The Christmas season is FINALLY upon us (buy-bye, Thanksgiving!), and you know what that means...SHOPPING! Whether you are "adding to cart" for yourself or for others this holiday season (or a little bit of both), please consider shopping small this year. Small businesses, and their incredible owners, need our support more than ever as a result of all that has happened in 2020.
Without further ado, here are some of my FAVORITE choices for everyone on your Christmas list in various categories.
A Few of My Favorite Things: My 2020 Christmas List Must-Haves (and their Super Black Friday Deals!)
Hand-Delivered Christmas Place Settings and Stocking Stuffers: Lovely Luxe Rentals/Lovely Ring Boxes
Looking to add some cheer to your small holiday table this year? Give Lovely Luxe Rentals a call!
Husband-and-wife team Nicole and Mike Cecchi are on a mission to make sure people still feel Christmas cheer this year at home, even if it is spent more quietly than normal.
Photo courtesy mikesgoodhumor.com
The Cecchis operate Lovely Luxe Rentals, a full-service tabletop rental company, that provides curated collections of plates, glassware, and flatware for various special events all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and beyond. According to Cecchi, they specialize in renting tabletop items for weddings. “We had lots of weddings this year,” said Cecchi. “That’s been really special; this year there was a big pivot to micro-weddings and small celebrations [instead of large-scale events].”
An event Lovely Luxe Rentals styled at Hotel Bethlehem in PA (photo courtesy lovelyluxerentals.com)
And, for those getting engaged this holiday season...
In addition to Lovely Luxe Rentals, Cecchi and her husband also own two offshoots from their main business: Mike’s Good Humor, a vintage 1931 Model A Good Humor ice cream truck they rent out for events (see photo above), and Lovely Ring Boxes, a website that offers heirloom velvet ring boxes and other styling items. Cecchi highlighted the fact that an heirloom ring box is a great stocking stuffer for those getting engaged this holiday season. “[There are lots of] holiday proposals, and often the engagement gets photographed,” she said. “You want [the pictures] to look the best they can, and a special ring box is a great way to do that.”
Photo courtesy lovelyringboxes.com
What sets Lovely Luxe Rentals apart from other tabletop rental companies is that they will deliver the items you order straight to your door. “We want to bring beautiful aspects and our expertise to make even small events just as special,” said Cecchi.
Find your perfect holiday table setting at loveluxerentals.com, rent Mike’s Good Humor for a special socially-distanced holiday event at mikesgoodhumor.com, and find the perfect ring box to compliment your special jewelry at lovelyringboxes.com. From Black Friday-Cyber Monday, save 40% on all rings boxes and styling items with code NOVEMBER40!
Jewelry: Sincerely Ginger Jewelry
Hoping for that ring...and I don't mean on the phone...this holiday season? Look no further than the stunning, original pieces from Sincerely Ginger Jewelry
Photo courtesy of Ginger Herbein
Ginger Herbein’s love affair with jewelry began as a young girl, when she would look through her grandmother’s jewelry box. A Berks County native, Herbein took an unconventional path into the world of jewelry design in the process of creating her own line, Sincerely Ginger Jewelry.
With a Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University and a Master’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University, Herbein spent years teaching in the Philadelphia School District. When an injury on the job forced her into a period of recuperation, Herbein began researching jewelry designers who followed their passion without having a degree relevant to that particular field. That led her to take her first jewelry-making class at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2014, where she learned to work with silver.
After discovering that working with fine gold jewelry (in particular 14K) was ideal for the complexity of the pieces she envisioned creating, Herbein decided to take a hiatus and restart Sincerely Ginger Jewelry with a new vision in 2019.
Two of Herbein's favorite handcrafted pieces
Herbein’s designs are all made from eco-friendly, recycled gold, ethically sourced gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds. “I’m very strict about who I purchase from,” said Herbein. She added, “Whenever I make jewelry, [the materials] that don’t get used, get recycled.” She also is not limited to working with 14K gold--when it comes to custom orders, Herbein can create anything. “If a person wants jewelry made out of 18K gold or platinum, this can be done,” she said.
Herbein has a passion for creating custom jewelry. “I love the fact that such jewelry is so personal,” she said. “I'm excited about getting the chance to create heirloom designs at some point, when I'm offered that opportunity. I like that custom jewelry allows me to represent the people I'm designing for, and that it will be treasured for lifetimes to come.”
In many ways, Sincerely Ginger Jewelry is a family affair. Herbein shared that her mother designed her jewelry displays, and wired her display lighting to maximize the beauty of her pieces. “I am so thankful for my mom,” Herbein shared.
Looking forward to the future of her company, Herbein said, “It’s all about connections, and trusting that over time I will come across ideal clients that find sentimental meaning within jewelry and its value.”
You can view Herbein’s designs here: https://sincerelygingerjewelry.com/ In celebration of the holidays, every jewelry purchase comes with a FREE pair of 14K gold clover earrings, FREE shippings, and a goodie bag.
Photography: Lindsey Hart Photography
Photo credit: Lindsey Hart Photography (Facebook)
What better gift to give yourself or others this holiday season than the gift of professional photography?! The beauty of giving a photography gift card as a gift is two-fold: You support a small business, AND you get heirloom-quality photographs to cherish forever.
Lindsey Hart has been expanding her repertoire as a photographer for years, and has experience shooting everything from families to weddings to high fashion and everything in between! Learn more at: lindseyhartphotography.weebly.com
She is running a special Black Friday discount for her services below:
Photo credit: Lindsey Hart Photography (Facebook)
Personal Care/Makeup/Eyelash Extensions: Patrice Williams, MUA
Photo credit: Patrice Williams (Facebook)
If there's one thing that every lady on your list (Ok, you too), needs after this dumpster fire of a year, it's some pampering!
Patrice Williams is (from experience) the best in the biz when it comes to professional makeup application...and that's not all she can do! Patrice is also certified to apply eyelash extensions, but for an unbelievably amazing price you won't find anywhere else.
Check out her website at patricewilliamsmua.com!
Clothing and Accessories: The Curated Closet
And, of course, I can't NOT mention how our very own TCC (available online at thecuratedcloset.net OR in person at The Mercantile in Doylestown at 444 N Main Street) is running some unbelievable Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sales!
BFVIP - 12:01am til 8:30am 33% off