2017 Gift Guide: Supporting Small Business

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2017 Gift Guide: Supporting Small Business
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While gift giving can feel overwhelming, we love to head straight to those small businesses that put so much heart and soul (and blood, sweat and tears) into each item they make and sell. Not only are you gifting a loved one a handmade treasure with a story behind it, you’re supporting someone’s dream of owning their own business. It’s truly a win-win situation. This year, we sought out small businesses with Squarespace eCommerce sites, as Squarespace is our favorite place for building a website, shop, or portfolio due to its sheer ease and the beautiful results achieved. If you’re a small business, you can’t go wrong by working with them on your own website as customers will love the simplicity and functionality when browsing and making purchases. Take a look at some gift ideas we rounded up from small businesses that use Squarespace daily to keep their company rolling.

Marbled Cone Sculpture by Malka Dina \\\ $80
This handmade stoneware sculpture features a hypnotic marbled exterior that is completely one-of-a-kind making it a special gift idea for someone important in your life.

Shipwrecked Knit Blanket by Cold Picnic \\\ $200
Keep your loved one cozy and warm with this blanket that’s doubles as a work of art with its bold, geometric print.

Wooden Cheese Knives by Chelsea Miller Knives \\\ $150
This set of layered, hand-formed knives are made from spalted maple and bacote wood, which the recipient will always treasure and be reminded of you whenever they pull them out to use them.

Marble Envelope Wallet by Lillian Farag \\\ $60
Made from natural vegetable tanned leather, this simple wallet underwent a hand-marbling process with leather safe paints to get the colorful exterior.

Brass Bottle Opener (Frame) by Native & Co \\\ £55
While this bottle opener may be minimalist in appearance, its process was a bit more complicated. The solid brass design was sand-casted by hand at one of Japan’s oldest brass foundries in Toyama, making it a beautiful piece with a storied history.

Fleur de Sel 70% by Ritual Chocolate \\\ $8
A rich, delicious gift that will no doubt be savored as the craft chocolate with fine French salt melts in their mouth.

Walnut Loop board by GRAIN & KNOT \\\ £28
Hand-carved from walnut with a loop that allows it to be hung, this gift is not only thoughtful, it’s practical and one that will be used regularly. The piece is beautifully finished in Organic Flax Seed Oil for kitchen use.

The Plant Pin Pack Vol. 1 by Hemleva \\\ $40
Pins have grown in popularity in recent years letting people express themselves in fun, yet subtle ways. This pack of four pins is perfect for that plant-loving friend or gardener in your life.

Curves Earrings by I S S A M A R S \\\ From $85
What’s life without a nod to a little naughty humor? These handmade, sterling silver earrings, which come in four sizes, reference a woman’s curves and might just catch the eye of a detail noticing friend.

Medium Potter’s Bowl by East Fork Pottery \\\ $42
A lovely bowl that’s the ideal size for cereal, soup, or ice cream. It comes in nine gorgeous house-made glazes, including this Wine Dark Sea, so you can select your loved one’s favorite color.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.