Kate’s 2021 Small Shop Gift Guide

You all know that small shops are my first love (OK, maybe after Billy and the kids….and the dogs). This year I rounded up some of my favorite small shops to help you shop for your favorite people. Support small businesses, find something epic and unique, and feel good about knocking another item off your list.

House of Kaarigari

If you need a one-stop shop, House of Kaarigari might just be it. They offer worldwide shipping and have a stunningly curated offering of home decor items that are sure to fit into nearly any design style. I love that House of Kaarigari focuses on supporting the artisans themselves; “We actively identify the craft and endeavour to work directly with the craftsman, cutting out the middle man. We salute the person behind the art, who slowly and with great care brings these thoughtful pieces to life.” Click the images below to shop some of my favorite pieces from House of Kaarigari below.


Made by Maeberry

2. made by maeberry

Rachael Skidmore started “made by maeberry” in 2019 and makes the most incredible polymer clay creations. Her earrings would make an incredibly thoughtful gift for anyone with a bit of swagger. Check out some of my favorites below:


3. URSi

URSi might be the cutest kids’ clothier to ever exist. There are endless reasons to love URSi, but their business model is first and foremost; “We offer one-of-a-kind, small production runs made by small ateliers in New York. Our production model supports local businesses and reduces dead-stock waste.” Click my favorites below.

Five Suns Boutique

4. Five Suns Boutique

Five Suns Boutique is run by Porshia, mom to five children (hence the name), and one badass shop owner. Her shop truly has unique offerings for everyone on your list. It was really hard to narrow my favorites down to three, but here they are:

Post 21

5. Post21 Shop

Post21 Shop is a mother-daughter 21 who focuses on offering products from black-owned businesses and creators. This shop is my top pick for holiday-focused gifts that are unique, fun and sure to excite anyone on the receiving end of them. Shop my favorite below:

6. MER MAG | Merrilee Liddiard Shop

Merrilee Liddiard has the unbridled imagination of Eloise, which she uses to craft beautiful children’s pieces. Her shop offers a whole host of items that would make a perfect gift for the little ones on your list. Check out my selections:

Rosaline the Kitty Cat Doll

Heirloom Doll Quilt and Pillow set - Harvest
Tactile Matter


Kenesha Sneed is an incredibly talented multidisciplinary artist who just published a new book in 2021, “Many Shapes of Clay.” Check out her oeuvre of works by clicking the picture on the right, purchase her children’s book by clicking the center image, or shop her throw blankets for your favorite, well, your favorite anyone who likes to stay cozy and warm.

Many Shapes of Clay by Kenesha Sneed



The IME Label is one of my favorite vintage shops, especially for smaller gifts for your favorite decor lover. Check out a few of my faves below, but be sure to head over to see all their offerings.



9. BELLA vita

Bella Vita is a small shop based in Oakland, CA, offering everything from women’s clothing to kids’ toys and books. They truly have an option for everyone – check out my picks below.

Image of Details for Commission

10. Monica Lewis Art

Monica Lewis is a modern artist making original works that fit into a range of decor styles, from eclectic to contemporary. Her work has been shipped worldwide, and she is also available for commissions. Check out a few of my favorites below:

Image of ML • Brown Handmade Paper Collection
Image of Black & White Edition on  Acrylic Paper (4)
Image of “Neutral ML Art” Handmade Cotton Rag  Paper

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