Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! I feel beyond blessed that my MOM is here with us for the holiday again! Her visit has been filled with working at my school together, shopping, brunching, cooking & eating good food, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade, football, and getting started on our Christmas decorating TOGETHER. On thanksgiving night, we halted all of the light stringing and box opening to enjoy a slice of apple pie and watch Trains, Planes, & Automobiles! (The first of MANY holiday movies we will have on the next couple of days!)
I did a lot of “Black Friday” Christmas shopping already with mom yesterday, and today I’ll be shopping a little bit online, too! Earlier this month, I shared gift ideas for him, her, teachers, dog lovers, and a few favorite spots Eric and I like to shop – read that post here in case you’re still gift shopping. In this post, I’m sharing my favorite small businesses I’ve met through Instagram over the past few years. See their deals + sale codes for check out!
“SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” DEALS + GIFT IDEAS
It’s a Star Baby
It’s been over 3 years now since It’s a Star Baby reached out to me to feature their lanyards AND I finally got to meet her in person this past summer! She’s a fellow teacher with amazing creative juices and much kindness. I have been a long-time hunter for good lanyards that have a good “necklace”, aren’t heavy, and don’t clash when wearing jewelry, LOL! THIS shop has it down, using a gentle, soft cord that is adjustable. She has so many great silicon bead choices which are nice and light-weight, and it’s awesome that they’re washable and BPA free! She also adds a lot of holiday beads and designs year-round. You can custom any order (think school colors!) and choose your metal color. I am so in love with these and highly recommend them! Any teacher would love this gift! She also does bracelet keychains, and I am just as into those! 🙂
Use code MERRY25 for 25% off entire site thru 11-27-22
De’Avion Blu Innovations
Another favorite shop of mine is De’Avion Blu Innovations founded and run by Tiffaney (another fellow teacher!)! We connected when she sent me my #Teach tee to feature a few years back. It became a quick teacher fav to wear with jeans on Fridays, or under cardigans with a pair of dress pants any other day of the week. Now I own a couple of tees from her, and have my eye on a sweatshirt! 😉 She also sells the cutest stickers (think for your water bottle or lap top), and pins (to put on your denim jacket or a cute canvas bag!). Any of her shop items would make a wonderful gift for a teacher in your life! (Follow her on Instagram!)
20% off Big Educator Energy products! Also, see more deals in image below.
L2U Designs is a new small shop for me! Ilana reached out to me on Instagram and kindly sent me a cute custom soda glass for my iced coffee. It is SO cute and great quality, and I was happy to feature her product. She offers holiday-specific designs, can custom apparel for adults and children, and goes beyond that to different kinds of tumblers and glassware, too. Shop her things here, and consider her if you need any custom designs made –
Use code SMBIZSAT for 15% off sitewide! (Follow her on Instagram to order via direct messaging.)
Boutique Stamps and Gifts
Boutique Stamps & Gifts is a great option if you like to put together gift baskets! I got to know them as another small business who wanted help featuring their products. I shared a lot of teacher stamps that they sent me to try, and have already been using them a lot this school year. But what I love even more, is that there are literally gifts designs like stamps, desk plates, place settings, and ornaments for everyone!
Save 25% off sitewide plus an extra 20% off with code HOLIDAY
Fashion Junkee is a place I started shopping 7+ years ago, and eventually began a partnership with for a while. If you know someone who is into shoes, loves to wear the current trends, or needs new booties/shoes for the season, I have a one-stop-shop for you! They also have a number of clothing items listed, too!
Use code BLACKFRIDAY25 for 25% off sitewide!
If you end up shopping with any of the businesses featured in my post, I’d love to hear about it from you in the comments or on Instagram! Come say hi! Hope you have a wonderful holiday hustle and bustle! (My favorite time of year!)
(Happy shopping!) xoxo