Shop Small Gift Guide

December 11, 2017


I’m so excited to share this gift guide with you! I love to shop small, mainly because, the mall. It used to be my favorite spot to shop in middle school! Claire’s, Sanrio Surprise, Deliah’s!?! Come on right?? I couldn’t get enough of the place that shaped my 90’s adolescence!

These days its quite a different experience. More of an over crowded, headache inducing, soul sucking plaza where I have a hard time finding anything unique or quality. So just as I matured from my low rise, 28 inch wide JNCO jeans, thankfully so have my shopping (and style) habits! Buh-bye mall, hello high waisted skinny jeans! I started to shop small, local and you can to!

When looking for a gift, instead of heading to the mall, why not support makers + artisans? Actual love, care + creativity is put into each item and that makes any gift ‘next level’ special! Don’t know where to start looking? I’ve made it SUPER easy for you by compiling this amazing list of some of my absolute fave small shop creative businesses!! I own something from pretty much all of these makers and wanted to share their goodness with you! By shopping small you empower them to keep doing what they love, it helps the environment + you get to give (or keep!) something truly unique! Here we go:

Caticorn Cacti / Succulent Planter by Tierra Sol! Shop Small Gift Guide Tyger AlexisFOR THE PLANT KILLER WHO IS A PLANT LOVER

You know, the one who has good intentions but can’t keep a plant alive to save her life. Give her the gift of joining the Plant Killers Club! Tierra Sol is a husband + wife duo who create happy and minimal hand formed ceramics AND they studio grow all the cacti! Formerly plant killers themselves, they have unlocked the mysteries of how to become a seriously bulletproof plant lover. The caticorn planter is on my wishlist for obvious reasons!



 FOR THE COOL MAMA + MINITyger Alexis Chewy Bead Necklace in Marble. | Toddler Fashion + accessories | Shop Small Gift Guide 2017


She hates “kid stuff” because it’s too colorful and just doesn’t fit her monochromatic ‘aesthetic’. Her IG is always on point and her kids look like they could grace the cover of Babiekins magazine! Tyger Alexis handmade has you covered! From our stylish chewy bead necklaces that can be worn by all ages, to heirloom wooden tiger toysto modern bedroom decor + accesories. All easily blend into any cool mom’s dream style.



Lauren Sumner Ceramics. Cat Ring Dish. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger AlexisFOR THE CERAMIC LOVER

Bright colors. Unique textures. Fun shapes. High quality. And always functional! Not much you could ask for honestly! All of the cutest ceramics are designed + handmade by Lauren Sumner in her Raleigh, N.C. studio. My personal favorites are her cat ring dishes (I have one in white!) and her green philodendron leaf bowls. Each piece is one of a kind and oh so cool!




FOR THE MINIMALISTWindblown Jewelry makes minimalist jewelry you can wear everyday! - Shop Small Holiday Gift Guide 2017 - Tyger Alexis



Looking for that ‘go-to, every day’ piece of jewelry your friend will be obsessed with? FOUND IT! Windblown is known for making effortlessly perfect accessories for any look. I seriously wear my warrior necklace almost every. single. day. Not exaggerating! Each piece is lovingly handmade and the packaging is on point! So many simple designs, you may have to get something for yourself too. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!


Good JuJu Herbal all natural skin care. Moisturizer! Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger AlexisFOR THE NATURAL BEAUTY

I don’t think I have EVER used better skin care than Good JuJu Herbal! Honestly, my skin loves me more since I started using her mini skin care kit + dead sea clay mask. All Good JuJu Herbal products are vegan and vegetarian friendly too! They contain no parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate or synthetic dyes/pigments. BOOM! Not tested on animals and hand created in a solar powered studio! How amazing is that! Not your typical cheap holiday ‘spa’ kit! These are the ones your friends wont re-gift!



FOR THE SUSTAINABLE ONEFilleree non toxic all purpose cleaning spray. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger Alexis

Finally. Healthy, handmade products that reduce household plastic waste! And Non Toxic?!? Yaaassss! Fillaree sources ingredients with one thing in mind: environmental responsibility. Their small batch, handmade products are 100% vegan and made with high quality, fair trade essential oils. I am crazy over the Clean Dream all purpose cleaning spray! I feel so safe using it around my girls and it smells like heaven. If you’re local, you can actually take your empty containers to refill stations all over the triangle. Nothing cooler. Make your eco-conscience friend giddy with excitement over these amazing smelling products!


Olive + Lou Skater Dress. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger AlexisFOR THE MINI FASHIONISTA

Have a little cutie in your life that is always on the go and never has time to sacrifice style? Yeah, my 4 year old too. 😉 She lives in her Olive + Lou skater dress and I love it so much that I wish I had one in my size! It’s the softest, most durable + adorably flattering design. Comes in so many colors and patterns, you will be considered a fashion hero for life in the eyes of that little model with any pick!




FOR THE ECLECTICPeppertrain Jewelry - Handmade beaded necklace. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger Alexis


Only the coolest of the cool rock Peppertrain’s handmade beads! And I’m pretty sure you know all the coolest people – Because YOU ARE ONE! Peppertrain has got something for the friend who likes things out of the ordinary when it comes to style. From statement necklaces to bold earrings, using a broad array of colors she accents her pieces with “unexpected elements such as pipes and elbow brackets from the hardware store”. Her jewelry is incredible, we are huge fans and want one of everything in her shop!


Cat Call Collective Notepad. Minimalist Modern office supplies. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger AlexisFOR THE WRITER

Cat Call Collective, making offices cuter, one desk notepad at a time! And not just with notepads, but all sorts of custom letterpress prints + stationery lines! Bekah Bohlen + her husband have made quite the impression (See what I did there?? Impresssion…she does letter pr…*cough*) with their mobile tiny shop! Featuring goods from tons of local artists. It’s the cutest! Check out their shop, grab something for your avid note taker and a little something for yourself!




