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  • Writer's pictureEmily Miethner

A Small Business Gift Guide from a Small Business Owner

Since 2017 I've been the founder of an eCommerce store, Your Cat Backpack by Travel Cat. We've become the #1 cat travel brand in the world - it's been quite the ride.

This year we launched two new stores: Cat Culture and Apartment Garden Supply.

Running eCommerce stores is very different than running FindSpark, my first business - a service-based company. I now have an even deeper appreciation for the love and care that goes into running a store that sells things. And 2020 has made owning a business more challenging than ever.

I personally do my best to shop small, now more than ever. Below are some of my favorite small businesses. I can guarantee that this list has something for every type of person who needs a gift this holiday season - whether it's for you, your friends, or your family.

All of these businesses ship across the United States (at least), and some have storefronts.

Happy thoughtful shopping! Please share your favorite small businesses in the comments!



🍃 Handcrafted Bubble Teas 🍃 📍ASTORIA & CHELSEA


home & lifestyle shop for a slower state of mind 🌾 founded by @aimsuze | based in Beacon, NY | online orders over $100 ship free 🤸‍♀️

Dumb shirts and low effort content. Queens merch designed by Queens natives.

Since 1985, the NY Steak & Seafood Co. has provided gourmet food & gifts nationwide. We offer gourmet USDA Prime meat, seafood, fish and poultry.

Minority-Owned, Female-Owned

Handmade Vegan Soy Wax Candles 🕯️ Retail • Wholesale • Private Label • Workshops We donate monthly to @cityharvestnyc Queens & Brooklyn local

Your local NYC beekeeper & source for everything bees. Local NYC Honey, Raw Honey, bee classes, & beekeeping services.

Posters, Vinyl, Toys, Apparel, Events, Games, Etc.


Sustainable undies made for getting sweaty. 💦 Moisture-wicking 🧵 Seamless technology 🐑 Ethically sourced

We create tools to positively change your life such as the @fiveminutejournal and The Productivity Planner @beproductive.

📣 NOW SHIPPING 🍪 9AM-10PM Daily 🆕📍BKLYN: 123 Kent Ave. 📍NYC: 298 Bleecker St. 📍LIC: 4215 Crescent St. 📍ASTORIA: 3006 34th St. 📍DITMARS: 2204 33rd St.

Where the world gets their fight gear and favorite clothing.

Stores📍 NYC | LA | Long Island


Welcome to the #candlecoven By Alaina & Jocelyn 🏳️‍🌈🖤✨ Candles that look good, smell good, and remind you of your faves. 🔮


Clothing+Accessories+Wholesale. Shop Local💗Shop Indie @gaspargou & @supermaggiekleinpeter


candles, cards, & inspiration


My Stores! All Women-Owned

💚 Create a beautiful garden in small spaces 🌱 Helping plants thrive, not just survive 💁‍♀️ Female-Led 🗽Based 👇 Planters, propagation stations, & tools

The #1 spot on the internet for cat products and gifts for cat people.

🐈👑 Curated with love.

Go Beyond the Great Indoors with #yourcatbackpack 🐈⁣ 🗽Based | Ship world-wide⁣ Known for the #FatCatBackpack



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