D E S I G N L O V E F E S T » JOAN’S 24 SMALL BIZ GIFT IDEAS
bri made the most incredible gift guide yesterday of 52 places to shop and support over the holiday season and i wanted in on the action! now more than ever, where we spend our dollars matters. there are so many amazing artists and companies creating beautiful products to love and cherish for years, these are some of my favorites! as a note, with the exception of one or two, these are all personal recommendations of companies and items that i have bought, loved and stand by. sometimes in the age of the internet it’s hard to know what’s a general recommendation and what has been owned, used and personally tested which for me, makes a difference. – joanie
TO WEAR (section above): 1/James Street Co – wife and husband owned company, they create beautiful knits. i love their sweaters and this beanie would make a perfect gift for someone. 2/ Ali Golden – oakland based, she used to have a shop in LA. she has her own line and also has a great curated selection of other independent designers. i saw this leopard trench on their IG and loved it. 3/ freda salvador – i’ve followed this female founded brand for years. their shoes are beautiful and i’m obsessed with these chic rain resistant boots. 4/ hannah Keefe – i met Hannah at a craft fair a few years ago and fell in love with her beautiful handmade earrings. i love this silver pair. 5/ emerson fry – we’ve mentioned our love for emerson fry many times on the blog. i’ve had by eye on this silver sequin dress since last year and i still love it. perfect for a post-covid party! 6/ Olo – my sister is the first person to introduce me to this Oregon based company and last year i bought my first scent from there. it’s called lightning paw and it’s beautiful. their bottles are small which makes them great to throw in your bag and they last forever, i’ve had mine for over a year and still lots left. 7/ individual medley – this is a local store that’s really close to my house. they have an amazing storefront but also a great online selection and they can use your support. this fuzzy bag is really fun. 8/ intentionally blank – they are los angeles based and i have several pairs of their shoes that i love. this mule with the deep green and the wood heel is very cool.
STAY HOME: 1/ le feu de l’eau – they make really beautiful candles in the prettiest colors, they make a great gift. 2/ happy habitat – i love her blankets, especially this one. she has tons of great patterns and you can machine wash and dry them which is very important for a throw blanket that gets a lot of us. 3/ helen levi – helen is a new york based ceramic artists that i’ve loved for years. i have a vase and tumblers (which are great for coffee + wine) from her. and i love this splatter mug she makes. 4/ victoria morris – a local LA artist that i’ve admired for awhile. i don’ town anything of hers (yet) but i love her work. this blue vase is a beautiful investment piece. 5/ maro carpets – i stumbled on this etsy rug shop and found so many gems. she has an amazing selection and excellent reviews. i love this pink one. 6/ farmhouse pottery – this is a shop that’s near where my sister lives in woodstock vermont. i picked up a couple of mugs last time i was there which i love and now i’m eyeing their beautiful home goods like these candlesticks.
FOOD DRINK: 1/ mike’s hot honey – my brother brought one of these home for christmas several years ago and i loved it. it has a surprising amount of uses, like on a cheese pizza! 2/ cowgirl creamery – i’ve loved their cheeses for years and always like to visit their stand in the SF ferry building (they have the best grilled cheese), the cheese of the month club is a great gift that keeps on giving. 3/ madcap coffee – this shop is in my hometown of grand rapids michigan and i always make sure to stop in when i’m back in town. they make delicious coffee and roast their own beans. 4/ fly by jing – my aunt gave me some of their chili crisps a few months ago and i reach for it all the time. on eggs, with dumplings, white rice, baked potato, the options are endless! 5/ helen’s wine – helen is our friend who really jump started my love and understanding of wine. she has an epic wine club that ships internationally and i honestly thing there is no better gift. 6/ jeni’s ice cream – ice cream is always a welcomed gift and this thanksgiving set with bramble berry crisp sounds divine.
GIVE: 1/ helping women period – this charity works to address the lack of access to menstrual health care products for low income or homeless. 2/ eviction defense network – many people are facing eviction due to the pandemic. you can look up local non-profits in your city that are working to make sure people are able to stay in their homes. this one is in los angeles but can provide consults across the nation. 3/ homeboy industries – works with formerly gang involved or previously incarcerated men and women. it is an incredibly community that was started by father greg boyle. i have visited their LA facility and can say they are doing amazing work at creating a healing and hope for people who are often left in the shadows. 4/ preemptive love – they are on the frontlines of many war torn nations and they are committed to creating a network of peace keepers and work in many tangibles ways like feeding and clothing people. they do amazing work and i highly recommend checking them out.