We are new to Nebraska–we moved here in May, from Arizona. And I have made it my mission to discover all of the local small businesses, locally-owned restaurants, and local makers & artists to support! I have discovered that the Lincoln maker + small biz landscape is SO RICH!! Read below and I guarantee you will be introduced to at least a few businesses or makers that you weren’t aware of before! 🙂
Thanks to tips from
my Instagram followers, plus my own explorations, I have compiled this holiday shopping guide to help you support Lincoln-area small businesses and makers this holiday season. Let’s be honest… Amazon and big box stores DO NOT need our purchases to “get by” this year; but small businesses and local entrepreneurs CERTAINLY DO! It has been a doozy of a year, and I am so excited to shop small for holiday gifts this year. The purpose of this gift guide is to make shopping local EASY for you this year!
Little Mountain Print Shoppe’s hoodies are so soft and comfy!
Even if you don’t have the finances to purchase from many of these businesses, you can support them by following them on Instagram (each one is linked via the pictures below) and by liking, commenting, and/or sharing their posts! You can also
follow along with my future Nebraska adventures on Instagram!
Here are some of my favorite gift ideas from local businesses. But you can also check out
Love, The Locals (2020 online holiday marketplace for Nebraska makers & small businesses) for more ideas from these businesses and more!
: Unique (and Nebraska-Themed) Gifts for Anyone on Your List
You have to check out Little Mountain Print Shoppe: Little Mountain’s Instagram “Reels” to see their cool way of printing these clothing items by hand! Each design was hand-drawn and has a really cool local vibe and color palette. There’s a reason I chose to partner with them for my own Instagram photos announcing this gift guide… I love their organic and natural vibe!! You can shop these awesome items IN PERSON at their shop, and might even be lucky enough to meet Joe, the artist and mastermind of this local business. You can also shop online here. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Lincoln Nebr. Eco Red Hoodie, $40 (2) Nebraska Big Sky Shirt, $20 or hoodie, $40; (3) NE Hand-Lettered Red Hat, $20; (4) For Her: The Good Life Tee (Sunset), $20; (5) For Him: Lincoln Nebr. Navy Tee, $20… These are just a few of my favs! It is worth visiting the site here to browse more of the designs available! You can also check out Little Mountain Print Shoppe’s goods at a “Love, The Locals” sponsored pop-up at Wax Buffalo on Sunday, Nov. 29th–so mark your calendar!
Have you heard of/been to this shop in the cutest building ever, The Loft by Lee Douglas Interiors: near 48th & Pioneers?! In addition to home decor, they have LOTS of unique gift options (you can shop online or in person)… including fun novelty items and gifts for kids too!! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Map of Lincoln Flask $35; (2) Charcuterie Essentials (wood cheese board & serving knives set), $68; (3) “Bitch, Please. I’m From Nebraska” Mug, $15; (4) Ain’t No Hood Like Motherhood stainless steel tumbler, $26; (5) Personal Fireplace Kit (small cement table-top fireplace w/ matches – make s’mores indoors), $88; (6) “Talk Foodie To Me” Spoon Rest, $15
I recently stopped in to this large From Nebraska: gift shop in the Haymarket and had a blast browsing around. (Bonus, their shop also houses the James Arthur Vineyards wine tasting room!) From Nebraska also sells some of their Nebraska-centric goods online! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Nebraska The Good Life Campfire Mug, $12 (I have this one in red!); (2) Nebraska Pride Gift Basket, $64; (3) Yes you can”dle” candles, $20; (4) “The Nebraskan” Gift Basket, $44; (5) Nebraska (UNL) Matching Game for kids, $10
Erik Johnson is a local photographer who captures stunning photos of the local midwest landscape. Give him a follow on Instagram to be inspired with his beautiful photos! Erik Johnson Photo: GIFT PICK: Erik Johnson’s Nebraska 2021 Calendar, $21
For more unique gift ideas, also check out
Ten Thousand Villages in the Haymarket for an assortment of handmade fair trade items from around the world!
