I love Small Business Saturday. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a Black Friday pro and even better at Cyber Monday, but I love knowing that on Small Business Saturday I’m able to stock up on presents that will not only delight my family and friends but also bring a small business owner in the community joy as well.
This year more than ever, I’m trying to buy as many of my gifts as possible from local spots and especially from women-owned businesses. Here’s a roundup of my favorite local gift ideas!
Small Business Saturday Stops
I absolutely love this little shop on Grandview Avenue. They carry the cutest clothes and the most fun books and toys. They have done SO much during the pandemic to keep their employees and customers safe – everything from contactless pick-up, to appointment shopping. After Thanksgiving they’ll be going to all curbside which I highly recommend, it’s so efficient and easy. Tip: follow their Instagram page for product releases, tours of the shop, and updates on their COVID-19 policies. In addition, there are many local toy stores to choose from!
Early on in the pandemic, one of the first spots that closed permanently was the cafe at Flowers and Bread. I was devastated! Their cafe was one of my favorites in town. However, what has emerged is The Flowers and Bread Society, a conglomerate of classes, experiences, and gifts. Their Village Baskets would make an excellent gift – the baskets are filled with a variety of sweet, savory, bread-y, and floral-y surprises.
Coco Beans is a local start-up that’s rethinking sleep for little ones. We’ve been using their first product, the silk crib sheet, for a few months and it has totally tamed our son’s morning bed head! I also love that it’s hypoallergenic and super easy to clean. Right now Coco Beans is crowdfunding for their release in February, making this an awesome gift for any springtime mamas-to-be (the pre-order site is here.)
My favorite spot for stocking stuffers. Their coffee beans are a crowd pleaser and they always have tons of sweet treats that add a little something extra on to any gift. Tip: grab a coffee for yourself and spend some time walking around German Village – it’s especially gorgeous during the holidays.
I discovered Boozy Bakes cupcakes this summer at the Dublin’s Farmers Market and was such a big fan. Personally, I’m bored of giving out bottles of wine and bourbon for the holidays and I love the idea of instead gifting cupcakes inspired by fun cocktails! Tip: these cupcakes can also be made non-boozy if you have any little ones who would enjoy as well!
A few months ago I stumbled onto the world of vintage shopping via Instagram. If you’re not familiar, these shops post their finds on social media and the first to comment “Mine!” is the winner. Granny Gram Shop is my favorite shop to stalk and, luckily, they’re based in Columbus! I also love knowing that since the products are thrifted, it’s an eco-friendly way to find fun ideas for gifts.
Tucked inside a strip mall across from a Target, BossGal is hard to spot unless you’re looking for it. Luckily for me, the nearest UPS store to my house is right next door so I stumbled on this spot right when it opened and have been a fan ever since! BossGal has the best facials – you can either gift an experience at the spa or buy one you can take home. If you’re feeling really generous, you can also gift Botox or lip fillers. They are extremely low pressure and do a great job making you feel comfortable with any procedures you’re interested in.
My husband is a little bit of a wine snob so he’s all about staying on top of the best wine shops in Columbus. Anne’s Wine Shop was a recent find but has quickly become a favorite in our household. The staff is super knowledgeable if you need help selecting a gift, they offer a huge variety, and usually have a few options that aren’t usually distributed in the Columbus area.
Whether online or safely in person, where will you be shopping on Small Business Saturday?