WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS GIFT GUIDE

For this holiday season (and any time you need to give a gift!) I wanted to share with you my favorite women owned small businesses to support and shop with! Not only do they make quality products, many give back, are eco-conscious, sustainable, and all are created with love by talented and wonderful human beings.

I’ve separated out the shops by category. Below are pictures as well as each shop’s website, owner name, and a few highlighted products from their line. In addition to these handmade businesses, a few of my favorite non-profits are on this list too :)

At the time of posting, many of these businesses are having awesome specials and offers for the holidays so be sure to check out their sites and social media if you like what you are seeing! I hope you enjoy this guide and shop small with us this holiday season!

PS: I am also participating in Etsy’s cyber sale this week! From 11/21-12/2/2020, enter the code cybersale2020 at checkout and receive 10% off everything in my shop: cards, brush lettering kits, stickers, mugs, t-shirts, and more! Click here to visit my shop.

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BATH + BODY

B.A.R.E. SOAPS
Owner: Jessie
B.A.R.E. Soap’s goal is to bring antiseptic resources to everyone. 20% of every purchase helps to support sustainable initiatives such as employing women in India to recycle used hotel soaps for distribution in slums & clinics
Highlights: Soaps in seed paper packaging, shampoo/conditioner bars

LB LOVE ORGANICS
Owner: Meredith
Consciously created organic skincare for Every Body
Highlights: Natural deodorant in zero waste packaging and sugar scrubs

THE WILLOWFIELD
Owner: Cait
Shop plant based healing products using mother nature’s finest herbs
Highlights: Body oils, herbal rollers, sprays

FOR YOUR HOME

LAIT CANDLES 
Owner: Jennifer
Hand-poured soy candles for the eco-conscious minimalist
Highlights: Discovery set: choose 6 tealights to experience, charity candle for breast cancer

LIBERATA DESIGNS BY NDAHEI
Owners: Kaysha, Ndahei
Handmade baskets supporitng local women in Rwanda
Highlights: A variety of colorful and unique designs (I love the black and white one my friend Susan gifted me–it’s so pretty that it’s hanging on my wall!)

LUNA REECE CERAMICS
Owner: Andrea
Handcrafted ceramics for the modern home
Highlights: Rainbow pots and wall hangings

CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES

ANN REVERE JEWELRY
Owner: Allie
Consciously crafted demi-fine jewelry
Highlights: Nora necklace benefiting Baby2Baby, Marsha ring benefiting New Avenue’s SMYRC PDX

OLATHES ART
Owner: Olathe
Artwork by a navajo and shawnee artist
Highlights: Wrapped in wildflowers tee and sweatshirt, Nanise’ botanical poster

SWEET PEA COLLECTIVE
Owner: Lauree
Sweet Pea Collective is a curation of handcrafted + vintage + modern goods. We value quality, artistry and creativity. 
Highlights: I Got It From My Mama tee, SP love notes necklaces
PS: We collaborated on this world changer tote! Proceeds will go towards SP’s World Changer Program + help provide meals

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CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES (CONT.)

HELLO SHISO
Owner: Mimi
Cute, modern, and unique hair accessories and clips for little ones and adults
Highlights: Adorable animal and food snap clips, bunny ears headband

FOR ANIMAL LOVERS

HERA THE DOG VODKA
Owners: Julia, Alli
A portion of every bottle goes to helps animals in need by supporting local rescue groups
Highlights: Cheers to helping our furry friends!

LANGE FOUNDATION – GIFT OF LIFE
Founder: Gillian
This tax deductible gift will help care for an animal that was recently rescued from an overcrowded shelter.
Highlights: Your recipient receives a personalized story and photo of one of the rescued pets in our care. Each card is written personally by Gillian.

THE PAPER WILDERNESS
Owner: Jenna
Illustrated watercolor stationery and gifts for animal and nature lovers  
Highlights: Letter writing stationery kits, 2021 animal swimsuit calendar

SHOPS

LEANNA LIN’S WONDERLAND
Owner: Leanna
LLW is a playful gift shop and art gallery featuring independent artists + designers for the young at heart!
Highlights: SO many fun books and games, DIY activity kits, original art and prints by local artists

KINDRED POST
Owner: Christy
Neighborhood gift shop and post office located in Juneau, Alaska
Highlights: Growing Upwords–a collection of items inspired by what Christy’s son has said (the card shown in the image is one of them and the story is even cuter!)

SHARE AND DO GOOD
Owner: Lilly
EVERY item in this shop is carefully curated and gives back!
Highlights: Be Kind wall hanging, ornaments, gifts for babies (animal rattles crafted by artisan women, Kind Is Cool Wonder Bib)

NON-PROFITS

CHILIS ON WHEELS
Make a donation in honor of a loved one and help Chilis On Wheels provide vegan chili and vegan-friendly meals to those in need across the US.
Highlights: This non-profit is based in NY and was started by mother and son, Michelle and Ollie. This is also the only vegan food distribution program I have come across serving the US.

KIVA MICROLOANS
Give a Kiva card and someone you know will receive the chance to change someone’s life through a micro-loan. Your recipient chooses who to support and when the loan is repaid, they can relend or withdraw the funds. Highlights: Loan recipients are based around the world and have businesses in all different industries!


Heart + Message Embedded Valentine’s Day Cookies

Happy Love Day!  Now that I am officially finished making and sending Valentine’s Day cards, it’s time to make some Valentine’s Day treats!

I actually made these heart embedded chocolate chip cookies last year, but the chocolate chips were getting in the way,  so I wanted to try with sugar cookies which is definitely the way to go!

These cookies are Valentine’s Day themed, but the concept can be used for so many other holidays, birthdays, and celebrations.  You can embed someone’s name in the cookies or the age of a birthday girl or boy, change up the cookie colors, use different cutters for the centers– there are lots and lots of possibilities!

Below are a some ideas with hearts and messages of love!  I split the dough into two portions and tinted one a light pink.  I used cranberry juice as an alternative for food coloring which made it a nice pretty subdued shade of mauve.  I think it may have come out a little brighter if I had used all white flour in the cookie dough instead of substituting some for whole wheat flour.

Heart + Message Embedded Valentine’s Day Cookies

I used half of this basic sugar cookie recipe as is, and half I used cranberry juice in place of the 1 TBS of non-dairy milk.  You can add more juice if you’d like but you may have to add a little bit more flour as well to keep the consistency from getting to sticky/watery.

Keep in mind you do have to refrigerate the dough for a few hours before it will be ready to handle.  It can also be made the night before or a few days in advance.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the cookie dough.  You can do each color at a time instead of two at the same time.  The dough may be a little crumbly at first, you may need to knead or work the dough a bit to warm it up.  Then it should be easy to work with!

Cut out the main cookie shape.  I made some hearts and some circles.

Cut out the embedded shape.  I think the heart cookies as is with the centers cut out are cute as well.

Swap centers and place into cookie- that’s it!

Make a bunch, carefully transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, bake for about 8 minutes and they are done!

I also made some love cookies…

…as well as some round ones with hearts in the centers.

Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all the special people you love and remember to let them know not just today, but everyday!

Sprinkles…

…to be used very soon!  Making the Valentine’s Day cards for Cards For A Cause has put me in the Valentine’s Day spirit!  I am excited to share some yummy ideas for Vday treats that have been swirling around in my head as I stamp pink and red hearts onto these cards! Stay tuned (an easy way to do that is to like The Yummy Year Project on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest) for recipes and tutorials, one of which will feature these adorable mini heart sprinkles made by Wilton: