Shop Drew Barrymore’s Holiday Gift Ideas From Small Businesses

Drew Barrymore is encouraging everyone to shop small this holiday season. The actress’ talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, is sharing Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide — filled with the star’s handpicked holiday gift recommendations from small businesses from across the country. 

The show has curated the list from suggestions sent to Barrymore’s Instagram, which resulted in over 70,000 submissions. The gift guide features a great range of small businesses from Wichita-based pottery company Del Norte Studio to Boston’s first Black-owned bookstore Frugal Bookstore. Check back on Barrymore’s gift list as more small businesses will be added throughout the holidays.

Be sure to also check out ET Style’s expansive gift guides, such as gifts under $50, home devices, stocking stuffers, fashion favorites, gifts for teens, gifts for men, candles, pajama sets and more. Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching, so ensure your gifts arrive on time by reviewing important cutoff dates and delivery options. 

Ahead, shop gifts from small businesses featured on Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide. 

Del Norte Studio



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Del Norte Studio

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Mexican artist Armando Minjarez’s Del Norte Studio is based in Wichita, Kansas. The studio creates handcrafted, one-of-a-kind ceramic designs such as bowls, mugs, vases, plates and tumblers, “exploring design concepts within the context of public and domestic space,” according to their website.

$45 at Del Norte Studio

Iyanla Vanzant



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Frugal Bookstore/Simon & Schuster

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Frugal Bookstore, operated by couple Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, is the first Black-owned bookstore in Boston. The bookstore promotes literacy among children, teens and adults in their community. Ninety-eight percent of their books are authored by people of color, featuring a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. 

REGULARLY $16.99

$15.29 at Frugal Bookstore

Estelle Colored Glass



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Estelle Colored Glass

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Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Estelle Colored Glass creates stunning hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware. Named after founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother who loved antiques, Estelle Colored Glass combines vintage style and modern sophistication in each piece. 

$225 at Estelle Colored Glass

Queen Bee Jelly



Queen Bee Jelly


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Queen Bee Jelly

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Queen Bee Jelly is an online fabric boutique in Washington, D.C., offering beautiful Ankara fabric, also known as African wax fabric, in striking vibrant patterns and colors. The brand also has a collection of beautiful trims, pins, brooches, lace and mud cloth. 

REGULARLY $8.99

$1 per yard at Queen Bee Jelly

Keller Works



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Keller Works

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Founded by Krystn Keller in Mobile, Alabama, Keller Works makes skin and body products for sensitive skin that’s formulated with natural ingredients, free of irritants and allergens. This set includes Elliott’s Body Butter, Elliott’s Salve and Elliott’s Oatmeal Soap — named

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Holiday gift ideas from D.C. small businesses

Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.

Appointed

Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold over last year. “That I attribute to aspirational buying. I think everyone is just wanting to get to 2021 and plan for 2021,” she says. appntd.com. — A.C.

Bailiwick Clothing Company

Few clothing lines capture the effervescent spirit of D.C. better than brothers JC and Jeff Smith’s Bailiwick Clothing Company. Bailiwick, which takes its name from an Old English word meaning a person’s particular area of interest or authority, sells shirts, hoodies, hats and other clothing adorned with proud District prints such as “202” and “District of Champions.” The brand currently features a limited edition Madam Vice President shirt, an ode to Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s historic vice-presidential win ($25), and “The District” shirt ($25) that was made in collaboration with local bagel joint Call Your Mother. bailiwickclothing.com. — S.W.

BicycleTrash

For years, Topaz Terry has been giving new life to things other people discarded. So when she got her bicycle repaired one day, she asked for the trash — and turned the castoff chain and gears into a one-of-a-kind bottle opener. That was the beginning of BicycleTrash, which specializes in wearable accessories made from old bike parts and other overlooked, commonly discarded materials. The bottle opener ($28) remains a gift-giving favorite — it’s grease-free and polished with a steel brush. Other options: shimmery GearFlake ornaments ($15) for the gear heads and a funky tote designed with recycled bicycle inner tube ($178). Terry also started making face masks during the pandemic: They’re $22, with adjustable ear loops made out of recycled rubber cord and fun, vintage prints. bicycletrash.com. — A.H.

