Finally got around to making this gift guide and I can’t wait to share these cool small businesses. With COVID and in general the shift in what we value (at least I had a change), I wanted to make sure we as consumers are doing what we can to support our communities. COVID has shown us some major vulnerabilities, but also where we can help the most. I will be doing my best to share some of small businesses that have the gifts you want to give this season. Below I’ll be sharing a brief description of the business, how you can shop or find them and who I think their products would make great gifts for. Also, I’ll be sharing some unconventional ways to support local businesses and non profits with some unique gift giving ideas:)
I’m going with Womens clothing for the Phashionizta or the aspiring Phashionizta in your life:
A women’s boutique centered around a modern femme style. I love the options they showcase both in store and on their Instagram (location in Phoenix and Tucson). Also, I love on their social media they do try ons and share “Style notes” that detail the fit and sizing info which I find super helpful!
Black Friday Promo: 20% off purchase of $50+, 25% off purchase of $300+ and $30% off purchases $500+. Makes sure to follow @vidamoulin on IG for more sale updates.
Perfect gift for: the woman in your life that is ready to elevate her style and add some cute pieces to work from home in. If you aren’t sure exactly her size, get her a gift card!
Maleny G Shop
This Latina owned boutique is perfect for that mix of comfort and sexy clothing. They have great deals throughout the month and you can shop both in store (Phoenix) and on their website.
Holiday Promo: They will be having a special pop up shop Nov. 28 starting at noon which will feature beauty products, lashes and vintage tees. Makes sure to follow @malenygshop on IG for more sale updates.
Perfect gift for: the woman who wants to stay up on the latest insta styles and have great pieces to mix in their wardrobe. If you aren’t sure exactly her size, get her a gift card!
Shop Hybe Babe
With the world hopefully opening up soonish, this shop has some great looks to show off in. They have a physical location in Phoenix and you can shop online.
Holiday Promo: TBD Make sure to follow @shophypebabe on IG for more sale updates.
Perfect gift for: the woman who wants to stay up on the latest insta styles . If you aren’t sure exactly her size, get her a gift card!
Carmen on 5th
Cute comfy tees, stylish hats, boho chic dresses and more can be found at Carmen on 5th. They have clothes, jewelry, unique gifts and home decor all under one roof. You can shop all the chicnesses in at their physical location in Scottsdale and watch for new arrivals on their Instagram you can shop online.
Holiday Promo: TBD Make sure to follow @carmenon5th on IG for more sale updates.
Perfect gift for: the woman who’s ready for laid back and comfortable styles. If you aren’t sure exactly her size, get her a gift card!
A quick jump to menswear featuring:
There are few menswear boutiques left these days, but Rooster Bus has you covered. They now have a physical brick & mortar location in Scottsdale as well as via their Rooster Bus that you will see pop up at various markets and locations thoughout the Valley.
Holiday Promo: TBD Make sure to follow @roosterbus on IG for more sale updates.
Perfect gift for: perfect for the dad, brother, husband or friend that could use some more style in their life. Ladies this is a great way to grab something you’d like to see your man in. If you aren’t sure exactly what he would want, grab a gift card!
This is a great vintage shop to grab some pre loved gems in Phoenix. They also do design and print at great prices too! Currently they have some appointment based shopping and open hours. Make sure to drop in to the location in Phoenix or shop online!
Holiday Promo: TBD. Make sure to follow @kolydeshop on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: Do you have a thrifter in your world that loves unique vintage tees, sneakers and clothes? This is the shop for them! Also, if you have a business owner who is in need of print and design work, grab them a store credit/gift card to have the work they need finished.
On to some art. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gravitate more towards art as gifts and to buy for myself. It’s a one of a kind gift that lasts forever (or however long they keep it lol).
She’s an incredible artist and a local to Phoenix. I’ve personally been to a handful of her exhibitions and she is beyond incredible. She has a handful of art available on her site as well as she recently dropped some limited edition merch. Make sure to check out her website below and support this incredible artist!
Holiday Promo: Limited edition merchandise available. Make sure to follow @antoinettecauley on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: Any hip hop fan will love this art as well as a local to Phoenix. Also some limited edition merch is great to collect for this amazing artist!
A great shop close to downtown that is filled with a myriad of different art from local artists in Arizona. There is prints, pottery, plates, woodwork etc! Make sure to drop in to her location in Phoenix or shop online!
Holiday Promo: TBD. Make sure to follow @practicalartphx on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: Someone who would like a uniquely Arizonan gift made by a local artisan. Uniqueness is the gem of this shop! If you are unsure of what they may want, grab a gift card!
These next small businesses have the cutest small gifts that are perfect stocking stuffers or easy to package with other gifts to add a touch of personalization to them.
