This year’s gift guide is very different than past years, primarily because COVID has changed our priorities, wants, and needs. This year I wanted to focus on gifts that you can purchase to support some of my favorite small businesses, which is how I am shopping as well. There is a focus on simple things, self-care and relaxation, and family fun while isolating at home.

Self-Care Staples

If ever there was a time to treat yourself to artisan soaps, lavender bath bombs, and indulgent bubble bath, it is at the end of a long hard year that was 2020. These goat’s milk soaps from Old Slate Farm make for lovely teacher gifts and stocking stuffers. I’m obsessed with everything from Woodstock Lavender Farm (owned and run by my friend Alison and her mom) but think this Neck Wrap/Eye Pillow Set is the perfect gift. Their lavender tea and some bath bombs would also make a great gift set. I have some of their culinary lavender on my list. They are having a 10% off sale Friday and Saturday — use code SHOPSMALL.

Best of all, buying from all of these ladies supports small businesses and women farmers!

I also love all of the products by my friends at Tubby Todd. My kids use the Hair and Body Wash, the toothpaste, and the lotion. I love the bubble bath and the All Over Ointment. Perfect stocking stuffers 😉 And they too are having a sale! Starting Thursday, 11/26 at 6pm PST until Monday, 11/30 at 11:59pm PST — receive 15% off all orders or 20% off orders over $100 (no code necessary — discount will be automatically applied at checkout). Shop the sale here.

Last but not least, are skincare products from Beautycounter. I believe in and love this line so much that I joined on as a consultant a couple years ago. My skin feels the best it has in years (since having kids, I’d say) and the fact that the products are free of toxic chemicals and harmful ingredients is the best part for me. Beautycounter is having a rare sale too: 15% off and free shipping for orders over $50 through 11/29. I’ll also be sending a little gift to anyone who makes a purchase of $100 or more of product (before tax and shipping).

Books and Learning

My favorite sources and types of books for kids are ones that teach honest history, equality, kindness, and life skills. That’s why these are some of my favorite picks for gifts this year: A Kid’s Book About (offering a Buy 2 get 1 free deal, plus free shipping on orders of 3+ books), Little Feminist Book Club (giving 30% off new subscriptions with code GRATEFUL), Ditto Kids Magazine.

I also have a carefully curated collection of books I love or that we have in our kids’ library if you’re looking for additional ideas. You can find that list here. Also, a collection of board games, puzzles, and other fun things can be found here.

Heirlooms & Tchotchkes

Some of my favorite Christmas gifts to both give and receive come from Paloma’s Nest. It is a tradition to get our kids a new ornament from this lovely shop each year, dating back to Charlie’s first Christmas. They are currently offering 20% off + free shipping with code MERRYLITTLEXMAS.

Some other fun gift ideas for the fun people in your life (or me!):

RGB Tea Towel, Candles with a side of snark, and a whole fun Schitt’s Creek line. I’m particularly obsessed with their handmade pottery and ceramics (like these retro ceramic trees) and their ornament selection. All from Full Circle Gifts and Goods in Huntington, WV (but available to all thanks to their online store!).

Apparel and Accessories

My favorite kid tee shop is back with a new name and fresh style. Go check out Kid Cactus Club. And they are offering 20% off their entire site starting on Black Friday. I also love the tees from Megan Lee Designs, Passive Juice Motel, Wire & Honey (they also have super cute socks!), and

I’m also a HUGE fan of Birdling Bags. We have their overnighter and weekender and they are perfect for our family of five for weekends away, and I use their backpack for outings with the kids (it would work as a diaper bag too but doesn’t scream diaper bag). They are a fantastic company and their bags are such great quality. They are having a 30% off sale (no code, prices are as marked) so now is the time to snag a bag!

For the Furry Family Members

My friend Janeesa is the woman behind the Salvage Maria brand and she makes so many stylish goodies for our furry family members. We have one of her pet beds for our kitties and they love it. And best of all, they also look good in our home. Use code THANKSGIVING2020 for 20% off! Also, she makes fabulous masks that give back — snag some while you’re placing an order.

For the Planet

With a focus on reusable and sustainable products, Reuse Revolution is my go-to for swapping disposable household items with reusable ones. It’s (past) time to kick plastic to the curb!

And while I strongly encourage you to shop small and support your favorite local spots, I also know that many are shopping on a tight budget and can’t leave home. So I’ve created a gift idea list on Amazon as well, which you can find here.

And a disclaimer and reminder: some of the shops or products linked here are affiliate links. They are a way you can support my small business this season, which has also taken a major hit this year. To purchase through one of my links means I earn a small commission but at no additional cost to you. I always appreciate the support <3

I wish all of you a happy and safe holiday. I’m very grateful for each one of you.