Happy Holidays everyone! I hope your holiday season is one filled with peace and light and no last minute scrambling to buy the perfect presents for your loved ones. Mine is more the latter. And when you’re a last minute shopper like me, it is even harder to buy gifts that are unique and support local businesses and not just another mug from Amazon.com.
So! To help us all on our gift hunts, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite items from incredible small businesses run by women!
1. A Quilt from Mazzy Threads
I’m obsessed with Hanna Mazza’s quilting work! Hanna is a local Atlanta quilter, who recently launched her own business. Her work is stunning and this girl hustles hard. You can order a custom quilt on her etsy page, or visit her at one of her upcoming events to check out her work!
2. A Boob Planter from Rose Grown
Or a boob mug, boob vase, boob bowl, etc. I love these lovely items from Sonia Rose of Rose Grown. She’s also a local Atlanta small business and her work is stunning and empowering. A lot of her items are out of stock at the moment but she’s restocking mid-December so don’t fear! We’ll all have boob planters before the holidays!
3. A Hopeful Pin from People I’ve Loved
People I’ve Loved is a wonderful brand (and a great follow on instagram) started by Carissa Potter, an artist based in California. They were kind enough to send me a few items to check out (including this pin!) and I am obsessed. They have everything from socks to stationary to posters and more, and all of it is whimsical and inspiring. I guarantee they have something for everyone on your list.
4. Winter Holiday Cards from Peach or Plum
Peach Benitez is the artist behind Peach or Plum, a local business in Atlanta. Her watercolors are beautiful, and she’s turned them into incredible cards, posters, onesies, ornaments, coffee mugs and more! I’m especially into her new pieces themed around the winter solstice. They are so dreamy! She also has some great feminist prints and Atlanta-themed pieces as well (and so many other things).
5. Whimsical Embroidery from Emily June
I am in love with these hoops from Emily June, an Ohio based creative. She has so many amazing embroidered pieces including ones for your enneagram number or your home state! These make the dreamiest gifts for friends and she has so many unique piece that your sure to find something perfect.
6. Handmade Clothes for Your Baby Friends from Namaq Cheeni
I don’t know about you, but I am now of the age where shopping for friends includes shopping for my friends’ babies too! Namaq Cheeni has the perfect items for this. She is a Nashville based creator who produces ethically resourced, gender-neutral clothes for the littles in your life. She has so many sweet prints and fun details and she’s 100% sustainable!
7. Earrings from Aplombist
Y’all. I’ve been going through a real earring renaissance this year, and when I came across Aplombist’s earring I melted. These are to die for. Aplombist is an artisan from South Caroline and her one-of-a-kind statement pieces are the perfect gift for the cool chicks in your life (and me).
8. Healing Crystals from Modern Mystic Shop
The Modern Mystic Shop is a female-owned business in Atlanta (their shop is in Ponce City Market!). They have lots of wonderful, witchy goods that make great gifts for the holidays. In addition to a wide array of crystals, they also have ritual kits, aromatherapy, tarot cards, and much more. I especially love how their website lets you shop by solution, so whether your looking for items that will help with money issues or something to boost confidence you can find exactly the right gift.
I hope you all find this list helpful! I can’t wait to get all my friends tarot cards and funky embroidery. Also if you’re my friends or family reading this: this is what I want for Christmas thanks.
I love that we can find gifts that are unique and lovely, but that also support our local communities and especially female entrepreneurs! Good luck to all of you on your holiday shopping. Have a peace and light-filled season.
Elizabeth Endara is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Release the Women. She is a writer, doula, advocate, and yoga teacher based in NYC. You can follow her journey on instagram at @elizabetheendara.