Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Shop Small with these BIPOC, Veteran, and Woman-owned Small Businesses

Small business
November 29, 2023

From tools for a new hobby to a gift for a new baby and everything in between, each one of the products in the 2023 Holiday Gift Guide are carefully selected to spotlight small business owners who are dedicated to keeping local communities strong.

And it’s not just a seasonal thing.

In creating equitable, inclusive jobs in sustainable manufacturing, our partners are providing high-quality, low-impact products that are perfect for socially-conscious shoppers all year round.

Whether you’re looking to shop local or only buy zero-waste and recycled goods, below you’ll find something for everyone on your list.

Here’s to a joyful holiday season and a peaceful, prosperous new year.

Fashion, Beauty, & Apparel

A little girl in a Mightly Flower Child Twirl Dress and her mother playing with a bouquet of flowers
Flower Child Twirl Dress
2 pair of Mightly Clothing and a sports bra hanging from a clothes line
Girls Organic Cotton Racerback


Mightly makes sustainable kids’ clothes that support families around the world. With certified organic cotton sourced from farmer-owned nonprofits, you can be sure your kids’ clothing is comfortable, durable, and Fair Trade Certified! Mightly even has lightly-loved second-hand options to suit every budget this holiday season.

Try the 3/4 sleeve girls Flower Child Twirl Dress for $31.95 less 30% on holiday favorites, no code needed, available at

Madame Lemy Lime & Lavender Fall Duo Set
Lime & Lavender Fall Duo Set
Madame Lemy Gift Card
Gift Card

Madame Lemy

Luxury meets sustainability with Madame Lemy’s aluminum-free deodorants and dry shampoos.

Thanks to celebrity makeup artist and Madame Lemy founder Holly Eve, there’s no need to sweat gift giving this holiday season. That’s because all Madame Lemy products come in re-fillable, non-plastic packaging — perfect for the zero waste women on your gift list. Explore nontoxic products that offer vegan, cruelty-free formulas in four floral and citrus scents safe for your skin and the planet.

Explore their products ranging from $22 – $68, available at

Tayion Floral Dress Shirt
Men’s Slim-Fit Mini-Floral Dress Shirt
Tayion Striped Dress Shirt
Men’s Slim-Fit Stripe-Placket Dress Shirt

Tayion Collection

From boardroom to airport lounge to the theatre, Tayion Collection dresses the renaissance man for every season.

Along with his passion for next-level fashion, designer and CEO Montee Holland walks the talk for social good, volunteering his time at high schools and securing scholarship funds for creative black kids.

Tayion Collection exemplifies veteran-owned and black-owned small business excellence, and champions diversity in fashion.

Give the gift of exquisite fashion with the Taiyon Collection, available at

Ocean and San Signature All Day short-sleeved shirt
Signature All Day short-sleeved shirt
Ocean and San Signature All Day long-sleeved shirt
Signature All Day long-sleeved shirt

Ocean and San

Not every bike ride is the Tour de France.

Forget too-tight aerodynamic fabrics; casual cyclists will feel much more comfortable in Ocean and San’s signature All Day shirts. Made for all body types and sizes, these cycling shirts are spun from a breathable blend that outperforms other “performance” fabrics.

All Ocean and San cycling gear is made in Los Angeles as a way of helping support local communities and sustainable manufacturing.

Relax in the signature All Day Shirt — New Roads Edition, $68, available at

Vaila Shoes Maven Pump
Maven Pump
Vaila Shoes Paula Sandals Silver
Paula Sandals Silver

Vaila Shoes

Vaila Shoes are engineered for the larger foot structure, designed with modern fashion trends in mind, and made for women who handle business and beyond. Vaila Shoes is a modern dress shoe brand for women with extended shoe sizes from 9 to 14. The company aims to provide women of forgotten sizes with access to dress shoe options that they desire and deserve. Vaila utilizes the trends of today to create a seasonal dress shoe line designed for the workplace and after hours. Seasonal dress shoes include: pumps, slingbacks, sandals, flats, and boots up to 4′ tall. Help her put her best — most gorgeous — foot forward, every time this season when you purchase any 2 Shoes for a $150 bundle, now through December 25.

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Platinum1911 14k YG Italian Cartier Panthere Style Diamond Watch
14k YG Italian Cartier Panthere Style Diamond Watch
Platinum1911 Platinum Merelani Mint Tsavorite GIA & Diamond Angular Ring
Platinum Merelani Mint Tsavorite GIA & Diamond Angular Ring


Timeless, beautiful, and sustainable, Platinum1911 have specially-curated estate jewelry to suit every budget. And, because buying estate jewelry cuts down on shipping emissions and helps support local craftspeople, our repurposed, recycled, heirloom-quality pieces make the perfect gift for the eco-conscious on your holiday list.

