There’s nothing better in my mind than supporting a small business striving to make their way in this world. I am a firm believer that any and every small business owner will make their own mark in some way, shape, or form. Two of my best friends – Cassie and Holly – each own their own small businesses (both of which I will talk about more later in this post!) and I have seen through their lenses the work, passion, and love that goes into every single product that they create and sell. To me, there’s something so special about giving a gift made with so much love and care during the holiday season.
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One of my favorite small businesses recently has been Sprinkled with Pink. Sprinkled with Pink focuses on affordable customization for everyday wear, travel, game day, and more specifically Bachelorette celebrations. I have recently become super obsessed with the fact that they have their own custom Ironic Boat Tote – something that is on my wish list for the Christmas season in bright pink *of course*! I also LOVE their customized acrylic champagne flutes that I think are PERFECT for several occasions, whether it be a gift, wedding, birthday party, Bachelorette, or even to double as a vase for a plant or even fake flowers (something I may do!). I also recently ordered the monogrammed jute bag, which I would plan to bring on a potential VERY exciting trip in the works for 2023. Personally, I have been VERY VERY VERY impressed and obsessed with the Sprinkled with Pink shop and plan to make many more purchases for myself and others, too!
My best friend Cassie runs an Etsy shop and small business called Cassie’s Designs. As Cassie describes herself, she is a one woman show and, to me, there’s nothing more iconic than that! Cassie designs the most GORGEOUS affordable and high-quality monogrammed champagne flutes duo. I have a pair of her flutes which she gifted me for my 21st Birthday back in 2020 and I have loved having them ever since! At the same time, Cassie’s Designs carries the CUTEST wooden ornaments that I like to keep up year-round, including her “On Christmas We Wear Pink” ornament which is currently showing off its best self on my pink Christmas tree. To me, Cassie is such a talented, kind, and caring soul and she puts SOO much love into her designs and work. For more on her story, I interviewed Cassie here back in 2020 so check it out here: https://pinkchickadee.com/2020/08/14/interview-with-small-business-owner-cassie-of-cassies-designs/#/
One of my best friends via the blogger world is Holly of Glitter & Daisies. Glitter & Daisies is a Disney ears shop, selling high-quality ears that are sooooo gorgeous! Having a huge heart and love for Disney, Holly puts SO much love into her designs that she spends countless hours making each pair of ears. If Holly has taught me anything, it is that compassion for others goes a long way and in whatever form it may be. Case in point: Holly donates some of the money she earns from certain sales/times of the year to different charities. I see that day in and day out when it comes to the way that she carries herself and running her small business (also as a one woman show!) – how great is that?! While I am not nearly as invested into the Disney niche as Holly herself is, I know that my fellow Disney lovers LOVE Holly’s creations just as much as I do! For more on her story, I interviewed Holly here back in 2021 so check it out here: https://pinkchickadee.com/2021/12/16/interview-with-holly-of-glitter-daisies/#/
This holiday season, I think it’s important to support small business owners JUST as it is every other year. Small business owners like Cassie and Holly put in SO MUCH love and energy into their work to bring joy into y’all’s homes and other’s homes, too. That all being said, small business creations make for the most perfect gifts.
XOXO – Katie <3