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Giften Guide 2020: 25 Gift Ideas from 25 Independent Businesses


At Giften Market, we’re on a mission to help small businesses thrive — on Small Business Saturday, and every day. To make shopping small and holiday gifting less stressful, we’ve curated 25 top gift picks for Holiday 2020.

1. Coastal Christmas Collection by Old Whaling Company

 Coastal Christmas Candle, Soap, Bath Bomb

This seasonal scent comes in a bar soap, bath bomb, body butter, and hand-poured candle. Any combination becomes a great gift for the self-care lover!

Coastal Christmas Gift Box
Pro Tip: Add Coastal Christmas items + a Candle + Lip Balm to a Build-Your-Own-Gift Box.

2. Herb & Lou's Infused Cocktail Cubes

Cocktail Cubes
Herb & Lou’s infused cocktail cubes take the measuring and mess out of mixing drinks. Made in the USA, each cube is a perfect portion of mixer that chills out in the freezer until you’re ready to kick one back.

This best-selling flavor is a watermelon, cucumber margarita with clover honey & thyme. Imagined for tequila or vodka with cucumber & watermelon with clover.

Here's how it works: Pop a frozen cube in a glass along with a shot of liquor and, with a shake (or stir), the cube thaws and the flavors open up. Or skip the hooch and mix a cube with seltzer.

3. Klei Natural Apothecary Products

Klei Natural Apothecary Products

Klei products aren't just pretty to look at. This sustainable self-care brand creates products that are nourishing for the skin, and for the Earth, too. They're committed to delivering effective self-care solutions featuring biodegradable ingredients and eco-friendly product packaging. 

Each Klei formulation is water-free, ensuring a long and stable shelf-life, without wasting our planet's most precious resource.

4. Pretty Rugged Luxe Faux Fur Blanket

 Pretty Rugged Blankets

More than a statement-piece blanket, more than a wrap, this amazingly versatile accessory truly has countless uses beyond keeping you warm and dry.

Perfect for boating, sporting events, picnics, camping, glamping, fireside & stargazing, après-ski and so much more. You will want one with you all the time!

The award-winning Pretty Rugged blanket is luxurious faux fur on one side and waterproof, windproof RuggedTex® fabric on the other. It is 50 x 70, machine washable, and weighs eight pounds.

All Pretty Rugged blankets come packed in an easy-to-carry, waterproof duffel bag and are embellished with our signature vintage ribbon.

5. Poppy & Pout Lip Balms & Scrubs

Poppy & Pout Lip Balm

Poppy & Pout is a beauty company formed out of a love for flower-powered lip care. Each product features clean and minimal ingredients that are 100% natural and cruelty-free!

6. The Satin Sleep Set by KITSCH

This gift set features a matching pillowcase, eye mask, and scrunchie for restorative beauty sleep. It will be hard to resist buying one for yourself, too!

Sleep Set - KITSCH

Built on positivity and a “feel-good” purchase mentality, Cassandra Thurswell created KITSCH in 2010. KITSCH is an accessory powerhouse offering unique and quality products across beauty, fashion, home goods and more.

Originally a destination for affordable and on- trend hair accessories and jewelry KITSCH is a self-financed, female-owned company that has evolved into a global lifestyle brand.

7. Lush Wine Mix

Lush Wine Mix

Lush is a show-stopping line of organic mixes that create deliciously refreshing wine slushies & craft cocktails. Simply mix any bottle of wine with Lush, freeze, & serve.

Each Lush package is hand-crafted by Erin Rose Myers & Kelli Jennings; the 2 lushes behind the drinks. They knew there was room in the alcohol mixer market for real-food, organic ingredients. 

With each package sold, Lush donates to help families struggling with hunger through local & int'l charities. We source sustainable ingredients, use green packaging, & kitchen share.

8. Eucalyptus Bath Salt Soak by URB Apothecary

Bath Soak

Eucalyptus supports lung and sinus health, lemon soothes nerves, and aloe vera calms irritated skin, and this all together for a mineral-replenishing and nourishing green-hued bath soak.

