• Erin Zaranec

Support Small Gift Guide

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

There are SO MANY amazing makers, vendors, and creators in and around the Cleveland area. This holiday season, it’s more important than ever before to support small businesses.

If holiday gifting isn’t in your budget this year, consider following, liking, and sharing the content of these businesses on social media! Support comes in lots of forms.

Let me just tell y’all - I was STRESSED making this! There are simply too many talented people around the Cleveland area and I wanted to highlight them all. If there’s any companies that need some extra love this holiday season, let me know!

My shopping list is pretty small this year, but here are some of my go-to vendors and gifts:

If your shopping list is a bit bigger than mine, I’ve still got you covered! If you're looking to gift some local experiences around CLE, visit my Gift of Cleveland guide.

Here is my ultimate shop small gift guide to take some of the stress out of your holiday shopping.

For the animal lover in your pack

Shop Milo & Me, a Lakewood boutique for the fashion forward woman and her dog. From pet toys to the CUTEST puppy sherpas, you can find fun and unique pet gifts.

You feed yourself well, so why skimp on the pet’s food?! Purchase a food delivery plan from Lake Erie Pet Food to give your loved one’s pet the best of the best.

For the ultimate Cleveland groupie

This adorable line sketch of Lakewood businesses by ManyTinyLines is so cute! Lakewood may be just outside of Cleveland, but it’s arguably one of the cities with the most heart on the outskirts of CLE. (Disclaimer: I’m a bit biased…)

Fiber and Gloss’ Cleveland Landmark Map is a cute addition to anyone’s Cleveland collection, highlighting all of the places that make our city great.

PaperCutzOhio’s Greetings from Cleveland print is so cute. Featuring newsprint, this unique gift is just one of many Cleveland designs by PaperCutz.

Looking for something a bit more spooky? Shore Society’s Haunted Sites of Cleveland Map is a cute addition to anyone who lives life on the spooky side.

This bleach tie dyed shirt by CleWildflower is a trendy way to show your city’s pride. I love the little skyline by the bottom hem!

The Grateful CLVLNDR shirt by Cleveland Surf Co. is so fun and sure to add smiles to someone’s holiday.

Legend’s Made in Cleveland knit beanie is so cute and a great unisex gift for anyone in your life!

Other great shops for your Cleveland loving friends to show their Cle pride are Emily Roggenburk, GV Artwork, and Cleveland Clothing Co.

For the local explorer in your life

Encourage your friends and family to explore the wonderful metroparks surrounding the city with Free Period Press’ Cleveland Metroparks Challenge Map and Mini Metropark Guide.

Belt Publishing’s Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook is a great read for someone looking to explore all of the distinct neighborhoods we have surrounding our city.

For your homebodies looking to spruce up their decor

Keystone Steele Co.’s script wall decor adds an elegant touch to any room. I love the variety of signs and you can order custom!

Whiskertin’s lighting is SO dang cool and trendy - from skateboard lights to industrial pipe lamps, anything you buy from them is sure to be a great gift.

For your candle addicted friend

The No Large Gatherings Candle by Hope Soap is the perfect holiday laugh to ship to a friend. If we don’t laugh we cry, right? No matter the mood - this candle is the perfect backdrop to burn through the end of 2020.

The Growing Candle by Hyggelight is a unique gift for your candle loving friends. Burn through your candle, plant your seed label provided with it, and grow wildflowers right in your candle container!

Sweet Dish & Darling’s Campfire Mug candles are so cute and would make the perfect addition to a coffee table display while filling the house with one of the brand’s amazing scents. All of the company’s candles are soy based for a clean burn.

Lake Erie Candle Co.’s Christmas at the Lake Candle brings all the smells of the holidays right into the homes of your loved ones.

I love a good wooden wick candle that brings the cracking sound of a fireplace into my home. Peripeti Candles Wooden Wick candles do just that with some amazing smells.

For the moms you love

This Mama crew neck from 3rd West is so cute and trendy, any stylish mama in your life would be thrilled to unwrap this gem.

Whether you love a dog mom, cat mom, plant mom, or real-life-doing-the-damn-thing momma, SWDSGNS has you covered with this super sweet and super cozy crewneck.

Oceanne’s Mama Bear tee is a cute staple that any mom can throw on in the midst of a crazy day and immediately look adorable.

For anyone in your life who is still trying to look good in 2020

The Ohio Beard Company makes a variety of beard oils, balms, and even combs to keep anyone’s facial hair in order.

Revival Body Care’s Body Scrubs are a great self-care addition that will help your loved one’s skin glow through the end of a dark year.

Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve has a great line of soaps and skincare products to fulfill all your self care needs. I love their lip balms!

For your friend who needs to pour one back… because don’t we all

Picking up some beer from some of our great breweries is always an amazing gift option. My favorite Christmas Ale is Three Hoes by Saucy Brew Works. Other delicious brews can be picked up from Great Lakes Brewing Co., Noble Beast Beer, Market Garden Brewery, Masthead Brewing Company, and more.

Serve up a beer in one of Rough Around the Etches Drink Local beer glasses for a cute gift pack.

If whiskey is more your style, you can also place an order from Cleveland Whiskey or Seven Brothers Distillers.

Love seasonal drinks? The Fall Drink Print from KateDilyardDesign is full of great holiday drink inspiration. A winter drink print is coming soon for allll the seasonal drink decor.

For your friend whose bar cart is already stocked, Boundary and Thorn’s Happiest Hour print is a great decor option… and some serious drink inspo.

Maria Made Art’s Fancy Old Fashioned print adds a great sophisticated touch to any bar cart.

For your crafty friend

Super Fine Yarn Co. makes amazing yarns that are so colorful and fun. Know any knitters?! This makes the perfect gift.

Modern Legacy Paper Co.’s Wax Seal Stamp Kits are SO dreamy. I would gift this to anyone who is sentimental and loves the value of handwritten notes. These wax seals are just so cute.

Free Period Press’ Collage Kit inspires anyone to unleash their creativity. These kits have amazing prints and visuals that you can easily cut and turn into amazing collages.

For the little people in your life

Lil Burritos clothing is sure to bring a smile to any kid’s face. With playful and fun designs, these burritos will make a great (but non-edible) gift.

MRLY’s clothes are so soft and cozy, any kid would love them! From dresses to joggers, this brand has so many great options for the kiddos.

Add a new friend to your little person’s life with Cool Critters. These little critters have personalities all their own and are a fun addition to any kid’s gift.

Looking for some toys? Apple Jax Toy Store in Lakewood is offering private shopping times to ensure your safety! Go solo or bring the kids - can you imagine having a toy store to yourself when you were younger?!


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