I love Instagram! I find all sorts of photographers, shops and inspiration at times through there. This year for Christmas I am really trying to purchase gifts that come from small businesses, and or goes towards helping others. I know that this means I may be spending more and receiving less but I believe it is worth it. Our culture is more to the side of spending less and receiving more and I think it is a mentality that we need to change, in most cases. Yes there are cases where prices can be silly for what you are getting but when the price is a bit higher and you are purchasing products that are ethically made and you are supporting the smaller business or helping to empower others, it is well worth it!
I’ve been saving in my memory bank all the amazing shops that I have come across and want to share them all with you! Christmas is just around the corner and why not get, not only a unique gift but one that will help support a small business and and or others.
Here are my top shops!
1. CAUSEBOX by Sevenly
“Make your spending matter with CAUSEBOX.”
CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box that is full of ethically made products that give back and empower others. All products that are inside The CAUSEBOX help to provide jobs, meals, education,
clean water, and more to countless women, men, and children around the
I ordered my fall box a few weeks ago and I can not wait to get it!
Semilla Handmade dolls is run by shop owner Ashley Seed based in Vancouver, BC. Her dolls are inspired by her daughter and her love of wildly unique ensembles, as she says on her shop website.
Harper Love Littles is run by shop owner Tawni Carney based in Costa Mesa, CA. I was first attracted to them by the amazing hats that they make. I’m planning on getting one with the bubster for Christmas. Their shop is filled with hats, adults hats, beanies, headbands apparel and blankets. They also do custom orders.
4. Mama Gems
all types of women. Many of our best sellers are sold to gals without
kids! They are handcrafted in fresh, west coast inspired colors, with
wooden accents and unique cord colours.
Our necklaces feature:
-breakaway safety clasps
-exposed cords to prevent hair from snagging
-eco friendly quick dry and durable cording
-100% food grade and FDA approved silicone beads that are free from BPA, lead, PVC and heavy metals.
-pure and natural wood “gem” beads
-knotted designs to keep beads from shifting
-classic and fresh styles that even the most fashion conscious mama would wear!”
Northwest, with the addition of one-of-a-kind vintage treasures, Old
Joy lends a modern aesthetic to the timeless gift box.”
Many of them write to me telling me their stories. They are hard to
hear, but between the lines I think so many people are just wanting
someone to listen to and understand them. One of my favorite things is
receiving the special requests for my designs with a twist added. I am
never bored when I make these necklaces and I am always incredibly
honored by the stories shared. My aim is always to encourage women to
share their stories and heal.
Tell a friend. Wear your story.”