I am so proud of this gift guide. It's full of some of the most unique businesses backed by the most incredible people. Now, more than ever, we need to shop small, support small, and protect small. Our small businesses are the lifeline of our communities. Many of the people in this list were guests on my Side Hustlers podcast and a lot of them left their day jobs to follow their dreams of being a full-time entrepreneur. This list is "Carla Marie Certified" - I have either shopped, visited, or had the owner of the business on my podcast. I've been obsessed with small businesses and discovering new products for years and have made it my mission to be their megaphone. This list is full of my favorite gifts for men from small businesses but I've separated some of them into other categories for you; beauty, Seattle-area businesses, accessories, home/things, and clothes.
A lot of these companies are running Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales so I would shop early. Keep in mind, this isn't small business Prime, they will take a little longer to ship because the are small. Give yourself time when ordering.
As you browse the gift guide you'll see I mention the location of most of the businesses, this will help you if you want to shop local to your area or local to the area of the gift recipient.
If you can't support by shopping here are some FREE ways to support that I know ALL of this businesses will love: follow them on Instagram, like their posts when you see them in your feed, comment on their posts with words (emojis don't help the algorithm), share posts with friends who you think will like to see them, and BOOKMARK the post (Instagram weights this very heavy in the Instagram formula). The more people do this for small businesses the more their posts will be shown to others. You're basically giving them free marketing.
HAPPY SHOPPING!! AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING!
My favorite pair of sunnies ever are Ombraz. The perfect gift for the outdoor adventure-loving person in your life. Unlike other pairs of sunglasses, Ombraz don't have arms! Your ears won't ache from wearing them all day and also they won't fall off of your head which is great for anyone who is active but even better for people who spend time on the water. (Sunglasses are one of the most "littered" item in the ocean because they always get lost!). Nikolai and Jensen have put a lot of time, energy, and passion into this brand and it shows - they're now sold in REI! Ombraz are also basically indestructible and come in various styles. Listen to Ombraz on Side Hustlers.
Comfy and unique clothes with a purpose? Can't go wrong! Shop HOMS Seattle for anyone on your list from teen to adult. HOMS= Heart On My Sleeve and it's signature design shows three different types of hearts to showcase the fact that we all can be feeling different ways everyday. This clothing line is run University of Washington football player and student, Race Porter, I have no answers on how he has the time to do all of this! Race gives back to mental health organizations with every purchase! Listen to Race Porter tell the story of HOMS Seattle on Side Hustlers.
I could make an entire gift guide on this store alone. Alair is a gift shop based in West Seattle but you can order the goods from anywhere. Shop greeting cards that are unique and fun, notebooks and journals, prints, mugs, glasses, dish towels, clothing, candles, books, and SO MUCH MORE. Shandon, the owner of Alair, loves gift giving and will even help you with your gifts if you reach out! When you shop AlairSeattle.com you may even recognize some of the models. Listen to Alair on Side Hustlers.
I struggled with what photo to share of RSVLTS gear because there is JUST SO MUCH GREATNESS. John and Stephen have taken nostalgia and turned it into a clothing line. Find clothing featuring Nickelodeon, Disney, WWE, your favorite holiday movies, and so much more! Shop RSVLTS for ANY guy on your list but I'm a big fan of the clothes too, I order an XS in the short sleeve button downs and they work great! Oh, and their women's swim line is AWESOME. Use code carlamarie20 at checkout for 20% off your order! Listen to the RSVLTS on Side Hustlers.
Shop unique sustainable quality bags from Cement 6, a Nashville-based company, for anyone on your list. Made from actual cement bags found in Cambodia, these bags are perfect for anything from the beach to school. They're really strong and durable and come in all kinds of styles. Jeremy and his wife, Susannah run the company together and the two met while building a home in Haiti during college. Listen to Cement 6 on Side Hustlers.
The Tubby is not just any glass, it's the coolest glass they'll ever own. It's perfect for drinking beer, wine, scotch, vodka, tequila, and ice cream. It's really great for everything. It's 16oz but it's not super tall which means it won't get knocked over very often (shout out to my fellow clumsy people!) Listen to The Tubby on Side Hustlers.
