2020 holiday sales could literally mean the difference between a small business succeeding or failing, so if you want to live in a world that includes them, then support them with your dollars. Our small business gift guide is here to help. Because where you spend your hard earned money is a statement about what kind of world you want to live in and future generations will inherit.
At Raddle–we envision a future filled with flourishing independent businesses owned and operated by passionate, hard-working, mindful people who provide products and services that spread joy and goodness and ultimately– make the world a better place.
The following is a curated selection of gift ideas from Raddle member businesses and organizations. It’s about as eclectic as you can get, which is a testament to the diversity of our (un)like-minded community. Happy Shopping!
2021 Calendar featuring artwork of strong women
This is a collection of continuous line portraits of real women by artist Lauren Rust. Each page is perforated so that the artwork can be easily removed and framed as an 8×10 print. Lauren also sells original prints on her website, does commission line drawings and family portraits, and offers gift certificates. For last minute shoppers–she offers digital delivery for commission work.
Raddler Lauren’s story is so inspiring. She dreamed of making art for a living, and it was a 100 day online challenge that jumpstarted her dream and catapulted her business which you can read about here.
BUY IT HERE: Lauren Rust’s 2021 calendar
$45.00 (for 12 pieces of frame-able art!)
Ghana ‘Kente’ Romper
Get cultured with Cultured Diaper’s Ghana-styled off the shoulders romper with matching bow, featuring kente print (polyester).
Cultured Diapers shares stories through its culturally-defined baby wear. Raddler Destiney Mohammed went from doula to small business owner as the founder of Cultured Diapers which you can read about here.
BUY IT HERE: Ghana ‘Kente’ Romper
Sparkle in Wine & Life — a wine tasting + life coaching experience
What can wine teach us about life? More than you think. This three part series is presented by Corks & Boards and Hello Universe, It’s Me. Through classic wine tasting techniques, Stephanie Roberts (Sommelier & Wine Educator) and Raddler Deepika Sandhu (Life Coach & Author) will guide you to be more present, appreciative, and intentional in your daily lives. Attendees will swirl, sniff, and sip, while learning:
- how to taste wine like a professional and translate this practice into being more present in everyday life
- to appreciate all of life through a wine’s journey from vineyard to glass
- to embrace a journey of inspiration and intention setting to launch 2021
The standard package includes wine tasting methodology, sommelier led wine tastings, life coach led exercises, and printable materials. An optional wine package is available and includes selected wines delivered to your home. Sparkle in Wine & Life makes a perfect gift. Receive a downloadable invitation, print and wrap!
BUY IT HERE: Sparkle in Wine & Life (Select “gift option” ticket at checkout)
Standard Package: $149 (3-part series) OR $55 per session; Wine Package: $99 + tax/shipping
KSP Edu-Kits For Bay Area Children
Raddler Evelyne Keomian is the founder of Karat School Project (KSP), an organization on a mission to educate and feed children to help them out of extreme poverty. Its Edu-kit initiative distributes materials to low-income students who do not have access to educational, technological, and personal necessities. As the COVID crisis continues, many Bay Area children are falling behind educationally because they lack Internet access, educational materials, and other support that are essential for remote learning. Though some services exist for homeless populations, families living in RVs have been especially hard hit. These families, many with school-aged children, live in tight quarters with no space for children to work, and they struggle with food insecurity on a daily basis.
BUY IT HERE: Edu-Kits for Bay Area Children
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If you’re looking for a thoughtful, impactful gift idea–a KSP Edu-Kit is a ringer! As Evelyne shared in her Raddle Tale, “How many Oprahs & Mandelas are missing out because they don’t know how to read and write? It’s not just that THEY’RE missing out, it’s the world.”
Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature
Raddler Daveed Benjamin is the co-author and CEO of BALANCE, the company behind Pacha’s AR (augmented reality) Book. From the book’s description: “This animated book is blowing kids’ minds! Hovering a mobile device over the images in the book BRINGS THEM TO LIFE with animated and educational videos.”
When she goes to sleep, the characters on 10-year-old Pacha’s pajamas become her guides on dream adventures to learn more about herself and her connection to the natural world. The FREE Pacha Alive app brings the illustrations to life with 3D animations featuring celebrities including Cheech Marin and Mos Def.
Van Jones, Author of The Green Collar Economy had this to say about Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature:
“This story about a little girl’s dream–where all species unite to support a healthy planet — will play a catalytic role in building our movements for change. Please invite everyone you know to buy this book!
BUY IT HERE: Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature
Baseball Tee For a GREAT Cause (Shelter Dogs!)
This super soft unisex baseball tee is not only flattering, comfortable, and affordable–it’s also for a great cause…shelter pets! Raddler Noelle started volunteering for Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA) after being diagnosed with cancer. You can read about her journey here. Now she’s partially responsible for SSPA fundraising, but without the ability to throw in-person events which used to raise much needed funds, online sales and donations are critical at this time.
Raddle co-founder Tex Dworkin has one of these tees and had this to say about hers: “I feel super hot when I wear it AND it’s comfortable as f#ck!”
Well–there you have it folks! This tee makes a great gift for the dog lovers in your life. It’s available in a few different colors, and there are other items in the SSPA online store as well, including sweatshirts and beer coozies.
BUY IT HERE: Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive
Mission Thread Cat Playing Guitar T-Shirt
This shirt rocks! Printed on fine ring-spun combed cotton shirt with water based ink so you get a super soft, great fitting shirt that’s not only built to last but it has less environmental impact than standard printing. Sizes S-2XL. Available for both men & women.
This is one of the many cool products sold at Secession Art & Design (since 2007!) in San Francisco. Owner Eden Stein explained why she submitted this item to our Gift Guide: “Raddle rocks, so I thought featuring a cat playing guitar t-shirt was perfect.”
Secession Art & Design features 70+ independent artists and designers. You can shop online or if you’re in the CA Bay Area–by appointment. They sell way more than tees, including handmade masks, fine art, and jewelry.
Eden’s entrepreneurial dream, which she shared here, is quite simple really: “To have a gallery and boutique in SF past COVID 19”.
BUY IT HERE: Cat Playing Guitar T-Shirt
Found for You–An ethical and sustainable personal shopping experience
Sustainable Style Coach Jennifer Mielke of Conservationista.com has a unique gift offering: a sustainable online shopping experience!
Know someone desiring to reduce their environmental impact? Opting out of mainstream fashion is an impactful step, but where to begin? This shopping experience leans away from overconsumption by clarifying which items to shop for and using online resale to deliver options that are values, budget, and style aligned. This entire service is delivered virtually. To purchase as a gift, simply message Jennifer (Jennifer.email@example.com) and she’ll send you a (digital) gift certificate to share. Click here for more info.
BUY IT HERE: Found for You
Give the Gift of Raddle
Is there a solopreneur or small business owner on your holiday list? Then consider giving the gift of Raddle. Raddle is virtually connecting solopreneurs to the people they need to build their businesses with via 20-minute brainstorm sessions as well as coaching. So if you’ve got someone on your gift list who’s building their business alone, a Raddle annual membership may be just be the perfect gift.
Or….choose one of Raddle’s brand new business coaching packages! There are 3 packages to choose from–each includes an annual Raddle membership AND 1-on-1 business coaching with Autumn Kyles, the founder of Proxie Detroit.
- $24/month (paid annually) or $30/month (Raddle Membership)
- $300+ (Business Coaching Raddle Package)