In the spirit of encouraging us to shop small, (and perhaps to give some family ideas) I put together a list of ideas and stores to get your special lady or friend their holiday gift!
B. Bungalow (IG: @b.bungalow)
This store is the cutest boutique with amazing clothes and other gifts! I can’t walk in without buying at least something--I’m partial to all of the sweaters and softest loungewear I’ve ever worn! The best part is they have everything listed online and even have ways for you to virtually shop with the store manager or reserve the store for private shopping with a small group! This store has gone above and beyond to make you feel comfortable during this time of social distancing! Here are two picks from B. Bungalow for my list:
I am extremely partial to this store because not only is it right downtown in Antioch (a 3 minute drive for me) but also it is owned and run by a friend of mine! For the last few years, Shannon ran her online boutique, but was able to set up a storefront this year and it is so adorable! There are so many clothing pieces and accessories to choose from and at a very reasonable gift-giving price! Here are my picks from Copper & Lace:
KB Chic Boutique (IG: @kbchic_boutique)
This online jewelry boutique has become a quick favorite of mine! You can get a custom-made (or pre-made) jewelry piece made with authentic designer buttons or fixtures! Kari takes orders via Instagram or Facebook and you can look at some examples of jewelry she has designed! This necklace is my current favorite!
Whimsy & Wellness (IG: @whimsyandwellness)
My go-to shop for oily accessories is Whimsy & Wellness! They create some truly beautiful oil roller bottles, spray bottles and other items to use with and create gifts with essential oils!
Baggage & Co (IG: @baggage_and_co)
These bags catch my eye every time they pop up in my Instagram feed! Check out this Etsy shop for beautifully designed and created bags for carrying oil rollers and other cosmetics!
This new clothing boutique has some of the cutest activewear, loungewear and sweaters! They always have some unique items and also some name brand items you’d recognize! You can shop online or locally at the Lake Forest Dailey Method Barre & Cycle Studio! I am obsessed with this sweater and leggings!
Sweet Mama Blair (IG: @sweetmamablair)
These sweatshirts are so cute and reasonably priced, especially when you think about them being purchased from a small Etsy shop! I was obsessed with the dripping Chanel crewneck and discovered so many other cute items in this shop! Get your Christmas gift orders in quickly to be sure they can be shipped on time! Follow her shop on Instagram too!
I have a huge place in my heart for books--if I could get a book as a gift for every occasion through the year I would be happy and fill every table and open shelf in my house with them! One thing to keep in mind is buying books for local or small book stores! Though big, online conglomerates make it very easy and sometimes cheaper, supporting your local shops goes a long way! Semicolon Bookstore is the only black women-owned bookstore and gallery space in Chicago and they have done some amazing things for their community, as well as making shopping convenient and safe! Shop online through their Instagram link or through their website! These are two titles I have had my eye on:
Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping!