Lincoln Gift Guide: Small Business Edition

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Shopping for gifts may feel overwhelming. With countless mega-retailers offering holiday discounts and ample promotions, it’s easy to get lost in the noise of the holiday gift-giving rush.

However, a way to break through that noise, and simplify the experience, is to turn to small businesses this season. Not only will you be supporting family-run, local, and independent sellers, but you will find surprisingly cool offerings your friends and family will love to show off.

Here are items and shops we’re adding to our holiday wishlist.

Home Decor

a stylish living room

There is immense talent in home decor, specifically in independent sellers who turn their art into home goods. One of those talents is Ellen Van Dusen, owner of Dusen Dusen. With a storefront in Brooklyn, Ellen began by designing colorful clothing inspired by “the brain’s reaction to color, movement, and contrast.” Since then, her line has expanded to include vibrant and eclectic home goods including coverlets, throw pillows, towels, and dog beds. For friends and family members who love a punch of color, Dusen Dusen has the perfect gift for their tastes.



If you’re scratching your head at what to get for a particular someone, remember that food is the key to most people’s hearts. And luckily, there are a number of small businesses that offer delicious goods. For gifts that keep on giving, consider a subscription package. Quebracho Charcuterie & Pies is a Minneapolis-based online shop that specializes in Argentine charcuterie, pies, and empanadas. Their mission is to replicate the warm and cozy feeling of a Sunday in Argentina with family. As a gift, sign a special person in your life up for their Empanada Club. For just $12.60 each month, they will receive an order of chicken, beef, seasonal, or spinach empanadas.


a hand feeding a dog a treat

A gift for a pet is also a gift for the owner! Therefore, give someone special a treat for their furry friend this holiday season. For delicious and organic dog treats, check out Ava’s Pet Palace. At just 12 years old, Ava Dorsey saw a need for healthy treats for the pets in her life. As a kidpreneur, she developed her beloved treat recipes including Oat & Banana Medley, Ava’s Cheez Pleez Bites, and Peanutty Paw Cookies.

Now that you have gifts covered, it’s time to think about recipes for the holidays! Check out our recent blog post on international comfort foods to inspire your menu this year.

If you’re looking for a new apartment this holiday season, you’re in luck! Gift yourself a fantastic home with Lincoln. Contact us today to learn more.