HAPPY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SEASON. Today’s is my SMALL SHOP GIFT GUIDE! I honestly cannot believe it’s already that time of year again. I’ve been hard at work for weeks now getting my gift guides ready weeks earlier than I have in past years. I wanted to make sure we all had AMPLE time to shop before the holidays get really crazy. I’ve got 20 of my favorite small shops on this list + a list of products they sell that I think you’ll LOVE. Let’s do this.

BONUS: check out my master store list here if you are interested in shopping directly through my affiliate links. I SO APPRECIATE IT when you do – especially this time of year!


*BONUS GIFT IDEA: Another way to show support to small businesses is to purchase local restaurant gift cards! This is such an easy gift to throw into a card or gift bag and you can be sure they’ll love it!*

Little Lemon Candles

I’m SUCH a huge fan of Kayla’s candle shop. She is a one-woman show working to make an incredible life for her and her two kiddos. Her candles are sassy, witty, funny and always a combination of such unique scents. LLC are some of my VERY favorite candles and I have DOZENS.

Who is this best for? ANYONE who loves candles! Customize something personal with custom candles, or choose one of her fantastic holiday scents. They’d make great small gifts for coworkers, friends or spouses.

Products I recommend: Any of the holiday candles OR her personalized name candles!

Typeleague Press

Ok – are these mugs not the cutest? I have one of these mugs with Jack’s face on it – gifted by gifting extraordinaire Erica herself. It’s so cute and ALWAYS a conversation starter. Besides doing adorable custom mugs – they have the CUTEST holiday mugs!

Who is this best for? This is perfect as a secret Santa gift, a gift for coworker or neighbor – just a really sweet gift that would be great for anyone for the holidays.

Products I recommend: Her personalized baby face mugs OR a cute and quirky mug for the holidays!

The Sis Kiss

My Sis Kiss necklace is in my top 10 favorite gifts I’ve ever received – AGAIN: by the gifting queen E. She had known I’d had my eye on this necklace because I LOVED her Olivia one. It was SUCH an amazing Christmas gift.

Who is this best for? A close friend, sister, mom. You can personalize it exactly how you want it and it is such a special gift. I wear my Jack necklace almost every single day and it’s something I truly treasure.

Products I recommend: the name necklace! It’s seriously the perfect gift. You can’t go wrong!

Olive Row

I am OBSESSED with Olive Row. I have two big signs from them – this one in my office and this one in my bedroom. It’s the only place I’ll go for large signs like this. Whitney can basically make whatever your heart desires. She took my ideas for the sign over our bedroom dresser and created a reality. But she doesn’t JUST make large signs, she also does small holiday and seasonal signs. Whatever you want/are looking for – Whitney can do it.

Who is this best for? Your home decor fiend!! Because this is so customizable, you can really create something perfect for whoever you have in mind. I would gift little office signs, home decor, etc.

Products I recommend: A custom sign for your home OR holiday themed table decor.

Artifact STL

Adam gifted me this embroidered ultrasound custom piece for Mother’s Day this year and it’s – to this day – one of THE BEST gifts I’ve ever received. This will mean so much to the new moms in your life. I’m giving this a personal happy tears guarantee. Of course, you don’t have to just get an ultrasound embroidery! You can ALSO get her adorable ornaments, or any of her pre-made embroidered hoops in her shop!

Who is this best for? A new mom, or general lover of crafts and embroidery!

Products I recommend: A custom embroidery OR embroidered Christmas ornament set!

Golden Hour Design Co.

I have recently become REAL obsessed with clay earrings. They’re SO cute and surprisingly lightweight on my ears. Mikayla is a friend of mine and started making earrings as a hobby. I love how it’s taken off for her! BONUS – we have an awesome collaboration coming out in January and you are all gonna DIE. In the meantime, grab some holiday designs!

Who is this best for? Anyone who LOVES earrings, jewelry or handmade pieces. I’m such a fan of handmade items and knowing someone personally created a gift for you is priceless!

Products I recommend: Her holiday earring collection

The Callaway Collection

Okay – one of my “push gifts” I got for myself when Jack was born was a collection of these bracelets. Mine say T<3A, Mama and Jack. I’ll add on to these when we have more kids, and I also want to get some that say Hustle Like A Mother and Blonde & Ambitious to rep my brand! 😀 I am going to have a whole stack when I’m done.

Who is this best for? You can customize these to say whatever you want so you can make sure they fit the person you are shopping for! Plus they are really quality material so they’ll last a long time.

Products I recommend: Three stack of custom bracelets

The Bathhouse Soapery

Adam and I LOVE going into the Bathhouse when we visit downtown St. Charles. It smells amazing. I even have one of their perfumes on my Christmas list this year (it’s scent No.9 if you’re curious and smells AMAZING). But other notable items are …. their artisan soaps, bath bombs, lip scrubs and body butters! Plus old fashioned shave kits for men!

