Small Business Gift Guide

Small business make the world go round and this holiday season I’ve made it my mission to support small businesses whenever possible, especially when it comes to gift buying. I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to some awesome small businesses over the past year and could think of nothing better than sharing these businesses as part of a holiday gift guide. Here are my favorites for gifting this season!

Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel

The Holy Grail of my skincare routine, I’ve been using this product weekly for almost a year and it has transformed my skin. Free of harsh chemicals, the Silk Renewing Peel from Silk Therapeutics uses pure liquid silk, glycolic and lactic acids to gently yet effectively exfoliating the outermost layer to reveal a brighter, more vibrant complexion.

The entire Silk Therapeutics product line is gentle enough that it’s safe for those going through cancer treatment and for every product that’s purchased, one is donated to oncology patients. For more details, check out my review of the Silk Renewing Peel.

silk therapeutics renewing peel

Courtesy of Silk Therapeutics

Purlisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Mask

Harnessing the powers of Asian botanicals, Purlisse is a skincare line that I recently discovered. My favorite product in the line is the Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask. Nourishing and fun to use, the mask comes in sheets that makes it perfect for awakening your skin during winter holiday travel.

McCrea’s Candies

If you’re a caramel lover like me or know someone who is, then look no further than caramels from McCrea’s Candies. The local Boston company makes to die for caramels in unique flavors like Black Lava Sea Salt and Single Malt Scotch, that are perfect for gifting! The only bad part about gifting McCrea’s caramels is that you won’t want to give them away so I highly recommend picking some up for yourself as well!

mccreas handmade caramels

Seacoast Sweets

If you’re looking for something chocolatey, scoop up some chocolate pattie treats from Seacoast Sweets. The peppermint, peanut butter, coconut, and s’mores patties will delight any palate. In addition to tasting good, Seacoast Sweets is also committed to doing good—one dollar for every dozen patties goes to an organization that empowers girls girls from low-income situations by providing them with the basic items and fees needed to participate in sports and physical activities.

seacoast sweets

Courtesy of Seacoast Sweets

JORD Wood Watches

If you’re shopping for a jewelry gift that stands out, JORD Wood Watches are my top pick. Available in a variety of men’s and women’s styles, these watches are made from woods like bamboo, walnut, and zebrawood, making each watch is unique. The watches can be dressed up or down and are different than the usual watches you see out there. I’ve found my JORD watch to be quite a conversation starter—nearly every time I wear mine, I get comments and questions from strangers.

fashionable wooden watches

Classic Holiday Line Boat Cruise

To me there’s nothing better than sharing in an experience and I’ve recently started gifting more experiences than tangible objects. My pick for an experience this year is a holiday boat cruise, specifically the holiday boat cruises with Classic Harbor Line. Setting sail around Boston Harbor, Classic Harbor Lines offers three festival holiday cruise tours.

I recently had the chance to take the Holiday Jazz Cruise with my fiancé and we had a wonderful time.  We listened to jazz and sipped warm boozy cocktails as the boat sailed around Boston Harbor for an hour and a half. If you’re looking for a good gift, this is the perfect New England experience for any New Englander!

boston holiday jazz cruise

Stocking Stuffers

The Wand by Pure Wine

If you’re gifting or drinking wine this season, pick up The Wand wine filter and enjoy wine without the side effects. This magical wand absorbs histamines and removes sulfates leaving you with wine that you can enjoy without the horrible hangover. Smartest. Invention. Ever.

the wand by purewine

Courtesy of PureWine


A small business based in New Jersey, PureLYFT is a great stocking stuffer for go-getters addicted to coffee and energy drinks. The all natural clean caffeine is a tasteless powder that’s easily mixed into any drink, including water or cocktails. Conveniently packaged in a tube, PureLYFT is perfect to have on hand for travel or any necessary caffeine boost without having to battle coffee lines.

purelyft clean energy

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping this year, check out some of these small businesses for the special people on your list!

Disclosure: I received some of these items for free over the past year, but all opinions are my own.

’tis the season

Now that Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) are over, it’s officially the countdown to Christmas.  This Jew doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, unless you count movies and Chinese food as celebratory, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t marvel in the joys of the winter holiday season.  I don’t want to say that I love the Christmas spirit, lest someone goes into a diatribe about keeping Christ in Christmas and how, as a Jewish person, I’m diluting the values of the holiday, so I’ll keep my joy broad.
Regardless of what you want to call it.  I like December.  The winter is first falling upon us, Christmas lights on the trees make it less scary to walk home in the dark, the mood is full of festivities and boozy holiday parties and people are only slightly miserable about the weather.  In honor of the happy season, I love decorating my house.  I break out my yummy vanilla snowflake/winter/icicle candles from Bath and Body Works that smell nothing like snowflakes, mix up some boozy hot chocolate, and set about decorating my apartment as non-Christmasy as possible with ornaments and white lights.
Last year I used blue and silver Christmas ornaments in apothecary jars because ironic Hanukkah decorations are fun.  

This year, Hanukkah fell over Thanksgiving so I swapped out the blue balls (insert joke here) for all silver and went with a rustic shiny and burlap theme.

I was blessed with a badass 12 foot mantle in my new apartment that begged to be decorated.  Keeping up with my rustic shiny theme, I took an old canvas frame that I had refinished (which is just a fancy word for whitewashed in 30 seconds on a random Saturday) with a cardboard E that I had covered in craft moss and stuck that puppy front and center.  I cut strips of burlap because I’m too lazy to buy actual burlap ribbon and dotted it with glittered pine cones that I will no doubt be cursing myself for when I end up with glittered socks from wayward flecks on the floor.  Today I picked up some Christmas lights and ran them behind the burlap for a cozy, winter holiday but not Christmasy, feel. 

What do you think?  The best part is that I can keep my decorations up all winter long!

Do you decorate for the winter or just Christmas?