2020, What a year!?
And now, you have to figure out what to do for your holiday shopping….
You might not feel comfortable leaving the house to do your shopping. You might feel called to really support local this year, as so many small businesses have been hit hard, and you want to keep them afloat. Maybe there is a loved one that you have not been able to visit in much too long. Or maybe you aren’t even going to have your traditional holiday gift swap.
What to do, what to do??
Here is our complete holiday gift guide for 2020. All items are from small businesses in the New England area. All items can be purchased online, and all businesses offer shipping, so you can send the gift directly to the recipient.
Keep It Simple:
- El’s Cards. Want to keep it super simple and basic this year? El’s cards offers a wonderful selection of greeting cards. They even offer envelope addressing and gift wrapping (if you want to purchase something other than a card).
For The Foodie:
- Maple & Thyme Granola: Small batch granola with unique and seasonal flavors available. Perfect for those who like something sweet, or something a little more ‘healthy’. Also great if you know someone who struggles to meal prep, or stresses over the holiday menu. Just add yogurt and breakfast is served!
- Loon Chocolate: I rarely find someone who turns down chocolate. It is truly a perfect gift option; tasty, consumable, and affordable. Even more impressive? Loon Chocolate opened up a shop in Manchester this year, during the pandemic! They also offer free shipping on orders of $35 or more!
For The Person Who Works From Home:
- Winnies Socks: Keep those toes warm and cozy while working from home this winter with a pair of Winnies Socks. They come with a waterproof outdoor oversock that you can slip on, to make trips to the mailbox even easier, as there is no need to take your slipper socks off first!
- Candles: Add some scent and ambiance to the home office. There are so many amazing candle makers but two of my favorite are Feather & Finn and Native Candle Co. Feather & Finn has a holiday marketplace and offers subscriptions. Native Candle Co donates a % of the sale to Runway For Recovery. Check them both out!
- Mugs: Travel mugs are a thing of the past when you work from home. With the phone call distractions and added stress, you need amazing and unique mugs that are both microwave and dishwasher safe. I have three favorites in this category: Nightshift Stoneware, Maple Leaf Pottery, and Earth Cut Pottery. Each artist has a very unique style, so check them all out and find the one that fits you best!
- Yoga classes from Vibe Yoga. With so much screen time, a little yoga and stretching will pay off big time! Vibe Yoga is located in Nashua, NH, but also offers online classes so you can tune in from anywhere! Gift an experience this year and grab a gift certificate for classes!
The Hard To Shop For:
- Mittens from Salvage Sistas. If you have a house like mine, someone is always misplacing a glove or mitten, so a new pair is always a good choice! Salvage Sistas make their mittens by up-cycling clothing that would be destined for a land fill. The mittens have the softest interior and are so cozy!
- Soap, lotion, body scrub, deodorant, or shaving soap from Cosh Factory. For the hard to shop for, you can never go wrong with some consumable items. This year we have all been washing hands like crazy, so some extra soap and lotion will be a hit!
The Child In Your Life:
- Art Classes at Studio 550 Community Art Studio. Give an amazing experience that will last a lifetime. Choose from online classes, at-home project kits, or in person classes if you live near Manchester, NH.
- Books from Lets Go Children’s Books. These educational books teach about nature exploration, the alphabet, and colors!
- Headbands from Vivi & Kay. With headbands, scrunchies, and mommy+me options, it will be hard to choose!