Capitol Hill Books

When beloved used-book store Capitol Hill Books closed early in the pandemic, its owners hit on a novel way to keep business going: give their expert booksellers a budget and answer a few questions about the genres and authors you enjoy, and they’d build a “grab bag” of books (prices vary) sure to keep any housebound reader entertained. Since March, bookstore co-owner Aaron Beckwith says they’ve shipped thousands of packages. “Early on we were getting way more requests for dystopian fiction than normal,” Beckwith says, but

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Gift Guide 2020 – Gift Ideas for the Austin-Loving Cinephile in Your Life: From the big and small screens to your giftee – Screens

I Luv Video T-Shirts

I Luv Video was an Austin institution. An integral part of our city’s film culture for nearly 40 years,
the indie movie rental store announced in September that it was closing its doors for good. If you’re like most of us, still broken up over the loss of this wonderful and weird establishment, why not help keep the memory of this special place alive through an I Luv Video T-shirt? Unisex and available in three styles, they’re a perfect gift for all your heartbroken movie-loving friends. May its memory bring us comfort. – Sara Hutchinson

S-4XL, $29-39. www.iluvvideos.com.


Give A Gift, Get A Gift – Austin Film Society

Looking for a way to support your local Austin film community from the comfort of your own home? Search no further than Austin Film Society’s holiday membership drive – where this year, all gifted memberships will include two bonus months of the program and a physical thank-you gift. While the cinema is closed, all virtual membership benefits this year will include free online sneak previews, virtual events, discounts on the AFS streaming platform [email protected], and access to the AFS Discussion Club – plus, you can choose between an additional free AFS hat or AFS Cinema T-shirt branded with a new unique design. – Naomi Brady

$65-1,380. www.austinfilm.org.


Austin School of Film Gift Box

The nonprofit Austin School of Film has had quite the year. Faced with unprecedented challenges, they’ve hung on with inspiring grit and passion. Pivoting to remote classes and events with their Play at Home series, ASF continues to sustain and build our filmmaking and film-loving community. Cinephiles everywhere can show their support through Austin School of Film’s Holiday Box. The box comes with the best of ASF’s hip gear, including a T-shirt, tote, and bandanna. All proceeds go toward ASF’s community programs. Giving the gift of style while supporting a great cause? That’s a win-win. – S.H.

$50. www.austinfilmschool.org/holiday-box.


Mondo Poster Auction

Know a movie superfan, or have someone in your life who loves to collect movie
posters? For the first time ever, eMovie
Poster.com is hosting an online Mondo limited-edition print poster auction, running until December 13. In an effort to help support the Alamo Drafthouse during the pandemic, Alamo founder and Executive Chairman Tim League is selling nearly 2,000 limited-edition Mondo prints from his own personal stash, including out-of-print sets like the Tyler Stout and Olly Moss Star Wars Trilogies and highly coveted film posters by Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, and Shepard Fairey. All proceeds will go toward supporting Alamo Drafthouse employees and COVID-closure expenses. – N.B.

www.emovieposter.com.


Alright, Alright, Alright

Melissa Maerz gave our city a gift with her new book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Maerz interviewed dozens of people for the project, including the film’s stars and many longtime Austinites. The book tells the story of the film’s infamous production and release, providing insights into Linklater’s conflict with studio executives, but

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20 entrepreneurs share their small business ‘aha moments’

  • Dreamers & Doers is a networking community of female entrepreneurs, creatives, and change-makers. 
  • Many of its members decided to create their own companies after experiencing an “aha moment,” or a time when they realized they wanted to fully pursue their passion projects or side hustles. 
  • Whether it was a personal need or a problem they wanted to help solve, these 20 women each say they had a pivotal moment where everything clicked and drove them to launch their businesses. 
  • “Having worked in Fortune 500 companies, I always felt like I was walking someone else’s road, so I decided to take control and build the road my way,” said founder and innovation strategist Teresa Comi. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As most founders have experienced, entrepreneurial journeys are anything but linear. There are ideas that propel you forward, setbacks that challenge you, and pivots that have you starting from what feels like scratch. 

Yet despite the inevitable trial and error companies are bound to face, there is usually one moment — an aha moment — where the pieces seem to perfectly align and the vision becomes clear. While the path still isn’t easy, having that North Star to refer to can be essential when a company is still just a glimmer of an idea.

For these 20 female founders, there was a clear aha moment when they knew it was time to go all-in with their company. Whether that moment came out of a personal need, a lifelong passion, or a glaring problem that needed to be solved, their stories beautifully illustrate the significance of having one moment where it all clicks, ultimately igniting their passions to make their dreams a reality.

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Small Business Update: Checking in after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday

CHICAGO (WLS) — Holiday shopping is in full swing and with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us, some small businesses saw a bump in sales over the weekend.

But was it enough to offset the lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic?

“There’s still a good portion of people who just don’t feel comfortable coming in yet and we are negatively impacted by that,” said Richard Price, owner of the Alamo Shoes in Andersonville.

Their shelves are stocked – but the store is nearly empty because the small business just isn’t getting the foot traffic it once did before the pandemic.

But over the Black Friday weekend, things changed – for just a bit.

“Since we reopened in June, this past Friday and Saturday were the busiest days we’ve seen since June, so that is positive,” Price said.