FOR THE ADVENTURERBeard + Lady all natural Lip Balm. Chocolate, cardamom + Rose. Shop Small Gift Guide - Tyger Alexis

Chocolate, Cardamom, + Rose lip balm! Need I say more?? This flavor was inspired by Beard + Lady’s first year of marriage in Cairo, Egypt. While living there, they became acquainted with the smells and tastes of cardamom + rose that are often ingredients in Middle Eastern desserts and drinks. So the obvious next step in life is to make an all natural lip balm inspired by their travels. DUH! I don’t leave the house without this stuff. It’s my all time favorite lip balm on the planet. Send your adventurous friend off with one of these in their back pockets and keep one for yourself since they are sold in a two pack! Say what!


For more gift ideas…

Check out my Shop The Wishlist page! It’s my giant list of amazing brands and products I am crazy over and it’s totally shoppable! Just click on the image and it will take you directly to the item for easy check out. You’re welcome.

Happy Shopping!



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  • Kusum

    December 13, 2017 at 8:56 am

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  • Sarah Holladay

    December 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    KRISTIN– I totally laughed out loud when I read, “…soul sucking plaza where I have a hard time finding anything unique or quality. So just as I matured from my low rise, 28 inch wide JNCO jeans, thankfully so have my shopping (and style) habits!” We are instant friends. I totally support shopping small and kickin’ the mall to the curb! Thanks for sharing some great gift ideas for Christmas. Love having a resource like this that supports personal business and my gift list, alike. 😉

  • Lynn Marie

    December 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I love all of these! Yes! Totally my style…do we have to give them as gifts? Haha! I know someone who would love that caticorn so much! I want that cleaning spray and some of the skin care products. Love the packaging of these products too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Johnson

    December 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    These are all such great gift ideas! I love encouraging people to shop small, yay for small businesses! 😀

  • Emily Moore

    December 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Hahah oh my gosh that first one had me laughing — that is totally me! I bought succulents last year and totally killed them. If I’m correct…that’s pretty hard to do. Somehow I did it! I’m going to check out Tierra Sol, that seems like it’ll be perfect for me! I love that necklace by Windblown, too!

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    December 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Aw mini fashionista, that’s a adorable description! I love this gift guide. I’ll be using these ideas for sure. Holiday shopping is easy when you put it this way! Thanks a lot!

  • Krishna

    December 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Aw mini fashionista, that’s a adorable description! I love this gift guide. I’ll be bookmarking this for reference ideas. Holiday shopping is easy when you put it this way! Thanks a lot!

  • Rachel Calhoun

    December 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Oh mann! Thanks so much for including me in the guide! This is my favorite holiday gift guide so far! Totally on point, and the makers behind all of them are just so lovely, which is an added bonus.
    Keep up the good work Mama!

  • Ashley

    December 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    What a great gift guide for this holiday season. I like that your products are all different types of things. They would all make such great stocking stuffers because they are genuine and a lot more personal than just getting someone’s favorite candy or a gift card

  • Andrea

    December 12, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Bookmarking and sending out links to this page! It’s like you’re inside my head! Can’t wait to do a little more shopping (mostly for myself-oops!) you have some great gifts ideas here. And thanks for stepping up and helping out the makers and the little guys!

  • Aida

    December 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I couldn’t agree more! It is so important to start shopping small…not only for Christmas, but in general. I am all about supporting makers and artisans. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and this list!

  • Alyssa Bouma

    December 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I love how simple and easy to look at this gift guide is! I think my favorite is the necklace you shared for the minimalist! So cute!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Oh thank you!! It was so much fun making this list! And yes, I LOVE that necklace. I am not lying when I say I wear mine almost daily! xo

  • Natalie Williams

    December 12, 2017 at 4:31 am

    I love that you described each and every person on my shopping list with this gift guide! All of these are perfect 🙂

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Oh good! haha We must have the same friends! 😉 Glad you enjoyed + thanks for stopping by!

  • Julia

    December 12, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Thanks for so many cat-inspired ideas 😉 Totally love the eclectic necklace. I’ll take your gift guide as a base and tweak it to suit my friends and family. So many unconventional pieces!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      haha! Love me some cats! And good gifts! That necklace is so amazing. I love her work!

  • Fran Jorgensen

    December 12, 2017 at 12:59 am

    This is one of the most through gift guides I have seen. So many great ideas for this christmas! Thanks again for sharing this!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      I’m so happy you like it! xo

  • sarah

    December 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    THIS is fantastic! As a small business owner, shopping small is so important to me, I try to fill as many gifting needs as I can from other small businesses!!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Right?? Power to the little man! 😀 So glad you stopped by!

  • Elizabeth

    December 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    AHhh I love this whole list! So many cute ways to stay trendy and also support local small business’s. Thank you for such a thoughtful holiday gift guide for the hard to shop for on my list!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      You’re absolutely welcome! xo

  • Georgia

    December 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    How amazing is this gift guide! It’s so great because this guide covers something for everyone! Every person will be able to find something on here for sure!

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you Georgia! So glad you enjoyed!

  • Haley ahn

    December 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Love this story! Mad love for each and every shop here! You really CAN hit everyone on your list with unique goodies from small shops, and all from my hometown?! This just made my last minute holiday list brainstorming so much easier!!! Thanks Kristin! ?

    1. tygeralexis

      December 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      YOU’RE amazing!!! We really do have such an amazing gathering of artists in this city! So happy to know you!!!

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