I actually wasn’t planning on doing gift guides this year because 2020 has been SUCH a crazy time for everyone. But, I shared on Instagram this week and asked if it would be helpful for me to compile some of my favorite products and sales happening for Black Friday…and I got HUNDREDS of responses with a resounding “YES”!!! So, this blog post is going to highlight some of my favorite products, tools and resources to invest in this holiday season. Now more than ever, shopping small can truly change the lives of small businesses everywhere. So, rest assured knowing all of the things featured in this post will be supporting shopping small. Whether you are looking for a tangible product for a creative in your life, or you’re a biz owner looking to save on new tools and resources…this blog post has it all!!
Be sure to pay close attention – each of these businesses will have vastly different sales + dates for savings. The best days to shop are Black Friday (Nov 27th) and Small Biz Saturday (Nov 28th). A lot of the deals mentioned in this post will end after that! I’ve tried my best to include as many details as I can, as well as access to tutorials + videos on my YouTube featuring the products if I have them! Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you shop with them. It doesn’t cost you any extra, it just helps me to continue to be able to offer free resources like this shopping guide! 🙂
SMALL BIZ TOOLS, PROGRAMS + RESOURCES:
First up, some of my must-have tools and programs for small business owners. If you’ve been following for any period of time, you’ve seen me share about these before…but some are running Black Friday specials that you should NOT miss out on! This includes things like my CRM, gallery delivery software, favorite contracts, website templates + more!
You’ve heard me talk about it again and again and again…Honeybook is the client management software I use to run my ENTIRE business! It’s how I process contracts and payments as well as organize my entire calendar, finances, expenses and more! See a tutorial of how I use Honeybook in my business HERE!
My gallery delivery service that I SWEAR by! This is how I deliver all of my client’s digital images in gorgeous, easy-to-use online galleries where they can download, share and print all of their high res files. Plus, Cloudspot just released a brand new shop feature to level-up your print and product sales! See a video of how I use CloudSpot HERE!
One of my all-time FAVEEEE resources. These contracts are absolutely amazing, and the exact contracts I use in my own business for my seniors, spokesmodel team + mastermind program. Paige is an absolute rockstar and her contract are rock solid!
Tonic Site Shop: 20% OFF All Templates (Use code “GETBASTED” at checkout
Jen Olmstead is the genius behind my entire custom website and blog – and she is the designer behind all of the Tonic Site Shop website templates! These templates are the closest you can get to a custom website (without the $10,000+ price tag) and are WILDLY easy to use. Even if you aren’t looking for a whole brand new site, there are sales page options, blog options, Instagram landing pages + more!
My FAVORITE place for creatives to find team members + advertise their services! If you are someone who offers a service to other small business owners (i.e. editor, virtual assistant, copywriter, designer, etc) – you can get a membership with Outsourcing with Love to advertise your services + add yourself to the directory! For Black Friday you can get a 6-month membership for $174 and annual membership for $297! Plus, they are doing tons of giveaways – learn more HERE!
PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCTS + GEAR
These products will all be photography-specific, but they are items that I use and swear by in my own business!
Kamrette Camera Bags: 10% off any bag using code “HOPE”
My favorite camera bag of all time and an AMAZINGGGG gift for any photographer. My mom got me my bag a few years ago for Christmas and I was so excited I about exploded! HERE and HERE are two videos where I highlight how to use the bag!
FotoStrap Camera Straps: Up to 35% Off
Some of my all-time favorite decorative camera straps! Fotostraps are so wildly high quality, beautifully made and their team is INCREDIBLE. You can even custom engrave them with your logo, name or monogram!
KISS Styling Mats: 20% off Styling Mats + Accessories
Kiss is the company that I use for all of my albums, and they also offer a line of AMAZING products to help level-up your detail styling on wedding days! You can shop with the link above, or get 15% off your first album with THIS link! Learn more about my album design process HERE!
Stile & Co. Styling Mats: 30% off with code “THANKFUL30”
Another one of my absolute favorites for styling mats for wedding day details! They are absolutely beautiful, durable and super easy to travel with!
Courtney Inghram Silk Ribbons: 30% off ribbons with code “BLACKFRIDAY30”
I’ve shared these in so many gift guides over the years – but they are another one of my favorites for styling details on a wedding day (or just products in general) they are SO pretty!!!
GIFTS + TANGIBLE ITEMS
This will easily be the longest section – I have SO many favorite small businesses that offer a variety of products from clothes to candles to statement earrings! A few of my absolute favorites are highlighted below!
Simply Jessica Marie: Up to 25% off (use code “BLACKFRIDAY25” at checkout on Friday for best savings – different codes for different days after that!)
From prints to custom paintings to pillows to mugs to ornaments, Jessica is an amazing watercolor artist and her products are to-die-for! I have them literally AAALLL over my house, and she has the best holiday items for decor this year! Here are just a few things I have in my home from her shop:
Rachel Allene: Up to 30% off (use code “SUPERSALE” on Friday for best savings – different codes for different days after that!)
Another one of my faves for cute mugs, sweatshirts, t-shirts, stickers and #allthethings!!! I own SO many of her items and especially love her super cute ball caps!
Gift and Garnish: 20% Off using code “THANKFUL”
Literally cannot stop buying things from this shop. It’s owned by two of my sweet friends and they have the CUTEST (and coziest) sweatshirts and shirts with the funniest sayings on them!!! I basically own one of each.
Destinee Stark Shop: Free US Shipping
An amazing Etsy shop that features shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and gifts that turn important words into art. She chooses a nonprofit organization working in social justice, human rights, or compassionate care for vulnerable communities to donate a portion of her profits to with each sale!
Spa Thyme: Free Lip Scrub with $20 Purchase (Code: holidaygiftfree) or save 30% off a $30 purchase!
The amazing ladies at Spa Thyme sent me the most delicious smelling scrubs and bubble baths earlier this year and I just LOVED them! I still use the bubble bath to this day!
Shop Natalie Franke: Up to 25% Off ($50 or more, use code SHOPSMALL20 [OR] Save 25% when you spend $75 or more, use code SHOPSMALL25)
The BEST shop to get shirts/sweatshirts for the creative or small business friends in your life! Natalie partners with other creatives to create new products each month, and the sayings truly encompass community over competition and what it means to be a creative business owner.
The Tiny Tassel: Free Shipping
The most ADORABLE Charleston-owned boutique with colorful statement earrings, clothing + accessories! The online shop even carries the CUTEST party supplies + perfect gifts!
The Copper Rabbit Earrings: 15% off full shop on Saturday
I’ve been wearing clay earrings from The Copper Rabbit NON-STOP this year. I have so many pairs that I love – they are an AMAZING gift for anyone in your life!
Carolina Nectar Co. Candles: 20% off on Small Biz Saturday
Some of my new fave candles!!! The holiday scents are TO-DIE-FOR and the packaging is 10/10. I’ve found that they burn slow and last FOREVER.
Megan Molten Shop: 20% off
For the interior design lover in your life!! Megan is local to Charleston and sells the CUTEST home decor pieces, rugs and artwork. All of my built-ins are decorated with pieces from her shop (literally every single item is from her!!!)
SJ Spence Designs: 30% off with code “BLACKFRIDAY”
Last but not least, another must for statement earrings! These are my go-tos for dressier outfits or to dress up any casual look. They are truly works of art and absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
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