URB APOTHECARY sprang out of a passion project and has blossomed into founder Leyna's vision for bringing the healing power of plants into daily beauty and grooming rituals, reconnecting individuals to their own natural beauty and while being mindful of their environmental impact.

9. TRUFF Hot Sauce Gift Box

Introducing the TRUFF Variety Pack - an elegant presentation of the TRUFF family. Sophistication inside and out. The Original, Hotter, and White TRUFF assorted elegantly into a matte black and gold foil gift box.

With no limit to indulgence, TRUFF offers three varieties of sauce all made in Southern California.

TRUFF has been named to Oprah's Favorite Things list two years in a row - with their signature Black TRUFF landing on the list in 2018 and White TRUFF earning the honor in 2019! TRUFF is also the #1 best-selling sauce and hot sauce on Amazon.

10. Deluxe Wooden Gift Box - Truffle Assortment

Give the gift of gourmet truffle products - the uses are endless!

Cheeseboards, goat cheese crostini, and savory desserts topped with truffle honey. Try our mustard with brats, sandwiches and vinaigrettes and our salt on your popcorn! Upgrade your morning eggs with truffle oil and try it drizzled on a fig and caramelized onion pizza. Making a steak? Don’t forget to add some truffle butter. 

This Gift Box Includes:

  • 4 oz. The Truffleist Truffle Butter
  • 4 oz. The Truffleist Truffle Mustard
  • 4 oz. The Truffleist Truffle Salt
  • 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) The Truffleist Travel Size Truffle Oil
  • 5.5 oz. The Truffleist Truffle Honey

Founded by Jimmy Kunz in 2013, The Truffleist produces handcrafted, small-batch truffle based products out of their Long Island City, Queens facility.

11. Rifle Paper Co. Maps Jigsaw Puzzle

Travel the world without leaving home with our City Maps jigsaw puzzle, featuring our favorite destinations from New York to Tokyo. Our illustrated puzzles include 500 pieces, packaged in a decorative box with gold foil accents.

12. JCOCO Dark Collection - 10 Premium Dark Chocolate Bars

We created our newest jcoco gift box for gourmet chocolate lovers who prefer to walk on the dark side. The jcoco Dark Collection Gift Box exclusively features dark chocolate bars in five of our signature recipes.

Since its inception, jcoco has donated a percentage of all sales to organizations across the U.S. working to combat hunger. jcoco explores how high quality cacao combined with unexpected ingredients can transcend our expectations of chocolate as a food. This collection consists of perfectly-portioned chocolate bars in 10 unique signature recipes good enough for the menu of your favorite restaurant. 

13. Corkcicle Artican / Slim Artican

Never lose your cool. This is the last can cooler you will ever need. Arctican keeps cold cans cold for up to 3 hours. Simply freeze the cooling core base, twist it on, drop in a cold beverage and enjoy ice cold drinks for up to three hours.

14. Movie Marathon Gift Box

All the fixings for a salty and sweet snack combination. The perfect gift for the movie lover in your life! Shop Movie Marathon Gift Box.

15. Unwind Gift Set

Create a serene and soothing resting place with these sleep essentials. This curated collection of garden-inspired aromatherapy tools, paired with a soft sleep mask, will have you catching zzz’s in no time. Ready to Unwind?

16. Citrus Bento Box

Give the gift of a tropical spa escape. This curated set includes an assortment of citrus-scented self-care goodies sure to please! Shop Citrus Bento Box.

17. Caramel Treats Gift Box

Our favorite sweet treats and wrapped up and ready to go! You truly can't go wrong with these award-winning salted caramels, caramel corn, and gourmet candy bars. Shop Caramel Treats.

18. Porter Ceramic Terrazzo Mug & Stemless Wine Cup

From Coffee to Cocktails! One of each, please.

Terrazzo is an iconic composite material originally developed in Venice, Italy. Traditionally made from a binder material of concrete–filled with bits of colorful stone, we crafted our limited edition Terrazzo collection from 100% food–safe silicone.

