If you’re looking to buy holiday gifts and simultaneously support small businesses, we highly recommend looking to our guests on Start Small, Dream BIG. Throughout our podcast series, the Center’s President Kerry Healey has spoken with several entrepreneurs who offer holiday-ready products to suit a variety of tastes. We’ve compiled a gift giving guide to help you decide what to purchase and how to help! To learn more about these small business owners, their missions and why your support matters, listen to their episodes on our podcast page.
In a year marked by limited travel, send a little bit of Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market to your friends and family in the comfort of their home with Angela Shen’s Savor Seattle. Savor Seattle works with Pike Place Market vendors to deliver their amazing foods to people in Seattle and around the country. You can choose from a variety of sweet and savory holiday packs that ship nationwide. Plus, $5 from every box goes to the Pike Place Market Safety Net Fund which helps those financially impacted by COVID-19 in the Pike Place community.
Encourage your friends to expand their holiday menus and try some of the truly innovative sausages from Seemore, a women-led and owned business. With flavors like “Loaded Baked Potato,” “La Dolce Beet-a” and “Bubbe’s Chicken Soup,” there’s a sausage for every taste. They’re made of humanely sourced meats and contain 30% vegetables, making them healthier than a conventional sausage.
Give back with Rethink Food
A donation to Rethink Food is the perfect gift for the person who always insists they don’t need anything, or if you just want to do some good with your shopping. Your donation helps fund their work with local communities and restaurants to reduce on food waste while providing meals to those in need. A $5 donation provides one meal and a percentage of proceeds from all purchases in their online shop (think t-shirts, hats, wine and culinary kits) goes towards their goal of funding one million meals this holiday season.
Sassa Akervall’s high-tech mouthguards are effective, hygienic and make a perfect gift for the athlete in your life. They come in a full spectrum of colors and are suitable for many sports and activities including cycling, boxing, football and roller derby. The business also sells mouthguards for kids as well as their SOVA Night Guard, a custom fit, slim mouthguard designed to relieve pain and discomfort of night teeth grinding!
Fully crafted and distilled in Louisville, Kentucky, Kaveh Zamanian’s Rabbit Hole Distillery may have started with Bourbon, but they have expanded their offerings to gin, vodka and rye. You can visit their website to find out your nearest liquor store, bar or restaurant that carries Rabbit Hole, or opt for a local delivery or curbside pickup if you live nearby! Additionally, whether you’re a Louisville resident or not, you can gift a special limited edition virtual tasting package with all four of Rabbit Hole’s award-winning whiskeys, and learn about the flavor notes for each one from a Rabbit Hole expert, which is almost as good as touring their Louisville distillery in person!
If it’s hard to choose what to buy someone, consider turning to Intentionalist, a searchable database of small businesses that allows you to learn more about the people you are supporting. You can also find and purchase gift certificates from a variety of brick-and-mortar small businesses, including those without an online storefront, in their gift certificate marketplace. Whether you want to find your next gift at a veteran-owned shop, or support an LGBTQIA-run business, Intentionalist can help you spend thoughtfully this holiday season.