I have always been a huge fan of small businesses, supporting them whenever I possibly can.
It’s a person’s dream. It’s a risk. It’s hard. And often, these smaller businesses are hidden gems.
Friends, if you are able, it’s so worth heading into your neighborhood Mom & Pop shop to support them during this time of the year.
There’s nothing like walking into a store with your kids and talking to them about all that goes into opening your own toy store or jewelry store or yarn shop or pet store–how rewarding and challenging it can be.
As parents, we have to show our kids that anything is within their reach.
And sure, we all want rockstar deals, but deals are seriously everywhere–even in small businesses.
And sure, we are crazy busy and sometimes it’s easier to order online from the comfort of our homes
So do it.
There are tons of small online business, so this Saturday check ’em out give em a chance.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Support Small Business Saturday– For Your Kids:
Over the years, Etsy has been one of my go-to’s for finding sweet and meaningful gifts, and I’ve come across a bunch of small businesses that I definitely want to share.
Etsy is a super place to start when you have a talent or totally rock a craft; we want our kids to know that if they have talents, they can follow them and even make money from them.
Start with Etsy.
I am a huge fan of the self-inking return address stamp.
I grabbed the return address label stamp that I use all of the time, modeled after the one below, from Todd of Love To Create Stamps.
The cool thing? He’s giving teachmama.com readers a 15% discount to his shop. Use LOVETOSAVE .
Years and years ago I met Lisa at a blog conference, and immediately I fell for her simple, cool designs.
She worked with me to create my favorite initial necklace for my kids. I still wear it often and always I get complements on it when I do.
Check out her stacking mothers bangle bracelets. Love, love, love them.
Lisa is offering a 20% discount to teachmama.com readers with the code: TEACHMAMA20
Little Lady Bug Press | Christy Allison design
I have dreamed of having a holiday return address stamp for years, and this year? Well I treated myself to one like the one above. I literally danced around the kitchen when it arrived last week, in a sweet little burlap drawstring bag and looking exactly how I wanted it to. Woot!
Cannot wait to get those cards started this year!
I love Liz’s designs. I worked with cookincute to design the most beautiful apron for Maddy ever. I absolutely love it.
I knew what I wanted but didn’t see it in her shop.
So via email, we found a great pattern, the perfect color, and Maddy reaches for this apron any time she’s baking or cooking in the kitchen. She also threw in a matching apron for her American Girl doll! Super fun.
Last year, when Cora was on a ‘personalization’ kick, I ordered a bunch from this store.
Cindi created fabulous plastic straw cup with ‘Cora’ on it from this shop, and she loves it. All I explained was, ‘I have a 5 yo girl who loves all girly things: hearts, stars, jewels, flowers. If you could do it in pinks and maybe some black and white to up the cool factor, that’d be awesome. And the 16 oz tumbler we received was perfecto!
I also ordered a super cute personalized cake carrier for Maddy from this shop, and every time we use it, Maddy smiles. This isn’t the one; we ordered a standard, rectangular cake saver that we love.
The cool thing? Cindi’s giving teachmama.com readers a 10% discount to her shop through the end of January. Use the code: blogger. Woot!
Loraleigh creates the most fun pieces of jewelry—necklaces with anything you want, including sweet starfish, initials, animals, and more.
I ordered a gold hashtag necklace for myself this summer. I love it so much that I ordered one for my sister, who helps me so much with work. For anyone—blogger, virtual assistant, or hashtag maven, these are perfect and fun.
I love, love the prices here and variety–I think they’re great for just about anyone but know that Maddy and Cora would love anything from this shop!
I love this shop’s simplicity and beauty–and I love the fact that Gem brings ‘old junk back to life’. Every piece has a story, which is so awesome and fun.
All of the items here are completely unique, which I think always make super gifts and conversation pieces. Great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. Birthdays and any day. Indoors and outdoors.
Need an adorable knit hat for your tiny ones? My sister turned me on to this shop which is run by one of my high school friends.
Colleen is one of the coolest gals I know. You will die for any of the things in her shop. The neat thing is that I vividly remember her mom knitting when we were young. Love it.
My sister is in love with Greyson + Cole for baby moccasins:
I want to eat my niece Ruby’s little legs. Especially with these teeny shoes.
And she also loves Sweet Lucy Jack for baby moccasins and headbands and cute hats:
What is your favorite small business? I’d love to hear it!
Many thanks for supporting these great businesses!
Want a few more holiday-inspired gift ideas or activities? Check out:
- Best Gifts for Kids and Families 2014
- Best Gifts for Kids and Families 2013
- Best Gifts for Kids and Families 2012
- Best Gifts for Kids and Families 2011
- Holiday Fun Fact and JOKES Lunchbox Notes (with Hannukah!)
- Holiday Time Fun Fact Lunchbox Notes
- Little Holiday Notes and Jokes
- Holiday Notes for Families
- The Polar Express tradition
- Scratch-off Cards
- K-Cup Advent Tree
- New Year’s Family Interview
- Happy Holidays Backyard Birds
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