Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 Ultimate Gift Guide

I have been a fan of the small shop world ever since my son was born 4 years ago. I have loved being able to get unique and fun gifts for him throughout the years. Whether it be that first birthday outfit, stocking stuffers, Easter basket goodies or even that special little cuddly animal he sleeps with every single night. I always find that perfect something for every occasion, every time. Since adding brand photography to my photographers resume, I have found that flatlays and brand shoots only go so far as to helping find that special gift. This year I partnered with several small shops to bring you 7 different gift guides ranging from babies and children to toys and stocking stuffers. Below you will find any and everything you need for holiday gift giving.

Baby items get me every time! They are always so tiny and cute! Here are a few of my favorite shops and items for both a baby boy and baby girl. A couple of my favorites include Slumber sloths, Hide and Cotton and of course Modern Burlap. Below is a list of all the shops and items featured in this Baby Gift Guide and where to find them.

@spunkystork  Deer Romper
@modernburlap  Snowflake swaddle
@threadlynn  moccs and flats
@the_c_shoppe  Flower Headband
@smilingtreetoys  Bear Rattle
@jumpingbirds Bib
@sweetwhimsydesigns  Baby Trinket Cases
@daytripsociety  Deer Plush and Baby Bear Banner
@slumberkins  Autumn Slumber Sloth
@hideandcotton  Deer Hat

 Since I have a son I have found it to be a little bit harder to find boy items in the small shop world. After searching high and low I have come to find a lot of favorite shops that sell the cutest tees, decor, toys and bottoms for my little guy. Here are a few of my favorite shops...and there's even more out there that are just as wonderful.

@wildplusbear  banner
@lennonandco  plaid bowtie
@subsidyshades  black sunglasses
@peglets  star wars pegs
@george_hats  black cap
@daytripsociety  maroon backpack
@farmfreshdenim  grey jeans
@monkagoods   dino magnets
@thebeeandthefox  mama's boy tee
@livestyledshop   boy things pouch
@pegheads  fire truck
@littlenuggetsknits  plaid leggings

 Girls! Girls! GIRLS!! There are a million girl shops out there. TONS! I have had the pleasure of working with many great ones, too many to name and include in this gift guide in fact! However here are a few great shops including a couple of my all time favorites that actually sell both boy and girl items.

@fancyfrogzshop  mustard cowl
@oppositeoffar  unicorn mask and tail set
@juneandjanuary  grey swing dress
@madlywish   pretzel undies
@littleblueolive   glitter crown
@jojo_and_lulu   hair bow trio
@sweetwhimsydesigns   Frozen peg dolls
@parsyandthedate   tree bracelet
@milaszoo   pink poodle
@willowandfigleatherco   grey fox purse

As a mother, the one thing I never get to do is treat myself. My son always gets all of my extra money somehow and I know that is true for a lot of my other mom friends. Having said that I have scoped out the small shop land for a pile of goods that I wouldn't mind having for myself. The problem I had was that once I started looking for great items for myself...I couldn't stop!

@fawndesign  Tan faux leather bag
@strawberrymoth  Mother Patch
@the_blue_envelope  Mama tee
@mandy_tangerine  Black Headwrap
@mykookiejar  Earrings and necklace set
@urbanoreganics  facial mask and sugar scrub
@carriesaxlstudio  Mother daughter heart necklaces
@smilingtreetoys  wooden cutting board
@wovenpear   cactus socks
@rubyscandi  candles and rings
@fresh.apparel.tees  workout tank and coffee mug
@monkagoods  gold unicorn magnet

 Toys are always an easy choice for gifts. But small shop toys are even better. The quality and love that goes into these handmade toys are something you will never find in a Toys R Us. They are unique, produce creativity and imaginative play, teach and sometimes end up being the security blanket your child needs. I have several favorites but here are a few that top the list from this year.

@handmadehappinessbyruth   car travel case
@milaszoo  grey penguin
@kindergartentoolkit  kindergarten prep toolkit
@lovelanedesigns  unicorn cape, cuffs and tiara
@oppositeoffar  fox tail, paws, and ears set
@slumberkins   yetti
@sweetwhimsydesigns  rocket ship set

Stocking stuffers are the easiest and best way to start your journey shopping small. This collection covers toys, jewelry and even delicious cookies. All of these items are Christmas themed and made to fit in those holiday stockings.

