Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses | Rhyme & Reason
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Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

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Hello! Oh my goodness, I am excited about today’s post! I’m feeling extra cheery as I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my recommendations with y’all again this year through holiday gift guides. I sadly haven’t published any gift guides yet this year. But I have a few more to come after today’s guide. I would have loved to have shared more already but I just haven’t had the bandwidth or time to with Rowan in the world. Once we decide on a childcare support option sometime in the new year, I’ll have more time to dedicate to Rhyme & Reason. Anywho, I’m also tickled about this post because it is dedicated to something I’m super passionate about: small businesses. As a small business myself, I truly appreciate every single ounce of support I receive from my readers, followers, business connections, and brands that partner with me.

Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

It brings me so much joy to be able to play a small role in spreading the word about small businesses I love, believe in, use, and am inspired by. So, today’s post is a special one! While I love so many big brands too, I urge y’all to think about the little guy this holiday season. Spread holiday cheer by shopping these brands now and on Small Business Saturday (p.s. it’s on November 28th this year). Some of the brands you’ll find below are “bigger” than others but they are all so special and none of them are J.Crew size status brands (don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live without J.Crew!). I hope you enjoy and discover a new-to-you brand to love! Many of these small businesses are running holiday promotions so it’s the perfect time to shop from them.

Thank you for your support of me as a small business too! xx

Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses | Rhyme & Reason
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01LAKE Pajamas PJ Set

Lake Pajamas has been one of my favorite small businesses for years! Their pima cotton PJ sets are so incredibly soft. Like a big hug. Perfect for Christmas morning!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

02Weezie Towels Robe

I whole-heartedly put my stamp of approval on Weezie Towels. They are the softest, fluffiest, and most beautiful towels. I really love their bathrobe as a holiday gift for secret Santas, brides-to-be, or roommates! You can customize them by choosing your piping color and adding embroidery.
The #1 Bathrobe this Holiday Season: Weezie Towels Bathrobe

03Amanda Lindroth Island Trays

Amanda Lindroth’s tableware products are perfect for entertaining. Bring a touch of island style into the home with this gift! Perfect for mom or your bestie who is always styling her home.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

04India Amory Tablecloth

India Amory sells the most gorgeous tablecloths. Full stop. Block print lovers, India Amory will be your new favorite small business! A luxe tablecloth is a fantastic holiday gift for the hostess.
Gift Guide for the Hostess: beautiful table linens + where to shop table linens for entertaining

05Hibiscus Linens Holiday Greenery Cocktail Napkins

I discovered Hibiscus Linens at a pop-up in NYC and immediately fell in love with the products and the owner + designer, Mariana Barran Goodall. These hand embroidered holiday greenery cocktail napkins are beautiful for the holidays! P.S. Hibiscus Linens also has an entire DIY Kit section of bookmarks, towels, napkins etc… such a FUN gift idea for mom, mother-in-law, or a creative co-worker.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

06Land of Belle Hand-Blown Murano Glasses

If you aren’t familiar with Land of Belle, then you’re in for a treat! It’s a collection of carefully curated home accessories by the world’s leading brands and artisans with an online store and wedding registry (wish I knew of Land of Belle when I registered!) with seasonal pop-up stores. These glasses beautify every table and kitchen! We have and love them.
Unique Christmas Gifts from Small Businesses

07Courtland & Co. Decorative Pillow

Courtland & Co. is a one-stop-shop for beautiful homewares. They did some custom pillows for us for our wedding and I’ve found many treasures from Courtland and Co. from over the years. These decorative pillows are a home run gift for any design darling in your life!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

08Sea Marie Block Print Cosmetic Bags

Sea Marie is a curated selection of products inspired by the coast. Everything they curate is so lovely! I think these block print cosmetic cases make for the perfect gift for any gal.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

09Callie’s Biscuits Hot Little Combo Pack

The perfect gift for your foodie friend! The biscuit elections in the Callie’s Hot Little Combo Pack are beyond delicious! This is a fun gift that also turns into an experience too (when the receiver bakes the biscuits!).
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

10Southern Baked Pies

I had the privilege of taking a pie class with Southern Baked Pie in the spring of 2019. I loved every minute of it and every bite of pie! A delicious pie is the perfect gift for an aunt or a mother who needs nothing! Also great for teacher gifts.
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11Mod Squad Mutt Dog Treats

