With Small Business Saturday coming up tomorrow, we are thrilled to release our third Holiday Gift Guide, featuring gifts you can buy from local businesses. When you purchase any of the items on this list, know that you’ll be supporting the hardworking business owners of our North Shore community.
1. Tools to Tackle Your Next Furniture DIY…or the Finished Project
Shackteau Interiors is a business owned by Kristen Litka, a Manchester-by-the-Sea mom of 2. Kristen got her start after she and her husband bought an old Victorian home and she decided to paint, stain and refinish her old furniture to better fit in with the style of the house. Now she sells unique vintage furniture that she refinishes, as well as her special blend of milk paint (which is organic and non-toxic), and teaches furniture painting classes.
If buying someone furniture feels too bold, gift cards are available which can be spent on one of Kristen’s designs, classes, milk paint or hardware. It’s what every HGTV and Flea Market Flip fan wants for Christmas. And Kristen should know, she appeared on (and won) Flea Market Flip with her husband last year!
2. A Practical, Yet Stylish Accessory for Everyone’s Favorite Drink
Gone are watered-down ice coffees and sweating cups! Love Lissy Lou Cozies are handmade in Stoneham, by Lynn Matt. Lynn is a busy mom who also named her business after her daughter, Alissa. If you think a Coffee Cozy would make a great gift for someone on your list, don’t delay. A new batch was released for sale today and these typically sell out fast!
3. For the Gardner in Your Life
Mark your herbs and vegetables or dress up your window boxes and holiday centerpieces with a bit of charm and character. Decorative Garden Stakes from Knotty by Nature are handmade wooden signs, sealed to last for indoor and outdoor use. These perfect holiday gifts are made by Danvers mom of 2, Sarah Gagnon. If you don’t see the word you need, she also takes custom requests. You can shop the Garden Stakes and more custom wooden artwork in her Etsy shop, but if you prefer local pick-up, that’s also available and your shipping fee will be refunded.
4. 12 Months of Original Art
Alyssa Watters is a Beverly resident and business owner. Her shop at 110 Cabot Street, doubles as her art studio, where she paints oil paintings of birds, coastal scenes and everyday items. From these paintings her handmade gift products are created–including calendars, trivets, notecards and more. Her 2020 Bird Poster Calendar (pictured) includes 12 individual posters featuring Alyssa’s original oil painted birds. Available in studio, online, as well as many local partnering shops.
Art by Alyssa, 110 Cabot Street, Beverly. Open daily in December from 10 am – 4 pm, except Thursdays (3-8 pm) and Saturdays (10 am – 5 pm).
5. One of a Kind, Affordable, Fine Jewelry
Local mom Emily Mehta, from Nazir’s Fine Jewelry in Wenham, is adding her personal designs to the store just in time for the holidays! Her style is both on-trend and timeless. Just like these Zodiac Pendants (pictured), which are made from sterling silver with 18kt yellow gold plated zodiac symbols. These hang from a sterling silver chain and are specially priced at $99.95 (normally $129.95).
Nazir’s will be participating in the Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Stroll on Small Business Saturday (11/30, 10 am to 5 pm). You’ll find these pendants along with several other new collections and be able to save 50% off of all watches in stock.
Nazir’s Fine Jewelry, 135 Main Street (Monument Sq.) Wenham; (978) 468-6366
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