This ADORABLE local shop has a ton of great baby and kid items, but did you know that they also have an assortment of home goods, beauty items, candles, paper goods, stationery, and more?! (They even have beautiful holiday decor & ornaments, cards, and wrapping paper.) You can shop their unique goods Paper Kite: online or in-store. There are so many great gift options, it was REALLY HARD to pick just a few to share here! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Maps Jigsaw Puzzle, $34 (featuring colorful illustrated maps of Amsterdam, Athens, London, and Mexico City); (2) Acorn Bag (a basket-style little girl’s purse for collecting & carrying trinkets), $39; (3) Market Playset (wooden toys), $25; (4) Le Jardin Botanist Case, $68 (includes one Flower Press, a Magnifying Glass, one Notebook and three boxes for secret treasures); (5) “You’re Like, Really Pretty” Soy Candle, $21; (6) Citrus Floral Recipe Tin, $36; (7) “Over It AF” Mug, $10
Get your wallets READY to shop, because this family-run business KD Designs: located in the Haymarket (and some inventory online) has some AWESOME and unique gift options!! KD Designs started as a handmade jewelry business, and has expanded into a storefront featuring a variety of gift items, decor, and of course, jewelry. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Yardzee Outdoor Game, $39.99 (large wooden outdoor dice, made by the shop owner’s son to fund college!); (2) Gift Boxes (for kids and adults, there are too many great gift box options, definitely browse them all!!!), $19.99 to $49.99; (3) Medium Wooden Scrabble-Piece Letterboard, $28.99; (4) Build-Your-Own Necklace or Bracelet (choose all the parts & charms to create a unique necklace or bracelet), price varies; (5) White Claw Candles (available in-store)
: Home Decor, Candles, Plants, and More
: perhaps the most well-known small business in LNK! You can order their amazing candles Wax Buffalo online, but stopping into their shop in the Haymarket is even more fun… you will dig the aesthetic AND get to sniff all the amazing candle scents in person. It is a can’t-miss destination in Lincoln, in my opinion. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) The Candle Lab: Pour Your Own Candle Set, $40; (2) Seriously any of their candles, $22-$34; (3) Specifically, the Campfire Coffee Candle (coffee scented candle in a reusable mug = 2 gifts in one!), $28; and (4) Deluxe Seasonal Curated Subscription Box (candle + awesome seasonal goodies), $35
How gorgeous are these vases, handcrafted here in Lincoln?! Modern Basik has beautiful vases, planters, trinket dishes, and more available Modern Basik Ceramics: online through their website. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) 8″ Truncated Octahedron Vase, $45; (2) “Chubby” Marbled Truncated Octahedron Vase, $35; (3) Sedona Succulent Pot, $35; and (4) “Chubby” Truncated Octahedron Vase, $35
Give the gift of a live plant to someone you love this year! Campbell’s is my personal favorite destination for house plants. Campbell’s Nursery: Stop by and pick out a pretty houseplant + decorative pot to really make someone smile this year! 🙂
Gifts that give back!! Feya was started 7 years ago, and the candles are hand-poured right here in Lincoln. Every candle purchased from Feya provides a meal to a child in need. For every bar of soap sold, they donate one to a homeless shelter or mission. Every reed diffuser purchased provides clean water to places in need around the world. So neat!! You can read more about the Feya Candles: Feya Foundation here. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) 6.5 oz. candles in a variety of delicious scents, $17; (2) 4 oz. Hand Soaps in a variety of delicious secents, $8; (3) Reed Diffusers in a variety of delicious scents, $24; (4) 20 oz. Candles, $30
Lincoln’s favorite family-owned and operated furniture & decor store is also Cooper & Co.: a great destination for holiday gift shopping! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) cozy throw blanket; (2) cute home signs; and (3) candles!
Wow, Wow, Wow! How pretty are these Instagram photos?! Of The Earth Florals: Step into Of The Earth Florals to order a custom floral arrangement for your loved one, or shop for a live plant & pot, or beautiful dried pampas grass! I just recently purchased a dried bouquet of flowers, greens, and pampas for $18, and I am obsessed with how pretty it is! In store, you can also check out their paper goods and candles.
