Why you should SHOP SMALL this holiday season + Gift ideas for every personality, $50 or less!

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

It is the most wonderful, busiest, and sometimes the most expensive time of the year. Not only do we have family functions and parties to attend, but we also have to decorate, cook, plan and shop. Cha-ching! Even though we shop for our family and friends all year round for special occasions, there’s nothing quite like the holidays. This gift needs to be extra special and tailored made to fit each unique personality. But the best place for a great gift is not always in the big brand name stores. This Holiday we encourage you to shop small!

You can find a small business to support for a number of reasons. Small businesses have the most unique gifts. You can find many things you haven’t seen before and even get items tailored to your needs. It’s perfect for you and your unique friend group. Shopping small also supports the local community. Any money you spend at a small business goes directly back into the local economy in your area and creates job opportunities.Lastly, supporting a small business is a great way to pay it forward. You’re not only supporting a dream, but a family, who in turn can have a great holiday themselves. It’s a win win!

So, with that in mind, here are some gift ideas from small businesses for you and your squad that will help bring the cheer without breaking the bank.

For the makeup guru in your life...

You can gift her a beautiful Best Sellers Bundle from The Lip Bar, which is a vegan and cruelty-free, inclusive beauty brand for women of color. This bundle has 3 hot-hitting lip colors to take any look from day to night for only $40.


For the stylish fashionista…

There is nothing like buying cute, affordable clothing that is also attached to a great cause. The New Palm Collection is a fashion brand that is “built on community and philanthropy”. Proceeds from each item you purchase go to helping the foster youth in and around the Los Angeles area. Not only will you be blessing a friend you know, but also giving to those in need whom you don’t know. It’s perfect for the holiday season!

The New Palm Collection has unique dresses and fabulous tops. Nearly all items are under $50. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.


For the carefree adventurer…

Some people aren’t into material things as much as they are into experiences and adventures. For this loved one, there are a variety of things you can do. You can spring for tickets to their favorite show, buy a cooking class, or take them on a nature hike. But in keeping with our theme of gifts for $50 and under, I recommend paint and sip. Prices may vary, but most paint and sip classes run $35-$45. You get the supplies to paint, an instructor, some wine to sip on and enough laugh to last a lifetime.

Look for a paint and sip class run by a woman of color in your area.

For the lady on the go…

Do you have that friend that can’t seem to keep still, she’s always booked, busy, or traveling? Well, she can probably use a fabulous travel mug from Effie’s Papers. This company has an assortment of travel and desk accessories for the busy girl on the go. The best part… items are $30 or less.

Go to https://effiespaper.com/ and get to it!

For the lovable bookworm…

Call Number Box is the perfect gift for any woman who loves to read, write or expand her world view. It is a book subscription box honoring Black authors and literature. They have book lists, book reviews and curated items that go into each box to make them individual and special. You can gift someone a box for only $35 which comes with a newly released literary fiction book, 3 book-themed items, and a library packet. Now that’s a deal!

Go to https://call-number.cratejoy.com/ and take a look

For the woman you admire…

One of the best feelings in the world is being able to pour into the people that pour into you. Gift the woman you admire a little love in a bottle with handmade body butters, candles, and bath bombs. Lot XI is an organic and environmentally safe urban apothecary, that uses only fresh ingredients from local farmers. They have an array of products made with care and consideration for each consumer in mind and nothing is over $40. What a wonderful gift for the woman you appreciate and love.


For the man in your life...

Now last, but definitely not least, what do you get the man in your life? We think they deserve a little something for hanging in there this holiday season. Whether it’s your man, friend, brother or father, any man can get into Scotch Porter, a popular grooming brand made just for men. This season, introduce the man in your life to a skincare or haircare regimen like the Scotch Porter Face Scrub ($18) and Face Lotion ($15) for smoother, healthier-looking skin. You’ll be surprised at what they will actually use and love.

Take a look at www.scotchporter.com

We hope this list helps. This holiday, we encourage you to take a look at small, black-owned businesses that have curated and quality products. No matter what your budget is, there is a gift out there perfect for you and your loved one. Happy Holidays!