Can you believe it? We’re only three weeks away from Christmas! I don’t know about you, but with COVID hovering over the holidays, shopping for my family and friends feels a little different this year.
I’ve gathered a list of small businesses that I love that will help you find any last-minute gifts for anyone on your list this year. I’ve also included a list of charitable organizations that I believe in that are providing services for so many people whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. This is a great way to make an impact on a larger scale.
As a small business owner, every single sale is valuable, and contributes to me being able to keep Cash Color going. I have so much gratitude for all of my customers who have shown up to support me as an artist throughout the pandemic. With yet another spike in COVID cases and more businesses being required to close their doors during the most critical time for retailers to generate revenue, I think it’s important to remember that we need to continue supporting small businesses more than ever right now. Even if you’re scaling your holiday budget back this year, as many are, don’t underestimate the impact of each purchase you make. I promise you: it’s just as exciting to see a $25 print order come through as a $55 one. It all adds up!
I wish you a healthy, joyful holiday season!
Earlier this year I spotlighted one of my favorite jewelry designers in Nashville, Dream Box Jewelry. Designer Kat Hayes has created a selection of affordable pieces that are unique and delicate. Check her out, and pick out something pretty.
The socks, tees, and hand towels by the Queen of Cups are just dreamy. They make perfect stocking stuffers and teacher gifts. Now that so many schools have had to return to remote learning, it’s especially important to remember the teachers this year.
Love & Lion’s owner, Leah Hasson, has kept all of us motivated this year with her brutally honest sense of humor that is clearly reflected in the products she designs. Her Instagram feed has definitely made me smile more than a few times in the past few months! I love her clean design style, and she believes in worthy causes too. Choose from a variety of items in her shop to purchase that are connected to a charitable organization, and you’ll make your dollar go even further.
Treat yourself or your friends to a gift card from Poppy & Monroe so that when it’s safe to pamper in public, you’ll be able to visit the brightest, most cheerful salon! The nail art is amazing, and they use all-natural beauty products. Win-win!
Don’t forget to check for local pickup options at stores with physical locations. This is a great way to support a local business because you can order online and also save money on shipping!
Instead of buying something to give, why not make a donation in your loved one’s name to a charitable organization that you believe in? A lot of nonprofits have some incredible merch you can order or creative holiday giving campaigns—or you can simply make a donation.
In September, I decided that for the rest of the year I would donate a portion of my profits from the Hand Signs Collection to the non-profit organizations listed below. You can read more about why I believe in the mission that motivates each program in the October blog post, All Hand (Signs) On Deck. Here are some organizations doing really great things!
However you decide to shop this season, give with love — because we all need all the love we can get right now!