Shopping local for holiday gift giving is not a difficult task. There are so many creative and amazing artists in West Michigan that the difficult part is choosing which artists to buy from.
Which is why I'm on the lookout all year for local artists to feature. And I didn’t realize until I sat down to write out this year’s list that all of the small business I wanted to highlight are women owned!
The holiday shopping season is full of glitches this year. Goods stuck in customs. Shipping from overseas taking extra long. Factories running out of the parts they need to make things. Big companies are getting loud with their “order early!” message this year.
But you know what’s not sitting in customs or running out of parts? The hand crafted items artisans are making in your very own community. These small local businesses often rely on holiday sales to boost their budgets at the end of the year, and at the end of another shaky year, I’m sure they’d love your business.
I continue to love, buy from, and support all of the artists from my 2020 holiday shopping post, so be sure to check that out for more great gift-giving ideas from Michigan-based creators. >West Michigan Artists to Shop Online (2020)
If you’re from West Michigan and looking to shop local, consider this list your starting point. And all of these shops ship anywhere in the U.S., so if you’re not in West Michigan you can still experience and shop with our talented artists!
8 Woman-Owned West Michigan Businesses to Shop This Holiday Season
Cellar Door - High quality preserves and the BEST cocktail fruit for garnishing your drinks or topping your ice cream. I love using the syrup from Cellar Door cocktail fruit in place of simple syrup in my happy hour sips.
Five14 Candles - Soy candles in amazing scents, Five14 Candles carries both classic scent combinations as well as seasonal favorites. I love her Cranberry Apple fall fragrance.
Interpersonal Design - Botanical and nature inspired designs at affordable prices, Dania’s work is perfect in any home. I love her cocktail prints and herb artwork, which come ready to frame and gift.
Lisa Lehmann Designs - This is my only carryover artist from last year. Lisa makes incredible jewelry (I wear a lot of it!), but now she’s added her incredible watercolor art to her catalog. Prints, cards, journals, stickers, and even phone cases can be found on her site.
Kate Lewis Ceramics - Beautiful, affordable, everyday pottery. I love the classic shapes and earthy colors in Kate’s work, and use it in my food and drink photography whenever possible.
Paisclayco - Not only are Paisclayco’s earrings beautiful, but they’re lightweight and comfortable too. I promise, you’ll get compliments every time you wear a pair of her earrings. Shop the collection online.
Public Thread - Everything Public Thread makes is fun, on trend, and made from 100% recycled material. They are so much more than an amazing accessory design company. Check out their mission along with fantastic bags, wallets, dog collars, duffles, and more.
Runaway Press - With lots of fun and whimsical letterpress cards and prints, it’s easy to find great gifts at Runaway Press. But it’s her unique and stunning paper landscapes that really got my attention. They’re ideal for anyone who loves the Great Lakes or if you’re looking for something unique for your own wall.
Who's your favorite local, woman-owned business to shop with? What other West Michigan artists should be on my list? Tell me in the comments!