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    38 Amazing Holiday Gifts That Are Actually, Factually Not From Amazon

    FYI — there's a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt in here that's at the top of my list for Santa.

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    What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

    Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it. 

    1. A motivational Ted Lasso mug you can count on to leave any recipient (and fan of the show) grinning from ear to ear — it can't be helped, his joy is contagious!

    a white mug with ted lasso on it and a sign that says "believe" behind him

    I used to be an Astoria resident and loved popping into Lockwood, a New York-based small business that is queer-owned, woman-owned, and family-owned! I never left without a gift for someone else (and myself, of course) and am so thankful that I can still shop from them now that I've moved!

    Shipping info: Orders are shipped via USPS with standard shipping. If you need an order rushed you can contact (additional fees may be applied).

    Get it from Lockwood for $19.95.

    2. A set of SpongeBob face masks that'll have the two of you rolling on the floor laughing while singing "F is for friends who do stuff togetherrrrr."

    two models wearing spongebob and patrick face maks

    This four-pack of face masks will both give you the giggles and provide you and your bestie with a relaxing at-home spa night! The masks are infused with hyaluronic acid, marine protein, and red algae to leave your face feeling fresh.

    Shipping info: Orders are typically shipped within three to eight days.

    Get them from Hipdot for $20.

    3. A knit weighted blanket you'll find to be unlike any you've probably seen before — it's weighted naturally with a layering technique instead of with artificial filling. And it looks SO snuggly!

    a model with a green woven blanket around them

    Promising review: "This blanket has changed my life. I can't believe how much better I sleep. I was really concerned that it would be hot (Texas summers are brutal), but the wide knit allows for air flow while the weight gives a calming pressure. It's perfection. We have a king sized and it looks beautiful on our bed as well." —Caitlin

    Shipping info: Orders are shipped within three to five business days, but you can also upgrade to two-day shipping.

    Get it from Nuzzie for $150+ (available in 8, 15, 20, and 25 pounds and 9 colors).

    4. A stylish reverse tie-dye sweatshirt you can customize with *whatever* you want — the options are endless!

    two black sweatshirts with acid wash tie dye, one says "los angeles" on yellow the other says "new york" in pink
    BFFs and Babes / Etsy

    BFFs and Babes is a woman-owned small business that sells customized apparel for both adults and kiddos. I have this sweatshirt with "New York" on it in neon yellow as seen in the example and it's quickly become one of my faves. It's suuuuuper soft and cozy in addition to being on-trend. Definitely worth your while.

    Shipping info: Orders typically ship within one to two weeks.

    Get it from BFFs and Babes on Etsy for $70+ (available in unisex sizes S–3XL and in cropped or full length).

    5. Snowflake earrings to bring a touch of sparkle and holiday magic to their jewelry lineup.


    These are at the top of my wish list this year! You can check out their entire holiday collection as well!

    Shipping info: Items ship immediately from New Jersey

    Get them from BaubleBar for $48.

    6. A luxurious set of pajamas that'll have 'em canceling plans left and right so they can lounge in bed in these beauties instead.

    a model in purple satin pajamas
    Wax & Wonder

    Wax & Wonder is a Liberia-based, Black woman-owned small business that specializes in Afropolitan designs, which are handmade by members of Liberia’s skilled artisan communities. 

    Shipping info: Non-embroidered items will be shipped out 10 to 14 working days from the date your order is confirmed

    Get them from Wax & Wonder for $69 (available in women's sizes XS–2XL).

    7. Or a pink satin robe with dramatic lace sleeves to give them the Main Character energy they've been dreaming about.

    a model in a pink satin robe with black lace sleeve accents
    Love Vera

    Love Vera is a Black-owned and woman-owned small business based in Los Angeles, California, that sells stunning lingerie for people of all sizes.

    Shipping info: Orders typically ship in two to three business days.

    Get it from Love Vera for $54.99 (available in women's sizes 1X/2X).

