2022 small business gift guide

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We’re back with #3 in our homies-approved holiday gift guide series! This one is for those looking to splurge this holiday season. One of the biggest ways we can make a difference is to be intentional about where we spend our money. While we all need to shop at the big box stores from time to time, gift giving is the perfect opportunity to support independent brands and take a break from Amazon. So for this installment, I’m giving you the full small business gift guide.

Some of these are brands I’ve found online and on social media, some are businesses owned by friends of friends and others are some local shops in the Atlanta area.

But one thing all these small businesses have in common: they have some amazing, high-quality and unique products. And every single one of them would fit perfectly in the home of any cozy homie.

here’s a guide to the best small business gifts for the holiday season

Ceramics Matter Objects – a delightful ceramic mug

If you have friends who are always buying cool mugs to add to their collection, Object-Material Ceramics is a great choice.

A quick look at their page, and you just feel happy. Bright and happy colors. Some neotenic forms. You can shop for mugs, lamps, blankets, incense holders and more.

Its founder, Carrie Lau, now lives right near me in Highland Park, Los Angeles. But he was born and raised in Hong Kong. He uses his art-making process as a way to achieve awareness and experiment with his curiosity.

Objects-Materials Ceramic Products - blankets, lamps and sake/tea sets

YOWIE – curator of small artists

YOWIE is not a brand, but a collective of great makers and artists. It’s based in Philadelphia, but you can shop online too.

The founder actually comes from a corporate fashion design background, but he launched this as a passion project, and it has grown over the past few years.

The whole atmosphere of the shop is just fun and lively.

They have some YOWIE branded products, but they have a great selection of amazing collections from other great and small brands.

Yowie Shop - teal trays, purple abstract mugs, patterned beach towels and coffee table books

No Sleep Club Montreal – wooden LED lighted signs

I recently received one of these signs as a gift, so it was almost fate that it should be included on this small business gift guide.

Each sign is handmade, and I can personally vouch for its quality. It has been a great addition to my office wall.

There are many options for designs and wording on signs, but you can also create your own custom sign.

Just a snap, these take a few weeks to arrive as they are all made by hand. So keep that in mind and buy early.

No Sleep Club Montreal wooden LED light sign

Growin Womxn – plants, figures, and authentication accessories

Shout out to the Atlanta art event for introducing me to this beautiful lady.

She has a range of products that are all about awareness, well-being and affirmation. And what better way to show your loved ones that you care than to give them a gift that shows that you prioritize their spiritual health?

I bought one of his figures with the air plant in it, and I got so many complements on it. But you can also buy your own plants, crystals, and affirmations and plant accessories.

Growin Womxn - air plants, body sculptures, and hanging terrariums

Rua Carlota – a sustainable fashion brand

This is an expensive one, but well worth it if you have the budget to splurge.

You may have seen it on Instagram before. It’s a cool brand that tries to challenge the throwaway culture by turning scraps of fabric or used clothes into works of art.

Charlotte, the owner, makes everything by hand. And everything is one of one. So every piece you get is a truly unique piece of art.

Fun fact: the owner is actually a math graduate, so he used a lot of his background in geometry when creating these pieces.

I want one of everything

Patch shirt Rua Carlota

Happy Hooker ATX – knitting products

Whether you want to gift someone a cute rainbow or cactus pillow, wall hanging or interesting plant topper, Happy Hooker ATX is your choice. The brand is full of 70s inspired goodness.

You can also find crochet tutorials to make your own accessories.

I trained with the owner, Micayla, when we were both in the wedding planning biz, so it’s exciting to watch her grow and perfect her craft.

She knits every order herself, but you never know: you can definitely fool me that it’s professionally produced.

If you’re in the Austin, TX area, be sure to check him out at the many pop-ups he’ll be attending. Otherwise, you can order online!

Happy Hooker ATX - handmade crochet items

Urban Rewrrk – reinvented vintage fashion

Urbn Rewrrk is another small brand with a mission to make fashion more sustainable.

Instead of creating pieces from scratch, owner LaMicah, reworks vintage items to add her own flare. Whether it’s mixing two pieces together, reshaping pieces or adding interesting stitching, each piece is an instant statement.

She is originally from Ann Arbor, MI (woot woot, go blue!) but currently resides in Brooklyn, NYC.

Repurposed and reworked vintage clothing by Urbn Rewrrk

gdeng6rl – surrealist artist

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ve probably seen this artist before. I have been absolutely obsessed since I discovered it over a year ago while doing research for my Black artists, you should support the post.

He has one of the most unique surrealist styles I’ve ever seen. His artwork combines photos and pictorial illustrations in a unique and interesting way.

Whether the person you’re shopping for has more of a muted or colorful style, there’s a wide variety of prints to suit whatever their style is.

If your friend is an art lover, this would be a great addition to their collection.

gldeng6rl surrealist multimedia art

coffee beans & beans – coffee subscription

This small coffee shop is a mother and daughter duo. And even though they’ve expanded to 4 different locations since launching in 2008, I still wanted to include them on this small business gift guide.

One of their missions is to help close gender pay gap that appear in the coffee supply chain. So, if you buy from them, you’re supporting a great cause.

They also have a subscription program which can help you show love to your coffee-loving friend. You can get them either a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription to deliver delicious, ethical coffee straight to their door.

coffee beans and beans

People’s Supply – small brand market

Citizen’s Supply is another collective that curates collections of several different artists and makers.

There is a wide variety of products here, from candles, clothes, leather goods, even chocolate. And all of them are created by small businesses.

Their online offerings are amazing, but if you’re in the Atlanta area, I really recommend checking out their large store inside Ponce City Market.

Citizen's Supply small business marketplace

Pottery Drizzle Love – Drip planter

We all have a plant lover (or two or five) in our lives. And the great thing is, it’s really easy to give them a gift they’ll love. So get planters from small businesses this holiday season!

And LoveDrizzlesPottery is sure to impress them as much as it did me. Their products make you hungry because they look like melted ice cream. Subtle, drippy ombre pastel colors. Just *kiss the chef*

LoveDrizzlesPottery on Etsy - ice cream dip pottery in soothing pastel colors

Any other businesses you think deserve to be included in this small business gift guide?

Feel free to post your favorite (even your own or your friend’s) below in the comments!

Let’s all try to shop small for at least a few gifts this holiday season!

keep it comfy, homies

check out my other holiday gift guides!


About me

Hi my name is Hannah Michelle Lambert, the voice behind the cozy homies. I’m a blogger and interior designer based in LA. I am passionate about fun, adaptive and affordable designs that are filled with personality. And I’m a big believer in good DIY. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for – and maybe a little extra 😉


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