As signaled by Mariah Carey smashing some innocent pumpkins while frolicking through faux snow in a red sequin dress, our favorite time of the year is finally on the horizon—and we are ready for it. As we pack up our spooky decor and take a break from thriller films, we’re looking forward to all of the coziness, celebration, and gift-giving that the holiday season has to offer.
This year, we’re learning from our mistakes of holiday seasons past. Gone are the days of last-minute holiday gifting, panic-ordering generic fuzzy socks on Amazon, or printing out black and white pictures of the gift that was supposed to arrive on time but didn’t. In 2021, we’re getting a head start on our holiday shopping, which is giving us the opportunity to support all of the small businesses that we can along the way. Skip the stress—from ceramic mugs to cocktail kits to gold-plated jewelry and beyond, here are 10 gifts from small businesses that we’re adding to our carts this season:
For the beauty lover in your life or the person who wants a skincare regimen but doesn't know where to start, this dermatologist-selected skincare bundle will be the gift they didn't know they needed. With over $100 retail value of skincare products guaranteed in each box, Dermy Doc Box is the convenient solution to finding (or refining) a skincare regimen.
Add this dapper cocktail kit to your list for anyone in your life who fancies a traditional libation and gifts that keep on giving. This Call Me Old Fashioned cocktail kit from women-owned small business Knack includes two rocks glasses, a carry-on cocktail kit, and salty peanuts to kickstart a cozy night in.
If you're looking to support a small business that puts their goal of helping women first and foremost, look no further than Rebel Nell. With a mission to provide work, equitable opportunity, and wraparound support for women with barriers to employment, Rebel Nell's goal is to help women embrace their strength and define their future.
By partnering with local organizations to seek out women who have struggled to find and retain employment, Rebel Nell is able to hire women as creative designers and teach them to craft unique, wearable art from fallen layers of graffiti while providing services to support their road to self-sufficiency. This statement piece of jewelry is more than just a pretty face—it's a movement we can get behind. If you want to shop intentionally this holiday season, start here.
For the foodie in your life or for someone who appreciates a sweet-meets-salty snack, you'll want to get your hands on a few bags of this dark chocolate-coated popcorn. With a crave-worthy flavor and clean ingredients, our beauty editor just can't keep her hands off of this stuff. Trust us—this is a "one for me, one for you" situation.
The perfect porcelain coffee cup exists, and this one from Franca NYC is it. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York and easy on the eyes, this mug will be a new favorite for that go-to morning coffee or tea. Buy it now—pieces are made to order and ship in two weeks.
Give them the gift of luxury with this nutrient-dense skincare oil from Noto Botanics. This serum will brighten and protect skin with hydration-rich elements and, might we add, smells like an absolute dream. For a noticeable glow, use it once. To transform the texture of skin, use it regularly. With this serum, you won't just be gifting a skincare oil—you'll be gifting a whole experience.
Nothing says "I love you and I'm paying attention" quite like a custom poster that features lyrics to their favorite song or one that marks a moment in time. Personalized trinkets make for some of the most thoughtful gifts, and since we're gifting early this year, we'll have plenty of time to secure one of these for our loved ones (and so will you)!
For the trendy lady in your life or for someone who could use a little "treat yourself" in their lives, these reusable press-on nails will be an absolute hit. This Chill Tips bundle features three trendy designs and is the perfect solution for those who can't be bothered with the mess or wait time associated with an at-home manicure (i.e. probably everyone).
If we're gifting you a candle, it's pretty likely that you fall into one of two categories: our friend who has a harmless candle addiction or a friend who has us stumped in the gifting department. Regardless of which category you fall into, you're welcome in advance. This isn't your average "I stopped at Bath & Body Works on my way over" gift. With notes of woods, warm spice, and citrus, this soy candle smells as good as it looks and boasts a 60-hour burn time to keep you cozy all winter long.
For the zodiac lover in your life or the person who could use a bit of organization in their day-to-day, this zodiac ring dish is a gift that's written in the stars. Besides being beautiful as can be, it's high-quality and durable to withstand all of those oops-I-did-it-again moments that are bound to occur. It's personalized, pretty, and practical, which is our idea of a good time, so we'll definitely be adding this to our shopping carts.
This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Knack, Rebel Nell, and Dermy Doc Box, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.