    8. A travel-sized raclette they can use to bring cheesy goodness with them wherever they go — talk about becoming the life of the dinner party!


    Shipping info: Items are typically shipped within three to eight business days.

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $30.

    9. A Birthdate Candle featuring their actual day of birth, because who doesn't love something customized JUST for them?

    a candle that says march fourth on it
    birthdatecandles / Via

    These candles are ~inspired by the stars~ and feature a label that contains your specific birthdate as well as typical traits for someone with your sign. You can shop by month or sign to find your perfect candle. I have one of these and have given them as gifts — they smell great and look great! Added bonus? Birthdate Candles is an Asian-owned small business!

    Shipping info: Each candle is personalized to the day, so it can take up to seven days for an order to ship. However, you can upgrade to UPS two-day shipping or UPS Next-Day Air shipping.

    Get it from Birthdate Candles for $38.

    10. A tabletop fireplace with removable glass so they can enjoy a freshly made s'more any time of year — yum.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    One Man Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1Man1Garage is a small business based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Absolutely wonderful! It’s a great little addition to our patio and we decided to use Sterno so we can roast marshmallows! We love the craftsmanship on it and think it is well made! Perfect!!!" —Andrea Lavender

    Shipping info: Orders ship within two to four days of your order being placed, however you can also add a "Fast Pass" to ensure next-day shipping.

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $24.

    11. A Harry Styles air freshener for your pal who went viral after he read their sign during one of his shows (it's more common than you think!).

    a watermelon themed harry styles air freshener
    GiftsbyElls / Etsy

    It's from GiftsbyElls, a small business based out of the United Kingdom that sells handmade gifts.

    Promising review: "A lovely gift for my Harry Styles obsessed friend — she absolutely loved it! Arrived quickly! Was so great I ordered another!" —jridgill14

    Shipping info: Will ship in 6–9 days

    Get it from GiftsbyElls on Etsy for $7.71 (available in 15 scents).

    12. A throw blanket that'll make a statement in their home decor while also ensuring they're nice 'n' cozy this winter.

    a blanket with blackberries and leaves on it with a boarder that says "the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice"
    Nappy Head Club

    Nappy Head Club is a Black-owned small business that sells affirming apparel and accessories. They also donate a portion of proceeds monthly to different charities, which is outlined on the brand page.

    Shipping info: Flat rate shipping is available $4.99. Shipping takes three to four days after processing.

    Get it from Nappy Head Club for $89.

    13. Delicious Brightland olive oil in a gorgeous bottle that is way more than a pretty face — its been UV-coated to protect the contents from damaging light.

    a white bottle with a clean brightland label on it near carrots
    Brightland Co.

    I've had the pleasure of trying this olive oil and it really is worth the money! Yes, the bottle is pretty and looks lovely on the counter, but the taste is also fantastic! This specific version has nutty notes of green tomato and green pear and is ideal for enjoying on salads and in marinades. Brightland Co. is a WOC–owned small business.

    Promising review: "The flavor inside of this olive oil is amazing, along with it being a beautiful centerpiece in my kitchen. Every single time someone walks in they ask about it. I went ahead and order the entire kit and have all of the different varieties with the beautiful gold spouts to go across the top for ease and elegance. Love this product" —Candice M

    Shipping info: Standard shipping orders should be placed by 12/13 to ensure they arrive by 12/24.

    Get it from Brightland Co. for $37.

    14. A DIY mochi ice cream kit your friend with a sweet tooth will love you forever for — the lil' treats will be so fun to both make and devour.

    Mochi inside silicone mold beside ingredients and packaging
    Uncommon Goods

    This kit includes sweet rice flour, potato starch, matcha green tea powder, cocoa powder, a dough cutter, a silicone mochi mold, and step-by-step instructions. It makes up to 32 pieces.

