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Small Business Saturday: The YBH 2019 Gift Guide (+ Share Your Own!)

Our idea of a perfect lazy day is this: Brunch at our local pie shop, followed by a quick browse through Lucy’s favorite all-inclusive (and woman owned!) toy store, and finally, swinging by the nursery for a tiny succulent. In a way, we’re absolutely spoiled with thriving small businesses in Chicago, and it’s one of the reasons we fell in love with this amazing city.

So today – on this Small Business Saturday! – we really want to spread that love. We’ve handpicked some of our very favorite items from the craftspeople and businesses we return to again and again, as well as small(er) retailers you may be familiar with (like our Tree House bedroom, below, dressed up in Schoolhouse bedding).

An open and neutral bedroom with Schoolhouse bedding, a jute rug and a hanging egg chair. A dog snoozes on her bed. via Yellow Brick Home
linen duvet | coverlet | popcorn shams | lumbar | sconce

What Is Your Small Business?

We would absolutely love for this comment section to become an active conversation! If you’re a small business owner, please let us know:

  • What is the name of your business?
  • Where are you located?
  • What do you sell?
  • A direct link to your shop

Our hope is that you’ll have a bustling Saturday, and may you all find many small businesses that are new and fulfilling for you. Happy gifting!

Gifts from Small Businesses We Love

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

1. The Vintage Rug Shop | Oakland, CA: Beautiful vintage rugs (obviously!) as well as textiles, kitchen and bath items. You can also follow Brittany’s blog for a big dose of inspiration!

2. Corbe | Detroit, MI: Handmade ceramics and housewares designed to be both simple and functional. We especially love their Splash pattern!

3. Clementine Kids | Logan, UT: The sweetest art prints and textiles for your favorite tiny human.

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

4. Tubby Todd | San Diego, CA: Good, clean fun for babies and families with sensitivities. Tubby Todd carries bath and self-care products that are meant to inspire and create community. Through Monday, use from promo TUBBYBLACKFRIDAY2019 for 15% off site wide or TUBBYBLACKFRIDAY20 20% off $100 or more!

5. Soap Distillery | Chicago, IL: Our friend Danielle (hey girl!) makes small batch cocktail-scented soaps, body products and candles that smell amazing – with no hangovers.

6. New Label Dogs | New York, NY: Modern home goods designed for city dogs. As an added bonus, everything is animal-free and sustainably produced!

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

7. Megmade | Chicago, IL: Our pals Meg & Joe give new life to vintage furniture. Don’t live in Chicago? Not to worry. They ship nationwide.

8. Stoffer Home | Grand Rapids, MI: Thoughtfully curated home goods, small and large, by one of my favorite designers, Jean Stoffer.

9. Unison | Chicago, IL: A selection of modern home furnishings designed and curated with a focus on unique pattern and timeless quality. We’re huge fans around here!

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

10. Schoolhouse Electric Co. | Portland, OR: Schoolhouse is one of our must visit places every time we’re in Portland (and now Pittsburgh!). They’re dedicated to the preservation of American manufacturing, thoughtful living and purposeful design.

11. Norman Leigh | Chicago, IL: Our friends at Norman Leigh build furniture, home decor and accessories from reclaimed materials. They also custom built the dining table at our Tree House from a Silver Maple on our property!

12. Material | New York, NY: Material creates tasteful kitchenware for the modern home cook.

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

13. Cedar & Moss | Portland, OR: Beautiful modernist lighting and hardware designed with a focus on midcentury and minimalist classic styles. Swoon.

14. Propertee | Idaho Falls, ID: You probably already know our friends Chris & Julia from their popular design blog, which means you also probably know about Propertee, their apparel line! 10% of net proceeds are also donated to a rotating charity so you can look good while doing good.

15. Juniper Print Shop | Phoenix, AZ: A fine-tuned selection of art prints available through digital download for instant gratification while cutting down on your cost.

Our favorite gifts from small businesses, support local and shop small! via Yellow Brick Home

16. People I’ve Loved | Oakland, CA: Cheeky art, cards, housewares and gifts designed to put smiles on faces.

17. McGee & Co. | Costa Mesa, CA: Furniture, rugs, textiles and housewares with a bright, coastal aesthetic. I continue to be inspired by Syd, Shea and their team every day!

18. Peach Fuzz | Chicago, IL: An all-inclusive kids’ shop – a favorite of kids (Lucy!) and adults (us!) – specializing in whimsical curiosities.

Don’t forget…

We encourage you to share a link to your own online storefront in the comments, so that we can shop from you, too!

See all of our gift guides here, or check out these 2018 guides for more ideas:

GIFTS FOR HOME + DIY | GIFTS FOR YOUNG(ER) + OLD(ER) | GIFTS FOR HIM + HER | GIFTS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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  • Allison11.30.19 - 6:36 AM

    So many good small companies! I’m an artist in Jacksonville, FL and I do custom house and pet portraits as well as offer a variety of prints from my original paintings. I also have custom ornaments and everything is 25% off through cyber Monday :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly11.30.19 - 9:58 AM

    We’re a nonprofit social enterprise in the Hudson Valley of NY. We employ women who are winning their battle against addiction and they handcraft premium handbags and accessories out of upcycled materials such as retired military uniforms,  Broadway sets, manufacturing scrap and more! Our mission is to provide pathways to economic independence and sustained sobriety and in 3.5 years we’ve not had a single one of our employees relapse! We also do custom bags for men and women out of family heirlooms. http://Www.unshattered.org @unshatterednyReplyCancel

    • Kim11.30.19 - 10:20 AM

      This is amazing, thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • SheLikesToTravel11.30.19 - 4:28 PM