Twig & Lace
By far the sassiest, cutest and hilarious little items you never knew you needed. Each product is hand stamped and some items can be customized (there is a cut off time for the Holidays on customized products). She has keychains, bottle openers, cheese markers, cocktail stirrers and sooo much more! You can shop Twig & Lace at a handful of pop up shops (Scottsdale Quarter) as well as online. Custom order deadline is Dec. 1
Holiday Promo: TBD. Make sure to follow @twigandlace on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: Every mom needs a sassy coffee stirrer, keychain or wine charm. Great for the outspoken, unapologetic boss! If you want to let them pick what they’d like, grab a gift card!
Junk in the Trunk Market
While Junk in the Trunk is less of a specific small business, they do provide in person markets that showcase a variety of local goods and crafts. This is a great opportunity to grab one of a kind gifts for the hard person to shop for on your list. They currently have a pop up at Scottsdale Quarter and you can shop online.
Holiday Promo: TBD. Make sure to follow @junkinthetrunkvintagemarket on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: The hard to shop one on your list. There’s something for everyone at the market.
Tough and Tender
Edgy accessories and art have a local home in Arizona thanks to Tough and Tender created by Arizona based stylist Parisa. Her jewelry is the edge you need to complete your holiday outfit and she has the ability to do some custom art pieces as well. Definitely stop by her Instagram to check out all the amazing pieces she has available.
Holiday Promo: TBD. Make sure to follow @shoptoughandtender on IG for more updates.
Perfect gift for: Who is the ultra edgy, eclectic one on your list? This shop has exactly what you need for them!
Next up is Self-Care. I think these gifts can be both on your list and given as a gift. With everything going on in 2020, it is important to make sure you are taking care of yourself as well as the ones you love.
Volver by Christina
A blowout or a refresh in your hair color may be just what you needed to get back into your groove after all this COVID lockdown. I personally have gone to Christina for over 3 years, she has down my color, cuts and blowouts. So if you are looking for a nice boost for yourself or know someone that needs a nice refresh… Christina is your girl! Her booking info is below and some of examples of her work on my hair for reference
Holiday Promo: There are some holiday packages available to book at the salon, so make sure to be on the lookout. Make sure to follow @volverbychristina on IG.
Perfect gift for: Get that hair refresh before you head back into the new year. Grab a gift certificate to use later as well!
Website: https://bit.ly/VolverbyChristina and Service provider Christina Lopez
Jalia Pettis- Licensed Beauty Professional
Next up in self care is facials and glam. As a licensed esthetician, Jalia is well versed in all things skincare and can address your needs that are unique to you. Also, who doesn’t want a good glam for the holidays in case you go to a socially distance event or if you are looking to refresh your makeup routine she offers one on one classes!u Her booking info is below
Holiday Promo: Jalia is offering some limited time packages that you can find on her IG @jaliadp so make sure to follow
Perfect gift for: Someone who deserves to be pampered or needs a refresh. Get your skincare right as you head into the new year.
The next few self care gift options are more on the unique side but are just as important as your outside appearance self care.
Diana- The Traveling Meal Prepper
This one is amazing and a great opportunity to get started on the right step with quarantine. If you’re like me, quarantine did a number on the scale and I was not pleased. Diana offers a simple and easy way to get healthy meals already made that takes the guesswork out of what to eat. Adding in healthier meals without much effort is clutch. Regardless of if you are looking to lose weight, get healthy or gain weight it never hurts to have some health. Diana has the answer for you! You can find all the info to get your order in on her IG Below
Holiday Promo: Make sure to follow Diana IG for all promotions and ordering info IG @fitmealsfitbody
Perfect gift for: Someone who wants to get a jump start on their fitness and health for the new year or even a reset with all the snacking during quarantine.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. One of the most beneficial things you can do especially with everything going on is journal. I love the new journal that Bledsoe Empower just launched “Empowered As F*ck! This company was founded by two sisters focusing on helping others with their mindset and mental health. Make sure to give them a follow and pre order their journal! You can find all the info to get your order in on their IG below.
Holiday Promo: 15% off purchase until 11/30/20. Make sure to follow IG for all promotions IG @empowerelmundo and you can order on their website below.
Perfect gift for: Someone looking to get centered mentally and work on moving forward with their goals. This is perfect as we head into the new year.
I hope this gift guide helps you in your quest for spreading holiday cheer this year. It’s always great to shop small businesses when you can, but especially this year with many having to shut down for a period of time due to COVID. Shopping small not only helps these owners but also our own communities as a large % of their profits are used throughout where they live locally.
That being said, during this holiday season DO NOT over extend yourself. If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy gifts, think of other ways you can be of service to others. Cooking a meal, helping with yard work, fixing something in their home, walking their dog or checking on their animals. Small gestures that I think all of us could appreciate.
Hope you all enjoyed this gift guide! If you have a small business you would like to see on the list, please drop it in the comments below so I can add it to the list 🙂