gift ideas that support small business

Here are 5 great gift ideas that support our small businesses.

Even though #smallbusinesssaturday was last weekend, i wanted to give you some legitimate (not crappy) gift ideas you can get from your local shops. More specifically, local Spartanburg shops.

I love shopping downtown. I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like to, but one of my favorite things to do on a sunny day is to take my daughter downtown to get yummy food, a hot coffee or cocoa and walk through every single shop on Main Street. So, here is a nifty little guide to give you some great ideas. Because, it’s more about thinking about the people you care about … not so much just giving to them.

Local yummy eats

Give a gift card from your favorite local coffee shop or a box of yummy cupcakes from the local bakery. My favorites are Little River Roasting Co. and Cakehead Bake Shop, conveniently located in the same building (Masonic Lodge) downtown. Another great spot for tasty treats and even frozen meals is Blue Moon Specialty Foods on Church Street.

Take someone out to your favorite local eatery. I love the the Farmer’s Table on Daniel Morgan Ave. is open for dinner a few nights a week now. Another favorite “fancy” night out is always the Peddler. Can’t wait to see their new digs right downtown.

Unique items

You can find unique and items handmade by local artists in nearly every little shop on Main Street. My favorites are West Main Artist’s Co-op, Three Sisters and even the Hub City Farmer’s Market, which is open nearly all year ’round now.

You can find really cool specialty items at places like The Local Hiker and Arrowhead Design (home of the Spartanburger shirts and Burg caps). I try and make it a point to visit Imagination Station for most of the birthdays and holidays when kids are involved.

Experiences

It’s not always about getting stuff. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need one more tchotchke to collect dust in a corner of my house. There are a million things to do in Spartanburg. I love walking the Cottonwood Trail or visiting the Glendale Shoals Preserve. I already mentioned hanging out downtown where there is always music or something going on. Find a show at the Chapman Cultural Center or rent a bicycle and travel the neighborhoods or Rail Trail. In the warmer months you could have a picnic or see a movie on the lawn at Barnet Park and then the skating rink goes up in November in Morgan Square every holiday season.

You could also go way off the map and make something yourself! I made these Valentine’s for a few of my favorite clients one year. It’s not as cheesy or childish as you think. Most people LOVE getting tiny little handmade things.

I hope you get some inspiration on a new gift idea from my favorite small businesses. I know I get inspired every time I visit one of these places. Remember that shopping at small local businesses is what make our community great. We are blessed to have so many amazing business owners and local performers and makers in the Upstate. Now, excuse me while I make out my wish list.