Oftentimes, small businesses can provide thoughtful, personalized, one-of-a-kind gifts that would be hard to find elsewhere. While these can sometimes be more expensive than items you’d find at big-box stores, the quality is often far superior, and the human touch and personal elements involved in the design is well worth the cost if you have the means.
Independent artists spend hours upon hours diving into their craft and learning how to perfect their creations. From soaps and scrubs to candles and jewelry, or embroidered accessories, paintings, and gift baskets, the gift options are virtually endless. You can stop by specific venues or visit markets and pop-ups in your area to do a walkthrough and discover some makers whose work speaks to you. Or, you can do an online search for different types of artists and ask friends and family for recommendations!
Below are a few of our favorite spaces to grab personalized prezzies for your loved ones.
Neon Cactus Vintage in Las Vegas offers custom stained glass pieces. Whether it’s jewelry or home decor, your options for surprising the recipient with some stunning one-of-a-kind artwork are virtually endless.
For the person who loves to be pampered, try a gift voucher for a spa day at La Vie Nail Bar in Burlingame, California.
If you know someone who always needs a little caffeine boost, how about treating them to some coffee or tea? Vegas Coffee is a family-owned business that offers stellar gift baskets with all sorts of blends, and Brew Tea Bar offers e-gift cards so you can encourage others to get their boba fix at either of two locations in the Vegas Valley.
Finally, if you’re looking to send a loved one a bouquet, try a beautiful arrangement from Candace’s Flowers. This shop even offers ongoing subscriptions for continued surprises.
Pro-tip: If choosing the perfect gift yourself makes you nervous, you can always ask the artist if they provide gift cards or vouchers! Many times, they will do their best to accommodate you or help you make the right choice.