Small business Saturday is November 26th and if there’s ever been a more important time in our history to shop small it’s now. One way we can make the world a better place for our children is to try to buy local, small and sustainable. If you can’t get out this weekend, shop small from home. Here are eight of my favorite online small shops to get your holiday gift shopping started out right. (PS – all the stores in my Shop Small Holiday Gift Guide are mama owned and operated!!)
ETHICAL CHILDREN’S CLOTHES – KODOMO
Kodomo hand picks the manufacturers they choose to work with for their ethics and business practices. And Kodomo clothes are princess and superhero worthy. Tulle and fleece and designs that will have you wishing you were a kid again. Feel good about buying kids clothes for a change.
CUSTOM HOME-WARES – FINCH & COTTER
Finch & Cotter is run by husband and wife duo Jeff and Niki Mahalak. Their customized pillows, wall decor and tea towels are more than home decor – they are a way to celebrate the joyous moments in life. All Finch & Cotter custom items are handmade from start to finish at their shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
BABY SLEEPWEAR – TEALBEE
Tealbee makes gorgeous sleep wear for babies using premium bamboo and cotton that combines safety, comfort and all sorts of adorableness. And this weekend Tealbee is having an amazing Black Friday sale. Use code BF30 for 30% off and BF40 for 40% two or more.
MAGICAL CHILDREN’S THREADS – MOUNTAIN HONEY CLOTHIER
Deidre Lozier is a mother of three, biologist, environmentalist and lifelong sewist. In a small studio in the mountains of Vermont, Deidre hand makes gorgeous heirloom quality children’s clothing, toys and accessories.
MAMA MAKER – METISMADE
Carlie is a stay at home mom from Yellowknife, NT but is now based in Penticton, BC. She fell in love woodworking while renovating her first home. She has always been a do-it-yourselfer! She puts a little bit of herself into each cedar wall hanging, table top, and headboard she designs and creates in her tiny garage while her baby sleeps.
MAMA MAKER – JULIETTE ROSE DESIGNS
Juliette began creating leather bags and accessories after inheriting a 1920s leather shoe patching sewing machine from her father in law. Since then, she has upgraded to a new industrial sewing machine to make durable leather goods in simple and classic designs that showcase the natural beauty of each piece of leather. She only uses premium materials and full grain leather that has not been resurfaced. Her leather goods are handcrafted in her home studio in northern Vermont. Juliette will be running a Shop Small Promo on Friday Nov 25-Sunday Nov 27 with 10% off.
ART MAKER – YORIKONewYork
Yoriko is a freelance illustrator and designer based in NYC. She designs her own line of bibs, bags and greeting cards. They are made in her little apartment – one by one.
MAMA MAKER – BLUE HOUR DESIGNS
Alysia and Norbert believe in responsible and mindful fabrication by incorporating eco-conscious practices in the process of metalsmithing. Whenever possible they replace commonly used chemicals with natural products. They also use recycled/reclaimed precious metals in all of their designs.
MAMA MADE SWIMMING TOGS – MINNOW
Made and designed in California, minnow is a contemporary children’s swimwear label that embraces clean lines, simple details and crisp seaside breezes. Timeless yet modern, playful and polished, minnow lives for long days, sandy toes and the wonderment of childhood on the Pacific shore. The Minnow Black Friday Sale event starts Friday morning at 6am PST. Get online early as many sizes will sell out.