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Christmas shopping isn’t easy for me these days with three young children. I do most of my browsing and buying online. Online shopping makes my life easier, but I’ve found myself disenchanted with the offerings at big box online stores. If you’re like me, you also might want to support small businesses this holiday season. Since it can be difficult to get out to stores, and some small businesses don’t have a brick and mortar store, I decided to bring the entrepreneurs to you. Welcome to this year’s holiday gift guide where I’ll highlight 5 small businesses I love. Each of these business owners offer beautiful, practical, and unique items that would be perfect for anyone on your list this year.
I’m so excited to share these small businesses with you. I mean who doesn’t love high quality handmade leather items, handmade kid safe and healing skincare, handmade beautiful and easy wear kid’s clothing, genetic testing for your family’s future health, and an absolutely incredible cookbook? Ta dah! All your shopping is now complete. You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy this year’s holiday gift guide.
LeAnn at Southern Graces specializes in high quality handmade leather goods – belts, bible cases, padfolios, planners, earrings, key chains, and she loves to work on custom orders as well. LeAnn’s workmanship is simply gorgeous, and I’m eying a certain pair of earrings for one of the favorite females in my life. Just look at this beautiful art.
You can find Southern Graces Etsy store here.
You can also find Southern Graces here on Facebook.
Missy’s Healing Skincare
Missy is amazing. She also happens to be one of the key members of my tribe. She taught me how to make elderberry syrup, and gifted me with several of her handmade skincare items over the years. When I was pregnant with Daniel, she made me a personalized lotion that was the ONLY thing that helped my belly itch! If I’m not sure if a product is SAFE for my kids to use, I ask her because she knows! She’s my go to guru for safe ingredients. Luckily for you guys, she currently has three amazing products that you MUST have in your arsenal of natural, kid safe, and healthy skin care products. They are also perfect stocking stuffers, great for anyone with kids, and make fabulous teacher gifts. You can contact Missy at firstname.lastname@example.org to order her incredible products.
This Calendula Salve is one of my very favorites! It can be used as a nourishing lip balm, or as an all purpose healing salve that is gentle for most sensitive skin types. It has antibacterial and soothing qualities that calm irritated skin.
Materials: organic virgin coconut oil, organic olive oils that have been infused with dried calendula flowers. beeswax
lavender essential oil
⁃ Popular for diaper rash
– Use for itchy, dry, and scaly skin
– Gentle for use on Eczema and Psoriasis
– Popular herbal remedy for cuts, scratches, and abrasions, rashes and ant bites
$12 for 2 oz. tin.
Handmade in Texas
Child’s chest rub is a great alternative to store bought vapor rub. It is free from turpentine, petroleum, chemicals, preservatives, and menthol essential oils that are unsafe for children. You can use this balm for congestion, coughing, and runny noses.
Kid safe ingredients: Organic coconut oil, avocado oil, beeswax, essential oil blend of cypress, lavender , fir needle,chamomile and thyme.
Directions: Apply to chest, upper back, or beneath your nose. Be sure to rub it in to your skin and avoid eye area.
$12 for 2 oz. tin.
Handmade in Texas
Skin soothing spray
Skin Soothing spray is made from several powerful essentials oils to stop itch, prevent infection and relieve inflammation and calm irritated skin.
Ideal for sun burn, bug bites, skin irritation and cleaning abrasions. It provides immediate relief!
Materials: aloe vera, witch hazel, a blend of tea tree, geranium, lavender and chamomile essential oils.
$8 for 2 oz bottle
Handmade in Texas
Fried Bananas Clothing Line
Are you looking for kid friendly kid’s clothes? Need something that’s easy to self-dress, and has fun prints and colors? Then look no further than my friend Melanie’s amazing kid’s clothing line, Fried Bananas. Handmade in Austin, by a mom of 2 boys, one with high functioning Autism, these clothes are perfect for your little guy or gal. She designs the line with little hands in mind, and uses elastic and snaps to make dressing easier.
When I showed my six year old the shirt he was going to model for me, he was ecstatic. His favorite Fried Bananas shirt is not only totally adorable, but holds up perfectly during outdoor play. I also love that it’s made out of organic cotton. I often find boy’s clothes to be rather boring with the same old same old everywhere. At Fried Bananas, though, it’s all such fun and UNIQUE fabric and prints! You can’t go wrong with any of their exceptional hand made products for your little one or any cute kiddo in your life.
You can find the Fried Bananas Shop here.
I have personally used two of the MaxGen Labs genetic tests on myself and my kids for data that helps us live the most healthy lives possible. The information I received connected health dots that had previously gone unsolved, including my own fertility issues. I’m excited to be able make positive changes for my family’s future based on the results, and in all honesty found it to be a life changing experience. I know the amazing person who started this company, and she truly cares deeply about each and every life MaxGen Labs impacts. I also appreciate that your personal information is not sold or distributed in any way, and your DNA sample is destroyed after your test is completed. Find out how to take control of your diet, exercise, and over all health by unlocking the genetic keys that make you unique. A MaxGen Labs genetic test is the perfect gift for your whole family. Give the gift of better health this year.
MaxGen Labs was created out of the need for safe, private, and effective data as it pertains to nutrigenomics, a form of personalized nutrition analysis. By understanding genetic pathways and how they influence diet and lifestyle, MaxGen Labs created a user-friendly report that contains actionable steps. Whether there is potential for vitamin deficiency or gluten intolerance, each report outlines directions on how to eat, use supplements, or seek further professional help. Using MaxGen Labs means finding out how your body functions. If you want to lose weight, optimize your fitness performance, or discover which vitamins you may need, MaxGen Labs has a test for you.
To learn more about all life changing genetic testing from MaxGen Labs, go here.
Take control of your diet like never before! With a simple and non-invasive cheek swab, you will understand key influencers that help determine the best diet and wellness program for your genetic make-up.
Are you an athlete looking to perfect your routine? Do you want to know the best work-out for weight loss? The MaxFitness Panel will tell if you are better as an endurance athlete or need to sprint to build gains. This panel can also tell you about your cardiovascular health as it relates to exercise.
Metabolic pathways include biochemical changes such as methylation and detoxification that create physiological changes in the expression of wellness. Our MaxFunction Panel tests for 80 different genetic mutations that influence every aspect of your health. Using a simple and non-invasive cheek swab, this is the safest, most comprehensive, and most affordable test on the market.
Spice Chicks of Drip’s Cookbook
Fit for a Cowgirl – BEST OF TEXAS HILL COUNTRY COOKING
Three of my friends created this gorgeous cookbook. If you’re looking for unique and RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS home cooking, then this is the gift you need to give yourself this Christmas. Just typing about this cookbook is making my mouth water. Get your own copy or several to give as the perfect gift here. This would also make a wonderful teacher gift.
From Kiss My Cheese Grits, Smoked Poblano Gouda Bisque, House Carnitas, to Hallelujah Cookies, the mommas bring the heat straight from the heart of Texas. A trio of Southern Spice Queens share their recipes from feeding 13 kids, catering formal parties, food blogging, cooking for love, comfort, health, and friends. “Boots N’ Brunch” will wow your guests into the flavors of a Hill Country Bed and Breakfast, while “Texas Tea House” will tantalize the taste buds with smoky Tex-Mex soups. These ladies definitely turn up the spice. The Cowgirl Pots de Crème, or the Coconut Tres Leches Cake will also have you pleading, “Sister Shut Yo’ Mouth.”
If you made it this far, thank you for checking out a very personal holiday gift guide. Supporting small businesses makes my heart happy! We can all do our part this holiday shopping season to support amazing small business owners and their families.
For more of my favorite things, go here.