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What I'm Loving: Small Business Saturday

We know that today is Black Friday, and we are all about the shopping fun! In fact, make sure to check our social media accounts (Instagram & Facebook) to get updates on sale items from our Gift Guides!

This holiday season, consider also making some of your gift purchases from a small business. When you support small businesses, you're supporting the owners, employees and their families. The entire community benefits when we shop small!

We've rounded up a few of our favorites below, but we know there are many wonderful and deserving businesses out there.

  • 1Canoe2 - Gorgeous stationary, art and accessories based in mid-Missouri. We love their calendars!

  • Bannor Toys - Safe, fun and heirloom-quality wooden toys from Iowa. The personalized state rattle is one of our favorite baby gifts.

  • My Green Mattress - This may be more of a gift for yourself, but this company offers safe, affordable mattresses with fantastic customer service. Made in Illinois.

  • The Needlepoint Clubhouse & Wool and the Floss - Fay's favorites for needlepoint, located in St. Louis and Grosse Pointe, respectively. Follow them both on Instagram for great trunk shows! They will create a kit for your loved one over the phone and ship right to their door. Gift cards are available.

  • Dune Jewelry - Dune makes custom jewelry with sand and stones from your favorite vacation destination. Woman-owned and handmade in the USA.

  • Sweeter Cards - Woman-founded kitschy cards with a delicious chocolate bar built-in to make the "sweetest" gifts.

  • Zox Bracelets - Each bracelet is a stretchy work of art with an important message. Find one that will serve as the perfect reminder for someone you love. One of our particular favorites is the wide band with a keychain clip--super handy!

  • Gells USA - Personalized belts and hats for littles and bigs. This company donates 5% of every purchase to charity.

  • Letterfolk - Simple, yet unique home decor. The tile mats are so fun!

  • Sparkle & Supply - Resin objects and accessories made in Chicago. The iSpy circles are fun for kids, and the teacher coaster would be great with a gift card from your local coffee shop!

  • Tal & Bert - Beautiful concrete/geode planters and candle holders from Pennsylvania. The aquamarine is gorgeous.

Buying books? Check out your local independent bookstore. They are an incredible resource, and often have author signed copies to make for a really special gift this year.

Share your small business with us on social media this weekend. We hope the And She Writes Community can find just the perfect gift while shopping small tomorrow!

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