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    17 Small Business Gifts If You're Not Spending Over $50 Per Person This Year

    Including a popcorn subscription, a Turkish throw blanket, a DIY bath bomb kit, and more great gifts under $50 from wonderful small businesses.

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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 monthly popcorn subscription so they can enjoy a yummy variety of fun popcorn flavors delivered right to their doorstep. Some unique past flavors include ghost pepper kettle corn, horchata, strawberry lemonade, and BBQ bacon — just to name a few.

    three bags of popcorn
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    Enter code CRATEJOY at checkout for a discount! Kernel Crate is a subscription box service based in Fresno, California that sends three unique popcorn flavors each month! 

    Promising review: "Some delicious popcorn with interesting flavors. I like that you get sweet and savory choices. Enjoyable box!" —Christine Z.

    Subscribe to Kernel Crate on Cratejoy starting at $15.49/box on a 12-month subscription.  

    Order by December 14th to ensure your order ships on December 15th. All orders placed between the 15th and the end of the month will ship on January 1st.

    2. A For The Love Of Pixie Dust gift card so they can select their very own special Disney-inspired cold up or tumbler to make their morning coffee super magical.

    person holding the cup in the middle of times square
    for the love of pixie dust gift card graphic
    For The Love Of Pixie Dust

    For The Love Of Pixie Dust is a woman-owned business based in New Jersey that sells the cutest Disney-inspired tumblers, hot and cold coffee cups, water bottles, and tees.

    Get it from For The Love Of Pixie Dust starting at $10 (also available in amounts of $25, $50, and $100).

    Gift cards will be delivered immediately via e-mail.

    3. A sampler of Avec mixers so they can be their very own mixologist and whip up yummy cocktails and mocktails with little effort required. Not to mention, they're delish on their own, so they can sip them right from the can, too!

    writer's can of hibiscus and pomegranate AVEC next to a red cocktail garnished with orange
    writer's can of ginger avec next to ritual whiskey alternative, lyre's amaretto alternative, and a cocktail garnished with a lime wheel
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Avec is a Black woman-owned business that sells these delicious canned mixers made with real juice and natural botanicals. This sampler pack comes with three of each of the following flavors: Jalapeño and Blood Orange, Ginger, Hibiscus and Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Pomelo, and Yuzu and Lime. 

    Promising review: “The way my life is set up, the very day I want a good cocktail is the very day I have no ingredients to make it happen. To be honest, I’ve never been much of the bartender, and when it comes to cocktails, I need something tasty that drowns out an overpowering spirit. So anything that came ready-to-go where I only had to add my spirit of choice, was already a win for me. After tasting, I was sold. The Avec Mixers take all the guesswork out of what to put in and how much. And, you can even drink them by themselves over ice without adding any alcohol at all. My personal faves are the Grapefruit & Pomelo and Yuze & Lime. If you want a super simple solution to super tasty cocktails, this is definitely the way to go.” —Kit Stone, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get The Sampler pack from Avec for $45.

    Orders typically arrive 3–7 business days after an order is placed.

    4. A lovely Turkish throw blanket to make them feel warm and cozy inside when it's snowy and cold outside. 

    two stacks of various colored blankets
    Turkish Dowry / Etsy

    Turkish Dowry is based in Turkey and sells towels, blankets, velvet bedspreads, and more. Plus, the shop offers free shipping on orders over $35!

    Promising review: "Absolutely gorgeous blanket! This is my second purchase from this shop (and this blanket), and I love my order! The blankets are beautifully made. I can’t believe how quickly the blankets arrived too! Turkey to Oregon in two to three days after ordering!!! I’ve already placed a third order!" —Joanna C

    Get it from Turkish Dowry on Etsy for $25.60 (available in 25 colors).

    This shop offers free shipping on orders over $35 and orders are usually ready to ship in one business day. Estimated delivery time worldwide is about 3–4 days.

    5. A skyline tote bag so they can carry all of their personal belongings while repping their favorite city — it could be their hometown, a place they once traveled to and loved, a city they hope to move to or visit someday, or a pretty skyline they just really admire!

    model holding london skyline tote bag
    Anne Cate

    Anne Cate is a woman-owned business based in Cleveland, Ohio and sells all sorts of accessories in a variety of skyline prints like cities and college towns.  