    Promising review: "My friend's daughter had to have her graduation party via Zoom this year. Mochi is their favorite, so I thought this would be a great kindergarten graduation gift. It was a huge hit! They had so much fun making them and at the end they said it tasted just like 'real mochi' :). True praise from a 5- and 7-year-old!" —Kim

    Shipping info: Most orders are shipped within two to five business days. The estimated transit times for in-stock items shipped within the United States are: 

    Economy: seven to nine business days

    Standard: three to seven business days

    Expedited: two to three business days

    Express: one to two business days

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.

    15. A gold necklace with a charm inspired by modernist French sculptures, but more importantly was worn by Taylor Swift in this now iconic TikTok about fall. Any fan would delightfully appreciate this Easter egg of a gift.

    a side by side photo of Taylor Swift wearing the necklace next to the gold necklace with a square shaped charm
    Taylor Swift / Awe Inspired

    I have a few necklaces from this mother-and-son-owned company, and now this one is on my must-buy list. Each piece I own is sturdy but somehow still feels delicate. I love the way I can layer them with other necklaces I already own. 20% of all proceeds of this style will go to help women in need. The brand has hand selected an array of charities, such as The American Nurses Foundation, CancerCare, the NAACP, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network,  Emily's List, and The Trevor Project, that they donate to on a rotating cycle. Additionally, the  jewelry is manufactured in Minneapolis, Miami, New York, and abroad in Italy, Istanbul, and Bangkok.

    Shipping info: Orders should arrive within 7–10 business days, but you can also upgrade to two-day or overnight shipping.

    Get it from Awe Inspired for $170+ (available in silver and gold).

    16. Otherland's Alpine Crystal candle from their latest Adorned collection — also known as the perfect gift for anyone who wants their home to smell like a refreshing forest.

    a dark blue candle with a forest on it

    I recently received this candle and got chills when I smelled it for the first time. IMO, it is THE perfect candle. I'm not even sure I want to light it — it's that good. It has notes of juniper sprig, icy tonic, and lemon fizz.

    Shipping info: Orders generally arrive within 2–5 business days.

    Get it from Otherland for $36.

    17. A drinking glass that says "iced coffee is always a great idea" — a must-have for someone who can typically be found sipping on *the good stuff* even when it's below freezing outside.

    the glass in a bed of holly and frosted pinecones
    Meryum Designs

    In addition to this fun mason jar, Meryum Designs also sells handmade art prints and an array of stickers you might want to peruse! This small business is both woman-and-POC owned. I'm personally a big fan of Meryum's Instagram :).

    Shipping info: Orders are processed within 2–3 business days.

    Get it from Meryum Designs for $18.

    18. A toothpaste cap for anyone who typically wakes up singing "Somebooooody once told me the world was gonna roll me" à la one of the greatest soundtracks of all time...Shrek.

    CasualChicken / Etsy

    CasualChicken is a small business based in Irvine, CA, that sells an array of unique 3D printed items.

    Promising review: "My order came well packaged and on time. Gifted it to my friend and she thinks it is hilarious." —Grace

    Shipping info: Standard shipping items will ship within four to eight days.

    Get it from CasualChicken on Etsy for $5.94.

    19. A jar of whipped shower icing available in over 50 scent combinations — please remind your friend *not* to eat this even though it kinda looks and smells delicious...


    Indulgence Spa is a Maryland-based, Black woman–owned small business established in 2015 that specializes in soaps, hair care, and body products.

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has and loves this product! She said:

    "I recently started using this myself in the Three Wishes Tea flavor (a combo of tea leaves, peaches, rosebuds, and marigolds) and the smell alone is swoonworthy, but I love love love how it feels in the shower. It has a satisfying creamy whipped texture, but suds up when you use it so you get that nice satisfying squeaky-clean feeling, too. It's lasting a long time, too (which is great, but means I have to wait a little longer to try the other flavors 😂)."

    Shipping info: Standard shipping items will ship within four to eight days.

    Get it from Indulgence Spa on Etsy for $15 (available in over 50 scent combinations).

    20. A pair of safety pin earrings for an edgy look that won't actually poke them behind the ears like the real thing would. Fashion doesn't *always* have to mean pain.