The only time I will ever tell you to buy socks as a gift is if you buy From The Ground Up Socks. Rami created this Seattle-based sock company after he was sick of having awful experiences with socks while hiking. I have been skiing for years and ALWAYS have issues with my socks until I wore FTGU socks. I wear them hiking and they're great. You don't have to be an adventurer to enjoy them either, you can wear them everyday! I love their compression socks whether you're a runner or a doctor standing all day. The socks are stitched with images of PNW mountains and while you're there pick up some masks! Listen to From the Ground up socks on Side Hustlers!
Where else can you get a mask that matches your pet's bowtie?! Ugly Yellow House originated as a handmade bowtie company for humans and pets but once they saw the need for masks they began to make them and they became a HUGE hit. Owners and husband and wife, Amber and Tom, make the best team. Shop quality, handmade, masks, pet bowtie, and human bowties from this West Seattle-based company! Listen to Ugly Yellow House on Side Hustlers.
The smallest of small businesses. Derek Jensen is a college student at Montclair State University who dreamt of owning a fashion brand so he launched Urban Lifestyle by Derek Jensen. He's a one-man band creating, printing, and shipping out of his parent's basement. Shop the very festive "There's some ho's in this house" sweatshirt and t-shirt. Listen to Derek Jensen on Side Hustlers.
I love vintage band tees! There's definitely someone on your list who loves wearing vintage clothing or someone with an edgier style. The place to shop for them is Gold Dogs. The store is based in my neighborhood in Seattle but you can shop online. I've shopped here for a variety of events like hosting on AXS TV to the sequin Free People dress I wore to the iHeart Country Festival. And if someone on your list loves cowboy boots you can find an entire wall of used badass cowboy boots. Gold Dogs is one of my favorite clothing stores ever.
If I could move in to this boutique, I would. September Shop is also in my neighborhood in Seattle and the owner, Gillian, curates the trendiest clothing around. September is the place to shop for the stylish guy on your list. And if your'e in the Ballard area they're hosting a "Mini Moon Market" shop local vendors like Laura Burkhart and Henri Co right at September Shop!
"Mahalo" is Hawaiian for expressing gratitude so anything from this shop makes a perfect gift for someone you're grateful for. Mahalo Made is based in Phoenix and is a Shave Ice truck which unfortunately only people actually in Phoenix can enjoy! The rest of us however, can enjoy the Mahalo merch. From hoodies and crewnecks to stickers and pins you'll find fun to shop!The owner, La, exudes love and positivity and is one of the most real humans I've ever met. You can listen to her on my Side Hustlers podcast.
If you live in Washington, no matter how short or long, you gasp when you see Mount Rainier. IT's massive and beautiful. But you can't always see it (hi Washington clouds) so when the mountain is out you do a little celebration! An Instagram account was created for this very reason, to tell people when the mountain is out. The creator, David, has since turned it into a clothing line supporting National Parks! There's everything from clothing to stickers! Listen to Rainier Watch on Side Hustlers.
Well it's obvious who this is for...me! But really, it's for the National Park Geek on your list. Someone who lives visiting the parks or has a goal to. visit the parks. Since air travel came to a halt this year a lot of people started visiting their local parks so someone on your list may have a new love for our National Park System. Shop merch that shows off their national park geekiness. Their Instagram doesn't show their merch but rather pictures of our National Parks so I uploaded a pic of one of their shirts below. Daniel, the owner, had a love of National Parks so he launched this company. Every purchase helps support the National Park System. Listen to National Park Geek on Side Hustlers.
One of the first PNW companies I became a fan of was Wish You Were Northwest! I have owned the sweatshirt in the photo below for years and it's so comfortable. I also have a tank top that says "tyna hike" which is one of my faves. Run by sisters, Tahnee and Tory, you'll find something for the adventurer (or lazy bum) on your list. I bought a onesie for my great nephew that says "NRTHWST"
There's at least one fishermen or hunter on your list that you have NO idea what to get for the holidays. Rep Your Water
is an apparel brand with unique clothing for hunters and anglers that also helps support conversation ALL over the US. You can shop by state and know that when you purchase clothing from a specific location Rep Your Water is giving back to that area. Run by a husband and wife, Garrison and Corinne, who have a love for fly fishing and the fly fishing community. Listen to Rep Your Water on Side Hustlers.