Support Small Business Artists: 12 Stylish Gift Ideas

Support Small Business Artists: 12 Stylish Gift Ideas

A familiar cloud of concern drifts over me this December, pondering the perennial question: "What thoughtful gifts can I afford to give this year?" Over the past three years, I've conscientiously trained myself to spread out gift purchases across the calendar, stowing these treasures in a safe place—only to encounter the inevitable challenge of forgetting their location, leading to their complete disappearance.

This autumn, I embarked on a new gifting journey, exploring the enchanting realm of our local art markets. Here, I've unearthed a trove of handmade treasures, each piece resonating with a unique charm and authenticity. These artisanal gems, crafted with passion and care, have captured my imagination and found a place in my heart as meaningful presents for my loved ones.

This year, despite the challenges of budget constraints and the fickle nature of memory, I've discovered a wealth of meaningful, locally sourced, and handmade gifts. These items, rich in character and crafted with dedication, embody the spirit of giving and reflect the warmth of the holiday season, surpassing the value of any price tag.

Find the perfect handmade gifts from these ten incredible small businesses!​

1. Oils Earth

When it comes to selecting the perfect gift, one of my favorite is Oils.Earth offering an array of meticulously crafted, nature-infused essential oil combinations, catering to diverse health and wellness needs. Each blend, an artisanal masterpiece, is curated from all-natural essential oils, embodying not just purity but a heartfelt dedication from the nurturing hands of a passionate small business owner. 

Below is a list of my personal collection – a selection of rollers that have become my faithful companions. These little wonders are not just accessories; they are my allies in daily rituals, be it for rejuvenation, focus, or tranquility.

  • Focus: When I need to concentrate on one thing at a time.
  • Presence: When I want to feel creative or need the extra boost in artistic impression.   
  • Immunity: When I am going into an unknown crowd and want to protect or boost my own internal health
  • Pep Up: When sleep the night before was non-existent, this helps me to wake up without the caffeine highs and lows 

2. Shosho's Kitchen

Imagine indulging in the finest gourmet flavors crafted to perfection. Shosho's Kitchen unveils a world of delectable jams and jellies, where each jar encapsulates an explosion of unique and delightful combinations that tantalize the taste buds.

Delve into a realm where sweet meets savory in an exquisite fusion. For the discerning palate, there are candied pecans that epitomize perfection and baklava that's unparalleled, leaving an indelible mark on your taste journey.

While my daughter savors the Apricot jam, my heart sings for the Fig jam. For those craving a touch of spice, enter the realm of the tomato jam, a symphony of flavors that transforms a simple toast into a culinary masterpiece, reminiscent of mini pizzas, perfect for any gathering or personal indulgence.



3. Black Tea Cafe Shop

In the heart of Houston resides a consummate artist whose mastery lies in the intricate art of watercolor. This artisan transforms her paintings into a versatile array of mediums, adorning fabric with captivating prints that grace ornaments, makeup pouches, pillows, and an assortment of other items. Her work embodies a fusion of fine artistry and innovative designs, an aesthetic allure that seamlessly harmonizes with any environment.

One standout creation that resonates with admirers is the rendition of the State of Texas, artfully shaped and adorned with iconic Texas mascots, captivating the essence of the Lone Star State. Amongst a repertoire of captivating designs, the allure of marine life and avian wonders holds a special place in our hearts. However, in truth, each piece exudes an irresistible charm, making the act of selecting a single favorite a delightful but daunting task.

4. Olmox Fine Jewelry 

Crafted with care and devotion, Olmox's jewelry collection showcases exquisite handmade filigree pieces in both opulent gold and elegant silver—a timeless gift designed to encapsulate and immortalize cherished moments.

Embodying a rich legacy dating back 5000 years to ancient Mesopotamia, the art of filigree is a revered technique that has stood the test of time. Each piece within this collection is a testament to this ancient craft, where the talented small business owner will intricately weave and twist precious metals into highly detailed floral motifs, employing techniques passed down through generations.