Gifting someone who is obsessed with their dog (like me!)? You’ll love Mod Squad Mutt Dog treats… they are Maybelle and Hopper’s favorites! The company gives back too through community partners like dog rescues.
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12Crew LaLa Dog Collars, Bandanas, and Leashes

Crew LaLa specializes in American-Made luxe dog collars, bow tie collars, girl bow collars, & leashes. Their holiday collection is adorable! Our pups look so darn cute in her Crew LaLa bow collars!
Crew LaLa Dog Collars make the perfect Christmas gift for animals lovers

13Old Whaling Co. “Coastal Christmas” Candle, Soap, Bath Bomb, & More

Old Whaling Co. makes beautifully crafted gentle and affordable bath + body essentials inspired by the sea! Last year, I gifted the Coastal Christmas product line to work friends/partners.
The perfect gift for beauty lovers: Coastal Christmas by Old Whaling Co.

14Candlefish Rewined Candles

Candlefish is a truly special candle company. Their candles are hand poured in Charleston! Candlefish has made a name for itself through its Rewined Candles line, its fragrance library of handcrafted candles with 100 different fragrances, and its BYOB Candle Making Workshops in CHS and ATL. This “Wine Under The Tree” candle is perfect for the holidays.
The best holiday candles

15Pip & Roo Original Needlepoint Design

Not sure what to gift the grandmillenial this holiday season? I know! Support one of my favorite small needlepoint businesses, Pip & Roo, and gift a unique needlepoint design.
What to gift the grandmillenial for Christmas

16Bling Wipes

Friends, meet Bling Wipes, your simple solution to keeping your jewelry sparkling wherever life takes you! My sister-in-law founded Bling Wipes with the goal of designing a jewelry cleaner for the on-the-go jewelry lover. Bling Wipes easily fit in your purse for instant access to a hassle free and impressive jewelry cleaning experience! Gift these to brides-to-be or use as stocking stuffers.
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17Hannah Alyssa Photography Print

My lovely friend Hannah Alyssa is the most talented photographer (stay tuned for our Christmas card this year by her!) so it’s only natural that she has a beautiful print shop. Gift a dreamy print from her Charleston, Nantucket, or Paris collection to your friend who loves to travel!
Hannah Alyssa Photography Paris Print

18Nantucket Print Shop Print

Gift the beauty of Nantucket by supporting my friend Mackenzie’s small business, Nantucket Print Shop. With 125 Photographs to choose from, there’s a print for everyone!
Holiday gifts for New England lovers

19ChappyWrap “Ski First Tracks” Blanket

Y’all, I died when I saw this blanket! Have you ever seen a cuter blanket in your life? Gift this to your favorite homebody who loves to be cozy all winter long. P.S. I SWEAR by ChappyWrap blankets… so warm and soft.
ChappyWrap Blanket for a cozy holiday season

20Sohp Shop Soap

It’s never been more fun for kiddos to wash their hands! Sohp Shop soaps are so amazing for kids because there is a toy at the center so littles are encouraged to wash their hands to get to the toy. Our niece and nephews love these soaps!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

21The Illustrated Life Recipe Binder

I’m completely smitten with this gift idea! It is the most adorable way to file and keep track of your favorite recipes or family recipes. Plus, there are a bunch of equally adorable accessories for it. Gift this to literally anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

22Neely & Chloe Day Planner

Started by sisters Chloe & Neely Burch, Neely & Chloe designs items of quality and beauty – Handbags, Wallets & Accessories – that are to be used for years. Their planner is my favorite. Gift to the workaholic or the girl on the go.
Gift ideas for the workaholic: Neely & Chloe Day Planner

23Sara Fitz Gift Wrap

Sara Fitz is a small business that celebrates iconic New England-style through beautiful watercolor illustrations that Sara has turned into lovely products like wrapping paper. Gift Sara Fitz gift wrap to your most festive friend or your favorite New Englander.
celebrates iconic New England-style through beautiful watercolor illustrations + where to shop beautiful gift wrap

24Waiting on Martha Charcuterie Board

Waiting On Martha Home (WOMH) is a thoughtfully curated home & gift store dedicated to everyday inspired living… what’s not to love! The owner, Mandy Kellogg Rye, is an über talent with a clever eye so I love to shop through her. P.S. if you live in Atlanta, then head to WOMH’s flagship store.
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25Beau & Ro Wristlet