Give the gift of a one-of-a-kind pressed floral arrangement to your favorite nature-lover. 🙂 (FYI, they can also preserve your own bridal bouquet after the big day!!) Opal and Prim: MY FAV GIFT PICKS (note, these are one-of-a-kind and could sell out): (1) Pressed Wildflowers in Frame, $70; (2) Pressed Eucalyptus in Frame, $30
Local hand-poured candles in delicious scents! Chicory Lane Candle Co.: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) 8 oz. Scented Candle in Tin, $18; (2) Holiday Gift Pack, $50 (4 holiday-scented candles in a gift box)
: For the Foodies + Coffee & Local Craft Beer Lovers
Gift the gift of tasty baked goods to your favorite loved ones this year! I am obsessed with Goldenrod’s delicious assortment of gluten-free and sometimes dairy-free goodies. This is one of my favorite places to take EVERYONE who visits us in Lincoln. 🙂 Goldenrod Pastries: MY FAV GIFT IDEAS: (1) Stop in and pack a customized box of freshly baked goodies; (2) Perfectly Golden Cookbook: Adaptable Recipes for Sweet and Simple Treats, $29.95 (gluten free? dairy free? egg free? and more… then you need this baking cookbook! FYI you can get an autographed copy in-store); (3) Teal Goldenrod Pastries Coffee Mug, $14
: Small batch coffee, roasted here in Lincoln! The Mill has so many great coffee and loose-leaf tea varieties available in their coffee shops and The Mill Coffee & Tea online! When you visit one of their four Lincoln locations, you can browse all the coffee, tea, mugs, brewing essentials, hats, t-shirts, journals, and more. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Coffee Monthly Subscription (choose type of coffee, whole bean/ground/k-cups, etc., and length of subscription), price varies; (2) The Mill Chai Mix, $11.95; (3) Chemex Classic Coffee Maker, $35; (4) Quarantine Coffee Kit (Four fresh-roasted coffees from all over the world + travel pour-over coffee maker + a classic Mill mug +12 filters), $29.95; and (5) The Mill Campfire Mug – Steel Version, $19.95
Stop into The Chocolate Season: their cute location to shop for the most beautiful & delectable assortments of chocolates, truffles, toffee, baked goods, and more! Or conveniently shop online for the same types of yummy goodies! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Classic Gift Box, $25 (includes Sweet Caramel Corn, 1/2 lb Fudge and a 4-piece Artisan Chocolate Box); (2) Netflix ‘N Nosh Gift Box, $40 (includes Jumbo Browned Butter Chocolate Toffee Cookies, a TCS Artisan Chocolate Bar, Sweet Caramel Corn or Rocky Road Popcorn, and Cold Brew); (3) Sweet ‘N Salty Gift Box, $42 (includes a hand-made chocolate bar, jumbo browned butter toffee cookies, milk chocolate-covered potato chips, and a bag of sweet caramel corn); (4) 15-Piece Artisan Chocolates, $30
Don’t these photos make you want to swoon?! LuLuBee’s award-winning artisanal chocolates (and more) are made right here in Lincoln. And I just found out they are opening a storefront in a few weeks (in Village Gardens at LuLuBee Chocolates: 5720 Hidcote Dr. Ste 101). Stay tuned to their social media to find out when it is open! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) 6-Piece Bonbon Collection, $14; (2) Dark Chocolate Toffee Bar, $8; (3) 12-Piece Bonbon Collection, $28; (4) Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, $12
This 25-year Lincoln coffee biz uses a unique method of “air roasting” coffee beans, to avoid a burnt or bitter coffee taste. The Coffee Roaster also has a “Community Give Back Program,” partnering with other organizations “to uplift and enlighten those in our community who strive to better the world.” Pretty cool! The Coffee Roaster: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) The Coffee Roaster Coffee Beans, available from 8 oz. up to 5lbs., $8 and up; (2) Coffee Press To Go, $30 (20 oz. steel travel press brewer for on-the-go!); (3) Coffee Roaster Cork-Bottom Mug, $16; (4) Loose-Leaf Teas, from $4.45
This delish small-batch, handmade toffee makes a great gift, and was another recent discovery of mine at a holiday shopping event. I met Katie, the owner and toffee maker, who told me that this business began with her grandma’s toffee recipe, and then expanded into many new and fun recipes! I noticed that when you Tasty Good Toffee: shop online, you can score free shipping with a $35+ order. But the Tasty Good website also has a list of locations where you can find their toffees in stores, if you prefer to shop in person. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) A bag of toffee in one of their DELISH flavors (like Churro, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Hot Cocoa, White Chocolate Pecan, and more), $6 for 3 oz. or $14 for 8 oz.; (2) Tasty Good Toffee Classic 3-pack, $42; or (3) A Tasty Good Toffee Gift Card, $15+
This Omaha-based small business saw the gift guide and wanted to join in on the local love, so I am including them here! The Gourmet Granola provides yummy low-sugar snacks in a variety of fun flavors, and they are all gluten and dairy-free too! In addition to shopping online, their products are available in certain The Gourmet Granola: Lincoln-area HyVee stores too! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Bourbon Maple Granola, $7; (2) Granola 3-Bag Bundle, $20; and (3) Bacon Me Crazy Granola, $7
This Clean Juice: local spot offers up health-conscious eats and cold-pressed juices. All of their ingredients are certified organic, and their yummy food options include seasonal smoothies, salads, avocado toasts and açaí bowls. Yummmm! Also check out their juice cleanse options to boost your health. GIFT IDEA: A Clean Juice gift card!
