So, if you've been reading here for a bit, you might know how I feel about supporting small businesses vs. big box stores. Black Friday isn't my jam, but I am very happy to give some love to small businesses the day after. These are some small companies, artists, and artisans that I've bought things from in the past, and I thought you might like.
[caption id="attachment_3670" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Here, you can see my raven band by Deborah Laun on my right middle finger, and my raven shield ring by Moonspinner on my right index finger.[/caption]
Aromatic Plant Distillations from the Wild by wildroot
I love Wildroot for their wildcrafted skincare products. Their hydrosols are great stuff -- they smell amazing, and have a ton of benefits (especially for sensitive, allergic skin like mine). The owners are also very kind. I've gotten handwritten notes with my packages thanking me for my business, and even complimenting my Etsy shop (back when it was still open). They're obviously very passionate about what they do, and it shows. If you're looking for a unique gift for someone who has everything, a surprise for a skincare maven, or want to put together a spa day gift set, this is a fantastic place to start.
Deborah Laun - Art Jewelry by DeborahLaun
Deborah Laun makes gorgeous, unique jewelry that's like wearable art. She made one of my favorite rings, my silver raven band -- it's very comfortable, I wear it every day, and it's held up extremely well to hard wearing. She also has excellent customer service, and, if you're looking for a custom piece of jewelry, she is happy to work with you to bring your designs to life. I really can't overstate how much I enjoy her work!
Unique handcrafted leather accessories by FantasyLeatherCraft
I purchased a wrist band from FantasyLeatherCraft for my S.O. last year. Not only are their goods different, they're very well-made. As gorgeous as the tooling looks in photos, it's even nicer in person. If you're shopping for someone who enjoys LARPing, Steampunk accessories, or just likes unique statement pieces, FantasyLeatherCraft is a great place to look.
natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary by ForStrangeWomen
Yeah, there was basically no way I could make this list and not mention For Strange Women. I've written about them in the past, purely because I like their products that much. Their perfumes are all natural oil-based, so they lie close to the skin. Their scents have a depth and complexity that's hard to find in synthetic fragrances, and they offer hard-to-capture scents like November in the Temperate Deciduous Forest (which smells exactly like it sounds).
In addition to fragrances, they offer perfume jewelry -- vial necklaces filled with their unique perfumes, or compacts containing their solid perfume balms. Their prices are also very reasonable for the quality of their work, and their customer service is very good. Despite the name, these aren't all traditionally feminine scents. There are lots of lovely masculine or gender-neutral offerings. I've even bought some for my S.O. (which I then ended up stealing a bit of because I love wearing traditionally masculine fragrances).
Moonspinner by moonspinnershop
Moonspinner is another jeweler whose work I absolutely adore. They made my raven shield ring (I have quite a collection of raven rings, I know) which I wear about as often as my raven band. If you're looking for unique, well-made gemstone jewelry with an aquatic or botanical twist, definitely check out this shop. The mermaid fluorite necklaces are seriously to die for.
Lastly, I want to give a mention to BLADZKNIVES. I bought one of my S.O.'s presents from there this year (he knows roughly what it is, but not which one... I am terrible at surprises), and it's been a really good experience. The knives are as solid as they are well-designed, and they're seriously stunning in person. The blades, the handles, pretty much everything about them shows the owner's dedication to his craft. The prices also can't be beat -- they are extremely reasonable for the quality and nature of the components. Even if you're just in the market for a really nice pocketknife for yourself, treat yourself and check these out
Do you have an Etsy shop or other small business that you'd like to show off? Comment with your link and a description of what you offer!