Holiday Gift Guide – Shop Small, Part I

It’s that time again…

…for obligatory Holiday Gift Guides.

However, instead of approaching another gift guide with bitterness and bah humbug, this year I’m sharing a gift guide I truly believe in: one that advocates shopping small.

My first job in high school was at a small, family-owned gift shop. It was there at the age of sixteen that I first recognized my affinity for small businesses. In fact, over the past decade I’ve worked for and partnered with small businesses and startups exclusively. So, for the 2014 holiday season my gift guide is particularly close to my heart.

Over the next six weeks – yes, Christmas is just six weeks away – I’ll be showcasing a variety of gift ideas from a number of small businesses around the country. Today, I’m kicking off my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with items from one of my favorite small businesses based in my hometown, Atlanta, GA.

N A T I V E   B E A R

2015 Wall Calendar, $25

Native Bear Calendar

Call me old school, but every year I need a new paper calendar (preferably an interesting one I can gaze at while daydreaming). This psychedelic/bohemian Native Bear 2015 Wall Calendar does the trick. It’s the perfect way to brighten a desk, refrigerator door, or bare wall.

Block Printed Recycled Cotton Tea Towels, $20 ea.

FotorCreated Native Bear

Who doesn’t enjoy a pretty, patterned dish towel? I know I do! (Particularly now that I’m minus a dishwasher in my new NYC apartment.) These hand printed beauties would be a great hostess gift at your next holiday party or an affordable option for a gift swap.

Handprint Canvas Zipper Pouch, $35


Every girl needs an endless supply of pouches in her life. It’s just a simple fact. They help organize our purses, work totes, gym bags, suitcases – really the uses are limitless, and you can never have too many. This one is nice and sizable (7″x9″) to hold all those necessities.

About the Business:

Native Bear is an Atlanta-based design brand created and operated by artist Leela Robinson. Like many successful small business owners, Leela (nicknamed Bear) started her craft as a hobby. Since the its first sale in 2011, Native Bear has matured into a flourishing home and gift brand. All of Native Bear’s wares feature Leela’s original designs and illustrations. In addition, Native Bear makes a commitment to use environmentally conscious production methods and USA made resources and vendors whenever possible. 


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