    I got a sample of this amazing weekender tote with the London skyline print a few months ago and it's quickly become one of my favorite bags I own. I use it for everything — to carry my laptop, to hold groceries, and all my little personal belongings when I'm in the mood to use a tote rather than a purse. The skyline print is just about the coolest thing ever (and really makes me want to travel to London again), and the fact that it's black and white means it's neutral enough for me to carry it around with whatever outfit I'm wearing. Truly cannot recommend this tote enough! 

    Get it from Anne Cate for $45 (available in various skyline options). 

    Orders are processed within 2–5 business days, but most orders will ship out within 24 hours. Expedited shipping options are available at an additional cost.

    6. A 500-piece puzzle of a beautiful bird landscape that'll keep them busy and entertained for hours upon hours.

    the puzzle box and pieces of the puzzle
    the image of the completed puzzle
    Badge Bomb

    Badge Bomb is based in Portland, Oregon and sells puzzles, pins, magnets, greeting cards, and more fun goodies!

    Promising review: "The puzzle is beautiful and I love the bonus sticker! I plan to get some more of these puzzles in the future!" —Kelly A.

    Get it from Badge Bomb for $20.

    Expedited 2- to 3-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

    7. A DIY bath bomb kit complete with everything they need to create their very own bath bombs which they can then use to take the most rewarding bath EVER! 

    the diy bath bomb kit
    Amazon

    Urban Kangaroo is a woman-owned business that sells DIY beauty and personal care kits. This kit comes with food-grade citric acid, baking soda, and Himalayan salt, essential oil blends, grapeseed oil, a spray bottle, aluminum bath bomb molds, bath bomb stickers and wrapping paper, and step-by-step instructions. Yields about 15 bath bombs!

    Promising review: "I really enjoyed this product. They use good ingredients that don't dry out your skin. This was a fun way to spend an afternoon and I look forward to trying other DIY products from this company. I would recommend this to family and friends!" —jewell getson

    Get it from Urban Kangaroo on Amazon for $39.95.

    Free two-day delivery for Prime members; check listing for estimated delivery date.

    8. A Lockwood gift card so your very lucky gift recipient can pick out their very own unique gift  from the shop's wonderful selection of products — from pop culture goodies, to delicious food and drink items, to home decor, and so.much.more.

    Lockwood is based in NYC and sells a wide variety of gifts, home products, beauty + wellness items, and more!

    Get it from Lockwood starting at $25 (also available in amounts of $50, $100, and $200).

    Gift cards are available immediately after purchase — you can either print it or send via e-mail or messaging apps.

    9. A floral plush blanket that'll make a welcome addition to their binge-watch/couch snuggle sessions.

    the pink floral throw blanket
    Izzy & Liv

    Izzy & Liv is a Black woman-owned business that sells clothing, accessories, beauty products, home goods, office items, and even offers its own subscription service called Brown Sugar Box.

    Get it from Izzy & Liv for $35.

    Holiday shipping deadlines are as follows: Dec. 3 for international shipping; Dec. 8 for standard shipping, Dec. 12 for express shipping, and Dec. 19 for rush shipping.

    10. A scented candle for a sweet way to enhance their cozy at-home vibes. Now for the hard part, choosing which delicious scent to buy for them.

    lavender scented candle
    full-grain leather scented candle
    Paige's Candle CO

    Paige's Candle Co. is a Black woman-owned business based in Queens, NY that sells handmade vegan soy wax candles formulated with a blend of phthalate-free fragrances and essential oils. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to offering free craft classes to non-profit organizations in NYC!

    Get them from Paige's Candle Co: the lavender candle for $17.50+ (available in two sizes), and the full-grain leather candle for $27+ (available in two sizes).

    Order by 12/13 to guarantee delivery before Christmas Eve. All orders are processed and shipped within 3–5 business days.

    11. A world traveler spice collection to help bring flavors from around the world right into the comfort of their kitchen and delicious homemade meals. No plane ticket or passport required.

    the assorted spices from the set
    Chef's Daughter / Etsy

    Chef's Daughter is based in Bozeman, Montana and sells unique and delicious spice blends inspired by flavors from around the world. This set includes the following 12 spice pods: Indiana Garam Masala, Jamaican Jerk, Lebanese Za'atar, Kansas City BBQ Dry Rub, Fresh Herbs de Provence, Mexican Adobo, Greek Tzatziki, Japanese Shichimi Togarashi, Portuguese Piri Piri, Chinese 5 Spices, Moroccan Ras El Hanout, and Egyptian Dukkah.

    Promising review: "Bought it as a present, but now I want one for myself. The samples are the perfect size to just test out a new recipe. You can always come back to this shop to buy more!" —Miranda

    Get it from Chef's Daughter on Etsy for $30.

