Whether you are shopping for a graduation gift, a birthday gift, or a simple thinking-of-you gift, there’s no better time to support small and local businesses. Our dollars are our voices in the market and while the allure of two-day delivery and one-click purchases help ease busy to-do lists, they also take dollars outside of our local community, affecting jobs, stability, and community pride. Take a look at our list of small business gifts that you can feel good about your spent dollars.
For the Spa Lover
Bring the spa home with the NOW Massage Spa’s Energy Cleanse Kit to brighten your space, ease anxiety, and seal your positive intentions for the day.
For the Green Thumb
From buddha statues to water wise plants like succulents, Venice Plants is a three-decade-long family owned business welcoming locals who want to make their gardens, whether outdoors or in, more of a sanctuary.
For the DIY Expert
This weekend experience featuring handmade products of local artisans at the Port of Los Angeles is an enjoyable activity to wander the stalls on a regular day, but for the craft lover in your life, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is featuring all of their artisans and their products online for purchase.
For the Little One
From puzzles to Legos, Tom’s Toys has been a community staple for five decades. Available for phone orders, they can recommend age appropriate toys, create custom gifts, and all orders include free gift wrapping.
For the Caffeine Fiend
Coffee enthusiasts are sure to appreciate Aharon Coffee’s artisanal roasting of their single source organic beans. Consider a coffee subscription or a mug and coffee gift set from this locally owned small husband and wife business.
For the Wine Connoisseur
Downtown Los Angeles’ oldest winery is offering both food delivery and more excitingly, wine delivery, to bring the tasting experience home. Their summer Everything is Coming Up Rosé case includes directions to participate in a virtual wine and cheese pairing experience.
For the Pet Owner
With five local locations, the Urban Pet curates a lifestyle for pets and their owner’s alike. Select a gift for curbside pickup from their premium pet foods made without by products or with corn to their innovative pet obedience products.
For the Sweet Tooth
Most Angelenos are familiar with the infamous Triple Berry Cake by Sweet Lady Jane which is as tasty as it is Instagram-ready, but it is worth checking out their other goodies from their tarts, pies, and as a plus they offer gluten free and vegan treats for special order.
Don’t forget, gift cards and gift certificates are also great ways to inject money into your local small businesses. You can also feature them on your social channels to provide them with some free advertising or review them on a business review site to help others feel more confident in purchasing from a small business. Lastly, expressing your gratitude to the employees you interact with, whether phone customer service agents or otherwise, is always a welcome way to support small and local businesses who take the feedback of their customers seriously.
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