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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!