Just a short blog to give you some ideas on where to #ShopSmall this week. Check out these suggestions that support the endeavors of family/ women owned businesses and projects. All unique and worth a “click through” to see if something catches your eye this holiday season. A special shout – out to Shara Lawrence – Weiss of MommyPerks who welcomes those with a family friendly product or service to post on her MommyPerks Facebook wall here . She does this annually and is just one great example of women supporting women in the small biz world! (Check out what many women have posted)
As usual my gift recommendations often have a secondary purpose- such as giving back to an organization or helping a national or international cause. In other words – I like my hard earned $ to be given to businesses with heart and pizazz.
BOOKS! What better gift to give a child than a BOOK! Two new faves made my list.
I know that giving a gift or pepper spray or other self defense items may seem to zap the holiday spirit… but, when all the holiday decorations are placed back in to their respective boxes it will be the safety items I purchased from small biz owner Linda Benecke that will help keep my loved ones safe. I want to give her a heartfelt thank you for introducing me to DAMSELS in DEFENSE. Personal safety protection products, especially for women who are the most vulnerable such as those who live alone, are seniors citizens, or are on college campuses. Interestingly, many of their products can cross over to other purposes such as keeping people with Autism or Alzheimers safe and indoors rather than wandering- this company has it all! Learn more, see the catalog and connect with Linda here.
HELP SANTA BRINGS GIFTS TO NEEDY CHILDREN
When Santa arrives at the San Pedro YWCA soon he will be bringing a “sled” full of stuffed BEARS. Sponsor a bear via Tracy Farman and her pals at Jockey Person 2 Person. This campaign is what the true meaning of the holidays is all about! Learn more here including how you can donate a bear to be distributed in your locale.
LASTLY- Louise’s List of Unique and Fabulous – “out of the box” ideas!
Give a night out for a cause by supporting the
Feminists What Were they Thinking Documentary
by Lynette Vandaveer
Steampunk by Beverly Holman
Vintage items repurposed to a contemporary art form!
Pocketbooks with Hobo Chic Style by Geri Dahl of Funky Pretty Designs
Can’t adopt an animal or no more room for another fur baby? Consider SPONSORING a dog or cat that is in foster care or in a shelter. I stumbled upon the ANGEL DOGS FOUNDATION – DEAF DOGS RANCH. I love the dog photos on this website. Check them out!
COMING SOON a Review of one of my new favorite products by FitLogic – the perfectly fitted pants every time!