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Shopping Small for 2020 Holiday Season

While most people will agree that 2020 has been a tumultuous year, I have to admit that I appreciate the way current events have shifted a greater conscientiousness towards "voting with your dollar." It's a concept based on using your money to support makers and businesses that align with your values. To this end, I've taken a personal pledge not to buy my holiday gifts from big corporations this year, and to try to patronize as many small businesses, artists, and local makers as possible. If you're thinking of taking a similar approach to your holiday shopping, here are some suggestions you might enjoy.

  1. Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America, by Frances F. Denny is a gorgeous book on my personal wish list right now. Order it from your local book shop, or online through, which helps support thousands of independent book stores throughout the US!

  2. I'm loving Pacha Soap Co. for their soaps and "froth" bombs, and the fact that every purchase "supports radically transparent and ethical sourcing, clean water initiatives, hygiene education and small business opportunities worldwide." I'm asking Krampus for the Apple Cider froth bomb.

  3. Sucreabeille is a woman owned perfumery with wildly imaginative scents. You can choose from names like "Cauldron," "Smoke and Decay," and "Sea Hag," all with descriptions that are akin to fanciful pieces of fiction. Best of all, you can curate your own sample set to try!

  4. Ferdinand is one of my favorite local shops, and you can shop there too! Diane handmakes quirky ornaments, notebooks, cards, face masks, reconfigured vintage jewelry, and so much more.

  5. A few years ago I took an experimental weaving class that ignited a deep love and appreciation for all things woven. Lizz Berry of The Wild Textile is another local (Portland, ME) maker who creates beautiful woven wall hangings, scarves, and more using natural fibers.

  6. And of course, you might also consider some handmade jewelry that pairs perfectly with your rebellious spirit. There's still time to order "made to order" pieces, and there are many ready-to-ship jewels as well!

I hope these ideas help inspire your holiday shopping. Let me know what other makers or brands you love!


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