    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed, Caitlyn Minimalist / Etsy

    Caitlyn Minimalist is an Asian woman-owned Etsy shop based in LA and specializing in truly special custom jewelry pieces.

    BuzzFeed editor Chelsea Stuart owns and loves these:

    "I bought these earrings about a month ago and have been wearing them every day! I am not gentle with my jewelry — I wear them to sleep, while I shower, etc. I also have v, v sensitive ears and I'm happy to report that these haven't irritated my skin or tarnished even a bit! I have three sets of lobe piercings and wear these alongside my plain gold huggie hoops and they are the perfect complementary piece."

    Promising review: "Absolutely love them so much!! They are an everyday earring now!! Shipping was so fast and the customer service was so quick on getting back to me. :) Would highly recommend and will definitely be buying again!!" —Kayla Dyer

    Shipping info: Orders typically ship in one business day!

    Get them from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $23.62 (originally $31.50; also available in silver)

    21. A reusable tumbler that'll pay tribute to their favorite Hogwarts course: Herbology! They'll scream like a mandrake when it arrives on their doorstep.

    a white tumbler with herbology icons on it
    KelleandCo / Etsy

    KelleandCo is a woman-owned small business based out of Utah that sells customized Starbucks cups, tumblers, and accessories.

    Shipping info: Standard shipping orders will ship within 8–16 days.

    Get it from KelleandCo on Etsy for $34.

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    22. An embroidered hat that'll keep the sun out of their eyes *and* provide them with the Disney Adult energy they've been searching for while scrolling through influencers who seemingly spend every day at Magic Kingdom.

    a teal hat with an embroidery of sleeping beauty castle on it in the clouds
    a reviewer wearing a black hat with cinderella castle embroidered on it
    999Spyglass / Etsy

    Every hat is made to order and is so well-crafted from this woman-owned small business, you'll likely start making excuses to wear one. Bad hair day every day? Yep, sounds good. You can also have custom embroidery added onto the back! I own and have gifted Claire's items many times now — they never disappoint. Also, 999Spyglass is a small business based in Baltimore, Maryland, that sells, obviously, embroidered hats!

    Shipping info: Standard shipping orders typically ship within 8–10 days.

    Get it from 999Spyglass on Etsy: Sleeping Beauty Castle (left) or Cinderella Castle (right) for $24.99+ each (available with or without extra monogramming and in 13 colors).

    23. A festive puzzle they'll likely want to frame and save after piecing it together this holiday season to use year after year as a piece of decor.

    Rifle Paper Co.

    I'm obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. and their aesthetically pleasing designs — including this fun holiday puzzle! I love that this one is shaped like a snow globe and reminds me of NYC during the holidays.

    Shipping info: Standard ground shipping applies.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $34 (available in three styles).

    24. A "Star Baker" apron that'll protect their clothes from flour, oil, and other debris that can usually be found flying around their kitchen.

    a model wearing a black apron with the words "star baker" on it in white and a decorative flourish below the words
    HumorStyle / Etsy

    HumorStyle is a small business based in Columbus, Ohio, that sells primarily humorous clothing.

    Promising review: "The print on the apron looked and felt like it was on there really well. Just a super cute item for cooks/bakers who are a fan of the show!!!" —Andrea Lishen

    Shipping info: Standard shipping orders will ship in two to three days.

    Get it from HumorStyle on Etsy for $24.90 (also available in red and blue).

    25. A subscription to Book of the Month for any bibliophile who hates having to actually speak to someone in a store about what they should read next and would much rather have their next fave novel delivered to their door.

    a stack of books
    Book of the Month

    I was gifted a year of Book of the Month for my birthday one year and to date it is one of the best things I've received. There are few things as satisfying as getting truly lost in the pages of a good book — and it'll provide for a great distraction for the mind if your pal has recently been watching something super scary (ahem, the news). Each month they'll be permitted to choose one of four books, all of which are different genres. Then the book they select will be delivered to their door. Magic! Excuse me, I need to re-up my subscription.