Who is this best for? Your bougie spa friend. LOL. But for real – if your friend is into the finer things in self-care life, gift them one of their bath boxes! It comes with a bath bomb, body butter, 3 artisan soaps, and a foaming body scrub. I’d also recommend the shave set for the man in your life! They deserve self care, too!

Products I recommend: Artisan soap OR holiday gift box!

Collections by Joya

I LOVE Collections by Joya. They have such amazing jewelry pieces. They are always unique and always charming. I have a few things from them – but my favorite is my uncut diamond ring! It’s on my right hand and it’s very art-deco and unique. There is something for everyone.

Who is this best for? Anyone who likes shiny things. They will love how different each piece feels – definitely not mass created or the same as everyone else. There is also something for every price point here.

Products I recommend: their Art Deco rings OR pendant necklaces

LaLa Confetti

I love this company – they sell a ton of really cute gifts but I personally love their gift sets. They have something for EVERYONE here! I like that you can shop by occasion or person and they have a variety of items to choose from.

Who is this best for? The person on your list who is hard to shop for! There is PLENTY to choose from and you can go a more generic route or personalize something, too!

Products I recommend: holiday gift box

Normal Brand

I buy Adam something from this shop for birthdays and Christmas’!!! It’s a local St. Louis shop, and we LOVE them. The quality for a small shop like this is amazing. We’v loved every single thing we have purchased. This is HUGE hit for Adam every year.

Who is this best for? The pickiest men in your life. ANYTHING you get from this shop will be a hit, I promise.

Products I recommend: The Puremeso Raglan Henley OR the Roll Hem Hoodie.

Bloom Owl

We got this for Jack last Christmas and it was a HUGE HIT!!! It’s one of his favorite toys. It’s such a simple wooden piece – but it’s great for them to learn shape recognition.

Who is this best for? Kids ages 6 months – 18 months!

Products I recommend: Wooden name puzzle OR Wooden tracing board!

Rock ‘Em Socks

I got these custom socks with Jack’s face on it for Father’s Day and we are OBSESSED. It’s a smaller company and they do an awesome joy. A direct quote from Adam – “besides being just a novelty socks for fun, they’re actually really comfortable and high quality so I wear them more often than you’d think”.

Who is this best for? Anyone who wants to wear someone’s face on their feet. LOL.

Products I recommend: Custom face socks!

Coralee Swim

I am OBSESSED with Coralee!!!!!! I got some swimwear from them this summer – they are a local brand and I know the founder and it’s an amazing company. Their swimwear is sustainable and each purchase plants part of a coral reef! They have coverups and swimsuits for men and women and they are SUCH a personal and unique purchase. Plus the suits are amazing quality! I wore mine ALL the way up until I was about 8 weeks pregnant.

Who is this best for? Your tropical babes. 😉 Anyone planning a vacation this spring!

Products I recommend: Any of their one piece suits! LOVE!

Terra Simply

This is another candle company I just honestly adore. They are SO GOOD and the owner is an actual gemstone. It’s been such a joy watching her grow and I can’t say enough good things about her. The candle themselves are some of my favorite of ALL time. Every scent is fantastic and her holiday collection is PRIME.

Who is this best for? Your bougie candle lovin’ faves.

Products I recommend: Citrus Basil is my favorite scent – but ANY of the winter scents are fab, too!

Townhouse Treats

If you are local – GET A BOX OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES STAT. This would make just the absolute best little treat to give your neighbors / friends for Christmas this year. I’m truly obsessed with them. I bought her custom cookies for Jack’s 2nd birthday, Halloween and my Baby Sprinkle!

Who is this best for? Neighbors / Acquaintances / Anyone who loves sweet treats!

Products I recommend: Custom royal icing cookies

Collections by Joya

I love this shop. It feels SO LUXURY and it’s honestly just one of my favorite places to get really beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry. I promise whoever receives this gift from you won’t have anything like it in their collection!

Who is this best for? Anyone who appreciates handcrafted artisan jewelry.

Products I recommend: Any of their deco diamond pieces!

Elysia Home

Ok, I have talked about this brand a lot and have even coined it the “small shop Anthropologie”. I LOVE their home decor – and they have SO MANY GIFTS that would make any holiday-obsessed friend go crazy. They have home decor, jewelry, candles, etc. Just an awesome assortment of all the gifts you need to complete your list!

Who is this best for? Your friends with luxury taste!

Products I recommend: Their snow globe tumblers, Gilded Christmas coffee mugs, enamel pins

Onix Jewellry

I came across this shop doing my own Christmas shopping this year and fell in LOVE with their Spotify necklaces. Talk about an incredibly personal and amazing gift. I LOVED IT. They also have tons of other dainty jewelry and their shipping was really quick considering they aren’t based in the US.

Who is this best for? Your audiophile buds.

Products I recommend: Spotify necklace

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