Don’t forget that
LOCAL RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES also make a great gift! A few our favorite local restaurants are: ; Honest Abe’s ; Hiro 88 (South Lincoln); LOCAL Beer Patio & Kitchen ; Sebastian’s Table & Waffleopolis (new in Downtown Lincoln); and Muchachos … but I’m sure you also have a lot of local restaurants that come to mind to support this holiday season! Lazlo’s
For the craft beer (and/or cider) lovers, a
6-PACK (OR GROWLER) FROM A LOCAL BREWERY is the perfect gift, don’t ya think?! Gift certificates work too. 😉 Some of our favorites are , Zipline Brewing ciders; Glacial Till , Boiler Brewing Co. , and Kincaider Brewing Co. . Saro Cider
Self-Care Favorites: Give the Gift of an At-Home Spa Day
These simply delicious bath & body products must be sniffed!! You can shop Aria Rose products Aria Rose Bath Co.: at their storefront in South Lincoln, or online. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Room & Linen Spray, $12 (I have it in the Vanilla Rum scent… soooo delish!); (2) 8 oz. Sugar Scrub, $12 (they smell divine); (3) Scented Small Batch Body Lotions, $8-$26; (4) Scented Small Batch Bar Soaps, $7.50; (5) Scented Small Batch Liquid Soaps, $10-$18
Botanical soaps with clean ingredients, made locally here in Nebraska. You can Faded Plains: browse the site to shop soaps, lip balms, and more. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) White Handmade Pottery Soap Dish, $22, paired with: (2) a Faded Plains Small Batch Bar Soap, $10
Lip balms made with love here in Lincoln. You can shop the selection and sets Nude Lip Balm: here, starting at $5 each. I think the limited edition Spiced Chai sounds amazing, but you also can’t go wrong with classic lavender!
For the Fashion Lovers (Men & Women):
Absolutely swoon-worthy (a.k.a. gorgeous and quality) leather goods that help create sustainable global job solutions, to improve lives & transform communities… now that is a mission we can all get behind!! ELEVATE: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Men’s Leather Bi-Fold Wallet, $60; (2) Leather Passport Wallet, $68; (3) Leather Tassel Keychain, $20; (4) Leather Crossbody Bag, $188; and (5) Men’s Two-Tone Leather Cuff Bracelet, $20
Super stylish clothing & accessories you can Be Yourself Boutique: shop online, or at their centrally-located storefront.
Ok, I am cheating with this one a little bit, because this small biz is based out of Omaha. But I just had to include these gorgeous handmade knit beanies in the local gift guide! Aren’t they so pretty?! There are quite a few different beanie designs, ranging from $25 to $35, and you can Cozy Moon Designs: shop them online here.
You can shop their great collection of clothing & accessories in person at their 3 Daughters Boutique: downtown storefront (note: they are closed Mondays & Tuesdays), or online here!
A locally-owned small business featuring artisan-made (read: ethical) leather goods. “Sapahn” means “bridge” in Thai, and this awesome local biz encourages us to “be the bridge”…. Sapahn: MY FAV GIFT IDEAS: (1) For Him: Dale Money Clip, $48; (2) Parker Leather Wristlet Wallet, $135; (3) Fisher Leather Card Holder, $50; (4) Staney Leather Crossbody Wristlet, $175
Women’s athletic and athleisure wear, owned by two local “Boss Moms.” You can shop their selection online Little Movements Apparel: here!
