Unforgettable Christmas Gifts

This time of year, it’s so easy to get into a gift-giving rut. Personally, I think revamping one’s gift list is important so that gift-giving returns to being something meaningful instead of merely obligatory.  Plus, it’s fun to discover new options!  Below, I’ve outlined 6 one-of-a-kind gifts from small businesses that would please any number of people in your life.

Milltown Leather – Passport Wallet

passport wallet

For the man in your life, be it father, brother, or significant other, you can’t fail with quality leather goods.  Even no-fuss men insist on good quality, and I have yet to meet a guy who doesn’t love the smell and feel of genuine leather.  This passport wallet by Milltown Leather would make a classy gift that only gets better with age.  Check out Milltown Leather’s new Etsy shop to explore their other listings, too!

Casting Cares – Weighted Blanket

blanket variety

Have a hard-to-shop-for family member? Yeah–everyone does. Instead of going with an ambiguous gift card again, consider gifting a weighted blanket. They’re helpful for conditions ranging from insomnia to anxiety to sensory issues, and everyone who tries them finds them instantly comforting. Casting Cares has dozens of blankets ready for purchase, but Kathy can also customize the weight and look in a flash.  These make truly heartfelt gifts!

Oak Leaf Pottery – Garden Fairy House

fairy houses

I can’t think of a more fun or unique gift idea than a fairy house from Oak Leaf Pottery.  This would make a wonderful gift for the avid gardener in your family, as these little clay cottages look great nestled in a flower patch. Allison’s fairy houses would make an equally lovable gift for any imaginative little girls in your family.  You’d be remiss if you didn’t browse through Allison’s other gorgeous ceramics, though, so check out her website!

Local Coffee – Give a Cup ‘o Joe


Who wouldn’t love to receive some fresh, high-quality coffee for Christmas? This is a guaranteed win for any coffee-drinker in your life. Virtually all local coffee shops sell their own house blends, and they’re a treat to brew at home.  I’ve got a soft spot for All In Coffee Shop‘s java, but here in the Greenville area, Due South is very popular (for good reason!). We’ve received coffee as gifts on multiple occasions–and I have to say, it’s one of my favorites.

Lauren Sumner Pottery – Christmas Tree Ornament


Benjamin and I have already received several Christmas ornaments as we enter into our first holiday season together, so I can testify that ornaments make really sweet, personal gifts, especially for young couples or families who are starting off.  Lauren Sumner makes all sorts of ceramic ornaments commemorating births, marriages, special events…anything you can think of. I especially love her ornaments shaped like U.S. States!

Local Activities – Classes, Seminars, and more

tasting class

For the people who have everything, sometimes the best gift to give is actually an activity. You can find tickets or gift certificates to local events, classes, and seminars that create fun experiences and memories for your loved ones.  If you’re in the Upstate, check out wine & beer tastings from Sweet Sippin’, purchase show tickets from a local theater, or explore Skillpop class options (like intro to brush lettering!). Once you start searching your area, you’ll be surprised by how many options are available. There’s truly something for everyone!

Always think outside the box

At the end of the day, a gift is meant to be a loving gesture, so pull together something special for your loved ones.  You can support small businesses by purchasing handmade items or giving patronage to local restaurants, but you can also support small businesses in unexpected ways. For example, if one of your friends really wants a particular board game, try searching a community gaming store before heading to Target.  Gaming centers are popping up everywhere, and they always sell a great variety of board and card games.  That’s just one example–take a look around, get creative, and find something special this Christmas season.

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