9 Small Businesses To Support With Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Let's be real: The world might be experiencing a supply chain shortage, but there's no real shortage of options when it comes to holiday shopping. You could even say we're inundated with choices for picking the perfect gift. In our opinion, the best gifts are thoughtfully curated and mission-driven. Wouldn't it be nice if finding a mindful gift was easier? If there was, say, a whole shop full of finds that fit those unique criteria? *Cue dream sequence...* Consider your wish granted.

In honor of Small Business Saturday (and of our mission to highlight BIPOC-founded, women-owned and responsible brands), we've pulled together some of our favorite independent brands that make some of the most unique gifts out there. Think stylish patchwork pillows, exquisite artisan jewelry and bright planners for mapping out 2022. But that’s only the beginning. Whatever your gifting style, you can shop knowing you're doing your part to support independent creatives. Now that's a warm-and-fuzzy holiday feeling. 

Elaine B Jewelry

Looking to up your minimalist jewelry game? Start here. Crafted by an all-female team of jewelry experts in Detroit, Elaine B Jewelry is created with the finest locally sourced materials. From whisper-thin hoop earrings to classic bands topped with clusters of gemstones, you're sure to find something that suits your personal style. And don’t forget to add a few pieces to your wish list...

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Marvin Ruby

Sure, you could wear a regular denim jacket and (quite literally) always be in style, but why not step out of the mold and sport irresistibly on-trend quilt blocks? Indie Designer Marvin Ruby takes the DIY clothing trend and takes it to a new level of casual-cool. Grab a playful bucket hat or go all out in a fully quilted jacket. Tote your essentials in a crocheted checker print bag. Holiday dressing just got more exciting.

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Ceri Hoover

We’re into multitasking when it makes sense, so we love the idea of shopping for stylish home and wardrobe additions from one unique small business. That’s where Ceri Hoover shines. This modern accessories and home goods brand creates thoughtful use-every-day lifestyle essentials that you can wear, decorate with and serve refreshments in. Hint: These items are highly giftable.

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Born from the idea of infusing a little bit of art into everyday life, Poketo is making it more fun than ever to get (and stay) organized. Their playful and colorfully on-trend paper products (think travel journals, coloring books and planners) are just what you need to kick off 2022 on the right note. And speaking of notes, these make great small business-supporting gifts for note-keeping friends and family, too.

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bow down studio

Whether for a festive atmosphere or a moment to unwind, the holidays are the perfect time to light a candle. Pick your next scent from bow down studio, a Black woman-owned candle company based in Los Angeles. They're non-toxic and use lead-free cotton and wooden wicks. Just don't forget to gift yourself a few of these spicy-sweet fragrances while you're checking names off your list.

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Your holiday calendar might be social or scaled back this year, but one thing remains true: The perfect personal fragrance is essential to feeling ready for all kinds of gatherings. We love DedCool's vegan, non-toxic aromas, all of which are unisex and versatile. Available in spray bottles and travel-friendly roll-on sizes, they might just become your favorite scent for 2022. Grab (and gift) a nourishing lip balm while you're browsing.

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A touch of lace, a bit of romance: Rozley has mastered the art of effortless feminine dressing. Drawing inspiration from vintage trims and silhouettes, they've created a collection of tops and dresses that are made to complement what's already in your closet (especially your favorite pair of jeans). Layer these looks for festive holiday attire and then bring them out again in the spring and summer.

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Sabrina Zeng

This season, make sure you get what you really want: a new bag. Award-winning accessories designer and women’s empowerment advocate Sabrina Zeng crafts eye-catching carry-ons with strategically placed pleats that feel like a stylish extension of your outfit. From small over-the-shoulder purses and chic clutches to oversized statement designs, each bag is designed to serve a purpose (and serve looks).

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Initially founded with the goal of creating the perfect leather jacket, indie brand VEDA has expanded into a full line of ultra-cool ready-to-wear and home accessories. Edgy leather jackets are still very much part of their lineup, alongside sleek patchwork leather pillows, flowing minimalist frocks and softer separates like sweaters. These versatile offerings are a holiday shopping wish come true.

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