It’s 2020 and I’d like to highlight some small businesses (and a few larger ones) that you can order from this holiday season.
I buy from some of these shops regularly and would love to see them get more business.
Check out these stores for great gift ideas.
GDBee Art creates gorgeous celestial prints featuring joyful Black women and the beauty of the cosmos.
Becca Farrow sells fandom art (video game- and film-inspired), trope pins, and even hats! Do you like D&D and pride gear? What about D&D Pride gear?
Little Corvus Art is the perfect place for witchy zines, magical graphic novels, FinnPoe prints, and Schitt’s Creek fanart.
Elise Schuenke published one zine about Daphne and Velma and one about her love for Princess Leia, both of which are available on Gumroad.
My friend Fox is obsessed with the soaps and lotions from local business WildElixirsShop. I bought a number of soaps for my family members and a body butter for myself. I had to stop myself from buying more. Lavender Oat + Cocoa? Coffee & Vanilla? I can’t handle it.
My friend Rhea owns The Persistent Pestle and sells magickal skin care remedies and yummy teas. She also offers different classes and sometimes does flash sales of clothes and books. She’s one of my favorite vendors – please check her out.
I bought a BriarWick candle for my friend Nikita and we COULD NOT figure out what the scent was. She later discovered it was absinthe and lime, inspired by Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades. How genius is that???
I had Cornerfolds Candles make me a custom Reylo candle for my birthday last year. The rest of their bookish candles smell just as amazing.
Cantrip Candles has a line of D&D-inspired candles that smell SO GOOD. These candles sell out often but they’re well-worth a preorder. Also, the 16 oz candles have a 20-sided metal die in the bottom!
If you purchase any books this season, opt for Bookshop over Amazon. Bookshop donates part of their proceeds to local bookstores.
An even better option: buy directly from your local bookstore. Book giant Powell’s could use your support.
I’m super stoked about Rainbow Crate, a brand-new LGBTQIA+ subscription book box. I will be buying myself a box for my birthday in January.
I’ve purchased approximately 89,000,000 pieces from The Peculiarity Shop and I love each and every one. The shop recently required some axe charms, so if you EVER NEED A PIECE OF JEWELRY COMMISSIONED, you know where to look.
The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch is a trans haven in Colorado that sells very soft and wonderful yarn courtesy of its friendly alpacas! Buy some yarn, help out trans people – it’s a win-win.
Happy holidays! May your gift-shopping go well!
You can never have too much art or soap!