    Shipping info: You can send gift memberships via email immediately or print it out and pop it into a card!

    Get three months from Book of the Month for $49.99.

    26. A hat from Love Your Melon that'll keep your pal's hair in check and make *you* feel like a good human since 50% of their profits are given to the Love Your Melon fund to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

    a grey and white speckled beanie
    loveyourmelon / Via

    I have quite a few of these hats and, NO JOKE, they are the softest things I've ever put on my head. Stylish, comfy, and a chill slouchy fit? You'll find me wearing one of these all winter long. I have the gray one (pictured above) and two of their Disney ones. While I'm at it I might as well also mention how soft their blankets are — it's my sister's most cherished possession.

    Shipping info: Standard shipping orders will arrive in 5–10 business days.

    Get it from Love Your Melon for $35 (available in multiple colors and in adult and child sizes).

    27. A set of Taylor Swift ornaments featuring all nine of her masterpieces, ahem, albums. IMO, this is a 10/10 gift for the teen who is experiencing the magic of "All Too Well" for the first time this year.

    nine glittery ornaments with taylor swift album titles on each one
    JesuisKimie / Etsy

    Also, can someone get this set for me??? JesuisKimie is a small business based out of California that sells primarily Taylor Swift-inspired holiday decor.

    Promising review: "Love this set! I wanted to make a Taylor themed mini tree, and these were PERFECT! I’m obsessed." —Emmy Guzman

    Shipping info: Orders typically ship in 7–10 days.

    Get them from JesuisKimie on Etsy: all nine albums for $40 or single album ornaments for $6 each.

    28. Olive and June's Mani System they'll absolutely adore because they can experiment with a variety of colors and change their look up whenever the mood strikes without spending a ton at a nail salon.

    Olive and June, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    I am a huge fan of Olive and June's nail polish. It goes on very smoothly and doesn't chip even after a week! This brand is also woman-owned and proudly 7-free, which means it doesn't contain harmful chemicals that most polishes do. The Mani System comes with a Poppy (a rubberized attachment to help you get a better grip when polishing), a polish remover pot, cuticle serum, a clean-up brush, clippers, a file, a buffer, a top coat, and your choice of nail polishes (ranging from one, six, or the entire winter collection).

    Shipping info: Orders typically arrive within 5–10 business days, but you can also upgrade to Expedited shipping.

    Get it from Olive and June for $50+ (available in three styles).

    You can learn more about Olive and June through our full review here.

    29. A fuzzy pullover from Skims Cozy Collection, so they can channel their inner Kim K when taking selfies (she is THE selfie queen, after all).

    a model in a fuzzy half-zip brown

    I've purchased *a lot* of Skims products in the past and they never disappoint. The materials are always top-notch and super soft and I can't imagine this teddy sweatshirt would be any different. My only advice would be to size up!

    Shipping info: Orders will typically ship in five to eight business days, but you can upgrade to Express or Priority shipping.

    Get it from Skims for $78 (available in women's sizes 2XS–2X, and five colors).

    30. A bedazzled matcha ornament to gift to your favorite co-worker who never turns down an invite to grab a caffeinated beverage with you..

    a glittering matcha drink-shaped ornament with "you mean so matcha to me" on it

    Might I also suggest this one one of a ring light? Seems pretty on-brand to me. You can check out all of BaubleBar's new ornaments here.

    Shipping info: Items ship immediately from New Jersey.

    Get it from BaubleBar for $35.

    31. A set of earrings, each featuring black stones that'll coordinate nicely with the combat boots they've asked Santa to bring them this year.

    a model wearing four black stud earrings in various designs

    Shipping info: Standard shipping is two to five days, and Expedited shipping options are available for an additional fee.

    Get a set of five from Studs for $88.