@z_dough green and red play dough
@duckystreet  tattoos
@smilingtreetoys wooden star wand
@subsidyshades red heart sunglasses
@the_modernmama   wooden blocks and circle ribbon pom-pom
@oppositeoffar   reindeer mask
@gunnerandlux  reindeer necklace
@mykookiejar  present earrings
@thesweetlifearizona  cookies
@swankyjems  reindeer plush

 Christmas themed goodies are a favorite in our household.My son has always been a huge fan of Christmas and all the fun that comes with it. He loves all the clothes and toys that have that holiday theme and he enjoys wearing them starting the day after Thanksgiving. Here are a few of my favorites from this year.

@spunkystork  Merry onesie
@bakerblossoms   Deer headband
@shophellosunday  Winter PJ's
@milaszoo  Reindeer plush
@irvingandrowe  Green tree beanie
@smilingtreetoys  Wooden Ornaments
@lookielooloo  Santa hat letter raglan
@oppositeoffar   Elf Ears
@peglets   Snoopy peg set
@cricketsblossom   Holiday floral headband
@littlenuggetknits   Holiday lights leggings
@littlegypsyfinery   Be Good tee
@muffinbubdolls   Holiday felt cookies
@lilyandgustoys   Elf doll

 Last but not least one of my most favorite shops, @mamsewhappy, makes both clothing for girls, boys and even babies. She is currently stocking the cutest line of buffalo plaids, perfect for the holidays and this upcoming winter. She has teamed up with us to offer an exclusive discount you won't find anywhere else. Use code QIANAK for 25% off your entire purchase starting Black Friday, 11/25 and ending Cyber Monday, 11/28.

Below you will find a list of shops and the deals they will be offering for Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday:

@spunkystork --FRIDAY for 40%
@bakerblossoms   --REINDEER for 20% off
@irvingandrowe --givethanks for 30% off
@smilingtreetoys -- QIANAK10 for 10% off
@lookielooloo--15OFF for 15% off
@oppositeoffar  --PLAY10 for $10 off of $40  PLAY20 for $20 off of $80
@littlenuggetknits --BLKFRI20 for 20% off
@littlegypsyfinery --BLACKFRIDAY for 35% off tees and cardigans
@muffinbubdolls  --free shipping on purchases over $5 with code SHIPTHOSEMUFFINS
@z_dough  --HANDMADEHOLIDAY for 15% off Z Dough scented play dough 
@subsidyshades  --GIFTGUIDE for 50% off 
@the_modernmama   --blckfry15 for 15% off
@mykookiejar--BLACKFRIDAY for 20% off
@swankyjems --SHOPSMALL for 20% off on Saturday 11/26 for 24hrs only
@handmadehappinessbyruth --free shipping with code happyshipping
@kindergartentoolkit --LOVE20 for 20% off
@lovelanedesigns  --LLSHOPSMALL20 for 20% off 
@slumberkins --Select Slumberkins up to 40% off NO CODE NEEDED
@fawndesign --FREE SHIPPING no code needed
@the_blue_envelope  --TBEHOLIDAY20 for 20% off
@urbanoreganics  --XMAS20 for 20% off 
@carriesaxlstudio --GIFT15 for 15% off
@rubyscandi  -- select Mom's Gift Guide at checking out to be entered to win a $25 off coupon.
@fresh.apparel.tees --BLACKFRIDAY for 30% off
@monkagoods -- HGG2016 for 15% off good through 1/1/17
@fancyfrogzshop  -- THANKSGIVING for 30% off 
@madlywish  -- GIFTGUIDE for 20% off
@littleblueolive --BLACKFRIDAY for 30% off
@jojo_and_lulu  --BLACKFRIDAY15 for 15% off
@parsyandthedate --The first 10 orders over $50 will receive a grab bag of goodies including at least two surprise pieces
@wildplusbear --BLACKFRIDAY25 for 25% off
@lennonandco --BLACKFRIDAY25 for 25% off 
@farmfreshdenim--SHOPSMALL for 25% off
@pegheads --HOLIDAYS20 for 20% off 
@threadlynn  --SHOPSMALL20 for 20% off
@the_c_shoppe  --SHOPSMALL20 for 20% off
@jumpingbirds  -- JBBLACKFRIDAY for 35% off
@daytripsociety  --QKPHOTO16 for 15% off 
@modernburlap  --BlackFriday20 for 20% off