Shop Drew Barrymore’s Holiday Gift Ideas From Small Businesses

Drew Barrymore is encouraging everyone to shop small this holiday season. The actress’ talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, is sharing Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide — filled with the star’s handpicked holiday gift recommendations from small businesses from across the country. 

The show has curated the list from suggestions sent to Barrymore’s Instagram, which resulted in over 70,000 submissions. The gift guide features a great range of small businesses from Wichita-based pottery company Del Norte Studio to Boston’s first Black-owned bookstore Frugal Bookstore. Check back on Barrymore’s gift list as more small businesses will be added throughout the holidays.

Be sure to also check out ET Style’s expansive gift guides, such as gifts under $50, home devices, stocking stuffers, fashion favorites, gifts for teens, gifts for men, candles, pajama sets and more. Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching, so ensure your gifts arrive on time by reviewing important cutoff dates and delivery options. 

Ahead, shop gifts from small businesses featured on Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide. 

Del Norte Studio



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Del Norte Studio

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Mexican artist Armando Minjarez’s Del Norte Studio is based in Wichita, Kansas. The studio creates handcrafted, one-of-a-kind ceramic designs such as bowls, mugs, vases, plates and tumblers, “exploring design concepts within the context of public and domestic space,” according to their website.

$45 at Del Norte Studio

Iyanla Vanzant



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Frugal Bookstore/Simon & Schuster

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Frugal Bookstore, operated by couple Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, is the first Black-owned bookstore in Boston. The bookstore promotes literacy among children, teens and adults in their community. Ninety-eight percent of their books are authored by people of color, featuring a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. 

REGULARLY $16.99

$15.29 at Frugal Bookstore

Estelle Colored Glass



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Estelle Colored Glass

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Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Estelle Colored Glass creates stunning hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware. Named after founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother who loved antiques, Estelle Colored Glass combines vintage style and modern sophistication in each piece. 

$225 at Estelle Colored Glass

Queen Bee Jelly



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Queen Bee Jelly

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Queen Bee Jelly is an online fabric boutique in Washington, D.C., offering beautiful Ankara fabric, also known as African wax fabric, in striking vibrant patterns and colors. The brand also has a collection of beautiful trims, pins, brooches, lace and mud cloth. 

REGULARLY $8.99

$1 per yard at Queen Bee Jelly

Keller Works



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Founded by Krystn Keller in Mobile, Alabama, Keller Works makes skin and body products for sensitive skin that’s formulated with natural ingredients, free of irritants and allergens. This set includes Elliott’s Body Butter, Elliott’s Salve and Elliott’s Oatmeal Soap — named

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Holiday gift ideas from D.C. small businesses

Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.

Appointed

Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold over last year. “That I attribute to aspirational buying. I think everyone is just wanting to get to 2021 and plan for 2021,” she says. appntd.com. — A.C.

Bailiwick Clothing Company

Few clothing lines capture the effervescent spirit of D.C. better than brothers JC and Jeff Smith’s Bailiwick Clothing Company. Bailiwick, which takes its name from an Old English word meaning a person’s particular area of interest or authority, sells shirts, hoodies, hats and other clothing adorned with proud District prints such as “202” and “District of Champions.” The brand currently features a limited edition Madam Vice President shirt, an ode to Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s historic vice-presidential win ($25), and “The District” shirt ($25) that was made in collaboration with local bagel joint Call Your Mother. bailiwickclothing.com. — S.W.

BicycleTrash

For years, Topaz Terry has been giving new life to things other people discarded. So when she got her bicycle repaired one day, she asked for the trash — and turned the castoff chain and gears into a one-of-a-kind bottle opener. That was the beginning of BicycleTrash, which specializes in wearable accessories made from old bike parts and other overlooked, commonly discarded materials. The bottle opener ($28) remains a gift-giving favorite — it’s grease-free and polished with a steel brush. Other options: shimmery GearFlake ornaments ($15) for the gear heads and a funky tote designed with recycled bicycle inner tube ($178). Terry also started making face masks during the pandemic: They’re $22, with adjustable ear loops made out of recycled rubber cord and fun, vintage prints. bicycletrash.com. — A.H.

Capitol Hill Books

When beloved used-book store Capitol Hill Books closed early in the pandemic, its owners hit on a novel way to keep business going: give their expert booksellers a budget and answer a few questions about the genres and authors you enjoy, and they’d build a “grab bag” of books (prices vary) sure to keep any housebound reader entertained. Since March, bookstore co-owner Aaron Beckwith says they’ve shipped thousands of packages. “Early on we were getting way more requests for dystopian fiction than normal,” Beckwith says, but

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Gift Guide 2020 – Gift Ideas for the Austin-Loving Cinephile in Your Life: From the big and small screens to your giftee – Screens

I Luv Video T-Shirts

I Luv Video was an Austin institution. An integral part of our city’s film culture for nearly 40 years,
the indie movie rental store announced in September that it was closing its doors for good. If you’re like most of us, still broken up over the loss of this wonderful and weird establishment, why not help keep the memory of this special place alive through an I Luv Video T-shirt? Unisex and available in three styles, they’re a perfect gift for all your heartbroken movie-loving friends. May its memory bring us comfort. – Sara Hutchinson

S-4XL, $29-39. www.iluvvideos.com.