    32. A expressive pin that'll show what most people feel without them having to go out of their way to tell anyone/everyone to back off.

    a red pin that looks like a name tag that says hello i hate everyone
    Feminist Goods Co

    Feminist Goods Co. is a queer-owned and woman-owned small business that makes badass products to encourage women to feel their best and express themselves. I've had the pleasure of getting to know Lauren, the owner, and can confirm she is as cool as the products she sells.

    Shipping info: Orders are typically shipped within seven days.

    Get it from Feminist Goods Co for $14.

    33. A darling standing calendar for their desk to motivate them to get all of their work done so someday they'll be successful and free to travel the world Emily in Paris-style.

    Rifle Paper Co.

    Shipping info: Standard ground shipping applies.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $16 (available in two styles).

    34. A festive Disney-inspired sweatshirt to remind them of their favorite place on earth and encourage them to take a break to snuggle up and watch a movie.

    a gray sweatshirt with a mickey mug of hot chocolate on it
    Belle and Park

    I am absolutely obsessed with this brand (and its lovely owner!). Belle and Park is a woman-owned small business based in Canada that sells gorgeous Disney-inspired apparel and accessories (most of which have a pop of pastel to them!).

    Shipping info: Orders are typically shipped within one to eight business days.

    Get it from Belle and Park for $43.81 (available in unisex sizes S–3XL).

    35. A 5-in-1 baking mix they can use to make delicious treats like pancakes, muffins, cakes... you get the point. It's chock full of deliciousness and should be a staple item for anyone who likes to bake on a whim.

    the baking mix next to waffles shaped like hearts
    partake foods / Via

    Partake Foods is a Black woman-owned small business that sells baked goods and baking mixes that use allergy-free ingredients.

    Promising review: "We're a gluten-free, dairy-free house that has been seeking a versatile baking mix for our family without having to add half a dozen other ingredients in the process. This mix really has done it for us. We've made pancakes, waffles and muffins with the mix and they've all come out great. The fact that we can trust the ingredients because they're from Partake is a big bonus." —BMG

    Shipping info: Orders are typically shipped within 48 hours.

    Get it from Partake Foods for $45.99.

    36. A set of Moon Globes they can leave in their fridge or freezer then break out when their skin is in need of some *chill time*. A must for anyone who is prone to puffy under-eyes., Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    Kiramoon is a woman-owned brand whose founder, Lindsey, went on a mission to make skincare and its packaging reflect the joy it brought her at the end of a long workday. With every Kiramoon purchase, they donate a portion of the proceeds to Bring Change To Mind, an organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.

    BuzzFeed writer Ali Faccenda has tried these babies out and loves them:

    "Okay, not only are these incredibly fun to look at (they're literally a magical, unicorn-majestical, work of art), they feel so amazingggggg after a long day. After much bloating and a puffy forehead and tense jawline, these are such a relief to use. Skincare and self-care should truly always be this fun. These are an upgrade from facial rollers and WAY cooler."

    Shipping info (for Asos): Orders typically ship in one week, but you can also upgrade to Express or next-day delivery.

    Get them on Asos or from Kiramoon for $42.

    37. An Eevee Loungefly backpack so they can show off their favorite Pokémon whether their on a quest to *catch 'em all* or simply on their way to grab coffee.

    a backpack with an eevee pokemon on it

    Shipping info: Orders typically ship within three to eight business days, however you can also upgrade to Expedited or Overnight shipping.

    Get it from BoxLunch for $79.90.

    38. And an old school coin pouch like the one they used to use to carry their lunch money in back in the day — what goes around comes around with fashion, baby.

    a pile of different rubbery coin pouch keychains with different phrases on them
    3potato4 / Via

    This product really takes me right back to elementary school when I'd fish dollar bills and coins out of one of these bad boys to pay for my fancy lunch of chicken nuggets. Three Potato Four is a family-owned small business that sells different vintage-themed products. I personally own this bagel-themed hotel keychain ;).

    Shipping info: All orders are typically processed within three to five business days.

    Get it from Three Potato Four for $8 (available in 28 styles).

    So, do you want to join me on a holiday shopping spree?


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