This high-quality black pony hair + tortoise acrylic wristlet is the perfect gift for social butterflies (because I pray we’ll all be able to be social butterflies again one day sooner rather than later!). It was designed to be a go-to bag for going out! Slip it on your wrist so your hands are free for sipping wine, eating hors d’ouerves, dancing the night away. My girlfriend Sara started Beau & Ro and is a handbag designer genius!
Gift this Beau & Ro Wristlet to your Fashion Forward Friends

26Pamela Munson Mixed Media Bow Bag

Pamela Munson is a bag designer you see me carrying quite a bit. She designs the most stunning straw bags out there! If you are gifting anyone with a purse addiction or anyone planning on traveling to a warm weather destination in the near future, then gift them a gorgeous Pamela Munson bag for the trip!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

27Dora Maar Pre-Owned Luxury Fashion Pieces

Dora Maar is a small business on the rise that you must know (did you see the company’s Vogue profile!?)! It is my go-to shopping destination for pre-owned luxury fashion. Shop clothing, accessories, shoes, & more. This Hermès scarf is a fraction of the cost! Does Maar is a great place to shop for gifts for a chic mom or friend. One of my besties, Lauren, is the mastermind behind this company!

28Lele Sadoughi Velvet Headband

It’s safe to say the headband trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I love the idea of gifting a unique headband as a stocking stuffer or as a gift to a cousin or a niece. Lele has designed so many colors, sizes, prints, and embellishments so there’s a headband for every gal!
Lele Sadoughi Headband

29Nicola Bathie Earrings

Nicola Bathie is one of the most talented earring designers out there right now. She’s a great follow on Instagram too! Her earrings make for a thoughtful and stunning gift for any feminine-forward woman out there or for yourself! If I found a pair in my stocking, then I’d be smiling from ear to ear!
Nicola Bathie Earrings to gift to girly girls

30Goldbug Collection Bee Hive Hoop Earrings

I’ve worn Goldbug Collection jewelry multiple times here on Rhyme & Reason and wear in constantly out and about. The Charleston-based jewelry line is run by two wonderful sisters who have such a creative eye! These bee hive earrings are so whimsical and fun.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

31Annie King Designs Custom Rainbow & Gold Bracelet

My girlfriend, Annie King, makes the most adorably fun custom beaded bracelets around. I love the idea of gifting one of Annie’s bracelets to a mom friend and having it done with her child’s name on it!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

32The Tiny Tassel Signature Tassel Earrings

The ultimate girlfriend gift or stocking stuffer = the signature tassel earrings from The Tiny Tassel! They come in every color imaginable so you can really gift a rainbow if you want.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

33Sarah Flint Shoes

Sarah Flint has made a name for herself thanks for her feminine, handcrafted shoes. Her shoes bring luxury to every woman. I can attest to how long-lasting, high-quality, and durable her shoes are! Gift a pair to your favorite shoe addict. P.S. I wish I was familiar with Sarah Flint when I bought wedding shoes because they are SO comfortable!
The top shoe designer you need to know about now

34Margaux Shoes

Margaux Shoes is another favorite small business in the footwear category. I adore the two women who founded the company and believe in their mission to offer an extended size range, multiple widths, and made-to-measure sizing so that every woman can find her perfect fit, regardless of size.
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35Marysia Swimsuit

Marysia makes my absolute favorite swimsuit that I own. I reach for the one piece so often that I wish I had it in every single color. It is an investment price for a swimsuit but it wears so well, is super flattering, and lasts. I would be thrilled to receive a Marysia one piece as a gift. Hint, hint!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

36Breck and Grier Hand Painted Monogram Straw Tote

I discovered Breck and Grier this fall and fell in love with the hand painted straw tote bags. I have this style with the longer handles and love how easy it is to carry around. It’s über cute and functional! P.S. Use code JILLIAN25 for 25% off!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

37Frances Hart Peter Pan Collar Dress

Frances Hart is a wonderful line designed with pregnant and nursing women in mind. Maternity clothing doesn’t have to be frumpy thanks to thoughtfully designed brands like Frances Hart! I would have loved to wear this adorable peter pan collar dress while pregnant. A perfect gift for the expecting mama!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

