It's that time of year again. Consumerism gone wild. (Sorry – had to throw that in there).
Every year, I vow to be much more conservative in my gift giving. Due to the clash of religious cultures in our home, we do not celebrate Christmas in any major way. Tiny and I incorporate it into our nature table with a lovely nativity scene and I tell her stories of the true meaning of Christmas and the significance of the celebration of Jesus' birth.
As for gift giving, we do not exchange gifts as a family. We do some gift giving to a few close friends and to my parents since I grew up in a Christmas celebrating Catholic household but beyond that, holiday shopping is really no big deal for me.
However, I do feel that it is so very important to support small, work at home artisans and businesses for holiday shopping. By shopping with small businesses, you know that your money is putting food in their belly and clothes on their back.
Today, I would like to highlight 10 of my favorite small businesses in hopes that you will consider spending your hard earned holiday shopping dollars with them. Each business has a lot to offer and I guarantee that you will find something unique to share with your family, friends and loved ones.
Without further ado, I present (in alphabetical order)…
I adore this shop! If you are looking for gifts for baby, home, and family, then head on over to Anktangle today! You can find adorable and gender neutral baby leggings, wool diaper covers, shirts, and onesies. For the grownups in your life, there are some great wool dryer balls (that I use and love), grocery and produce bags, and wool dryer balls! All of these items are made with love and warmth!
Dionna at Code Name Mama has authored a book that I feel every mother should have. For My Children – A Mother's Journal of Memories, Wishes, and Wisdom is the perfect gift to give to mothers, grandmothers, and soon-to-be mothers. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this book contains creative prompts that spark Mom's recollections of fun family vacations, favorite childhood games, and special holidays. The thought-provoking queries allow Mom to delve into her own lifetime of experiences — her childhood and school years, falling in love and getting married, and, most of all, having and raising children. This collection of fill-in-the-blank lists is the easiest way for a mother to record on paper answers to the questions her children never thought to ask but will love to discover. Read my full review in this post.
Barleans is another wellness company that is deserving of your holiday shopping dollars. Not only do they offer high quality coconut oil, but they also offer lots of other health and wellness products including Flax Oil, Omega 3 Swirls, Chia Seeds, Fish Oils, Olive Leaf Complex and more!
Preparing healthy real food can be tough, even for the most experienced home chef! The challenge of this is exacerbated when there are food allergies to contend with. Cooking Traditional Foods offers a huge line up of eBooks, eCourses, and Menu Mailers which would be a welcomed gift to many a busy mama!
eBooks available include the Back to Basic Series Cookbook, Often Used Recipes, Real Food Storage, and a Kid's Favorite cookbook. Cooking TF's eCourses include the Gluten and Dairy-Free Traditional Foods eCourse, which covers how to go gluten and dairy-free while staying on a traditional or whole foods, nutrient-dense diet. You can also select a monthly membership which gives you access to Kitchens Resurrected – A Real Foods Cooking School and Lactofermentation Basics. Don't forget the Menu Mailer! This weekly menu planner is delivered via email and comes complete with shopping lists and easy to prepare, nourishing real food recipes.
It's Naturally Pure carries a unique collection of quality personal and body care products that are all-natural, organic and cruelty-free. From baby care, to foot care, to hair care, to makeup, to sunscreen, to room sprays, Its Naturally Pure has a full line of top rated natural products that are great for gift giving. You can read more about my experience with their products in this review.
I recently discovered Kiwi Crate and am LOVING it! It is hands on fun delivered right to your door each month. Kiwi Crates are filled with everything you will need to create fabulous and fun arts and crafts projects with your children ages 2-8. All of the materials are included along with a list of ideas to help spark your imagination. Tiny and I have really been enjoying this and honestly, it saves me money since I don't get sidetracked by a bunch of other stuff at the craft store!
Lisa's Counter Culture is THE go-to resource for ferment recipes, information, and real food companion recipes. It is easy to follow and chalk full of amazing ferment recipes! If you know someone who wants to learn how to lacto-ferment foods the right way, then this is the book to gift them with!
Do you have a friend or family member who would appreciate an all-natural, organic, nourishing handmade soap that smells great, is customizable for their unique skin AND looks too good to use? Then head over to Poppy Soap Co. and check out the amazing collection of good-for-you, good-for-the earth soaps! Plus, each soap purchase means that a women staying in local homeless shelters get a bar of this fabulous soap too! Yep – this is a company that gives back in a big way!
Squatty Potty is one of the coolest products on the market for proper “pooping” positioning! This stool allows the user to enter into a squat-like position which is optimal for proper elimination. I've written about how much I love the Squatty Potty and I actually think that this is a really cool gift to give! I mean, you know no one else will be brave enough to gift someone with a Squatty Potty!
Tropical Traditions is my go-to source for ALL my coconut oil, palm oil, coconut flour, olive oil, coconut hair oil, toothpaste, and many other wonderful items. They offer several types of coconut oil in a wide range of sizes including Gold Label Coconut Oil, Green Label Coconut Oil, and Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil. You can find all kinds of goodies to share with friends and loved ones this holiday season.
I am not sure where to start with this work-at-home mama run shop. Everything in here is so very special, unique, and filled with some very blessed and positive energy. You are sure to find something special for anyone on your list. You can find all kinds of treasures in the VisionWise esty shop. There are crystals, some really powerful pieces of jewelry, chakra flags, pouches, dream pillows, and prints of some amazing art. Read more about Lauren, the artist, and my review of her works on this post.
If you still can't find something for everyone on your list, check out my small store on Amazon where you can find many of the products I love (and order from Amazon myself). I know it isn't a small business per say, but most of the products come from small businesses!
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