” manifesto to inspire the next generation of leaders to take care of their health and nurture their ability to make an impact and create a life they love.
An online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture, and as more and more people buy their books online, they created an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support bookstores at the same time.
Kitchen & Food
Made by Tennessee based ceramicist Rachel Vandivort, RV Pottery offers beautiful and unique high-quality pottery, from plates to mugs to vases and more, that find use in people’s everyday lives.
A black-owned family bakery that makes and sells cookies that taste as if they had been baked fresh at home. They are committed to providing their customers with the best product they can by purchasing organic and fairly traded ingredients from vendors who are involved in sustainable agriculture.
Snacking chocolate pieces that are plant-based, low in sugar, and made with Fair Trade Certified cacao. They are also the first brand ever to feature the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce seal on a packaged good, and they plant a tree with every order!
Fresh California-grown extra virgin olive oil that is certified to be 100% authentic, the most important certification an olive oil can have by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC). They also sell vinegars to pair them with and even some gourmet food items. Plus they have gift sets that are perfect for the holidays!
A Washington DC-based small business sharing products inspired by the beauty of food and how it brings people together – whether through sharing a bottle of wine, celebrating over a delicious (vegan) cheese plate, or a mutual love of beets – and how gifts to remember those times can bring so much joy. Their mission is to bring smiles to the faces of their customers’ through gift giving, pops of color, and fun sayings.
Sustainable and ethically sourced tea blends and chai concentrate. All of their blends are inspired by different regions in India. Chai is made many different ways throughout India, utilizing regional spices and enhancing local flavors, so they wanted to create blends that give you the opportunity to enjoy the local flavors at home!
Display photographs, polaroids, calendars, feel good quotes, tarot, oracle, or affirmations cards in your home with these minimalist, high quality carved moon stands.
Supporting local designers, women, minority and family owned businesses and small makers and manufacturers, Eco Vibe is a community-focused business that gives back to local environmental organizations through community-based events, classes and workshops. They donate 1% of all of our online sales to local non-profit 1% For The Planet.
Junebug and Darlin was started to provide friends and fellow crafters with the inspiration and tools to create heirloom quality subversive crafts. Her cross-stitch kits are 100% handmade and provide all of the supplies needed for you to create a finished cross-stitch from first stitch to frame.
A home fragrance company based in the Washington, DC Metro area created and managed by 3 brothers, Collin (15), Ryan (12), and Austin Gill (10). The candles are hand poured in small batches, hand packaged, and curated with care. Plus 10% profits are donated to homeless shelters nationwide.
In this shop you’ll find unique macrame wall hangings, baby accessories, plant hangers, lifestyle items, & more! Each piece is handcrafted with attention to detail and creativity.
Jeremie is a self-taught artist and chef based in Tennessee. On his site, not only you can find all of his beautiful handmade art pieces from prints, stickers, to clay sculptures and more, but you can also find some delicious vegan recipes including lots of veganized Puerto Rican classics.
Bria Nicole is a visual artist and illustrator with a focus on modern lifestyle imagery. Along with portraits, she illustrates food, plants, figures and landscapes by layering minimal shapes and lines to create simple yet realistic compositions. As a Black woman, positive representation of Black and brown people is central to her work, but the importance of self-care, self-love, and basking in the simple joys of life are themes all can relate to.
Liz Moretti offers beautifully detailed custom commissioned pet portraits. They are available in various sizes as well as in black/white or color.
Catie is a talented Filipinx independent artist and muralist based in Austin, TX. In her shop you can find various prints, tees, and totes, all with her unique designs.
Gifts That Give Back
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and, when appropriate, rehoming of abused and neglected farmed animals. They are home to over 400 animals including pigs, cows, chickens, sheep and goats. They have a lot to choose from on their merchandise page and proceeds from these purchases directly help the animals that they care for.
Esther was sold as a “micro pig” and just 2 years later, Esther weighed in at 600 pounds and had fully earned her nickname: Esther the Wonder Pig. Regardless, her family loved her and she was family.
After adopting Esther, he family is now on a mission to inspire others to take a minute to think about the food they choose to eat, and to consider leading a cruelty-free and compassionate lifestyle for themselves and for all the Esthers out there in the world.
Farm Sanctuary fights the disastrous effects of animal agriculture on animals, the environment, social justice, and public health through rescue, education, and advocacy.
From apparel, accessories, home goods and more, their shop page contains all things vegan, with hundreds of amazing gifts to choose from.
Superfood Vegan Dog Treats for our furry friends! They donate a percentage of every sale to American Humane. Through their Pups4Patriots™ program, they rescue unwanted dogs in need of homes and train them to be service dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Use code SWEETSIMPLEVEGAN for a discount!
Certified organic vegan CBD dog treats that your pup is going to LOVE! Plus, 10% of all sales are also donated to rescues. our dogs berry and Louie are big fans of their products!
Dog accessories and toys that are not only trendy but also high quality. From bandanas to dog toys and even gifts for pet lovers, they have a wide variety of options to choose from!
We hope that you enjoyed with small business holiday gift guide,
and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!