Give A Gift, Get A Gift – Austin Film Society

Looking for a way to support your local Austin film community from the comfort of your own home? Search no further than Austin Film Society’s holiday membership drive – where this year, all gifted memberships will include two bonus months of the program and a physical thank-you gift. While the cinema is closed, all virtual membership benefits this year will include free online sneak previews, virtual events, discounts on the AFS streaming platform [email protected], and access to the AFS Discussion Club – plus, you can choose between an additional free AFS hat or AFS Cinema T-shirt branded with a new unique design. – Naomi Brady

$65-1,380. www.austinfilm.org.


Austin School of Film Gift Box

The nonprofit Austin School of Film has had quite the year. Faced with unprecedented challenges, they’ve hung on with inspiring grit and passion. Pivoting to remote classes and events with their Play at Home series, ASF continues to sustain and build our filmmaking and film-loving community. Cinephiles everywhere can show their support through Austin School of Film’s Holiday Box. The box comes with the best of ASF’s hip gear, including a T-shirt, tote, and bandanna. All proceeds go toward ASF’s community programs. Giving the gift of style while supporting a great cause? That’s a win-win. – S.H.

$50. www.austinfilmschool.org/holiday-box.


Mondo Poster Auction

Know a movie superfan, or have someone in your life who loves to collect movie
posters? For the first time ever, eMovie
Poster.com is hosting an online Mondo limited-edition print poster auction, running until December 13. In an effort to help support the Alamo Drafthouse during the pandemic, Alamo founder and Executive Chairman Tim League is selling nearly 2,000 limited-edition Mondo prints from his own personal stash, including out-of-print sets like the Tyler Stout and Olly Moss Star Wars Trilogies and highly coveted film posters by Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, and Shepard Fairey. All proceeds will go toward supporting Alamo Drafthouse employees and COVID-closure expenses. – N.B.

www.emovieposter.com.


Alright, Alright, Alright

Melissa Maerz gave our city a gift with her new book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Maerz interviewed dozens of people for the project, including the film’s stars and many longtime Austinites. The book tells the story of the film’s infamous production and release, providing insights into Linklater’s conflict with studio executives, but

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20 entrepreneurs share their small business ‘aha moments’

  • Dreamers & Doers is a networking community of female entrepreneurs, creatives, and change-makers. 
  • Many of its members decided to create their own companies after experiencing an “aha moment,” or a time when they realized they wanted to fully pursue their passion projects or side hustles. 
  • Whether it was a personal need or a problem they wanted to help solve, these 20 women each say they had a pivotal moment where everything clicked and drove them to launch their businesses. 
  • “Having worked in Fortune 500 companies, I always felt like I was walking someone else’s road, so I decided to take control and build the road my way,” said founder and innovation strategist Teresa Comi. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As most founders have experienced, entrepreneurial journeys are anything but linear. There are ideas that propel you forward, setbacks that challenge you, and pivots that have you starting from what feels like scratch. 

Yet despite the inevitable trial and error companies are bound to face, there is usually one moment — an aha moment — where the pieces seem to perfectly align and the vision becomes clear. While the path still isn’t easy, having that North Star to refer to can be essential when a company is still just a glimmer of an idea.

For these 20 female founders, there was a clear aha moment when they knew it was time to go all-in with their company. Whether that moment came out of a personal need, a lifelong passion, or a glaring problem that needed to be solved, their stories beautifully illustrate the significance of having one moment where it all clicks, ultimately igniting their passions to make their dreams a reality.

Read more: How the millennial cofounders of feminine-care company Blume raised $3.3 million in funding in just one month

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Small Business Update: Checking in after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday

CHICAGO (WLS) — Holiday shopping is in full swing and with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us, some small businesses saw a bump in sales over the weekend.

But was it enough to offset the lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic?

“There’s still a good portion of people who just don’t feel comfortable coming in yet and we are negatively impacted by that,” said Richard Price, owner of the Alamo Shoes in Andersonville.

Their shelves are stocked – but the store is nearly empty because the small business just isn’t getting the foot traffic it once did before the pandemic.

But over the Black Friday weekend, things changed – for just a bit.

“Since we reopened in June, this past Friday and Saturday were the busiest days we’ve seen since June, so that is positive,” Price said.

