When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance.
Mavens it is already the time of year when we start thinking of what to get our loved ones, and this year it means just a little more. It’s always been about supporting local for me because I understand what’s behind these small businesses, the people and community behind them, the families behind them. I always say small businesses make up the very foundation of our community and I will continue on that same note. This holiday season join me in supporting local and finding something for the whole family!
These artisans, creators, restaurants, and small businesses come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, truly showcasing what our communities are made up of. Many are women-owned and BIPOC owned!
This guide is broken out into sections and each picture has a clickable link directly to buy the product pictured or something else you fancy! 🙂
*Please note all photos have been taken from business websites or provided by business owners.
For the foodie in your life
For those loved ones in your life who love all things food-related here are some great finds for them.
This hot sauce gift pack will make that hot sauce lover in your life do a double-take
Church St. Brewing
Cold-brew is a must-buy for that coffee lover in your life, Church St. has delicious, robust coffees! Plus they have a variety of items that make fun gifts for the coffee lover in your life.
Lowell Culinary Collaborative
From owners of Sweet Lydias and Mill City Cheesemongers comes this delicious collaboration of LCC. They have their delicious combinations of sweets, treats, cheese, and more!
From their robust, smooth coffee to their delicious pastries a gift card from here will surely make a local coffee lover’s holidays come to life. You can go in-store to grab a gift card as a quick, easy gift.
My favorite waffle mix around, they have been with me during the holidays, Sunday brunch and more. Fantastic waffle mix and they have a Gluten-free offering as well!
A snack so addictive yet healthy. This is great for anyone in your life who loves to snack! Goodie Krunch has four different, delicious flavors.
Over the Spoon has a myriad of items for the gadget lover in your life. From knives to kitchen gadgets to fun apron and more they have something for everyone. This season you can go to their location at Mill No 5 to shop in-store or you can click the link to buy some incredible Zwilling knives for an online shopping experience.
Giftcards are a perfect gift for those people in your life who love to explore cuisine. Fuse has two locations, one in Lowell and another in Westford, and have inventive, delicious cuisine. You can order an incredible spread to go and enjoy the delicious eats in the comfort of your own home!
All things Beauty
For that person in your life (or you) who loves self-care, hydration, and all things skincare and beauty.
This skincare line is a pro melanin skincare line that I personally use and I am obsessed with. You can buy it as a trio or separately depending on your skincare needs.
The queen of nail art is what I call this lady and her business. You can buy her in house cuticle oil that will have you feeling amazing and have your hands glowing! This cuticle oil will get you through the winter with tons of hydration. In order to purchase please reach out via DM on Instagram!! Link below.
This holiday season get your skin in tip-top shape with Lujo’s Sparks serum and Face Mist, two products guaranteed to make your skin say I do over and over. I personally use Sparks Serum as a before bed serum and the Diamante Eye Brightening Serum- both are incredible. Check out their website for more products as well plus some fun gift packs.
These satin crowns will change your hair’s life. Woven Royal’s Afronas protect your curls for days at a time, keeping them refreshed, and come in multiple sizes.
An African inspired skincare line with a focus on hydrating oils and butters, this is perfect for anyone in your life who takes skin hydration seriously. “It’s never cool to be ashy” is their tagline and I am obsessed! This is their anti-ashy body kit, but you can also peruse their website for more!
Red Antler Apothecary
A staple in the area for years now, Red Antler has a variety of skincare items for all parties. From soap to b to household cleaning products they have just about everything. This holiday season they have a variety of gift sets for your buying pleasure!
From their newly released Pumpkin body butter to their exhilarating scalp oils, Layo’s handmade products are next level. My personal favorites are their lip balms and body oils. They have a variety of gorgeous gifts available this season.
Know someone all about Wellness?
Paradox Personal Training
This locally owned gym has an array of classes and personal training for your fitness needs. Perfect for that someone in your life who loves to be active!
Crose Nest Collective
From house-made tea blends to tonics to jewelry and beyond Crose Nest Has something for everyone. This peaceful and calming brand has an incredible assortment of items that will make your day happier and make you smile. Check out their website for all their incredible offerings!
Home is where the heart is
A woman and Latinx-owned luxury candle company that just recently launched their new HOME collection. Absolutely gorgeous scents plus you can get linen sprays as well!
Handcrafted designs that are hand screen-printed with natural designs by Sarah Bertochi will make your gift-giving so easy this holiday season. From beautiful tote bags to vibrant bandanas ( that have been super popular this year) she has unique wares for anyone you are buying a gift for!
Handcrafted in the Merrimack Valley, these boards are the perfect addition to your home. From charcuterie boards to cutting boards Northern Grain has it all!
Raising Girl Wolves
“Modern wall hangings with a vintage flair”. This is the perfect description of Raising Girl Wolves fiber art. Delicious pieces of art, perfect for anyone’s living space.
Lit Lines Candle
Glorious scents for the home that are vivacious and this woman-owned and Black-owned business that recently launched is sure to have your home smelling incredible.
For the fashionable one in your life
Community is at the very core of Humanity, with a definite Boho, feminine, edgy vibe this shop has all you need and more! This and more will be launching on #Smallbusinesssaturday this week and they will also have eCards for purchase as well!
A bold store filled with beautiful things you just want to buy! Mujer X is for those women who want boldness in every step. Accessories, sets, jewelry, and gift cards, go on with your bad self 🙂
A jewelry line for those who love inventive jewelry, lush industrial has Morse Code jewelry- each item has a different message. The one below reads out “Que Sera, Sera”
A clothing line with vibrant, sustainable pieces. These items will make that person in your life who loves fashion jump for joy!
A brand dedicated to the vintage lover and lover of all things plants plus more, you will be sure to find something here for that person in your life who is also as equally obsessed!
Don’t forget your Doggie!
A natural dog treat company based in Massachusetts, that focuses on quality dog food. Make your dog happy this holiday season!
For the kids!
This is a perfect addition to your kid’s presents this year. Newly launched TODAY, it comes from a local, powerhouse family who published this book, created an app and activity book to go along with it. Check it out!
Tiny Trophy Shop
This brand is one of my favorites I have discovered this year. Woman-owned and their prints are fun, colorful, and full of vibrancy. Buy this for your kids, buy it for yourself, whatever you do it will make you happy.
Life as a Maven
Last but not least, if you would like to support your local maven go ahead and click on the photo below and purchase a t-shirt if you haven’t already! I also offer social media management and marketing services to small businesses, so please let me know if you’re interested in these services
Please also check out Western Ave Arts Studios and Mill No 5 this Holiday season as well, they have a variety of small businesses featured. Western Ave is doing an open-air market this weekend and Mill No 5 will be doing Plaid Friday and Shop Small Business Saturday.
My hope is that this holiday season you can support the small businesses that make up our communities. Support their dreams, their vision, and their commitment to the communities they are in. Hold your loved ones close, stay safe and Happy Holidays!!
Life as a Maven