Explore the diverse offerings, from delicately fashioned earrings to captivating necklaces, from statement rings to graceful bracelets. Each masterpiece handcrafted to adorn and enhance your personal style. 

5. Papermolas

Nestled within our collection lies the creations of a visionary artist, born in the vibrant landscape of Panama, whose passion lies in crafting mesmerizing original artwork inspired by the captivating tradition of mola- designs.

Drawing from the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of this revered tradition, she breathes life into each piece, capturing the essence of heritage and storytelling within her original artworks (i.e. prints, stickers, magnets, and more). 

6. Mostly Chocolate

Discover the epitome of indulgence at Mostly Chocolate, where an exquisite assortment of bon bons and gourmet chocolates awaits. Each creation tantalizes the senses with a delightful array of flavors and hues. Beyond their meticulously handcrafted treats available for purchase, immerse yourself in the artistry with their captivating DIY classes. Share unforgettable moments creating your own delectable masterpieces with your cherished ones. A gift of unparalleled sweetness, destined to become a cherished tradition year after year.

7. State Line Designs

Get ready to score big with State Line Designs, your go-to local hub for sports-themed t-shirts and sweatshirts that blend comfort and style effortlessly! These tees aren't just cozy—oh no—they're packed with catchy sayings that'll have every sports fanatic itching to flaunt them on game day! Whether you're cheering courtside or from the comfort of your couch, these threads bring the fun and spirit of the game right to your wardrobe!

8. JusPampered Skincare

Welcome to the oasis of self-care—JusPampered, a cherished family-owned gem nestled in Missouri City, Texas. Specializing in skincare solutions for sensitive skin, they're on a mission to elevate your skin health while pampering your senses. From gentle face washes to luxurious lotions, milk baths to invigorating exfoliants, their range is a sanctuary for your skin's needs. Once you experience their rejuvenating products, you'll find yourself drawn back, month after month, indulging in the sheer delight of this skincare haven.

9. Marina's Creations

Calling all flower enthusiasts! Marina's Creations is your ultimate destination for exquisite, handmade gifts that capture the essence of nature's beauty. Offering a stunning array from earrings to mesmerizing suncatchers, this small business is a hidden gem for perfect gifting occasions. While they don't boast a conventional store, keep an eye out for their enchanting creations at local farmers' markets and art fairs sprinkled throughout town. Prepare to be captivated by these floral-inspired treasures, ideal for spreading joy with every thoughtful present.

10. iplantandclay

Step into the world of iPlantandClay, where passion meets creativity in the form of exquisite, handmade earrings designed to captivate. Each piece is a testament to artistry and care, crafted to infuse joy into the hearts of those who wear them. Our personal favorites? Two cherished pairs that have become our weekly staples, never failing to invite compliments and admiration wherever we go. Wearing these earrings isn't just about style; it's about carrying a piece of art that spreads happiness with every glance.  

11: Art Cellar Houston

But wait, there's more! Brace yourself for the artistic adventure of a lifetime with the sensational painting kits from the Art Cellar of Houston. Dive into a world of creativity as each kit arrives brimming with all the tools necessary to craft your personal masterpiece. And the cherry on top? A captivating follow-along video accompanies each kit, guiding the recipient through every brushstroke, ensuring an unforgettable painting experience. Embark on your artistic journey today by exploring our diverse range of painting kits, exclusively available in our online shop. Click here to unlock the gateway to your artistic brilliance >>  Go to Painting Kits

12. LH Candles

Step into a world where every flickering flame tells a story of craftsmanship and care. LH Candle is a small batch candle studio providing more than just wax and wicks—it's a symphony of artistry and quality. Each candle, hand-poured with precision, embodies the essence of American-grown 100% soy wax, infused with meticulously chosen, phthalate-free fragrances, and natural essential oils. Feel the warmth of a cotton wick, free from lead and zinc, igniting an aromatic journey that's as safe as it is enchanting. The creative wax displays that dance as they melt, unveiling a canvas of mesmerizing beauty. 

Experience the allure of these handcrafted treasures—more than candles, they're moments captured in wax, waiting to illuminate your space and soul.




The Art Cellar of Houston Team 

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