These days it seems like shopping small is even more important than it ever was. Being in business for myself, I have always tried my best to support my friends in their business ventures, and this year, I'm determined to do all of my shopping supporting SMALL!
As you probably know, I am a military spouse, so the mil-spouse community is so special to me. Many times, because of #militarylife, it's a little more difficult for the spouses to get a conventional job. Starting a side hustle or developing a full-blown business is sometimes the only way for these awesome mama wives to bring in extra support for their families.
So this year, I have compiled 10 small businesses owned by military spouses to create for you the perfect 2020 holiday shopping guide!
Michelle Bowler: The Waiting Warrior
There is “Remember Everyone Deployed” apparel for everyone in the family so you can all countdown, celebrate and connect with your favorite service member downrange.
Mallorie Wright: 1953designs
1953 Designs is an apparel and accessories boutique that focuses on bringing Disney and pop culture magic to your everyday life. The original designs are sure to bring joy and smiles all around! Inspired by Mallorie's lifelong obsession with Peter Pan, 1953designs offers a little bit of everything, from personalized handmade ears to unique character tees available in sizes for the whole family, my shop gives you lots of options to experience the magic.
Brynn Whitehurst: Trades of Hope
Trades of Hope has jewelry, handbags, and home décor that are providing freedom for trafficking survivors and hope for those in poverty through sustainable business. We are giving our artisan partners jobs instead of handouts, so shop with a purpose this year!
Amanda Huffman: Airman to Mom
Women of the Military Book is a compilation of 28 stories of women who have started their path to military life, are currently serving, separated, or retired. There are 4 stories from women in the process of joining, 14 stories from Air Force members, 8 stories from the Army, 1 from the Navy, and 1 from the Marine Corps. It could be the perfect gift for your military friends.
Brandy Wyatt: Polka Dot & Grace
Polka Dot & Grace is a little boutique for baby and little girls' clothing and accessories. There are some boy items, too! Sizes 0-3 months and up. This online shop is owned by Brandy & Jon who both share a passion for fashion. Take a look to find affordable and adorable fashion for your littles!
Mary-Catherine LaBossiere: Busy Babes Nutrition
Are you tired of feeling stressed and emotionally eating sabotaging your goals? Say hello to Empowered Eating! Mary-Catherine is passionate about helping women break free food rules and restrictive diets. Learn how to eat foods you love without letting emotional eating get in the way.
Lauren Hope: Hope Design Ltd
Lauren Hope is the owner, designer, and artisan behind Hope Design Ltd.®. A military spouse herself, she carefully handcrafts unique military jewelry and accessories to honor our country’s service veterans and heroes. Her creations are available online and also in selected not-for-profit, military spouse mission-driven gift shops.
Nora Lee: Mrs. Navy Mama
NoraLee is a Military spouse mama of 4 beautiful kiddos! Moving every couple of years is not easy, so she has found that self-care is so important, especially during the holiday season. Check out this Self Care Guide, it is a must-have!
Jessica Nichols: Usborne Books
Usborne Books offers unique, highly-engaging children's books, ranging from newborn to young adult and covers a wide variety of interests. You will be sure to find the perfect holiday gift for your little readers!
Alana Wilson: doTERRA Essential Oils
And then there's me! If you're here, chances are you know who I am, but maybe you've made your way here by some magical twist of fate...and I have to say...I'm glad you're here! There is no greater gift than the gift of health. If you want to gift some essential oils this holiday season, connect with me to learn all about these natural products...and even DIY recipes and supplies too!
All of the women on this list are AMAZING! I want to thank all of them for being a part of this holiday guide. I hope that you get some great ideas from checking out this list. I'm sure there is something perfect for all of your holiday shopping needs!
Thank you for shopping small and supporting the military spouse community!