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Updated: Dec 2, 2015
‘Tis the season of giving, and the clock is ticking! Have you had any luck finding the perfect gift for Dad, your favorite niece, and that one coworker you kind of know — but not too well?
Don’t panic! This year, there’s no need to stroll wistfully through big box stores wishing you could find more unique presents for the ones you love (and share a water cooler with).
We’ve funded over 15,000 small businesses around the world — each with their own authentic brand and memorable creations that’ll impress even the pickiest friends and family on your shopping to-do list.
Here are our favorite holiday shopping ideas for 2015—and your opportunity to #ShopSmall with Funding Circle’s exclusive small business gift guide.
Maika is a design studio based in San Francisco with a simple mission: to delight and inspire you through exceptional design and uncompromising quality, using eco-friendly sources of the highest quality whenever possible. Help the travelers and pro organizers in your life live each day delightfully with functional, sustainably made pouches, totes, canvas buckets and other gifts. Shop Maika Goods!
This is not your average two-wheeler experience. A Forbes All-Star Business, Sole offers high performance, stylish and affordable bicycles that will make you fall in love with your daily commute all over again. Choose from a colorful variety of fixies, single speeds, and cruisers to help a loved one race into the New Year with a bang. Shop Solé Bicycles!
Yogibo is not just a beanbag: it’s the only furniture that loves you back. Made from super-comfy, cotton-lycra fabric, these lounge bags, hammocks, pillow, plush toys and other comfort accessories feel luxurious against your skin and completely mold to your body. If you have a kid who loves to study in style or you’re looking for a new way to enjoy that Kindle you never find time to use, this could be perfect for you. Shop Yogibo!
Dying to try out that new IPA recipe you dreamed up with your buddies? A family-owned business built around a refreshing multi-generational shared passion, Electric Brewing Supply offers aspiring and avid home brewers with quality electric hardware for home brewing setups. Our suggested gift pairing: a custom bottle label that’s as unique as your home-brewed beverage. Shop Electric Brewing Supply!
Do any women in your life dream of reviving the vintage vibes of Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo? The Bésame Cosmetics Collection incorporates the power of classic ideas of femininity into an outstanding group of products designed to provide the woman of today with responsible elegance and glamour. Thanks to their natural, classic and reliable formulas, you can invoke the beauty of yesteryear with Classic Color Creams, Rouge, Alluring Shadows, and Cashmere Powder. Shop Bésame Cosmetics!
Goji berry, bergamot, or Monterey pine? Give someone you love the gift of sweet-smelling zen with the help of the “World’s Largest Purveyor of Luxury Candles Since 2003.” Candle Delirium has everything you’ll need to shop for the opulent candle addicts in your life. Browse their huge online catalog of quality scented jar and soy candles to find the perfect olfactory experience. Shop Candle Delirium!
Dream Beard was started with a humble mission: to give men the facial hair products their beards and whiskers deserve. Designed to improve the overall look and feel of any type of facial hair, their oils, shampoos, and balms will add polish to the gentlemen in your life—whether they’re boasting lumberjack muttonchops or a time-honored 5 o’clock shadow. The best part? Their classic scents are spouse-approved. Shop Dream Beard!
Inspired by a former life as a ballet dancer and fashion editor, Jules Smith Designs offers sleek jewelry and accessories that is bold, indie, and modern. Frequently spotted in Elle, InStyle, Lucky, and Nylon, the line is as versatile as it is affordable. To stuff your loved one’s stocking with something extra special, scroll through the finely crafted baubles online or peruse pieces in person at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Barney’s—and don’t forget to get yourself something shiny too. Shop Jules Smith Designs!
If you know anyone who can’t bear to eat anything unless it burns off the roof of their mouth, look no further than Pepper Palace. Their mission: to leave no Chili Head’s yearning for heat unsatisfied and leave no plate of bland food untouched by saucy goodness. With multiple store locations and a sizzling online store, it’s easy to help your bravest friends pile on all the spicy sauces, BBQ seasonings, mustards, jellies, and dips they can handle this holiday season. Shop Pepper Palace!
For those of you with sweeter palates, we recommend that you honey-comb through Round Rock Honey’s flavorful array of sweets and cosmetics. Produced with the purest Texas wildflower honey, Round Rock Honey focused on quality over quantity in every step of the harvest. Stock up on all the salves, cuticle butters, goat milk soaps, lip scrubs your family will need to survive till spring—and of course, don’t forget a giant bottles of the best honey Central Texas has to offer. Shop Round Rock Honey!
For gifts that keep on giving, don’t miss Shamans Market’s sustainable products designed for harmonious living. Inspired by spiritual journeys through Peru in the 1990s, their handmade and ethically sourced goods and health food products are perfect presents for the global citizens in your life. The best part? They provide a Fair Trade outlet for the exquisite artisans and indigenous people of the Andes, the Amazon, Tibet and around the world. Shop Shamans Market!
Paige Smith is a Content Marketing Writer and Senior Contributing Writer at Funding Circle. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and specializes in writing about the intersection of business, finance, and tech. Paige has written for a number of B2B industry leaders, including fintech companies, small business lenders, and business credit resource sites.