But it’s still down in comparison to last year’s sales.

“Year over year, if we compared 2020 to 2019, I’m down about 40%,” Price said. “In those three days around Black Friday, we’re seeing around a 20% decrease in business.”

It’s a reality many local businesses in the area are facing. But some, like Bryn Mawr Jewelry, have a different story to tell.

“Without a doubt, we would not be where we are today without small business. Every sale puts food on our tables, that’s a fact,” Owner Scott Freeman said.

Freeman opened the store’s new location three weeks before the lockdown in March – but when he reopened a couple of months later, he was pleasantly surprised.

The same goes for this past weekend.

“Every day, I swear to God I have to pinch myself. Everyone’s been so supportive,” Freeman said. “People want to do something nice for themselves or nice for somebody else. I guess buy something that means a lot and will last the test of time.”

Though the coming weeks will be different for every small business – the message they’re sending is clear, they’ll need the communities’ help to survive.

“So many small businesses are closing and now more than ever small business really needs the support,” Freeman added.

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Small business shopping feels nearly normal at outdoor City Foundry STL market | Local Business

Because the response was so overwhelming, the foundry decided to host a second day next Saturday. Almost all tickets for that event have been reserved and the foundry was working with the city to open more slots, Weaver said.

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City Foundry STL’s asset manager, Will Smith, said the foundry hopes to host as many outdoor events like this as they can, weather permitting.

Patty Upchurch of Patty’s Cheesecakes (slogan: “We make you cheese”) will have a spot in the food hall when the foundry opens in the spring. She had a booth at Saturday’s market and said business has been good there and beyond.

“Thanksgiving was crazy,” she said. She thinks people know it’s important to support local, especially during the pandemic.

“It’s a way to still have community and be connected,” she said. And the fact that most of her cheesecakes are individual servings that can be wrapped for safe sharing also helps, she said.

Megan Ludwig volunteers for Forai, a nonprofit that supports and trains refugee women who make jewelry and other gifts. She sat at its booth Saturday and said business was steady.

“It’s definitely been tough,” she said. She said the nonprofit mostly relies on markets and has been trying to make do with online sales and its annual fundraiser, which had to go virtual this year.

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UConn women report one additional positive COVID-19 case; players can work out again in small groups


The UConn women’s basketball team has been cleared to begin working out in small groups again following its COVID-19 shutdown, a team spokesperson said Saturday.

All 11 players have been in a 14-day quarantine since a Tier 1 member of the program — not a player or a coach — tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.

Additional testing this week also revealed another positive test within the program, though, following contact tracing, the timeline for the quarantine remains unchanged, as does the game schedule. The individual who tested positive was not identified.


Players were tested again Wednesday and Friday, with all results coming back negative.

The third-ranked Huskies have already had to cancel their first three nonconference games and postpone their Big East opener at Seton Hall. The Seton Hall game has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Dec. 17.



Because of the quarantine, the earliest the Huskies can resume full-team workouts is Dec. 8. Their first regular-season game is scheduled for a week later — Butler at Gampel Pavilion on Dec. 15.



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Small Business Saturday encourages shopping, spending in Aiken | Local News

Small Business Saturday is this weekend, and some Aiken retailers, merchants, services and restaurants are depending on it.

The coronavirus pandemic has walloped the U.S. economy and has pushed many small businesses over the edge – or very close to it. Restaurants and retailers were hit particularly hard as earlier lockdowns took effect.

“This time of the year, right now from Small Business Saturday to Christmas Eve, are big, important months,” Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson said Wednesday. “And, I fear some of our independent retailers are just holding on.”

Most chamber members employ just a handful of people: neighbors, friends, people seen around the city and throughout the county.

“So, we are a community made up of small businesses,” the chamber president said, “and some of these businesses have really, really struggled this year.”

The Yelp Economic Impact report, published in September, found that some 163,700 businesses had closed in the U.S. since the beginning of March, around the start of the pandemic.

Small Business Saturday was first observed years ago as a counterpart to frenetic Black Friday and online-savvy Cyber Monday, both of which draw crowds and clicks to big-box stores and multibillion-dollar companies.

Jameson emphasized that Small Business Saturday extends beyond the often-thought-of boutique or clothing store: “It’s broader than just the independent retailers, who you think of,” he said. “We’ve got small restaurants that need help. We have other kinds of small businesses that need support.”

Restaurants and caterers can be supported by buying gift cards or grabbing a meal to go. If you’re looking to do some home improvement, Jameson added, hire a local team.

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With more Mainers shopping locally, small businesses see holiday boost

Black Friday deal-seekers can rest after their big dinner on Thanksgiving this year rather than rush out to be first in line when their favorite store opens after midnight on Friday.

