Although the U.S. may be negatively known for Black Friday, a day-after-Thanksgiving day of consumer excess, we also have Small Business Saturday,  sandwiched between Black Friday (in-store excess) and Cyber Monday (internet excess.) (There’s more than a little irony about the URL of the SBS website being prefaced by “American Express”, but…)  In England, Small Business Saturday is Dec. 2.  I’m not sure about elsewhere.

At any rate, on that day we’re encouraged to shop locally or at small businesses via the internet.  I love this idea.  Since I’m not very handy at making things, other than food, I have to fall back on shopping.  I can’t disclose gifts, as my family might be reading my blog (at least I hope so).  But so far, I’ve managed to avoid Amazon, Google, and the other big name giants.  I’ve gotten gifts at art shows, local shops, and from talented individuals.  I’ve also bought some things from bigger places such as Costco, but they don’t threaten to rule the world the way Amazon/Google/Apple do, at least in my eyes.

Of course, where you get things can depend on what you need to buy, but I’d encourage you to buy at least some things from small businesses or individuals this year.  When looking for a gift for someone who has everything, a donation to a charity is a wonderful choice.  And if we struggle with trying to come up with a gift list for those who want to get us something, we are indeed blessed, a priceless gift.

Here are some of my blogger friends or other small businesses (in no particular order) who have something to offer for holiday giving.  If I missed you, please forgive me and add your information and link in the comment section.  I hesitated to do this so that I wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings by missing them, but I decided to go ahead, with apologies at the ready.

Wild Ozark

Located in Kingston, Arkansas, Madison and her husband, Rob, sell wild American ginseng (if you can pick it up; see website), shagbark hickory syrup, books, handmade notecards, and more as well as Rob’s gorgeous handmade wooden keepsake boxes.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

An accomplished artist and author, Rochelle has written a three-book series that takes her heroine from the pogroms of Eastern Europe to the difficulties faced by Jewish immigrants in 1908 Kansas City.  She also does portraits by commission.

Beth Carter

Beth left the corporate world to write books.  She’s written women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and children’s picture books.

Our French Lifestyle

If you’re in Europe, or France specifically, Susan offers a variety of vintage finds or you might like to contact her about escaping to their luxury cottage for a getaway.

Jan Morrill

Jan is an author and speaker.  Her novel, The Red Kimono, takes place in 1941 and is about the Japanese internment.  She also has several other books, including on of haiku in which I have one haiku.  (Couldn’t resist adding that!)  In addition to writing, she’s available for workshops about writing.

Claire Fuller

Claire’s first book, Our Endless Numbered Days, won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize.  She’s published a second and has a third coming out in 2019.  You can find links for buying her books on her website and, although can buy them from Amazon, in the spirit of Small Business Saturday, I’d encourage you to order through your local independent bookstore.

Isadora and Al De La Vega

A former New York policeman, Al makes whimsical copper and brass items, many with a distinctly nautical/ocean theme.  Besides blogging, Isadora makes beautiful jewelry.  Stop by both sites for a look.

Hannah of Bittersweet

Hannah is an amazing vegan cook and food photographer.  She has a new cookbook, Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less, coming out in January and you can preorder it by clicking on the link to her blog.


Full disclosure: I worked here for two year and don’t now only because the business is completely online now.  That makes me able to assure you that the commitment to quality and service can’t be bettered.  With close to 140 teas or tisanes (herbal or floral mixes that don’t contain actual tea) and the ability to ship to anywhere in the contiguous US, you can’t go wrong buying from SereneTeaz.

Le Chocolat du Bouchard

If you can’t make it to Paris and you’re anywhere near Naperville, Illinois, stop into Le Chocolat for French ambience, macarons (not macaroons), pastries and chocolate truffles of all sorts, drinks (wine, coffee drinks, or chocolate drinks), or lunch or dinner.  I currently work there, so maybe you’ll even meet me.  🙂



OK, as I said, if I missed you, I apologize and please leave your link in the comments, along with a short description of your product/book/art/whatever.  Thanks!

Any links that are just to blog posts or blogs and not relevant to Small Business Saturday will be deleted.

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Great post Janet. I try to shop locally and from small businesses as much as possible, especially for gifts. I’m seriously tempted by Rob’s keepsake boxes though!! , But apart from the expense of shipping to NZ they don’t really count as local (definitely artisan though).

  2. Emma Cownie says:

    Thanks for the post! I’m off to my local shops (walking) to celebrate small business day and buy a loaf of bread from the bakers!

  3. Aw, thank you so much! I’m touched by not only this entire thoughtful post as a reminder to support the smaller ventures that need it most, but that I somehow made the list, too. I’m so happily surprised and grateful for the mention!

  4. Leya says:

    thank you for the info – and what a good idea!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    We do our best to support the locals. It makes good sense.

  6. ksbeth says:

    yes, and that’s what i’ll be doing today )

  7. I will be shopping small today too! Thanks for this insightful post!

  8. Beth Carter says:

    Thank you so much for the shout out!! I have a new Christmas novella, MIRACLE ON AISLE TWO, that hubby just read. He’s crying happy tears as I write this.

  9. Jan Vanek says:

    What a lovely, giving idea, Janet. Thanks so much for the mention. The happiest of holiday good wishes to you and your family! ❤️

  10. Supporting artists is a way of keeping our Made in America products here.
    Thank you, Janet. This is a wonderful idea. Very generous of you to include me
    in your list.
    Issy 😎

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  12. Marvelous suggestions.

  13. Dear Janet,

    Thank you for including me as a small business. (the IRS certainly sees it that way 😉 ) ❤



  14. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Good ideas & links, Janet. Thanks for sharing them with us. As far as a gift for the person who has everything goes, how about a bag big enough to put it in?

  15. Ruth says:

    We got a free “shop small” tote bag on our walk in Geeenwich Village. Terrific post.

  16. scr4pl80 says:

    Love this and I am sorry I didn’t see it sooner or I would have added my Etsy shop link. I make cards and other paper crafties. I was at a Holiday Boutique on Saturday and while I did not make a lot of sales, it was nice to see everyone supporting other small craft businesses. Thanks! Here is my link in case someone else comes by as I welcome business anytime 🙂

    • Thanks for adding your link, other Janet. No reason that small business shopping has to be just on SBS, so I hope you do well during the holiday season.


    • Just looked briefly at your site, as I’m interested in cards and hope to make and sell some at some point in the future. Very cute and quite reasonably priced. I’d love to chat via email about Etsy and more, but probably after the holidays.