Gift Season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about all those special people in your life and what you can treat them with. This year instead of supporting big box stores for gifts, our family has decided to shop for small businesses where possible. Here are my top picks for small business unique gifts that you won’t find in a chain store. Best of all, you are supporting small businesses.
#1. Kayleigh May L.L.C.
-Fashionable & Luxurious Accessories for your most Fashion Forward Friend!
Kayleigh May has a variety of hair accessories all which work at helping reduce breakage, preventing hair loss, and increasing the health of your hair from the scalp to the ends.
You can find gifts as low as $12.00, and Luxury Box sets that come pre-wrapped in beautifully branded tissue and ribbon, with an envelope holder inside the box to make the recipient feel extra special.
Kayleigh May’s main product would be her 100% Mulberry silk scrunchies, which are so luxurious, and soft. They will make a beautiful gift or stocking stuffer for anyone with longer hair on your list. These scrunchies can be worn to the holiday glam party, or to dress up the Ugly Sweater party, and then wear them to bed to protect your mane in luscious silk while you have sweet dreams.
Our top 3 picks from KayleighMay.com are:
The Winter Wonderhair Collection, The Rachel Voluminous Scrunchies, Or the Holiday Hair Collection
#2. MoonWater Apoth -Negative energy Be-gone, start the new year with a freshly cleansed home.
Author and Singer Megan Besler mixes up the most beautiful scents for your home into diffusers, room sprays, and perfumes. They are all made with real essential oils and charged moon water from every full moon!
“You won’t find it at the supermarket. Moon water is created at home during a chosen moon phase. It’s typically collected during the full moon when the moon’s energy is said to be at its fullest. Then it’s sipped, applied topically, or sprayed in the home for cleansing negative energy or emotion.” -Megan
Kayleigh-May’s top picks from Moonwater Apoth are: Neroli Perfume, Lavender Handmade Artisan Room Diffuser, and White Eucalyptus Room Spray. Other great finds in Megans shop are: Tarrot cards, Smudging sticks, and Raw Healing Crystals.
#3. Hana Jae Handmade - For Handmade Cottage Dresses.
I reached out to Liz the owner of Hana Jae Handmade to purchase a custom dress for my niece for Christmas this year. I’m so excited to get it for her. You can see in her TikTok videos how much care and love she puts into each item. Liz began like most of us, sewing at her kitchen table with her grandmothers sewing machine. Much like me her business began during the covid pandemic.
“When I’m not sewing, I am a mom to my two children, who you’ll see regularly gracing my social media. They are my biggest supporters and love that I can make them things they want to wear. I also enjoy working out, trying new beauty products and being outdoors when it isn’t sweltering hot in Texas. Thank you so much for shopping small and for shopping handmade!” Liz
Kayleigh-May’s top picks are the Peppermint Patty Dress, A gorgeous pink snowflake design sure to make your little one look their Holiday best, and can translate all the way into February’s fashion. The Green Maren Dress in size 5T, Oh how I wish I had a little girl in this size to buy this for, the floral design takes me straight to cottage chic aesthetic. Lastly, the Pink Rita Skirt, paired with some tights and a cute white sweater, is my Holiday dream! I would love to see a little one all dressed up in this.
#4. Late Bloomer Boutique - For that friend with style!
Late Bloomer Boutiques owner Jaylin, has done a beautiful job of curating a variety of clothing that can match anyones style. The beautiful florals flow throughout many of the items she has online, including the cutest of wildflower rings.
“Late Bloomer Boutique. This is a company that I created this summer and it truly has been the go-to for my fashion ever since.” - Jaylin
Kayleigh-May’s top picks are the Cream Cardigan with Flowers,This cardi is such an easy Cardi to style, and it always gets complimented by everyone. Cosmos Wildflower Ring I'm so sad that I haven't added this to my ring collection yet, Maybe my secret Santa will see this post! And lastly the Square Neck Ribbed Dress (We love this one because it can be styled so many different ways, and works well for both date night paired with heels and a blazer, or casual with sandals and a jean jacket.) I own this in the Beige, but it also comes in Black!
#5. Alzernia Jewelry - Beautiful Authentic Jewelry, Priced just right for holiday gifts.
I think that these would be the talk of the holiday party! with each piece beautifully designed by the Alzernia Gomes. Gomes started sewing at the age of four with her mother, and her passion for creating was awoken. Alzernia learned the craft of jewelry making in Paris in the early 90’s where her inner jewelry designer blossomed.
“One of our main goals is to mentor Women and Children all over the world especially in Africa to follow their dreams. Alzerina wants to guide underprivileged children on the right path through education and the proper opportunities they deserve. We want to create a positive change within the children and society itself.” Alzernia
Kayleigh-May’s top picks are the: Mother of Pearl Choker, this gorgeous piece would add elegance and sophistication to any outfit. (Seriously if someone wants to buy this for me I will cry, send it to my husband and let him know it’s on my wish list) Dream Haven Bracelet, Priced at only $149, this piece with gold plated pearl accents, and Swarovski crystals, is sure to make you the best “gift giver” this year! In the Cabo Verde collection, there are so many beautiful bracelets; my favorite in this collection is the Sentimento Bracelet. With the Black Konta D’oju beads, you will generate positive energy.
#6. The Patrick Pack - Handmade Wooden and Felt Children’s toys.
When it comes to gifting the toys Santa, and his elves make, nothing compares to keeping it authentic like the toys from the Patrick Pack.
“I keep my cup full, but I enjoy it over flowing. — I’ve been inspired to start this company as my next chapter in life because there aren’t enough companies that provide quality handmade wooden toys at an affordable price. I’m here to show you what the other companies won’t. - Melissa Patrick
Kayleigh-May’s top picks are the: Tree Block Stackers! These are great for fine motor development, and they look so cute I would keep them and put them on display when kiddo grows up! The R&R bundle, Stackable Rainbow and Rattle, make both perfect nursery decor, a gorgeous baby shower gift, or photo props, and the best thing, baby can play with sit as they age. Felt play is so much fun, with these toys, you can pretend to bake cookies, or run a full kitchen or store. The fun never stops, and they are SOOO cute! (seriously look at the gingerbread cookies!)