But it’s still down in comparison to last year’s sales.

“Year over year, if we compared 2020 to 2019, I’m down about 40%,” Price said. “In those three days around Black Friday, we’re seeing around a 20% decrease in business.”

It’s a reality many local businesses in the area are facing. But some, like Bryn Mawr Jewelry, have a different story to tell.

“Without a doubt, we would not be where we are today without small business. Every sale puts food on our tables, that’s a fact,” Owner Scott Freeman said.

Freeman opened the store’s new location three weeks before the lockdown in March – but when he reopened a couple of months later, he was pleasantly surprised.

The same goes for this past weekend.

“Every day, I swear to God I have to pinch myself. Everyone’s been so supportive,” Freeman said. “People want to do something nice for themselves or nice for somebody else. I guess buy something that means a lot and will last the test of time.”

Though the coming weeks will be different for every small business – the message they’re sending is clear, they’ll need the communities’ help to survive.

“So many small businesses are closing and now more than ever small business really needs the support,” Freeman added.

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CapFed Best News: New clothing boutique for girls opens on Small Business Saturday in Topeka – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

About six years ago, Ashley Dassinger Carson opened local clothing store ASH Boutique. And since then, she has watched many women come into her shop with their young daughters or granddaughters in tow.

“They want to be a part of our community, but they’re still too young,” Carson said. “The clothes don’t fit them right.”

She began to realize there weren’t many local retail options in Topeka designed specifically for girls. And shopping for her own daughters — 11-year-old Lilly and 8-year-old Grace — affirmed that assessment.

“What I realized was that there was just this missed market, this missed opportunity to create a space that truly celebrates girls as they are,” Carson said. “I feel like so often in our culture we have babies and toddlers and then we kind of force these girls to grow up and become 13, 14, even when they’re not quite there yet. I wanted to create a place … that feels safe and comfortable.”

From that desire came “Lilly Grace,” a new boutique that opened on Small Business Saturday in the Westboro Mart shopping center near the intersection of S.W. Huntoon Street and Oakley Avenue. Lilly Grace occupies the same storefront, at 3123 S.W. Huntoon St., where ASH Boutique, which has since moved downtown, got its start.

Carson’s own daughters were the inspiration for Lilly Grace, which is aptly named after them.

According to Carson, Lilly Grace has been in the works for about a year-and-a-half.

“July of 2019 is when I kind of knew I was going to be moving ASH Boutique downtown,” Carson said. “It was at that time that I kept thinking about what I was going to put in my Westboro spot. … It felt like just the right time to do something like this.”

Carson envisions girls being able to shop at Lilly Grace for special occasions, holiday outfits, vacation attire or even to pick out their first bra “in a place where we are there to celebrate you and not make you feel embarrassed,” she said.

“There actually aren’t any more stores in Topeka that cater to this age range,” she added. “Justice that was in the mall — they’ve closed. So I feel like we’re filling the niche of some of the big chain stores that are no longer in Topeka.”

Clothing available at Lilly Grace may also be purchased on the ASH Boutique website, shopashboutique.com, under the “Girls” tab.

Though Carson is excited to open the store to customers, she said the journey to this point hasn’t been free of obstacles. While searching for store merchandise, Carson ran into supply-chain issues.

“Getting merchandise is not easy at this time,” she said. “I know a lot of other small businesses are running into issues in the supply chain.”

Another hindrance due the coronavirus pandemic involved not being able to view potential merchandise in person before buying it for the store.

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UConn women report one additional positive COVID-19 case; players can work out again in small groups


The UConn women’s basketball team has been cleared to begin working out in small groups again following its COVID-19 shutdown, a team spokesperson said Saturday.

All 11 players have been in a 14-day quarantine since a Tier 1 member of the program — not a player or a coach — tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.

Additional testing this week also revealed another positive test within the program, though, following contact tracing, the timeline for the quarantine remains unchanged, as does the game schedule. The individual who tested positive was not identified.


The third-ranked Huskies have already had to cancel their first three nonconference games and postpone their Big East opener at Seton Hall. The Seton Hall game has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Dec. 17.



Because of the quarantine, the earliest the Huskies can resume full-team workouts is Dec. 8. Their first regular-season game is scheduled for a week later — Butler at Gampel Pavilion on Dec. 15.


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Shop local on Small Business Saturday

There are plenty of local businesses to check out at Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center.

Today is Small Business Saturday and there are plenty around that could use some support, especially this year.

The Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center is filled with unique shops, like Small Things Fair Trade and Color Me Mine.

Color Me Mine is a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. People can stop in and choose a piece. Then, use the special paints provided. The pieces will then be glazed and fired, making them completely food safe. All pieces can be used in the microwave/oven and dish washer.

