Do you give the best gifts? Do you pride yourself on knowing that you give the best gifts? Or perhaps you want to be this person, finally. Perhaps your goal in life is to finally wipe that stupid smirk off of Uncle Jack's face when you get him the best gift ever (suck it Uncle Jack!).
Or maybe you just want to support some amazing creators, artists and entrepreneurs. Maybe you want to snag something awesome for yourself (suck it Uncle Jack!). You deserve it after all. You survived a pandemic. You made it through the longest and shortest years ever to happen in succession. You deserve all the gifts you damn well want. Luckily for you, I've got 'em.
In no particular order, here are the best gifts for gift-givers and gift-receivers. I appreciate your support of these fantastic creators and more importantly, I appreciate you.
Salt & Caramel - Woven wall art with flavor
Former client, and all-around amazingly talented human, Anne, creates these stunning hand-woven wall hangings and fiber art. Her site is so authentically her, and her art is an incredible addition to any room or home. Check out her full collection.
Donoso Studio - Immigrant-powered art
I have a commissioned painting from the talented Francisco, but like most immigrants, his work ethic stretches far beyond commissioned paintings. From his En Casa home textiles to his signed, custom painted totes to prints of his work, every piece is a reflection on what it means to belong. Check out his full collection.
Naaz Design - One of a kind handmade polymer jewelry
Farah and I met a few years ago working a freelance project for an agency. She a designer, me a writer. It was a match made in heaven. Now she uses her design aesthetic to make incredibly unique and incredibly affordable earrings out of polymer, with patterns, colors and textures that will blow your mind. Shop her collection.
AttaGirlNY - Training, workouts and clothing for badass women
Founder Aja is her own fitness story. She's also an incredible woman, businesswoman and athlete. And she helps other women (and men - including UFC fighters) to be the same. With her fitness and nutrition background, and her clothing line, AttaGirl has online training, nutrition and more for busy people who want to feel good and move more. Check out her products.
Love & Victory - Records, books, art and Negronis
Founder Meg is the coolest person you'll ever meet. She also has some pretty great taste in all the things that matter — pop culture, music, art and alcohol. Her site is like walking through the hippest vintage shop in Brooklyn, without leaving your house. Shop her collection.
We're Closed on Mondays - Handmade woven baskets
I'm not a woven basket person. That is until I saw the gorgeously designed ones that Becca creates. Plus, her company has THE. BEST. NAME. EVER. Whatever the size, color or pattern, she has trays, bins, shelves and buckets for whatever you want to hold, store or display. Shop her collection.
Simplest Marketing Plan 4.0 - Get your marketing in order for 2022
Priced so criminally low it actually makes me mad, this amazing bundle from my business coach, Ilise, is so jam-packed with everything you need to finally market smartly and consistently and effectively. From case studies and video tutorials to planners and schedulers, you also get access to her monthly office hours where she drops knowledge bombs and you can meet and connect with other creative professionals. A win-win for any solopreneur or small business owner. Get the Simplest Marketing Plan.
In Creative Company - Membership in a creative collective
If you're a solopreneur or freelancer, you know that support and community play a huge role in your success. Speed that up with a membership to In Creative Company. Founders Yelle and Drea have created (pun intended) a vibrant collective where members not only help each other with advice, events and job postings, but collaborate on projects normally won by big agencies. Check out their membership options.
Pearl Consulting - Give the Gift of a Resume
Are any of your friends or family looking for a job this season? Or maybe they want to level up with a professionally written resume and LinkedIn profile? Laurel and Charles of Pearl Consulting specialize in supporting mid to senior level professionals who need help getting their resume and LInkedIn profile up to date. This gift includes a virtual session with the writers, an ATS-compliant resume, two revisions and a lot of hand-holding. Book a complimentary consultation to see if this is the right gift for you to give to someone you care about.
Personality On-Demand - Goodies and guidance to develop your Personality Brand
Of course no gift guide would be complete without the gift of authenticity and personality. If you haven't heard yet, I've got a SHOP! Woot! But it's not just any shop. It's packed with digital downloads and videos to help you create your own Personality Brand and finally get clear and comfortable on what you do, who you serve, what makes you awesome and who you are. Shop my store.