Okkkkk these tees and sweatershirts are just way too cute!! Check out their selection of graphic tees and sweatshirts (and more) 402 Threads: online here.
A brand new shop in South Lincoln, featuring “local, handmade, kids/baby, home decor, Willow + Sage Boutique: jewelry, body care, and women’s clothing” … located at 145 S. 56th Street (check their Instagram for hours).
“Boho fashion with a ❤️ of locally made goods in downtown Lincoln…” Pretty cool, right?! You can shop Tsuru’s fun assortment of clothing and goods Tsuru: in person or online.
A locally-owned Edge Apparel: boutique in South Lincoln. You can also shop their styles online here! (They have some tops for men too, FYI!)
A cute boho-cowgirl vibe boutique located outside of Lincoln, Patina Joe Boutique: in Eagle. You can also shop their collection online!
Local Handmade Jewelry:
I just discovered Four Blessings a few days ago, at a holiday shopping soiree at Cooper & Co., and I met the very sweet owner and designer, Cindy. The huge selection of earrings I saw from Four Blessings was amazing, and I immediately zeroed in on a number of cute pairs I really loved! The photos above don’t even do them justice… definitely Four Blessings Jewelry: head to the website to browse and find out which ones stand out to you. They are super affordable too! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Gold Wire Hexagon Hoops, $14; (2) 2-inch Wooden Bead Hoops, $14; (3) Cork with Gold Fleck Teardrop, $12; (4) Shiny Rose Gold Cork Broad Cut Out Teardrop, $14; (5) White/Black/Sage Green Cork Cheetah, $12; and (6) Nebraska Wooden Studs, $12. Fun fact: the four blessings the business is named for are the owners’ three children and her dog Kobe. 🙂
I love these earthy handmade earrings… made by a local mompreneur! Simplicities by Ty: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Abstract Clay Earrings (white+gold+silver), $23; (2) Love Triangle Leather Earrings, $13; (3) Pinched Leaf Leather Earrings, $13; and (4) The Avynn Earrings, $23
beautiful locally handmade jewelry! MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) DBH Boutique: Cafe Studs earrings, $18; (2) Jules Hoops earrings, $26; (3) Dusty Rose Hoops, $26
This is another local business I just discovered at the Cooper & Co. holiday shopping soiree. BKV has been beading bracelets since 2012. The bracelets feature natural stone & wooden beads, and are designed to be stackable. Aren’t they so fun?! You can browse & shop their BKV Bracelets: collection online here.
More Unique Handmade Gifts:
Athena Handmade: Local maker Paige creates and sells custom wood-burned items (like the customized cutting boards pictured above), and fiber arts. She doesn’t appear to have a website at this time, so give her a follow on Instagram to see where she will be selling next or to contact her with questions and requests!
This cute biz by local maker mama Kaitlyn offers some cute tees, decor, handmade masks, and other totally giftable handmade items! Owl People: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Be Cozy Banner, $27; (2) Color Block Open Wide Zip Bag, $28; (3) Brave Strong Girl Banner, $27; (4) Indigo Dyed Open Wide Zip Bag, $28; (5) Merry + Happy Banner, $27… and if you are interested in the masks or tees, it looks like she has them available on Instagram (not in the Etsy shop)
I discovered Brooke’s art after I randomly met her at a local nature preserve and we started chatting. Her colorful designs are uplifting and inspiring! Brooke Petermann Art: MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) An ORIGINAL colorful & inspiring piece of art, $35-$350 (2) Hand-painted Ceramic Ornament–Radiant, $25; and (3) “You are the actual best” Greeting Card, $5
A local Lincoln artist specializing in drawings, cut paper designs, paintings, nature and dinosaurs! You can shop all of her artwork Katie Nieland Art: online here. MY FAV GIFT PICKS: (1) Paper Polaroids: Adventure Series, $20 (super rad 3-d looking “polaroids” made with paper cut-outs); (2) “On The Plains” T-Shirt, $20; (3) Floral Bison T-Shirt (3 color-ways available), $20
PSSST, since you read all the way to the bottom of this gift guide, I have a surprise to thank you! I am launching a GIVEAWAY on Instagram soon with items and gift certificates from some of these local small businesses! You can enter the giveaway on Instagram when it launches in a few days… but you get a BONUS entry by leaving a comment on this blog post! Thanks for joining me in supporting local in Lincoln this holiday season!