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 Seattle-area businesses but I've separated some of them into other categories for you; beauty, accessories, men, 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!
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.
Shop the cutest and comfiest clothing! Kelly built a brand to make women feel and look great while also being comfortable. I have everything from date-night shirts to sweatshirts from Rollick. I'm a big fan of the new faux leather Moto leggings (hell, get em for yourself!) but my all-time favorite sweatshirt is from Rollick. I have the green "PNW" style but you can shop the sweatshirt for someone not from the PNW with Rollick's "Local" crewneck. It will be their favorite sweatshirt ever...I PROMISE. Listen to Rollick on Side Hustlers.
A unique piece of woodwork or a painting is an amazing gift. Laura Burkhart's art is by far my favorite and there is so much to choose from. There is also limited holiday-themed artwork like this starburst ornament which also comes in metallic. I have so much of Laura's art but one of my faves is my tree-topper. I've had the pleasure of assisting Laura on some of her projects at her workshop in Seattle and she puts so much time and passion into her work it's incredible to witness. Listen to Laura's episode of Side Hustlers.
It's not just one company it's a bunch! The Full Moon Market is a curated collection of creators and rotates each month. The owners are Tawni of Henri Co and Laura from Laura Burkhart Creative. They wanted a space for makers to be able to sell their items each month. With quarantine they have moved to a virtual market - follow them on Instagram for their market updates so you can shop from incredible creatives. And if you live in the area, they have a mini pop up at September Shop in Ballard.
Buy someone a piece of jewelry from Nordy Made and it's guaranteed to be a hit. It's handmade, minimalist, Nordic-inspired jewelry made in the PNW. Whether you get one piece or several pieces to layer they're all gorgeous and great quality. Cheryl creates everything from her home in West Seattle while being a stay-at-home mom. Shop rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Listen to Nordy Made's 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.
No, not that kind of gummy. Caffeine dummies! Might sound a little crazy at first but these things changed my life. I found out I was allergic to coffee beans in April 2019 and haven't had them since. I struggled to find a replacement for a long time...I needed my caffeine! Then I found Seattle Gummy Company Mocca Shots. HALLELUJAH I could function again. These make an awesome stocking stuffer or get them a monthly subscription. Created by Dr. Connie Wang, this Seattle-based magical gummy will ship nationwide. You can also shop for immunity gummies, beauty dummies, workout gummies, and more! Code CMA gets you 15% off - even on top of any sale!
I'll be honest, I was never a fan of bars of soap until I used a handmade bar of soap from Dreamy Suds. They smells great and they're GOOD for you because there are NO chemicals. Shop lotions, bath bombs, body parfait and more! They also look pretty. Missy created Dreamy Suds after her friend was going through chemo and couldn't use certain chemicals, turns out there are a lot of chemicals in our everyday soaps so Missy began hand making soap for her friend. Dreamy Suds was born from this idea and has been a side hustle to Missy's day job here in Washington ever since! Listen to Dreamy Suds on Side Hustlers.
Shop handmade homewares from Henri Co. and you're guaranteed to give a unique gift. You can ordere a custom ceramic set here, shop already made ceramics here, or order prints here. Yeah, Tawni somehow created all of these pieces of art in Seattle while being a stay-at-home-mom to three children. Listen to Henri Co. on Side Hustlers.
If you've ever browsed the card aisle and felt like you couldn't find a card that truly expressed your feelings then you've never shopped Constellation & Co. Sarah is based in Seattle but you can shop her cards online from anywhere. You'l find cards with sayings that are everything from quirky to emotional. Use them as your holiday greeting cards OR pro tip buy someone a handful of cards as a gift. Constellation & Co has a Card Club monthly subscription which makes a great gift! Cards are the one thing we always remember we need last minute so it makes a thoughtful gift! Listen to Constellation & Co on Side Hustlers.
You don't need to understand what it is but the adventurer on your list needs a Kula Cloth. But if you must know, it's an anti-microbial pee cloth! It's great anyone who hikes, camps, or spend a lot of time outdoors. If you're a woman and you've tried to pee on a hike you know the struggle is real. Anastasia is a former Park Ranger who lives in Washington and created the pee cloth after struggling one too many times. Listen to Kula Cloth 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 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.
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 and cutest clothing around. As an adult woman it can be hard to find clothing that fits your style...September is the place to shop for that woman on your list. And not just women! There are trendy clothes for guys too! And if your'e in the area they're hosting a "Mini Moon Market" shop local vendors like Laura Burkhart and Henri Co right at September Shop!
The gift of wine is the greatest gift ever and Chip Monkey created an entire business off of gifting wine. Give the gift of win for anything, their motto is "There's a wine for that!" Whether it's a wine for buying your first home, surviving a pandemic, or the holidays Chip Monkey has you covered. They can ship to Washington, Oregon, or California! Chip Monkey is run by Kanchan, a Washington-mom of two who runs the business out of her house! And there are fun shirts you can order from anywhere that say "there's a wine for that"! Listen to Chip Monkey 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"
My FAVORITE cookies in THE WORLD. I've had Seatown Sweets make custom cookies for so many occasions but my favorite were my National Park-themed birthday cookies. Not only does Kayla make the cutest cookies but they taste incredible. If you live in Washington you can order custom cookies as a great gift for the host of the party/boss/co-worker/your own part. But my favorite thing to come out of quarantine is the DIY Cookie decorating kit and it's available to anyone anywhere. Choose from Christmas or Hanukkah themed and decorate your own cookies. The best part? Even if they look terrible after you ice them they still taste as amazing as they would if Kayla decorated them! I love the kit to do pre-holiday, ON Christmas, or as a gift to send prior to Christmas. Listen to Seatown Sweets on Side Hustlers.
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.
After graduating from the University of Washington in the middle of a pandemic, Angelica found it hard to find a job...so she launched her own business. Shop masks, scrunchies, and other accessories. I love love love her masks and am obsessed with her scrunchies! You can even shop masks that match scrunchies!
You are guaranteed to get a one-of-a-kind gift from Ponderosa Creative. I have a denim jacket I bought when I shopped from Ponderosa Creative a the Full Moon Market and I love it. The jacket is upcycled but stitched on to the back is a quilted design. You'll find many styles like my jacket from Paige, the owner of Ponderosa Creative, but you'll also find quilted pouches, and metallic stickers!
It's all in the name with Purpose Boutique...when you shop online or at any of their locations in Washington a percentage of every sale goes to Rescue: Freedom International to help fight human trafficking. Christie, the founder and CEO, believes there is more to fashion that just wearing clothing, she also carries over 20 brands of clothing created by survivors of trafficking and social injustice from all over the world. Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are from Purpose Boutique and I wear them proudly, knowing they're supporting good. Visit their stores in Kirkland, Tacoma, or Silverdale! Listen to Purpose Boutique on Side Hustlers!