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Shop Small Gift Guide 2021

I can’t believe it’s already another holiday season. I think we all know by now that time doesn’t exist, but gift giving season is HERE whether you like it or not! Every year I put together a Shop Small Gift Guide, and this year is no exception. Scroll down for this year’s picks!

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Verloop started in 2012, on a mission to create beautiful knits from deadstock material. Today they work with a family-owned factory in the Philippines to make quality, innovative knits infused with color, personality, and functional beauty. My picks: the checkerboard scarf, touchscreen gloves, or the yin yang wave throw.


“We are dedicated to developing products that are price transparent, rooted in science, accountable and responsibly sourced. We’re genuinely invested in doing better for everyone. To us, it’s simple; products should do what they say they are going to do. We use packaging that works to do better environmentally and source vegan ingredients. We don’t believe in miracles. We believe in rituals that produce results.” My pick: The Forever Eye Mask

Marvin Ruby

“Marvin Ruby was conceived by a lawless childhood, and hatred for throwing things away. Each piece is meant to be styled with a sweatshirt and western boots, or sneakers and a frilly top. Marvin Ruby walks the line of masculine and feminine and fills a hole in the womenswear market that can easily be styled up or down.” My picks: the James bag, the Edith blouse, the quilted bucket hat.

Bathing Culture

“We’d started making soap back in the summer of 2015, long days found us escaping our office jobs in downtown San Francisco, jumping on our bikes and racing the sunset across the Golden Gate Bridge into the rambling trails of the Marin Headlands. Streaked with mud and sweat, we’d joke we’d never be able to get clean. Returning home from our epic adventures, we found that run-of-the-mill body wash couldn’t hold up. It stripped our skin of moisture, was full of toxic synthetics, and smelled bad, or was watery and weak.” Trust me when I say, the Cathedral Grove scent is next level. My picks: the Mind & Body Wash (refillable!), cosmic rainbow towel, high spirits sanitizer.

Kate McLeod

Parks Project is an official partner to the US National Parks. “Our goal is to protect and preserve parklands for generations to come by educating, advocating, volunteering, and activating park supporters to get involved in conservation. To date, Parks Project has contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US.” My picks: up-cycled water bottle sling, good vibes 2022 calendar, leave no trace dry bag.

Suay Sew Shop

Suay is a Los Angeles based 100% vertical  sewing and production shop founded in 2017 by CEO and Lead Designer, Lindsay Rose Medoff. Pioneering the clean up economy, Suay products are created from a combination of post-consumer waste, deadstock and domestically, organically grown fibers. In 2019, Suay diverted over 250,000 lbs of garments from landfills. My picks: cotton tie dye napkin set, remade workwear apron, remade floor cushion.

Patagonia Recrafted Collection

“These are clothes made from other clothes. Created from thousands of used garments diverted from the landfill, sorted at our Reno Repair Center, designed by a team who sees potential in the things left behind, and finally deconstructed and sewn in Los Angeles—this collection shows the true force of what radical acts of imagination can become.” My picks: Recrafted Down Jacket, Recrafted Overnight bag.

Consumed by Aja Barber

A call to action for consumers everywhere, Consumed asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it’s created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system. We live in a world of stuff. We dispose of most of it in as little as six months after we receive it. The byproducts of our quest to consume are creating an environmental crisis. Aja Barber wants to change this–and you can, too. In Consumed, Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work–often in unsafe conditions for very low pay–and the billionaires who receive the most profit. Shop here.


Aya Paper Co

As an advocate for environmental justice, Founder and Creative Director SaVonne Anderson wanted to ensure that Aya Paper Co. didn’t perpetuate issues like climate change and pollution, which disproportionately impact communities of color. Aya’s collection is defined by neutral earth tones, minimalist illustrations, and modern typography. The collection emphasizes cards for everyday occasions—birthdays, congratulations, love, friendship, and sympathy—while also creating seasonal items for the Winter Holiday Season, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Month, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more.  In addition to cards, Aya has produced notecard sets, journals, tote bags, and candles. My picks: Down To Earth Candle, Affirmation Calendar.

Take Shape Studio

“Creativity, for me, often emerges from a liminal space — somewhere between one point and another — the moment when you’re on the threshold of something else. Sometimes it’s on a long flight across the country, sometimes it’s in the surreal moments before falling asleep, sometimes it’s during a meandering meditation. I’ve always been drawn to transitions and the space between: the shedding of what no longer serves, the chaos within change, and the excitement of something new taking shape.” My picks: Checkerboard Signet Ring, Large Loop Earrings.

1 Comment

  • lori yeatter
    November 10, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    wow, abby! this is a well thought out list and range of responsible AND beautiful gift giving items. i will def be using these recommendations —thank you!


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