Treat a loved you (or yourself!) to 14k YG Italian Cartier Panthere Style Diamond Watch, $5,500, available at

MANSSION Brooklyn Bracelet
Brooklyn Bracelet
MANSSION Hawk Necklace
Hawk Necklace


Designed in-house and never drop-shipped, MANSSION (“Man on a Mission”) provides luxury men’s jewelry at affordable prices.

Seeking to fill the gap between knockoff products and those costing thousands of dollars, MANSSION imports high-quality metals and stones – without passing the costs off to our customers.

Don’t fit in—stand out with jewelry made from natural gemstones, pure sterling silver, and real gold.

By cutting out the middlemen, MANSSION is cutting back on their emissions and streamlining the manufacturing process.

For that special man on a mission in your life, we recommend the Brooklyn bracelet, $74, available at

Home Goods

Tansy "Beautiful Girl, You Can Do Hard Things" Secret Message Candles
“Beautiful Girl, You Can Do Hard Things” Secret Message Candles
Tansy 14" Pachira Braid (Money Tree)
14″ Pachira Braid (Money Tree)


This holiday season, give the gift of nature.

Tansy’s plant boutique and nature-inspired home goods bring color and relaxation into the home — all year round. And if you’re really looking to delight that special person on your list, you simply must take a look at the wide range of unique events and workshops we have on offer.

There’s no better gift than supporting small businesses that offer products designed to help protect nature like the Tansy collection. Available at

Sports Gear

Luft Cervelo Collection
Cervelo Collection
Luft Blackheart Collection
Blackheart Collection


Bikeshop, cafe, and hub Luft Los Angeles seeks to go beyond retail to offer unique community experiences and programming you won’t find anywhere else. Build a custom bike or swing by to grab a cup of coffee, attend an event or be inspired by an art show. This friendly, inclusive store has something for everyone, even if you’ve never ridden a bike before.

Now selling BlackHeart and Cervelo bikes in store from $1,499, available at

Daydream Surf Shop OCN Culture Retro Smoothie Wetsuit
OCN Culture Retro Smoothie Wetsuit
Daydream Surf Shop 6'6" Derrick Disney Midzr Surfboard
6’6″ Derrick Disney Midzr Surfboard

Daydream Surf Shop

When it comes to shopping for the surfer in your life, Daydream Surf Shop knows that finding that perfect vibe doesn’t just happen out on a board.

Grab a coffee in the cafe, shop the apparel selection, take a spin through home goods, then browse the board selection and surf gear. It’s all here, and it’s all good vibes only.

Surf into 2024 and visit

Baby & Toddler

Amphiba Baby Neptune Baby Carrier
Neptune Baby Carrier
Amphiba Baby Organic Cotton Swaddle Blankets
Organic Cotton Swaddle Blankets

Amphiba Baby

Mom of four Meagan Pa designed The Original All Purpose Baby Carrier to make baby-wearing as comfortable as possible. The goal? Keep baby cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and best of all, waterproof – for whatever life throws at you. (We love that the carrier’s antimicrobial pockets even prevent mold!)

It’s never too early to start thinking about sustainability and supporting local businesses. Splash out on the Neptune Baby Carrier, $210, available at

Coco Cotton Organic Cotton Premium Toddler Shirt
Organic Cotton Premium Shirt
Coco Cotton Organic Cotton Premium Premium Coco Pink Set
Organic Cotton Premium Premium Coco Pink Set

Coco Cotton

Our sustainable clothing for kids with sensitive skin is designed by chemist Tatiana Galushkina to ensure every fiber is made with love and thoughtfully engineered to alleviate irritation from allergies, eczema, and other chemical sensitivities.

Environmentally responsible fashion that protects your kids and the planet, Coco Cotton believes in ethical sourcing and is one of the only fashion brands to have all four sustainability certifications, including GOTS, EKOCERT, OEKO-TEX, and SEDEX.

Get ready for spring with matching sets for boys and girls, available on

Thank You for Supporting Small Businesses

Did you know that for every dollar you spend at a small business, an average of $0.67 stays in that community? So by shopping small with the companies listed above, you are ultimately helping communities succeed. 

Thank you for doing your part. We wish you and your loved ones a safe holiday season.

Looking for more inspiration? Please see more CDC Holiday Gift Guides from past years: