Hello, Black Friday!
Here at LaunchHER, we are typically big shoppers. We love a bargain and truly enjoy the thrill of the hunt in the quest for the perfect gift to give. Sounds like Black Friday is the day for us, no? Not this year, friends. The exceptionally cold weather we’re experiencing here in Minnesota today has us putting an extra log on the fire and adding a few more marshmallows to our steaming mugs of hot chocolate. Instead of bundling up and braving the below-zero temps, we are shopping online today!! Read on to see our top gift picks for Christmas 2010 from women-owned businesses we love! The best part? Supporting small, indie and local business.
Kara says :: With two family birthdays in the week following Thanksgiving, there’s a whole lot of shopping going on at our house this time of year! Since one of my personal missions this year has been to declutter the house, my focus for gifts this year is to purchase only items that are truly useful and meaningful. While my boys may not initially appreciate the lack of toys under the Christmas tree, I know my picks for them will be getting daily use well into 2011.
My second grader is really into watches, robots and “cool guy” necklaces. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined finding a watch robot pendant! Only on Etsy, right?? An added bonus are the really great pendants for others on my list, too!
2. sarah + abraham
Finding the perfect gift for a soon-to-be 3 year-old isn’t as easy as one would think. Especially with my “no clutter” mantra this year. But since a certain little man in our house practically lives on Stonyfield Organic French Vanilla yogurt, I know this darling personalized bowl will get daily use. And since it is BPA-free, the good qualities of the organic yogurt won’t be canceled out by gross off-gassing.
3. Housewife Bliss
My mother has a gift for domesticity. She has turned every house into a home in seemingly the blink of an eye. Coryanne Ettiene has the same gift. Her charming site, Housewife Bliss, focuses on nesting and the finer points of domesticity. Love it! And her marketplace? Genius. I so enjoy all that Coryanne offers. These baskets (mom made!) will do a stylish job of corralling all of my mom’s Martha Stewart magazines.
4. Red Letter Words
My in-laws have the most amazing art collection. What makes it so amazing, I think, is that many of the pieces were purchased while my father-in-law was in the Army and moving, quite literally, around the world. But being born and raised in Chicago, it’s where he is “from.” I know the Chicago City Sights art print will be the perfect addition to their already-personal collection.
5.The Black Apple
Emily Martin’s unique and charming designs have come to life in a paper doll book. Oh my!!! I’ve followed Emily since practically her first day on Etsy. I was overjoyed the day she joined Martha to sew a doll. What girl doesn’t love a doll? Growing up, paper dolls were my favorite. So I am giving this wonderful book to my nieces. My hope is that they, too, will grow as fond of paper dolls as their favorite aunt has. And, it will be super easy to send to them across the miles. Now to work on getting a signed copy…..
Tie it all up with this darling twine and let the gifting begin!
7. Preppy Poppy
In addition to the home-baked goodies and a Caribou Coffee card, the teachers on my list will also get a reusable lunch tote, monogrammed, of course! The impeccable quality and style of Preppy Poppy’s goods are just so amazing! Teachers have been known to still use these darling bags years after receiving them. Now that is the sign of a great gift!
Bridgett’s personalized holiday treat bags will be my first purchase today! Not only is she offering a great discount on her site for today only, I can think of 100 different uses for these sweet bags! Perfect not just for actual sweets, but for trinkets and small items galore. And knowing my boys, they will use the bags to tote trinkets around for months to come.
9. Sarah Bohl Designs
I’m giving myself the gift of help this year. For just $49, Sarah Bohl is designing my fireplace mantel. Yep. And she’s not even stopping by my house! I just emailed a photo to Sarah, she works her magic, and sends me her ideas, complete with where to purchase recommended items, if I so choose. She’ll even work with decor you already have. This genius service of Sarah’s is just too good to pass up. I have struggled with the seasonal decorating of my dining room fireplace mantel for as long as I have lived here (8 yrs, to be exact). The struggle is over, people! Act now if you would like Sarah’s assistance, though, as the service is seasonal and is good only through the weekend. email@example.com
10. Pink and Polkadot
My sister has been on a mission to spruce up her house. While she likes the lines and size of her current sofa and loveseat set, the plain cream upholstery could use an overhaul. Because she appreciates the ease of a washable slipcover as much as I do, (and who with small kids doesn’t, really?), I am getting her this wonderful e-book, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Custom Slipcovers. Armed with her sewing machine and her basic sewing skills, I am confident she will have just the slipcovers she has always wanted. All without breaking the bank.
Sallisha says :: This year, we decided to put up our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving – this past Sunday, to be exact. At the time, it sounded like a grand plan (and it looks FABULOUS by the way!). But, what I quickly found was that the early-tree-set-up-of-2010 has the added… um… “benefit“… of giving my children extra days to ask me non-stop… “Mommy, what’s in this present?” or “Can we open this one and then re-wrap it?” or… my personal favorite… “Can we just take a peek? We won’t tell Daddy!” So far, I’ve stayed strong… but today, I’m thrilled to share with you some of the packages that will be under my tree this year! Shhh… don’t tell my kids!
1. Pure Belly Exclusive Maternity Products
4. Dolce Vita Mia
What do you get the man who doesn’t really WANT anything? (And does anyone else get frustrated with that!?) Well… this year, I’ve found the absolute perfect gift for a certain DH of mine. I love, love, LOVE the Special Edition One Year Diaries (with free monogramming – SCORE!). We journal to our children… so this is an ideal gift! I am so excited about J. J. Boyles that I already sent the link to DH… who is now going to pick up gifts for his staff from this fab shop. Yep, the Armours are now J. J. Boyles groupies.
9. Illume Candles