The countdown for holiday shopping is around the corner. It creeps up so quickly and every year I try to be better about shopping locally and making sustainable choices. One of the best ways to spread holiday cheer is supporting local businesses and while it’s a lot of fun to have a day out hitting the shops, it can be difficult to find the time to get around to all of the specialty shops that have your favorite local goods.
If you are busy (like most people) or socially anxious (like a lot of people), online shopping is your tried and true. So, we put together a little guide for you to find beautiful, handmade goods created by our own Savannah locals, without having to leave the comfort of your own home (or office if that is where you spend most of your time).
Seek is handmade jewelry and accessories for the wild-hearted soul seeker. Owner Sydney Page Legleu hand crafts works of art to be worn, using mostly Sterling Silver. Her bohemian inspired pieces are often created around colorful and healing stones such as turquoise and labradorite. You can also contact her for special orders like stamped rings and bracelets. Many of her creations are one of a kind, so be sure to get your order in by December 3rd and watch her social media for new and festive holiday designs (Hint: 5 golden rings!).
MMB by hand's bags, home goods, and accessories are made exclusively with organic fabrics. A retro, fun, mid-century style makes for the perfect, eco-friendly gift this season. These designs are modern and functional, as well as eye-catching and beautiful. Owner Melissa Beauchamp features organic fabric from artist Charlie Harper, specializing in minimalist designs.
Element’s handmade porcelain work is widely recognized for its striking combination of modern textures, patterns and shapes inspired by nature. Owner Heather Knight carefully hand crafts each item, offering stunning work that is sure to be treasured. Her design-forward creations have a unique origin from a studio that was originally designed by artist Julio Garcia and is made from recycled shipping containers.
Known especially for her bicycle wrap skirts, artist and owner, Lara Neece created Forest and Fin with a vision to include a range of sustainably and artistically-made items that encouraged environmental conservation and raised money for their conservation efforts. The apparel is comfortable and multipurpose, in addition to being sustainable. You can feel Lara’s presence in her line, calling, “Open your consciousness to the natural world and you will be rewarded.”
There are many designs to choose from, but we especially love the branded Forest and Fin shirts and the fox design. You can find Lara’s product online at Forestandfin.com or visit the storefront and studio at 2423 Desoto Ave. (open Thurs, Fri, Sat 11-4pm). You can redeem a 10% discount from November 20th-26th at her brick and mortar shop with this article.
The creators of this all-natural body care company feature products for men, women and children. Khiara Washington and Katy Jo Holton offer a diverse line of natural hair care products, soaps and cosmetics all made by hand. Their beautifully and sustainably packaged goods are made from high quality ingredients including organic and fair trade oils and locally sourced beeswax. Khiara and Katy Jo put their talents together offering items for a range of needs including everything from long lasting and multipurpose balms to design-your-own eye shadow palettes made from natural mica minerals. Their creations are both functional and fun.
Our favorite products are the Healthy Hair and Scalp Drops and the African Black Soap made with authentic potash and activated charcoal. You can find their products at Kainatbeauty.com where they are offering 10% off from November 20-26th using the code: localonline. You can also shop locally at Wax and Wane Waxing Salon at 1917 Bull Street.
Alice & Pearl is a local business with a focus on handmade, vintage-inspired, kitschy kitchen accessories for adults and kids. Everything from pot holders and oven mitts, to aprons and baby bib/aprons, (called Baprons). A new item, added recently by owner Becky Prescott, is the Egg Gathering Aprons for adults and kids, that can be used on the farm or in backyard chicken coops!
Besides the egg gathering aprons, some of our favorites are the Kid’s Play Oven Mitt Set and adorable Dog Bandanas (can’t leave out the pups!). You can find Becky’s beautifully crafted creations online at AliceandPearl.net and don’t forget your 10% off online discount valid November 20th-26th using the coupon code: localonline. You can also find Alice & Pearl items downtown at Henny Penny Art Space or Fabrika.