It's gifting season, yo!
I decided to be ambitious on Thanksgiving and work on this gift guide pretty much all day alongside cooking...wowza. I usually start earlier but I've been so preoccupied with baby craziness that this took the back burner!
The thing is, I actually love putting these together. It's so fun to curate unique gift ideas for the lovely ladies in your life, and I wanted to make sure you had this resource in time for Black Friday!
While I called this one "for her," you'll notice there are lots of things on here that the men in your life would surely love as well.
I also included a separate section of gifts that support small, local, BIPOC-owned and woman-owned businesses. It has truly never been more impactful to support these companies. As a small business owner myself, I can't tell you how challenging it has been balancing keeping our businesses open with ensuring the health of our teams and customers.
Thank you to everyone who shared ideas with me on Instagram of small businesses you love in your area! I did my best to include lots of different price points, retailers, and types of gifts. I own several of the below items and there's nothing that brings me more joy than sharing what I love with you all!
Fabulous Gifts For Her
Wireless Earbuds ($27.99) Life changing ear buds (I prefer them to Apple) because they actually stay in your ears when you exercise. And insanely affordable! So many good colors, too.
Modern Throw Blanket ($35.99, 40% off): I got this fun black and white one for the nursery, but they have every design you could imagine, all made to order by artists. They also make super cool yoga mats!
The Sill ZZ & Balboa Plant with Ceramic Planter ($36 on sale) My friend sent me a plant from The Sill for my birthday and I fell in love with the company. This is a gift that lasts! They're absolutely gorgeous and the ceramic planters are amazing. They also have a membership program!
World Explorer's Coffee Sampler ($32) Jeff and I live for coffee subscriptions. This set of single origin coffees from the New York's Driftaway Coffee looks like perfection. The company also offer private virtual tasting parties! I love everything from Uncommon Goods because they are one of the founding B corporations, everything is small production and handmade, and I enjoy reading the stories behind the artists and makers.
Le Creuset Limited Time Grey Ombre 1.75 qt. Signature Saucepan ($147.97, on sale 20% off): When I saw this deal on Thanksgiving, I immediately bought it. I love the unique color and I've been needing a small, quality pot forever. I have several Le Creuset pieces and they're incredible! Crate and Barrel also has 20% off Le Creuset right now.
Jiggy Puzzle and Glue Set ($54) I love these artist-designed puzzles that you can glue together and frame once complete! This one has 800 pieces and is such a good quarantine activity.
Bodum Goose Neck Electric Water Kettle ($35.99) I use this almost every night to make tea. With the flip of a switch, you have hot water in minutes! The price can't be beat.
Handmade Ceramic Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mug ($33.95) The mug of a true icon! Love this pottery from the Finger Lakes.
Leopard Moccasin Slippers ($19.95, on sale 59% off) You can never have too many pairs of slippers...and these are on crazy sale.
Gel Enhanced Memory Foam Seat Cushion ($22.64) I bought this a few months ago since I'm working from home and let me tell you, it does wonders for your tush and back when you have to sit all day!
Bitch, I Am The Secret Ingredient Oven Mitt($14.99) My sis got this for me a couple years ago and I still laugh every time I use it.
Waterproof Snow Boots ($90 on sale) I bought these in black because they're waterproof and warm, perfect for walking baby this winter. They have stellar reviews!
Bathroom Essentials Wine Holder ($38) Because how practical is this for the tub?!
Beautifully Soft Long Sleeve Pajama Set ($29.99) I own these PJs's in six different sets, some long sleeve and some short sleeve. You will not find more comfy PJ's for a better price.
Eco Friendly Heart Shaped Waffle Maker ($35.91) I want to eat waffles in the shape of a heart all mornings.
Vegan Leather Joggers ($53.40 on sale) These are too cute. I love the green color!
Mini Mockneck Sweatshirt ($29.40 on sale) Love how cozy this looks. Perfect for lounging at home in style!
Monikers Game ($24.99) They say it takes just one minute to learn to play this "perfect party game." Always down for a game centered on humor!
The Great British Baking Show: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes ($25.75) For your favorite "The Great British Baking Show" fan! This book brings the magic of baking to your kitchen with easy-to-follow recipes for every shape, size and flavor of cake.
The Leather Card Case: Painted Leopard Calf Hair Edition ($20.65 with code VERYMERRY) Compact and adorable.
22oz Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve ($25.00) I like that this water bottle is glass but also protected. Voted one of the best water bottles of 2020.
