When I first started blogging, it was simply a creative outlet for me and me alone. I was in graduate school full time back then, and I wanted that outlet because I wanted to create something for myself and no one else. I was spending most of my creative energy writing and doing research–it was all work that would be judged, critiqued, and graded by someone else. It started to weigh on me that I was only creating to satisfy someone else’s requirements. But when I wrote about our home and life, it was just about putting what was on my heart into words, and that filled up my soul.
Then a crazy thing happened.
Other people started to read what I was writing. And they opened their hearts up right back at me. Together, we found community around a shared goal of living the good life, working with purpose, loving with honesty, and making a difference.
Some of the people I’ve met along this journey are doing the exact same thing. They’re using their creativity to give something of themselves to the world simply because it fulfills them. Through that work, they’re discovering something more–community, connection, purpose, and meaning.
This is one of the biggest reasons I believe it’s so important to support small businesses and artisans.
Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. Last year around this time, I shared about the many reasons shopping small is especially important to me, and I introduced you to some of my favorite people who are doing good work with their creativity.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that small shops earn almost one-third of their annual revenue during the tiny window of the holiday shopping season. That is a truly remarkable fact.
Imagine if your family depended on just a few weeks’ of your income to support a third of your annual needs.
Shopping small is a big way to make a difference in our communities.
It is such an honor to partner with the kind folks at Etsy.com for the second consecutive year. There are so many terrific small businesses that I love, and I make an effort to highlight many of them throughout the year. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to some of my favorites who are creating truly unique gifts and decor for the holiday season!
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1. Rustic Farmhouse Wreath
I’ve been collecting bottle brush trees to use in my own decor for several years, and I absolutely adore this sweet wreath from Kara at White Ruffles and Lace. The neutral colors and rustic, farmhouse vibe are oh-so-perfect, don’t you think?
2. Chippy Trees
Salvaged and upcycled materials are such a great way to support Mother Nature, and they look so cool to boot! These rustic trees from Gilby’s Goods are a charming farmhouse accent. The chippy and distressed white ones are my favs!
3. Vintage Marquee Letters
Be still my vintage loving heart! Traci at Rustic Eye is one of my blogging besties, and I have to admit that I’m just a bit addicted to her shop. She calls it her “vintage general store”, and there are so many treasures to be found. If you’re looking for anything in the typography or letterpress world, Traci probably has it!
4. Scandi Christmas Gnome Garland
Centuries ago, Scandinavian people believed that house-gnomes guarded their homes against evil. If you were good, the elves were good to you, but if you were bad, the mischievous elves would play tricks on you. This felted gnome garland from Handcrafted Buffalo is the perfect accent to your fireplace mantel, doorway, or tree branches!
5. Wooden Christmas Houses
I’m so smitten with these darling wooden houses from Daisy Sue Design. They’re available in several variations, and I think they would make the sweetest Christmas village clustered together on a farmhouse fireplace mantel!
6. Architectural Salvage Snowflake
Old building materials should never end up in landfills! These beautiful snowflakes from Hogg Barn Antiques are crafted with salvaged wood that retains the history and originality of its past life. If this is a new shop to you, you are in for a serious treat! Shannon has a way of displaying her vintage goods that is absolute eye candy!
7. Vintage Schoolroom Stamps
Are you like me, and old enough to remember using these wood-handled rubber stamps in school? My friend Traci from Rustic Eye has a huge collection of these that span just about every season and topic you could imagine. I think they look so cool nestled into decor on a shelf, and I have several tucked in around our own home. Talk about a unique stocking stuffer for a vintage lover!
8. Knitted Yarn Garland
I love anything that evokes a cozy feeling during the holidays, and is there anything cozier than knit sweaters? Kara from White Ruffles and Lace makes these beautiful knit garlands that would be perfect for a cozy-themed tree, or draped across your holiday mantel or tablescape.
9. Vintage Sheet Music Stars
I’ve said it before, but I’ll happily say it again–Shannon from Hogg Barn Antiques has an amazing eye for styling vintage decor. Her entire shop is loaded with inspiration! And I’m totally in love with these stars cut from vintage sheet music. The crafting and decorating possibilities are endless!
Join me over on Instagram where we’ll be giving away a fantastic bundle of gifts to one lucky person.
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Love supporting small shops? Looking for more great gift ideas?
Check out these themed gift guides on Etsy.com for more unique items:
- Green Gift Ideas – Support small businesses and the planet this season
- Gifts under $30 – Gift ideas for everyone without breaking your budget
- Gifts for Her – Find the perfect gift for mom this year
- Gifts for Him – Unique ideas for him this Christmas
- Gifts for Kids – Gift ideas for the littles in your life
- Gifts for Pets – Don’t forget your fur-kids this season!
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