14 Thoughtful Gifts That Support Small Businesses

Now more than ever, small businesses need our help. This holiday season, choose handcrafted gifts made with quality materials by talented artisans.

Why You Should Support Small Businesses

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While it can be less expensive to shop globally, it simply doesn’t support your local community. Big box business has its time all year long, so when the holidays come around, boosting the economy at its core means supporting small businesses.

Each year, Small Business Saturday is held to support such efforts. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the tradition encourages holiday shoppers to support brick-and-mortar businesses and their online counterparts. The end result is an economic boost, greater access to product diversity, a sense of community, and the opportunity to feel good about your purchase!

We’ve rounded up 14 gorgeous gifts that support small businesses.


Mason Jar Industrial Steampunk Table Pipe Lamp

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This funky find is handmade in San Diego, California. The lamp is perfect for adding some moody vibes to a small side table. You can choose from three wood finishes for the base. It also comes with a 40W Edison bulb. Available on Amazon; $79

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Mixed Color End Grain Cutting Board

wood cutting board

For home cooks, this stunning cutting board is the perfect small business gift. The cutting board is made of more than 10 species of wood. The brand goes one step further with their small business efforts by collaborating with production shops to collect and repurpose leftover materials. Available on Etsy; $114.40+

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Modern Dog House

modern dog house

For a friend with a precious pup in need of some style, this is the perfect gift! The modern design dog house is made with eco-friendly materials including wood, linen and black alder. The aesthetics will look beautiful with any interior! Available on Etsy; $250+

Related: For the Dogs: 11 Crazy Home Upgrades Made by Pet Owners

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Handmade Ceramic Ice Cream Bowl

handmade ceramic ice cream bowl

This beautiful bowl will add style to every bite, from your morning cereal to your evening ice cream. Made of wheel-thrown stoneware clay, the bowl features a vibrant combination of blue and boysenberry glazes. Available on Amazon; $20

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School Of Silver Spoon Fish Wind Chime

school fish wind chime

Upcycled from antique silver-plated utensils dating back as early as 1786, this wind chime is the perfect gift for setting the scene on someone’s patio, with the chimes making a gentle tune as they flutter in the breeze. Available on Etsy; $29.95+

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Chunky Knit Merino Wool Blanket

merino knit blanket

Add a touch of hygge to the home with this handmade throw. Made of 100 percent chunky merino wool, it comes together using the arm knitting technique. Customers can choose from various sizes and colors to achieve a cozy, soft blanket perfect for various interiors. Available on Amazon; $50

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Wooden Name Puzzle

wooden name puzzle

Give the gift of learning this holiday season with a wooden name puzzle. This aesthetically pleasing small business item offers a great way to encourage letter and name recognition. Choose a color scheme to fit the receiver, like pink and gold, monochrome, earthy, or coral and mint. Available on Etsy; $19.99+

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Rustic Blanket Ladder

blanket ladder

This handmade ladder features a solid wood construction that’s sanded smooth. Tuck the ladder in a corner that could use some love, draping blankets and quilts on each bar for a rustic, functional look perfect for the living room. The small business brand hand selects each board with unique grain, color, texture, knots and imperfections, making for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Available on Amazon; $79.99

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Leather Cord Organizer

leather cord holder

For the loved one in your life who could use a little organization for their phone charging cords and headphones, this leather cord organizer is the perfect gift. It’s a lovely stocking stuffer that offers needed style for a functional purpose. Available on Etsy; $7.64+

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Head Chef & Sous Matching Parent Child Shirts

head chef sous chef set

Home cooks and their kin will be elated to receive this thoughtful gift! The "Head Chef" & "Sous Chef" set features one adult tee and one infant, toddler, or youth tee. The stylish artwork features bold, modern typography printed on a high-quality, super soft tri-blend shirt. Available on Etsy; $43.20+

Related: 12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

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Recycled Skateboard Watch

Recycled Skateboard Watch

Gift timeless fashion with this unique watch. Made from a used skateboard, each design has been practiced on by an actual skateboarder and comes with their name on the back of the watch. Available on Etsy; $346.88+

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Custom Pet Portrait

custom pet portrait

Honor your friend’s furry companion with this precious present. Send a photo over of Fido, and this small business owner will create pet portraits that range from funny to artistic, and always capture the pet’s personality. Available on Etsy; $80+

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Personalized Recipe Notebook

custom recipe book

Let the creative cook in your life take advantage of all their hard work by writing down their unique recipes. This wooden notebook includes a rustic-chic design that can also be used as a journal, sketchbook, photo album, guest book, and more! Available on Amazon; $23.80

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3D Printed Polyface Planter

3d printed plant holder

Plant parents will love this unique design. The polyface planters will give greenery a touch of personality with their sleek facial features. Choose from a white, black, or silver base and small, medium, or large pot. Available on Etsy; $28+

Related: The Best Plants for Every Room of the House

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