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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2020 | Unique Ideas | Small Businesses

Welcome to The Daily Connoisseur Holiday Gift Guide for 2020. This is the best gift guide yet on the blog as I am featuring the most unique and excellent small businesses and independent artists. I hope today's video gives you many ideas for gifting friends and family in your life. 

In today's video, I break down the selections in the following manner: My Top Picks, Jewelry & Accessories, Art, Candles, and Gifts under $40. I am listing my finds below in no particular order. All links and discount codes (if available) are provided. Enjoy browsing!

Before we get into the gift selections, I must present my own offerings: The Madame Chic collection and Connoisseur Kids. My books make excellent gifts because they are so beautifully designed. They are high-quality books that will not only be fun to read, but will enhance your decor as well. 

Consider gifting Daily Connoisseur merch to a Daily Connoisseur fan in your life. My merch store contains Daily Connoisseur mugs, posters, and other fun items, like the Keep Calm and Remain Classy collection that will delight any Daily Connoisseur fan. 

At Sonoma Lavender, you can find weighty spa blankets, footies, heated luxury spa neck pillows all with a delicate fragrance amongst other things. These would all make excellent and unique gifts. My favorites are the Timberlake Spa and Lavender fragrances. The Timberlake line has the woodsy scent of pine, frankincense and myrrh and the lavender scent is very true to form. These gifts would be excellent for both men and women as well as children. THEDAILY gives 20% off 

Pinrose Perfume  is my favorite perfume company. I discovered them earlier this year and am blown away with the pleasant and complex nature of their beautifully crafted perfumes. Pinrose have created a Madame Scott holiday gift set collection, which is a tremendous honor! They have many options, including fragrance petals, travel sprays and full-size perfumes with Madame Chic books! These gift sets all feature my three favorite fragrances: Secret Genius, Mystical Misfit, and Merry Maker. Code JSCOTT for 20% off all starter kits.

John Robshaw has beautiful textiles, including bedding, throw pillows, and table linens. Any of these gorgeously curated items would make unique gifts for men and women. I can attest that their place mats, napkins, and napkin rings are the highest quality and would make a welcome present. 

Riverbend Home is an excellent resource for high-quality holiday china and decorations. They are the premiere carrier of Spode china, one of my absolute favorites. They have the most comprehensive collection of both the Woodland, Christmas Tree, and Blue Italian and majorly discounted prices. It is a great idea to start someone's collection or add to it. In addition to those fine lines, they also have more casual everyday holiday plates, and a plethora of decorations. DCHOL10 for 10% off

SKYE jewelry and hair accessories SKYE is one of my favorite clothing and accessory brands. Their jewelry is of the highest quality and so unique. They also do hair
accessories like beautiful bow scrunchies and elegant headbands. Code Jennifer20 for 20% off

The Carlin by Mihoko is the most unique present and would make an excellent gift for both ladies and girls alike. I stumbled across an ad for this on Facebook and was intrigued. It is a velvet hair piece with a wire that allows you to do chic and effortless updos with little effort. The Carlin eliminates the need to use countless bobby pins. Mihoko gave us a code madamechic for 10% off

Let's talk jewelry. Custom jewelry is always a treasured gift. The Capsul Jewelry line is beautiful and has price points for everyone. Take this custom 14K gold custom block bracelet. I chose the initials of my children, but you could chose anything that is special to you. They also come in sterling silver or brass at much lower and affordable price points. These would make amazing gifts as well. JENNIFER15 for 15% off sitewide

Custom gifts are so thoughtful. Name Stories is another unique business that allows you to create a custom print with the gift recipient's name on it. The wall art tells the story of the name along with its history. You can choose from many colors for your print and also, whether you want it framed or not. This would make an excellent gift for a child or special person in your life. DC10 for 10% off 

Our Hearts are in France from the editors of Victoria Magazine. From the publishers:  Our Hearts Are in France takes readers on a memorable journey through this majestic country, where centuries-old chateaux rise from the riverbanks and snow-dusted mountains give way to rolling hills and fertile valleys sprinkled with tiny villages, each one more enchanting than the last.

Our Hearts are in England from the editors of Victoria Magazine From the publishers: Our Hearts are in England is an idyllic sojourn through this “green and pleasant land” of scenic byways and quaint villages, glorious gardens, and quintessential cottages. Filled with lush photography and enchanting prose, this exquisitely bound 232-page hardcover book is one to savor as we voyage together in search of England’s very essence.

The Art of Tea from the editors of Victoria Magazine. From the publishers: The ages-old tapestry of taking tea is woven with a prismatic palette of threads, from the golden strands of tradition and the silver cords of friendship to the rainbow ribbons of taste bud–tempting refreshments and the brightly hued filaments of an elegantly set table.

Victoria Magazine and April Cornell blue roses tea set is a limited edition porcelain tea set that is so remarkably charming. Who wouldn't be delighted to receive this beautiful set? 

