2016 Shop Small Holiday Gift Guide

With Christmas just a little over three weeks away, we are in the final countdown! If you're like me, you wait until December to start shopping, because getting it together any earlier than that makes too much sense and would make life too easy. I have to make it hard on myself. 

And, if you're like me in more ways than one, you want to support as much local and small business as possible! I have always been aware that I should #shopsmall and #buylocal, but in my first year as an Etsy Seller....I've never been more convicted! When you support an Etsy Seller or an artist at a local boutique or store front in your town, you're helping an actual human being. That's not something you can say about hitting the aisles of Target or browsing Macy's....though I love both of those big box stores, I want to bring attention to some special Etsy Sellers and Artsy Friends I've met through my hand-lettering journey!

Here are a few of the artists I am making a point to support this Christmas! 

For your coloring-obsessed friend...or in my case, grandmother!

Stuff Southern Women Say: A Coloring Book of Southernisms and Southern Charm: Adult Coloring Book

(Ahem...it's only $9.99....you can order one for every Southern lady in your life!)

My Mamaw LOVES to color in adult coloring books, and I know she's not the only one! I have lots of friends who like to Netflix-and-Color (including yours truly, if I have the time), and even more Southern gal pals that would love this book if for nothing more than the sayings inside! 

You may remember that I gave another one of Angie's coloring books away in my 10K Giveaway... well, stay tuned, because I'll be giving a copy of this coloring book away in the new year...

Order your very own coloring book for yourself, or to give as a gift by clicking here!

For your state-proud, floral-loving friend...

A State Sign from Lovely Retro Renos

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST order by December 10th if you want to receive your pieces in time for the holidays...but you can get free shipping until then!

Of course, y'all know I love my Kentucky stuff. Kentucky everything all the time. But even I know Kentucky isn't the only state worth celebrating! In addition to the Bluegrass State, I've left pieces of my heart in New York, and now, Illlinois! I want to order signs for those places too and create the most beautiful gallery wall ever!

 Photo from Lovely Retro Reno's Etsy Shop

Photo from Lovely Retro Reno's Etsy Shop

I mean, how precious is this Illinois sign? 

Stephanie, owner and maker behind this adorable shop, also creates drink coasters, unique picture frames, and some other wooden goodies! Definitely give her shop a look!

For the friend that likes to sip and/or celebrate in style!

The 'Cup of Cheer' 17 Oz. Stemless Wine Glass by Pretty in Ink Shop

You can ask Andrea, the owner and maker behind this adorable shop...the first time I laid eyes on this "Cup of Cheer" glass, I commented on the photo and said "I think I need this," and had ordered it less than a week later! I just couldn't pass this one up!

 Photo from  Pretty in Ink Shop

I threw a splash of my husband's Kentucky Bourbon into my cup of cheer, but I've been enjoying it for wine more than anything! However, if you or your friends and family don't enjoy alcohol...no worries! I'm confident ANY drink will be more cheerful in this cup!

Pretty in Ink Shop also have a ton of other adorable drink-ware options that I think you'll just love for the holiday season...here are a few of my favorites: 
This White Camper Mug...
And this 'Elf' inspired coffee or tea mug!

Andrea is the best, and has also shared a coupon code with me to pass on to my readers!
Get 15% off your purchase of $5 or more with code "OHWHATFUN"! Click here to view her shop!

I'll be giving away one of these cheerful glasses in my New Years giveaway as well...it's going to be a good one, guys!

For the friend or loved one missing someone special this Christmas...

This gorgeous sign by CaytiedidDesigns

This time of year can sting for those that have just lost a loved one or are spending their first Christmas without a special friend or relative. I know this pain from personal experience. While no gift could ever replace the empty place in your heart, a thoughtful sentiment like this one is a lovely reminder to celebrate in honor of those you miss so much! I absolutely adore this print by my insta-friend Caytie!

And for the friend with the catchphrase.....

A custom Gold Foil Print by yours truly...

Please note: I'm taking and filling orders until Friday, December 16th, to help increase likelihood all packages arrive in time for Christmas! Any orders placed on or after the 16th will be shipped Monday, the 19th, and I make no promises....read below for a coupon code!

Did you really think I could resist plugging myself? No. But, mostly because this is a brand new listing in my shop! Available in 5x7 or 8x10 sizing, I want to hand-letter your favorite quote, Bible Verse, song lyrics, or catchphrase and immortalize it in sparkly gold foil! But, you don't have to limit yourself to a custom print if it ain't your thang right now....This code is for my readers only: use 'KILEYCHRISTMAS' at checkout for free shipping on any item in my shop, now until December 16th!

I also have these brand new prints available, which are a collaboration with my mom, the talented photographer behind January June Photography! They're not your average print...I highly suggest grabbing one of these for your friend with the cute kitchen or the coziest living room!

Ok guys...that's it! I hope you've marked at least one item off your shopping list from this gift guide! Feel free to comment your favorite Etsy Shop or small online boutique and share the #shopsmall love! Heck, even tag your own Etsy Shop...I did it, and you can too!

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