Support Local Chester County Artisans this Holiday Season
The Holiday season is one of our favorite times of the year. We love the lights, the decorations, and the overall excitement (ok, maybe there is a slight hint of anxiety) as people rush around to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. If you are anything like us, you don’t just want to give a boring or generic gift, you need it to really be special. And if you’re really like most of us you’re probably also waiting until the last minute.
According to ABC News, the average Americans will spend around $700 on Holiday gifts this year. Whether you are planning on spending that much money or not it is important to think about where your money is going and what companies you are supporting. If even a fraction of the over $465 billion spent by holiday shoppers was spent in local businesses the impact on your local community would be major. Shopping local means that you support a local family instead of a large corporation. Instead of putting money in the pockets of rich CEO’s you’re helping a local family put food on their table, send their kids to their favorite extracurricular activities, or fulfill their dreams and passions.
At Solomon Caw we’re passionate about supporting small businesses in our Chester County Community and have compiled a Holiday Gift Guide to help you shop small this Holiday Season! These are gifts that you’ll feel good about purchasing and best of all you don’t have to wait on slow shipping or drive out of your way to buy them!
- The Snuggle Is Real Sweatshirt- Nich Boutique, Collegeville, PA. This sweatshirt is so soft and warm and is a stylish alternative to an ugly Christmas sweater. Your best friend, mom, or sister will love to curl up in it on a chilly winter day. Nich is a locally owned women’s boutique selling affordable and trendy fashion and accessories Sweatshirt $52
- Endangered Species Chocolate Bar- Kimberton Whole Foods, Kimberton, Malvern, Downingtown, Ottsville, Douglasville, PA Chocolate is the perfect gift for that person that has everything because, let’s be real, who doesn’t love chocolate? It’s also a gift you can feel good about because 10% of the net profits are donated to the manufacturer’s non-profit partners who preserve wildlife. Kimberton is a family owned chain of health food grocery stores that specializes in local and organic food. Chocolate Bars $2.50 each
- Gift Card for a night out- Milito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Downingtown, PA A gift card to a nice restaurant is a great gift for anyone! Your loved one(s) will get to enjoy a night out on the town without having to worry about the hassle of cooking or cleaning. Milito’s is a family owned Italian restaurant that features made from scratch dishes and artfully prepared desserts. Gift Card price varies
- Gift Card and Holiday Mug- Coppertown, Downingtown, PA What’s better than your morning cup of coffee? Coffee that you didn’t have to pay for! That is the gift that you give when you give a Coppertown gift card! Even non-coffee drinkers will love this card as Coppertown features freshly made breakfast sandwiches, organic smoothies, pastries, and more! Do I even need to mention that they’re drive thru only? Seriously, get a Coppertown gift card for everyone you know and it will be a hit! Gift Card price varies
- Jade Yoga Mat- The Center Health, Yoga, Arts, Downingtown, PA Whether you’re shopping for an aspiring yogi or someone who has been practicing for years a great yoga matt will always be appreciated. Jade Mats are eco friendly and the company plants a tree for every mat sold. Not to mention they are headquartered in Conshohocken, PA! The Center is a locally owned and operated yoga studio offering yoga and meditation classes suitable for anybody and any body beginner to advanced. Mat $56
- Homemade Dog Biscuits- Pickering Valley Feed & Farm, Exton, PA. If your furry friends are family then don’t forget to shop for them too! Pickering Valley Feed & Farm has gifts suitable any animal large or small. Dog Biscuits 4 for $6
- Professional Photography Session- SandrienB Photography, Chester County, PA. Beautiful family photos capture a moment and preserves it for a lifetime. Family photos make a great gift for parents, grandparents, or anyone! Sandiren is a Chester County based photographer who specializes in family portraits, event photography, and stock photo creation. Photo session price varies
- Music Lessons- Valotta Studios, Chester Springs, PA. The gift of music is a gift that continues to give over a lifetime. Whether you’re shopping for a child or adult, a music veteran or total rookie this gift is sure to delight! Valotta Studios is a family owned music studio specializing in various instrument and voice lessons for children and adults. Lesson prices vary.
- Acorn Christmas Ornament- Flowers By Jena Paige, Downingtown, PA. Flowers by Jena Paige is a treasure trove of delightfully cute home items and accessories that any woman would love! From ornaments, Kate Spade, handmades, and live flower bouquets you cannot not walk out with something special from this shop. Ornament $10
- The Brow Bar Gift Certificate- The Brow Bar, West Chester, PA. Many women (and men!) will agree that having perfect eyebrows are on the very top of their wishlist. Grab them a gift card to The Brow Bar for tweezing, waxing, tinting, and more! Trust us here, you can’t go wrong. Service pricing varies
- Handmade Bracelet- LiVnSoL, Downingtown, PA. You can never go wrong with a piece of jewelry for a Christmas gift but why go out and buy her something that everyone else will be wearing when you can buy something unique, handmade, and local? LiVnSoL jewelry is handmade by Brian Hearns in Downingtown. Each piece is made from his soul for your soul to enjoy. Bracelet prices vary
- Bottle of Wine- Wayvine Vineyards, Nottingham, PA. Wayvine (formally Wilson) Vineyards is owned and operated by two young brothers who grow, harvest, and ferment their grapes on their family’s property located in Nottingham, PA. Each grape is hand selected to produce only the finest quality of wine and local flavor. White and Red varieties available. Bottle prices vary.
One last thing about our list and shopping small: chances are, the store we recommend is located near other small businesses, nifty little shops you can check out, and maybe find that absolutely perfect gift!
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