In our house, Christmas starts the second the last trick-or-treater has left our doorway. Up go the lights, the decorations, and on goes Michael Buble’s Holiday Mix on Pandora. Why? Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if I want it to last 2 months, who is going to stop me?
Since becoming a mama, my Christmas list has gone from designer bags and cute mugs to teething necklaces and a baby carrier (because, OW, my arms). Though my priorities have shifted, I maintain that Christmas is the best time to support local businesses who rely on the season to make their homes merry. So, as an ode to local merriment, find Media by Bg.’s guide to shopping small! Note: In the spirit of transparency, I will indicate when a brand is on Media by Bg.’s client list. I should note, however, that I only represent brands that I think are fab-u-lous.
For The Little Ones
My obsession with baby moccasins has become borderline compulsive. Unlike socks, they stay on, keep baby’s foot warm and dry, and are the perfect in-between for babies who are slowly becoming toddlers. I was introduced to Freshly Picked after a sweet friend gave me a gift card to a baby boutique. As much as I love love LOVE the shoes (and the fact that they are made in the US!), the $60 price tag made me cringe. Enter Freshly Picked’s less expensive, equally adorable counterpart: SweetNSwag. So far, I’ve only snagged Finn one pair (of these really adorable camo mocs), but I plan on stuffing the stocking with another, and blaming it on Santa when hubby asks.
I’m a big fan of clothing that is gender ambiguous (mostly from a practical standpoint, having a boy “on the outside” and a girl brewing), and have recently begun steering clear of major chain stores’ kids section because, in fairness, I can’t seem to find anything without a princess or dinosaur on it. That’s a bigger sociological conversation for another day. (But seriously, can anyone tell me why the girls’ section is one heinous pile of glitter, leopard, and tulle?!)
Etsy has become my latest go-to for Finn + 1, and I’m currently swooning over Achore Deep. The clothing is durable, pajama soft, and easy getup for when I don’t feel like piecing together something trendy for him to wear out. For Christmas, I snagged this grey one piece which is the perfect play outfit for my increasingly active tot. It took all of my restraint not to buy this similar, and equally adorable hoodie, which has my biggest prayer written on the front: Just stay this little. Alas, he won’t, nor will his baby sister, but a mama can dream.
I tell all expectant friends to just go ahead and throw their jewelry in storage for a few years, unless they want it to be a teething toy for their ravenous, drooling baby. Thankfully, the motherhood gods have found a solution: Teething necklaces! Nearly all of my current jewelry also doubles as a teething toy for Finn, which has come in handy more times than I care to admit. Instead of digging for a toy, somewhere in the depths of the diaper bag, he simply reaches over and grabs the bright pink piece of fashionable silicone I’m wearing, and voila! The coolest part is that you’d never know it. In fact, I’ve been stopped on the street and asked, “Where’d you get that necklace?” You can find them at Buy Buy Baby, but I suggest heading over to Sugar Plum Boutique on Etsy, where they are cheaper and handmade.
Sidebar: The one piece of jewelry (a dainty gold necklace) that wasn’t teething friendly, Finn broke. Is that a sign? I say yes.
For Your Sister, Mama, Mama’s Mama, Mother-in-Law, or Brunching Bestie
Something about handmade jewelry with a cause warms my heart. 31Bits, jewelry designers and philanthropists, do just that. This amazing company helps provide support to women in Uganda by making them part of their business model, and empowering them to become entrepreneurs. The pieces are remarkable, an attainable price point, and the story that accompanies them is powerful.
Find “Spiced Strands,” pictured left, here.
Estevia Parfum is the result of one determined entrepreneur, Mushmoom Khan, taking her family’s successful perfume venture from Dubai, and giving it roots in the United States. I am a fragrance fanatic, and regularly swoon over Chloé, Hanae Mori, and Chanel (because, duh). However, Estevia Parfum’s perfumes have been worked into my weekly round-up because they have a spice and warmth that can only be found in Arabian scents. My favorite, Carme, comes in a cheery orange bottle, and has led people to stop me in line at the grocery store and ask where I bought my perfume. They’re always shocked when I tell them it was only $40 for a full-sized bottle. AND, lucky me, they happen to be a Media by Bg. client.
Lastly, Kendra Scott’s Opal Ring is the must-have accessory of the season. It’s delicate and still a statement. Plus, opal anything is to die for. I don’t know if you can really call her a “small” business, since you can find her stuff at Nordstrom, but I do know that she is a powerhouse of a creative brain and has become an example of what it means to be a #GirlBoss.