Start your morning smart and reduce your eco-impact with the Porter Mug. Crafted with durable ceramic and wrapped in protective matte silicone, this reusable mug is a high-quality replacement for disposable, plastic or metal to-go mugs.

Cocktails, anyone? When it's time to make the switch from coffee to wine, the Porter Terrazzo Stemless Wine Cup is where it's at!

19. Copper Cow Coffee Vietnamese Pour Over Kits

If you’ve never tried Vietnamese coffee, get ready to experience a caffeine-packed, explosion of flavor from the unsung heroes of the coffee world. Copper Cow's signature rockstar blend combines caffeine-packed robusta and arabica for an authentic, crazy-delicious brew.

Each box has 5 pour over filters (biodegradable) of our Vietnamese blends. Shop all Copper Cow Coffee.

20. Brunch Gift Box

Give the gift of gourmet brunch! This kitted set includes gourmet coffee, gluten-free crepe mix, specialty nut butters, flavor-packed jam and your choice of a cocktail mix or coffee mug.

The Brunch Box is our current best-selling box in the food category! Shop the Brunch Box and prepare to make their day : )

21. Shower Steamers

You haven't lived until you have tried a shower burst! These natural shower delights are easy to use and blast your shower with your favorite Essence One blend.

Simply drop one onto the shower floor into the water stream before entering your shower. Give it a minute or two to disperse and enter. Enjoy a couple minutes in the warm water, surrounded by your scent of choice, and prepare for your day.

22. Soothing Lavender Neck Wrap

The demands of our busy lives can make slowing down and letting go quite challenging. Our lavender neck wrap helps make the most of those special moments when you are able to create a little time and space for yourself.

Take a deep breath, relax, and exhale the worries of the day as the calming scent of lavender envelopes you. Release the tension and tightness in your muscles as the warmth settles into your neck and shoulders. Let the soft cotton flannel introduce a gentleness to your skin as the weight of the flax and lavender filled neck wrap helps to ground you in this moment.  

Our lavender neck wraps are a popular gift for busy moms, good friends, and caring teachers. It’s also a wonderful little luxury for those looking to treat themselves to some self-care.

The hang tag provides instructions for heating and cooling the neck wrap.

23. Old Whaling Co. Body Butters

This coastal-inspired blend of shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera is nourishing and great for all types of skin. The 8oz body butter jar is perfect for bathrooms and bedside tables! 

Old Whaling Company is a family owned + operated business in Charleston, SC., "We pride ourselves in offering high quality, handcrafted bath and body goods that leave your skin feeling clean, moisturized and beautifully scented. We love offering handmade, affordable, and highly effective modern bath products, inspired by the sea."

24. Mayana Caramels

Soft, sweet, salty and perfect. Fleur De Sel mixes in our slow cooked caramel recipe as well as adorns the top. Five heart shaped bon bons nestled in a gift box with a clear lid and a metallic gold label. Total crowd-pleaser. Shop Mayana Salted Caramels.

25. Pinch Me Therapy Dough

Stressed? Give a squeeze and enjoy relaxation in a pinch. Pinch Me is a grown up version of play dough - complete with luxurious scents made from spa-quality oils.

When you feel a hint of stress, pull out your container. Gently knead away nuisances, or use it while you're relaxing to decompress and get back to center.  

Each container comes packed with 3 squishable ounces of Pinch Me dough. That's enough to get you through hundreds of situations.

Pinch Me's rave reviews note it's soothing scents, calming colors, and pliant texture help to refocus and rebalance.

 

About Giften Market
Giften Market - Gift Boxes

The Giften Market team is passionate about supporting emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. We strive to shed light on the real people pouring their hearts and souls into their business ventures. For these makers, this line couldn’t be more true:

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”

And when you buy from a small business that buys from small businesses… the cycle continues! While we can’t compete with big box advertising budgets or promise same day delivery, we can band together and make a huge impact, one happy dance at a time.

Thanks for shopping small this holiday season and throughout the year! Please let me know in the comments below your picks for makers that should be in our next feature.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

-Martha Krueger
Founder & Owner, Giften Market


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