Londontown nail polish is my favorite nail polish brand. Not only are the polishes high quality and packaged to perfection, they come in the most beautiful colors and are 9-free (free of 9 of the harshest chemicals found in traditional polish). These high-quality polishes are found at Neiman Marcus and other high-end retailers. I have been a long-time supporter of Londontown and they have given me a 25% off discount you won't find anywhere else. JenniferS for 25% off 

E-cloth make high-quality cleaning cloths that require only water for use. They have many holiday bundles this time of year. The cloths are an investment and that's why they make an excellent gift. Most people would love to have beautiful and effective cleaning cloths like this, but might not buy them for themselves. 
JENNIFER15 for 15% off (valid until Nov. 12th) 

Laura from Allen's Scottish Shortbread is in The Chic Society and their delicious and unique shortbread would make an excellent gift. Not only is the shortbread delicious, but the artwork on the boxes make these unique and special. 
Allens Scottish Shortbread uses their Scottish Grandmother's heirloom family recipe to bake small batches of buttery shortbread that pairs perfectly with a pot of tea, and they are holding an 85% off clearance sale at www.allensscottishshortbread.com

American Blossom Linens is a small business that makes 100% organic cotton bedding. All of their items are made in America. The quality here is excellent and any of their items would make appreciated gifts. Jennifer20 for 20% off

The Cellar Door Candle Company  is one of my favorite artisan candle makers. This is a small business you can feel good about supporting and their candles are superior to all of the usual box chain candles that are so popular. Their new scents for the holidays are Cassia (cinnamon tree and clove leaf) and Spruce Needle & Cedar Leaf. Perfection!  Code 10%TheDailyConnoisser gives 10% off 

Alora Ambiance is another wonderful home fragrance company I have discovered. It is the result of sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons' 15-year adventure living in Lake Como, Italy. When they created their first “reed diffuser” in 2000, they not only launched a company but created an entirely new home fragrance category. And now, nearly 20 years later, it is their commitment to using only the finest ingredients, materials and combinations that has kept theirs the most popular, longest-lasting and best smelling diffusers in the world. My favorite scent is Pino, which is a beautiful pine holiday scent. Code JS20 gives 20% off. 

Brandi Still is a new member of the Elegant Connoisseurs and I thought her art would make an amazingly unique gift. Her dainty scissors in hand, Brandi can render your likeness within a few brief minutes, keeping alive the art of Silhouette Portraiture that dates back to 1700’s France… she is one of only an estimated 200 practicing Silhouettists left in the world today according to a 2016 documentary.

Katy Rose Fine Art Katy Rose is an Elegant Connoisseur and I have enjoyed getting to know her and her beautiful artwork. Her final art collection of the year, Good Tidings, is inspired by landscapes around our globe in this time of strengthening through struggle. As 2020 comes to an end, may we offer the bold and brave tidings of kindness and goodwill, reminders that hope is ever-present. This collection contains 14 original paintings, an assortment of unique vintage pieces for the home, and fine art prints. Code JENNIFER2020 for 10% off any shop purchase through the end of 2020. (Expires Dec 31, 2020)

Dwell Happy Home Portraits would make an excellent gift. Surprise someone you love with a custom portrait for your home. Jan and Amy created a home portrait for our family and we love ours. Dwell Happy is an organizing company run by sisters, Amy (a former social worker) and Jan (a former art teacher and stay-at-home mom of three). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of their paintings and wreaths go toward helping foster and single-parent families create simple and organized homes. Wreaths and paintings are sold through their Instagram account @dwellhappymakes. They have monthly giveaways on their account and they will be giving away a home portrait gift card in December.

My good friend, Kim, from Free to Family has created a line of affordable journals, meal planners, and lists book. These make excellent, affordable gifts or stocking stuffers and would be great for friends and family who are into organizing and neat living. You can find her books on Amazon

Another great friend of mine, Nikki Moreno from Inspired by Nikki, has a beautiful stationery shop on Etsy. Her watercolor designs are delightful and would make beautiful and thoughtful gifts. 

Something to Cherish is an online boutique run by artist, Cherish Flieder. Cherish is so talented and her shop is full of beautiful and affordable gifts. I picked up a fire elements scarf for under $35. It also feels great to support independent artists in this way for holiday gift giving. These are unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else. 

The Illustrated Life Co. is another wonderful shop run by artist, Lydia Carns. Her recipe binder and tabs would make a delightful gift for your friends and family. Lydia also sells beautiful stationery, journals, artwork, and other goods. Her illustrations are just delightful. 

Rachelyn Jewelry handcrafted jewelry sold on Etsy by Rachel Carns, has beautiful and affordable jewelry options for girly girls. This beautiful marble and gold tassel necklace is the perfect statement necklace. Made with 14K gold-filled chain and gold-plated howlite pendants. Wrapped in pink tissue paper and tied with a silver satin ribbon.


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Janessa said...

Thank you for featuring @dwellhappymakes home portraits! We are so grateful for your support!❤️❤️❤️

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Hi Jennifer, I'm new to your channel and although I'm a bit further down the road than you, you remind me of what I was like when I was a younger mum. I always thought my early mornings before kids woke up was a little time for coffee and God.How I felt about my appearance was something I strongly believed was important to me. Being a stay at home mum was looked down upon by some and I struggled with the pressure from others to go back to work.But being at home with my family is where my heart thrives. And part of being home was dressing up every morning. It gave me a sense that what I was doing was important and I was proud to be home raising my family. Its lovely that you share so much with women.You and I would have been friends if our time and zone were the same. Our hearts are for family, and creating a beautiful space for them to grow. All because God has blessed us. From cooking healthy meals to listening to musicals and all that's in between, watching you has drawn on so many beautiful memories. Now I have grandchildren and I'm still doing it all... and loving it. Thank you.

Willa said...

Thank you for the comprehensive guide! I ordered the Alora Pino diffuser and it arrived already and smells amazing. It has excellent reach without being overpowering.