This is normally their busy season with painting as a fun family activity and making gifts. Unfortunately the governor has closed the store for in-store painting, but take home activities are offered.

Color Me Mine is currently open from Noon – 5pm Monday – Saturday for in store shopping and drop-offs. They have so much to offer, including a brand new online store! Current specials include Hand and Foot Print holiday platters. (customized by us), take home ornament kits, Clay hand print ornaments and DIY Christmas gifts. 

Check out the website at woodbury.colormemine.com. 

Small Things Fair Trade believes people should get paid fairly for the things they make. They offer beautiful, unique pieces made by local artisans. You can find candles, jewelry, clothing, coffee, tea, houseware and more.

Stop in today, on Small Business Saturday. If you mention KARE11, you’ll get a 10 percent discount.

Check out more of what they have to offer at smallthingsfairtrade.com. 

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Pandemic adds more local shopping options on Small Business Saturday | Business

HUNTINGTON — Karen Friel, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia district director, says small businesses need support as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This year remember you can support many small businesses in person, by following state and local socially distancing guidelines, and in the convenience of your own home by shopping virtually,” Friel said. “Many small businesses are offering a variety of ways to shop, including ordering online and picking up via curbside. Small businesses need our support more than ever right now.”

In Huntington, the Old Central City Association announced that as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, 14th Street West shops will offer a variety of sales to promote local buying for holiday gifts as part of the 11th annual Small Business Saturday, which takes place Nov. 28 this year.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities.

“The local businesses on 14th Street West have a wide variety of offerings in antique objects and furniture, a vast selection of art and vintage prints, handmade items from local craftspeople, collectible toys and games, vintage clothing and accessories, and home decor,” said Lauren Kemp, executive director of RenewAll.

She says businesses on 14th Street West have been working hard to maintain a safe shopping experience.

“We wear our masks and ask that shoppers do as well so that we can protect the livelihoods of all the small businesses in our community,” Kemp said. “We want all of our visitors to enjoy their time in the district, and we invite you to share your favorite moments at 14th Street West @HistoricCentralCity on Facebook with #14STW.”

Terry Bryant has had a shop on 14th Street West for many years. This Small Business Saturday will extend to Sunday at Camelot Too with 30% off select items.

“We are counting on the community to come out and support us this holiday,” Bryant said. “We carry Christmas decorations year-round.”

The street is known for being an antiques district, but Kemp says there is always something unexpected to find while browsing around the shops.

“Arts and crafts complement antiques so well that several shops on the street feature handmade items by local artisans,” Kemp said.

“I stock many handmade items and crafts that are great for farmhouse and primitive decor, as well as vintage Christmas decorations,” said Renee Lewin-Williams of Thistle Patch Vintage Garden & Antiques, which is located on Adams Avenue.

Lewin-Williams’ shop offers antique furniture, ironworks, artwork, glassware, pottery, rugs, lamps, stoneware and architectural salvage.

The Bodimer Store will be taking orders for holiday pies and desserts for Christmas. Across the street at The Wild Ramp, food- and craft-themed gifts are numerous.

“We offer gift cards so you can buy now and shop when seasonal produce abounds,” said Shelly Keeney, market director at The Wild Ramp. “Our staff can help you pick out a gift basket to send to family and friends

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Small Business Saturday encourages shopping, spending in Aiken | Local News

Small Business Saturday is this weekend, and some Aiken retailers, merchants, services and restaurants are depending on it.

The coronavirus pandemic has walloped the U.S. economy and has pushed many small businesses over the edge – or very close to it. Restaurants and retailers were hit particularly hard as earlier lockdowns took effect.

“This time of the year, right now from Small Business Saturday to Christmas Eve, are big, important months,” Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson said Wednesday. “And, I fear some of our independent retailers are just holding on.”

Most chamber members employ just a handful of people: neighbors, friends, people seen around the city and throughout the county.

“So, we are a community made up of small businesses,” the chamber president said, “and some of these businesses have really, really struggled this year.”

The Yelp Economic Impact report, published in September, found that some 163,700 businesses had closed in the U.S. since the beginning of March, around the start of the pandemic.

Small Business Saturday was first observed years ago as a counterpart to frenetic Black Friday and online-savvy Cyber Monday, both of which draw crowds and clicks to big-box stores and multibillion-dollar companies.

Jameson emphasized that Small Business Saturday extends beyond the often-thought-of boutique or clothing store: “It’s broader than just the independent retailers, who you think of,” he said. “We’ve got small restaurants that need help. We have other kinds of small businesses that need support.”

Restaurants and caterers can be supported by buying gift cards or grabbing a meal to go. If you’re looking to do some home improvement, Jameson added, hire a local team.

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