2023 Small Business Gift Guide – ABBY ALLEY

2023 Small Business Gift Guide

2023 Small Business Gift Guide

I love supporting small businesses all year round, but especially around the holidays. Supporting small businesses is so important because they are really what make up the fabric of our communities. I love being able to walk to my local coffee shop and know the barista or walk into a boutique and discover new-to-me brands and makers. As much as I enjoy the convenience of going to Target and Amazon or the ease of going through Starbucks drive through lane, it would be really sad if the mom and pop shops, the ones who make our neighborhoods so cute ever went away.

And the small businesses that are e-commerce, like mine, often sell to these well-curated boutiques! Win, win! When you support a small business online or in person, you're really supporting a dream. And entrepreneurs like me are so grateful for each and every purchase.

So this holiday season, I'm inviting you to join me in shopping small! Here are some of my favorite picks, all linked below!



1. Cashmere Turtleneck (on my wishlist) 

2. Cashmere Socks (love mine!)

3. Face Oil (I use this daily along with the Magic Detox Mist)

4. Candle (I love Morning Sun and Coast Road)

5. Doormat (I have one and love the look of it)

6. Alpaca Sweater (love this brand so much - their sweaters are heirloom worthy)

7. Regenerative Wool & Alpaca Sweater (love everything I own from Vincent James)

8. Fine Jewelry (minimalist jewelry, ethically sourced)

9. Cashmere Beanie (I have the balaclava from them and love it)


Here are a few other shops to take a look at:

Taylor Street: a new, organic, apothecary line out of Chicago.

Driftless Style: Kelsie has the best eye for artisan made goods

Thatch Jewelry: Another great option for finer jewelry. I got this one when I visited them in San Diego last month. 

Everlane: great basics at a great price with a company trying to do things ethically and sustainably. Also has some good "For Him" options.

Freda Salvador: it can be hard to buy people shoes as a gift, but maybe something for yourself. :) Right now they are running a promotion where they are giving a free pair of slippers with the purchase of the Brooke Rain Resistant Boots! 

Laude the Label: A clothing brand committed to ethical production


Go in person! Here are some of my favorite Chicago shops:

p.45 - Bucktown

Embellish - North Center

Winifred Grace - Andersonville

Hello Charlie - Lakeview

Cinnamon - Rosco Village

Felt - Logan Square

Wilder House - Wicker Park

Sunday Standard - Logan Square

Fleur - Logan Square

Nomad - Old Town/Near North


Comment below to share your favorite small businesses in your city or online!

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