Giant malls, big box stores and e-commerce giants are out this year, and supporting local businesses is in! Small Business Saturday is just a few short weeks away, and many consumers (85%) plan to support local stores and independent retailers this holiday season, according to a recent PwC consumer study. With so many shoppers looking to support local businesses this year, we set out to find out the top spots for those who love shopping small.
Today, we’re thrilled to reveal our inaugural list of the “Top 100 Places to Shop Small” to help you find great local gifts this holiday season. On this year’s list, you’ll find shops like The Gift Barn, a woman-owned shop that specializes in custom gift boxes and sets in California, alongside Huy Fong Foods, where Yelpers love to show their love of sriracha and sambal oelek, and Homespun Handmade, an Indianapolis-based contemporary handmade goods shop. This year’s honorees also all offer online shipping so you can support local businesses from the comfort of your couch or phone!
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, coworker or a friend, this year if you want to skip the big tech ecommerce platforms, you can use this list to find and support unique independently-owned shops in your community and across the U.S.
To determine this list, we identified businesses in relevant gifting categories, like Shopping, Beauty and Food, with a large concentration of reviews mentioning keywords like gift, Christmas, holiday, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords. Lastly, all businesses included on this list offer online shipping and ship nationally.