      This is a beautiful business model.ReplyCancel

  • Yael @ Nosherium11.30.19 - 11:32 AM

    Not my shop, but my friend makes beautiful jewelry! I have several items, my favorite is the ruby drop earrings. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MuseologiqueReplyCancel

  • Micah11.30.19 - 12:13 PM

    What a nice shout-out for Small Businesses! Thank you! I am Micah behind Blue Sky Design (I’m also a lady corporate pilot, so I couldn’t resist an airplane shop name…). My shop is full of Bullet Journal (google “Bullet Journal” for a fun rabbit hole!) stickers that help productivity and goal-setting! I know sometimes I need help to get my goals done, and I designed stickers to help others who don’t have time to draw things out in their notebooks! I’m currently freezing in lots of snow in West Jordan, Utah and eating french toast with my husband and two sons. I sure do love your site, Scott, Kim, Lucy, CC, and Jack!
    My shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyBlueSkyDesignReplyCancel

  • Erin11.30.19 - 12:19 PM

    This is amazing, thanks for linking all these small shops Kim!! My name is Erin and I make and sell modern concrete home goods, like small planters, jewelry storage, candle holders, and wall hooks. My shop name is Mayhewn and I’m located just outside Boston. I’m currently running a sale for 20% off on orders of $35+. Here is the link to my shop: http://www.mayhewn.comReplyCancel

    • Cassandra11.30.19 - 7:28 PM

      Hi Erin, we’re also in the Boston area! You’re shop is great!!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia11.30.19 - 2:34 PM

    I love seeing all of these great small businesses! My newly-opened Etsy shop sells downloadable typographic art, so you can mix and match letters and sizes to create unique wall decor, like a monogram, first or last name, a favorite word, an airport code or initials.
    Click on the listings, like “L”, “C” and “Y,” to see examples of how they can go together. 

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/OctoberMintReplyCancel

  • Aisling11.30.19 - 4:00 PM

    This is so nice of you Kim & Scott! 
    My shop is called Cord & Satchel.
    We are outside of Atlanta Ga.
    We make leather goods mostly for travel/ organizing. We are a 3 person operation. And we are having our first ever sale, 20% off + free shipping with $35 purchase  (no code needed).
    Cordandsatchel.etsy.comReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB11.30.19 - 6:03 PM

    Thanks for the links and for encouraging others to share their businesses in the comments!  I look forward to checking them out :)ReplyCancel

  • Dara11.30.19 - 6:37 PM

    This is amazing – I love seeing all the creative energy!! I am the co-owner of The Daraly. We provide online design for remodel projects. Need help selecting finishes like tile, hardware, paint colors, or fixtures for an update to your kitchen, bath, laundry room? We are here to help. Completely online. Very affordable. Actionable selections and advice. Professional design. We believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful home and we can help!
    http://thedaraly.com ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra11.30.19 - 7:20 PM

    What a great way to find new places! We sell custom made rope drawer/cabinet knobs and pulls out of Boston, MA! We can be found at ckandnatecreate.com.  Now off to do some shopping!ReplyCancel

  • alison holcomb11.30.19 - 8:17 PM

    oh my goodness! got to base my christmas list on this list of goodness. 

    i’m a photographer out of texas and i’ve taken lots of photos & sell prints from my adventures. some of my work recently got picked up by anthropologie! 

    my instagram is: @alisonholcomb
    my website is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/alisonholcombphoto

    thank you for letting us share here & supporting small! ReplyCancel

  • Hollis11.30.19 - 9:13 PM

    This is so kind! I’m Hollis and I, alongside my best friend of 25 years, am the cofounder of http://www.hullabaloobookco.com. We offer heirloom quality children’s books with culturally relevant messages. We believe that books make the perfect gift and are a pathway to a kinder, smarter, more culturally aware generation of children. Every book comes with a personalized bookplate featuring the recipient’s name and your message for them and come “wrapped” in a custom bag or backpack. You can shop by tiered pricing or by a book’s Amazing Attributes like stories featuring characters with Vivid Imaginations or Kind Hearts. We’re two moms and we assembled an almost entirely female team to build and promote the site. We’re so proud of our little shop and hope you all will take a look. Holiday deals and discounts running all month!ReplyCancel

  • Monica11.30.19 - 10:43 PM

    for anyone shopping in the Logan Square area (Chicago), my aunt recently opened a sweet-looking coffee place: https://www.necessary-coffee.com/ReplyCancel

  • beks12.1.19 - 10:57 AM

    My friend makes the most amazing scented soy candles!  Fun weird bonus- the font is a great match to West Elm’s utility kitchen line, so they will look perfect with those on your kitchen counter!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Trohman12.2.19 - 6:04 PM

    Thank you for opening this up for small biz conversation! I wish I’d seen it on Saturday. My husband and I own and operate NOSH Butters. We produce craft nut and seed butters like Pistachio Almond and Golden Cashew Almond (which has turmeric, ginger, cinnamon…it’s warm totally and delish with bananas or oatmeal or dark choc). We’re based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a suburb near Akron/Cleveland. Small business life is an absolute grind (pun sort of intended) and we are expecting our first child this Feb. (Gulp). Anyway, we ship, and are running a deal on orders over $40! Check us out, these make great gifts! 😃 Thank you!! xoReplyCancel

  • Meg12.4.19 - 7:39 AM

    You guys are the best, truly.  So thoughtful that you are giving this platform to people.  Happy holidays!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim12.4.19 - 8:02 AM

      We couldn’t do it without you guys, mean it.ReplyCancel

  • Tara12.4.19 - 9:40 AM

    Loved finding new small businesses through this! Thanks for the guide!
    I very recently started Cedar and Grey Paper Co. based outside of Minneapolis. I sell holiday cards, invitations, stamps, and wall art. My shop can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cedarandgreypapercoReplyCancel

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