38Kiel James Patrick Navy Knit Sweater Dress

Kiel James Patrick is a brand that embodies East Coast prep at its finest. They have so many amazing novelty type holiday sweaters and such this year but I’m really smitten with this classic sweater dress. It’s perfect to gift to someone who wants to look cute but remain comfy on days at home this winter.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

39Dudley Stephens Turtleneck Fleece

If you aren’t familiar with small business Dudley Stephens, then let me fill you in… Dudley Stephens is an environmentally friendly and stylish fleece clothing brand made in the U.S.A.. I recommend gifting a DS fleece to your sister or sister-in-law who loves to be cozy or needs cute + practical clothing for travel or work.
What to gift the homebody for the holidays: Dudley Stephens Fleece

40Sprinkled with Pink Monogram Sweatshirt

Sprinkled with Pink is a go-to brand for customized anything! From sweatshirts to jean jackets to hats to drinkware to bags, they have it all. I think these simple sweatshirts are just the ticket this year with so much cozy time spent at home. Gift to your sister!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

41Pearl by Lela Rose Lace Dress

Designer Lela Rose might be familiar to you but did you know that Lela has the small business Pearl by Lela Rose that is a woman-led, fashion-forward, ready-to-wear line. Everything in the collection is gorgeous and more affordable than her runway collection. I LOVE her dresses! P.S. I’m wearing Pearl by Lela Rose in the photos in this post!
Pearl by Lela Rose Lace Dress

42Sail to Sable x Jennifer Lake Collection Sequin Dress

My girlfriend, Jennifer Lake, designed the most festive holiday collection this year with Sail to Sable! This sequin dress is to die for! I think it would be perfect for a Christmas or New Year’s Celebration at home!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

43Ann Mashburn Suede Top

Ann Mashburn is one of my favorite designers. I miss having my sister live in Atlanta so I could shop in-person in her store there. She makes the most timeless, all-American clothing and accessories. Gift this top to the girl with classic style.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

44Buru Pleated Mini Dress

Buru was founded with the mission to offer moms on-trend clothing from designer collections and style them to take the guesswork out of getting dressed. I think they do the best job curating gorgeous styles for woman like this stunning green dress! A great brand to gift to stylish women.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

45RMS Beauty Luminizer Quad

RMS Beauty is an all natural, certified organic makeup and skincare line that I swear by! I’ve never worn a makeup brand before that has given me a better natural glow. This luminizer quad does just that! I rebuy it the second I go through it. Gift to your favorite beauty addict.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

46ILIA Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil

I started using ILIA beauty products in early 2020 and fell in love. This balmy gloss tinted lip oil has been m favorite lip product ever since! I also can’t recommend their True Skin Serum Foundation enough. Great stocking stuffers!
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

47Boll and Branch Bedding

Boll and Branch makes the most delicious bedding. This is such a luxurious gift to give someone you know who needs a refresh, someone nesting pre-baby, or someone moving.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

48Jenni Kayne Alpaca Colorblock Throw

Yum! Gift this extra luxe and cozy color block throw blanket to your favorite homebody. The color block design makes it extra chic for the homebody with refined taste.
Gift Guide: Gifts From Small Businesses

Thank you again for your continued support! Cheers to an inspired holiday season ahead and to supporting small businesses all holiday season long!

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  1. Jillian & Edwin
    Always fun keeping up with you via Rhyme and Reason .
    Love your Blog pictures and what’s new.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Aunt Sydney

  2. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and meaningful small business gift guide. I love the brands that you featured here and you shared some really helpful suggestions! Looking forward to your other gift guides as well.


  3. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and meaningful small business gift guide. I love the brands that you featured here and you shared some really helpful suggestions! Looking forward to your other gift guides as well.


    1. Hi Katie!! Thank you so much for the dress love! My dress is from Pearl by Lela Rose but I’m so sad to say that it is from last year so it’s no longer available :(. I’m so sorry I can’t send you a link! Check out Pearl by lela Rose though – she has so many beautiful designs! Thank you for reading my guide xx

  4. LOVED this gift guide! Thank you so much for doing this- my family is only shopping small businesses for holiday gifts this year and you had so many great ones I’d never even heard of! <3

    1. Awww yay thank you so much for saying that Margan! Makes me so happy to hear that I helped out a bit with your holiday shopping!! You and your family are on to something with only shopping from small businesses! I love it! xx

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