Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Guide

Some ideas for shopping independent, woman, POC, and/or environmentally friendly owned businesses

1. Straight Up Eco

Straight Up Eco is a woman-owned company committed to offering 100% natural body care products that are safe for the environment and waste-free. We carefully handcraft using the best ingredients available always. Our packaging is biodegradable a win for the planet.  Straight Up Eco products deliver superior results for all your

beauty needs and save you money and a lot of plastic from our oceans.  (My absolute favorite conditioner bars, and believe me I’ve tried a lot)

2. Pamper U!

Pamper U! offers over 100 natural, uncut, alcohol free fragrances for all bodies. Bath and body care products are “paraben free” and made from pure, natural and organic ingredients.Products can be custom blended on the spot. Choose the scent, choose the product and they do the rest.From the woman who created the popular China Rain scent.

1. Pour Vida Art & Plant House

Pour Vida Art & Plant House is a studio and boutique in Venice, Ca.  It was founded by artist Sadie Gilliam of Freedumb Founded Jewelry and Aoclay Ceramics.  Pour Vida is a place where artists and makers can learn a new skill through one of our many workshops, hone your skills and meet new friends! We have a gently curated boutique and green house.  We are all about Growth in many forms.



Helene Ige’s Miracle Mile based boutique is filled with her own creations, as well as a treasure trove of new and vintage objects from all over the globe. 


3. D2 Ceramics

D2Ceramics is a collaboration between Dina and Dominic, partners who share a passion. Collaborating on projects in their basement studio, Dina has a whimsy loose hand painting style, while Dominic’s leans more towards the geometric.  Delightful and practical pieces of art for the home.


4. Rachid Photo

Rachid Dahnoun is a visual storyteller who draws viewers into the earth’s wildest places. His award-winning nighttime photography images is one of Dahnoun’s specialties (the cover of National Geographic’s Night Sky of North America features one of his spectacular Milky Way shots). Traveling more than 200 days a year, Dahnoun jokes that his business card should read “professional packer,” and as a surfer, snowboarder, mountain biker and hiker, he’s accustomed to toting all manner of equipment. Yet some of his favorite haunts are close to home: With studios in South Lake Tahoe and Bodega Bay, California, he logs frequent trips into the Sierra and along Sonoma’s picturesque coastline.


5. Hummingbird Muse Beads

Beautiful seed bead jewelry creations. Kim, the creator of Hummingbird Muse Bead Co. is a semi-retired mom and Grammy. Beading on and off for 30+ years! A few months ago my daughter dug my tackle box full of beads out of her storage and here I go again! Just like riding a bike, except my eyes are worse!(I personally own several pairs of her lovely earrings).


6. Gratitude Market Artisanal Food and Gifts in Downtown Culver City

Artisanal foods, cookbooks, artist made jewelry, art and table décor. A very unique curation of unique items.

Every purchase at Gratitude Market helps change lives through The Peace Project, our non-profit. We're currently focusing on providing food to our community.


7. Box Fox

The ultimate beautiful gift box company.Purchase already made or build your gift box right online!Ship direct or to yourself, they will be wrapped and beautiful.


8. KnackShops

We believe that we can impact change through commerce. That's why we love supporting small businesses and skilled artisans. Sharing their stories and values with you is one of our greatest joys.


9. Suay Sew Shop LA

Nature of Remade: At Suay Sew Shop, they choose to reuse. Old things are always cooler than new, and finding ways to repair, restore and repurpose single-life garments or materials headed for the landfill is the greatest action we can take towards cleaning up our massive textile waste problem. 


10. Bespokepost

Primarily for the masculine person. While this is a membership type of gift company, they have such a unique variety of gifts some for the feminine and the kids, all sourced from independent small businesses. You can skip months, or just pay a non member rate for items.But definitely look at what they have, I can’t seem to quit!

1. Fitness Tips

A year long illustrated weekly workout journal and guide.Complete with some workout plan ideas, “how to” illustrations and to keep things human each week comes complete with a funny #fitnesstip by author and creator Justin DiPego. Have fun sticking to your fitness plan.



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