State and national health officials have urged people to keep holiday celebrations small and close to home as the coronavirus spreads quickly in Maine and across the country. One side effect of that is helping small businesses here as shoppers flock online, pick up curbside and look to support local businesses and Maine-made goods.

“There’s been a silver lining through all of this because even smaller retailers have made some necessary investments in technology to make online shopping easier for their customers,” Curtis Picard, president and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine, said.

The trifecta of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday this weekend marks the traditional start to the holiday season and the time when retailers make most of their annual sales. But the season is likely to be more spread out this year as larger retailers including Walmart are promoting early Black Friday deals and encouraging online sales.

In Maine, Reny’s ran early bird specials all day instead of in the early morning hours to help prevent lines and kick off holiday sales early. Picard said his organization has been encouraging efforts to drive early sales and minimize crowds to keep in-person shopping safe.

The National Retail Federation predicts a surprisingly strong end to a sales year marred by the pandemic. It is forecasting that holiday sales during November and December will increase as much as 5 percent to $767 billion compared to last year. The industry group expects the online portion of those sales to increase by 20 percent over last year. Some of the bump could come from people saving money amid the pandemic.

Christina Benoit, creative director at Benoit’s Design, a Westbrook home decor, gifts and apparel store that she co-founded with her husband Greg in 2014, expects higher revenues this year than last, saying customers are “really focused on buying local this year.”

The 1,000-square-foot store, which allows five customers in at a time to honor the state’s coronavirus restrictions, employs four people. Benoit said during the downtime when virus restrictions forced the store to close temporarily, she and her husband were able to add new products and focus on the best way to present them online.

“We know that’s going to be the major way people are shopping this year,” she said, adding that the store has quadrupled online business this year.

Like Benoit, Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, a home, fashion and pet accessories store with locations in Bath and Portland, doubled down on e-commerce when its physical stores had to close at the beginning of the pandemic. Most of the time people ordering online are buying for themselves and picking up items curbside.

“But I noticed on our website a couple of weeks ago that over half of the people are shipping packages to different addresses, which means

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Looking for gift ideas? Black-owned Cincinnati shops to support for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a chance to support local business in our community.



a building with a store on the corner of a street: The store front of the Smith & Hannon Book Store on Vine Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.


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The store front of the Smith & Hannon Book Store on Vine Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

This year, due to the pandemic, our local shops have been struggling, but we can help.

This year, there is a movement saying bye to Black Friday and encouraging people to #BuyBlack Friday. This movement, from Facebook Elevate, is to get people to buy from Black-owned businesses every Friday through Black Friday.



a man standing in front of a building: Cam Means, 27, left, and Marcus Ervin, 29, the owners of Black Owned outside their new store on 822 Elm Street that opens on October 18. The store will sell clothing with the Black Owned label on the items.


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Cam Means, 27, left, and Marcus Ervin, 29, the owners of Black Owned outside their new store on 822 Elm Street that opens on October 18. The store will sell clothing with the Black Owned label on the items.

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A day after Black Friday, on Nov. 28, is a holiday called Small Business Saturday. Another opportunity to give back, support local and support Black-owned businesses owners by visiting one of these stores or shopping online.

Shop local this holiday season: Check out these Cincinnati shops for Small Business Saturday

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on small businesses, with more than 3.3 million businesses – or 22% – shutting down from February to April, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Black-owned businesses were hit even harder, with 41% closing permanently.   

Here’s a list of Black-owned small businesses worth checking out on Small Business Saturday:

If you’re hoping to get in shape …

Give the gift of personal training and classes from 1 More Rep Cincinnati Fitness CenterBody Revamped Bootcamp or Paradise Gym and Fitness Center.

If you’re looking for wellness coaching and health services, try visiting Caldwell Family Wellness, Garden of Wellness Massage Therapy and Just Essential Nutrition.

If you want to give the gift of food …

You can share a meal with a loved one at any of Cincinnati’s Black-owned restaurants. If you want to give a gift, buy a gift card.

More: Cincinnati has a lot of black-owned restaurants. Here are 25 that you should try

If you’re shopping for a fashionista …

You have a ton of options in the Queen City.

Visit Aphrodite Muse Clothing, BlaCk OWned Outerwear or Chic Life Apparel.

You can buy local jewelry from IMGBAT Art and Jewelry and Junebug Jewelry Designs.



a store front at day: The storefront of the Joseph Clark Gallery on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.


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The storefront of the Joseph Clark Gallery on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

If you want to support local artists …

Cincinnati has a ton of Black artists with their own shops and selling works online.

If you want to support a local Black artist, buy work from Black-owned Joseph Clark Gallery. You can also buy directly from some of the 16 artists who created the Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall.

More: Behind the Black Lives Matter

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