We love holiday shopping! And what’s more fun than getting amazing, thoughtful gifts and supporting woman-owned businesses? Here are some of our team’s top picks this holiday season, just in time for Black Friday. And, yes, we were listening to holiday music as we wrote this.
For the foody
Táche Hot Chocolate Kit: A beautifully designed box filled with Táche pistachio milk, Flamingo Estate drinking chocolate, and Mojave Mallows artisanal marshmallows. Roxana Saidi’s kit is so seasonal, it’s almost painful.
west~bourne: Camilla Marcus and team have crafted the tastiest snacks and oils made with whole foods and just about the highest commitment to sustainability we’ve ever seen. Try the pistachio dukkah (fine, we like pistachios)—it’s the ultimate veg topper.
AYO Shito Sauce: A Ghanaian pepper sauce crafted by Perteet and Fred Spencer that you will want to put on absolutely everything (scrambled eggs, all day). You can also pick up AYO products at your local Whole Foods or Target.
For the person who got really into home décor during COVID
Monsoon Pottery: We love this beautiful ceramic dinnerware that is handmade by Danielle Chutinthranond in her Chicago studio. Each piece is a future heirloom.
Nette Fete Candle: If you are that person (no judgment, Jessie’s that person), who liked to stock up on Diptyque’s sapin/pine tree candle, you will love this entirely non-toxic upgrade from Carol Han Pyle. Bonus, it comes in a beautiful ceramic container primed for repurposing.
For those of you who will be hosting
Talkhouse Encore: Be that hostess who offers gorgeous cocktails without having to put together a makeshift bar and spend half the night mixing drinks. Ruby Honerkamp of the famed Amangansett music venue, Talkhouse, has created canned classic cocktails featuring all natural ingredients.
Sèchey: It may be hard to believe, but there are people who do not drink around the holidays. They deserve more than club soda with lemon. Check out Emily Heintz’s array of tasty and varied non-alc options. There’s even alc-free champagne for NYE toasting!
One Potato: If you’re cooking for a million people, you may want to treat yourself to prep-free meals in between events. Catherine McCord and Chris Heyman’s company is one of the only meal delivery services out there that offers whole ingredient, pre-prepped meals with families in mind.
For the person who loves beautiful things
Appointed: Founded by graphic designer Suann Song, this company has lovely notebooks and planners that will make your friends and family feel freshly organized for the New Year.
The Office of Angela Scott: For the person who absolutely loves beautiful shoes but doesn’t want to be hobbled by high heels on a daily basis. Angela Scott’s oxfords and boots are seriously ogle-worthy.
Margot Pettiti: These gorgeous scarves are made using swatches from the same mills that create fabric for Armani and Versace, keeping the quality sky-high and the prices, well, less than sky-high. Apparently, RBG was a fan.
These are all small businesses. So if you do make a purchase and have a few minutes to spare, please take a photo and tag them (and us!) on IG. Support with dollars and support with exposure is what all small businesses need.
What we’re looking forward to this holiday season
Molly: So many things, but I really love walking around the city when it’s all decked out for the holidays.
Jessie: This year I’m committed to soaking up some of the quintessential NYC holiday events, like seeing the decorated houses in Dyker Heights, the light show at Prospect Park, and the Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping to all!
The All Places Team