Gifts Supporting Small, Local, BIPOC-Owned and Woman-Owned Biz
Sandalwood and Vanilla Growing Candle ($30) The candle that keeps on giving! Based in Toledo, Hyggelight makes cruelty free candles with labels embedded with wildflower seeds. Once the wax is gone, fill the container with soil, plant the label (just like any other seed), and grow flowers!
String Art DIY Kit ($45) My artist friend Meg and her hubby own Maker's social, a bar where you can drink and do fun art projects! She's offering DIY string art projects that get shipped right to you and make an awesome craft project. She can do any design you'd like. I did a cute little raccoon for the nursery!
Wild Animal Daily Planner ($41) Gorgeous daily planner (tons of prints) handmade in Columbus by Black-owned Ivory Paper Co.
Detroit Style Pizza Virtual Cooking Party (pay what you can) I met sweet Emily, a fellow RD, in college. She's now a chef and offers the most fun virtual cooking parties, from pasta making to brunch and beyond!
Unmeasured Virtual Barre Membership ($25/month) My bestie Simi Botic has a wonderful monthly membership for those looking to move and celebrate their bodies from the comfort of their own home. Simi's videos are the perfect balance of challenging and nurturing, zero diet talk included.
Sustainable Easy Dish Kit ($19.55) Love this natural citrus dish soap and adorable reusable dish towel! Adria of KoKo opened her sustainable goods and refillery shop in Columbus earlier this year. You can get everything from lotion, home and laundry, to skincare items. I also love this menstrual cup starter kit. She happens to be my wedding florist, too! Be sure to check out their sister plant company, Forage.
Replenish Spa Gift Card Black-owned by a mom and two sisters, the women behind this local spa are so wonderful. I love going there for facials and massages. They also offer donation-based yoga classes!
Truffle Shuffle Cooking Class ($95): Cook virtually with Michelin trained Chefs and Sommeliers! Learn the coveted craft and skills needed to cook dishes like a true Chef, with all the goodies you need for a gourmet meal delivered to your door fresh.
Organic Key Lime Body Butter ($12): Woman-owned Silver Market Co in West Virginia offers waterless skincare working to revive Appalachia. Lots of natural skin and beauty products.
Holiday Hand Lettered Camping Mug + Virtual Workshop ($37): Choose your favorite designs from Cbus company Natterdoodle and create a hand lettered mug in the company of established artist and color expert Natalie Keller Pariano.
Handmade Lip Tint ($15) The Tart Peach is a Columbus company with dreamy natural, handmade lip products and nail polish. I love all the colors!
San Francisco Style Sourdough Starter ($10.99) Owned by a California couple, Culture for Health offers really neat fermented products and educational guides. Sourdough for everyone!
Handmade Freckled Ceramic Studs ($55 with code THANKFUL) Columbus biz Small Talk is an adorable shop with apparel, accessories, jewelry home goods and more.
Greeting Cards (prices vary) Woman-owned And Here We are makes hilarious and adorable cards, apparel, mugs, prints, and more here in Columbus. Into The Pages is another local company with gorgeous handmade prints and cards. I got this print for the nursery!
Spark & Grace Curated Gift Boxes (prices vary) My friend Sarah started this biz last year and she has so many amazing custom gift boxes for men, women, babies, and beyond! She also does stunning flower arrangements and wreaths. Use code BLACKFRIDAY20 for 20% off on Black Friday! Cascata Curated is another great local option! Owner Kristy partners with responsibly sourced, unique brands who create small-batch goods using the highest quality ingredients and materials.
Handmade Woodland Mug ($43) Gorgeous handmade ceramic mugs, and bowls.
Circle Cross Body Bag ($185) My best friend from high school went to business school with this rad gal that co-founded Cuyana. They have amazing sustainable goods, from bags, clothes, jewelry and beyond.
Red At The Bone ($14.92, Bookshop.org sells books from small bookstores across the country.) An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.
Zodiac Coin Necklace ($70) My friend Nano owns Cuffed by Nano, a Columbus jewelry biz with fab rings, bracelets, and necklaces galore. Use code HUMMUSAPIEN for 10% off!
Alchemy Meal Prep (prices vary) Shameless plug for our local meal delivery service! A box of yummy, healthy, heat-and-eat food is a dream for new moms, those going through a tough time, or busy working ladies and gents. You can get a gift certificate or you can easily create an account and gift a box of hand-selected meals.