    Check listing for estimated delivery date. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost.

    12. A vaccine and passport holder that'll make traveling with their important documents a million times easier. Having their passport and vaccine card in one easy, safe place will make their experience go much smoother. And while you're at it, you may wanna get one for yourself as well!

    various colors of the vaccine passport holders
    Henney's Boutique / Etsy

    Henney's Boutique is based in Los Angeles and sells personalized vaccine card holders, passport holders, wallets, and more! 

    Promising review: "Perfect accessory to keep your passport and other travel documents organized! My husband liked mine so much, he ordered one and it came just in time for our recent trip! Great communication with the seller as well." —Melissa

    Get it from Henney's Boutique on Etsy for $10+ (available in six colors and with or without personalization).

    This store is currently offering 50% off and free same day shipping. Expedited shipping options are available at an additional cost.

    13. A wonderful hot sauce trio perfect for the spicy food lover in your life. These unique flavors are a total game-changer and they're probably going to start revolving all of their meals around these delicious sauces.

    garlic and peperoncini hot sauce, beet and fresno hot sauce, and sweet potato and habanero hot sauce
    Hot N Saucy

    Hot N Saucy is a Black woman-owned business based in Brooklyn, New York that sells delicious hot sauce and branded goodies.

    Get it from Hot N Saucy for $30.

    This store recommends ordering by December 20th in order to ensure it arrives in time for Christmas.

    14. A vegan tahini and olive oil dark chocolate chip cookie gift box perfect for sending to anyone with a sweet tooth. I recently tried these (review below) and not to be dramatic, but am having dreams about them at night. They're THAT GOOD.

    pack of cookies in a box
    the vegan tahini and olive oil dark chocolate chip cookie
    Seven Grams Caffé

    Seven Grams Caffé is a small business and independent coffee roaster/bakery based in NYC that boasts delicious cookies, coffee, and baked goods available for purchase online, or of course in-store if you happen to be in Manhattan! 

    I was lucky enough to receive a sample of these delicious cookies recently and was blown away from the first bite. The cookies are HUGE, perfectly chewy with just enough crispiness around the edges, bursting with chocolatey goodness, and I honestly couldn't even tell they were vegan. No joke, these are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. I can't recommend these enough as a gift to loved ones, but also to yourself. Because you're putting in all of this hard work finding the perfect gifts to send people, you really deserve to treat yourself, too! 

    Get a pack of six from Seven Grams Caffé for $41.

    Estimated delivery window is 2–5 business days.

    15. An adorab(oba)le AirPods case and keychain duo for a precious way to dress up their headphones charging case.

    a person holding the boba airpods case and keychain
    Boba Fairy / Etsy

    Boba Fairy is based in Los Angeles and sells adorable drink carriers, plushies, and so many awesome AirPod cases!! 

    Promising review: "It looks exactly as pictured and it's very durable. I love it so much and so does everyone around me. I highly recommend buying this!!" —Veronica Engavo

    Get it from Boba Fairy on Etsy for $21.24 (available for AirPods Gen 1 and 2).

    Check the listing for estimated delivery date. Expedited shipping options are available at an additional cost.

    16. A pair of custom book earrings you can get personalized with their favorite book for a gift that's unique, memorable, and oh so special. 

    pride and prejudice earrings
    twlight earrings
    Pink Blue Studio / Etsy

    Pink Blue Studio is based in London and sells unique, handmade jewelry.

    Promising review: "Excellent quality, looks even better than pictured, with exceptional detail on both covers. I would highly recommend these earrings!" —Simon Kelly

    Get them from Pink Blue Studio on Etsy for $23.65+ (available in three colors).

    Standard shipping might not arrive in-time. To ensure delivery by Christmas, choose the fast delivery (1–2 day shipping) option — an additional fee will be applied to your order.

    17. A hat featuring the "I may have girlbossed too close to the sun" quote from TikTok. This is my personal favorite sound/saying, so I will be excitedly rocking this into the new year.

    pink hat that reads I may have girlbossed too close to the sun in purple
    Where'd U get that hat? / Etsy

    Where'd U get that hat? is based in Washington DC and sells so many amazing embroidered hats.

    Get it from Where'd U get that hat? on Etsy for $18.40+ (available in 13 hat colors, 10 embroidery colors, and surprise options for both).

    This shop offers free domestic shipping on all orders. Check listing for estimated delivery date. Expedited shipping options are available at an additional cost.

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