I know some seriously talented and savvy ladies. SO many, in fact, that I was inspired to gather them all up and share what they do/make/sell with all of you!

gift guide

If – like me – you are always looking for holiday gifts that are that are affordable, well-made and the antithesis of run-of-the-mill, look no further. And even better, you can feel good about supporting a small business run by a woman who was inspired to hang up her shingle and create something from scratch.

Without further ado!


Kari’s the most modern old-fashioned lady I know – and Plumfield is a direct reflection of her totally unique (and awesome) aesthetic. From Kari:

“Plumfield is the place to find all American-made, hand selected gifts that are so good you won’t want to give them away.   No need to sift through Etsy or journey out to the crowded holiday fairs searching for jewelry, art, stationery and more – we have the cream of the crop of those makers right at your fingertips.”

“My favorite thing is to put combinations of things together for the perfect present, so I did a card and present to match.”

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Hanukkah Card ($4.50) – Because I am sure your readers like food (and I like a pun and gold foil).

Blue Flower Glass Necklace ($190.00) – Because the designer is our most popular maker on the site, and all her pieces are handmade with vintage Austrian glass beads and beautiful.

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Naughty Coal Card ($4.50) – Because we all have a friend who deserves coal in their stocking!

Bamboo Charcoal Soap ($12.00) – The best possible coal there is, so you aren’t totally heartless.  This cult soap is beautifully packaged, and works even better than it looks.

Kari is offering free shipping, free gift wrap and a free card for all readers who enter the code “DDD”. I promise you will love every single thing in her shop.


If you’ve ever wondered where I get the banged up and distressed props I use in my photos – well, Sara is my gal:

“Sfuso is an eclectic collection of stuff .. a curated selection of vintage kitchen, home decor, collectibles and other nostalgia.

I enjoy going to flea markets and estate sales, discovering some lost lovely and putting it out to the universe to be found again.  I have matched people from all over the globe with memories, sought-after treasure and some pretty neat stuff.”

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Robdal Giant Wooden Yo-Yo ($35) – For the man that has everything, except a yo-yo as big as his head.

Mid-Century Minimalist Brass Swans ($19) – Desk decor and a paperweight; because useful things should be pretty too.

Retro Mod Bubble Umbrella ($49) – Because you will definitely be the coolest lady in the city (and you can see where you are going)!

With a purchase of $12 or more, Sara is offering 20% off through January 2, 2017 (enter code THANKYOU20).

Urban Dollhouse

Oh how I wish this had been around when Chelsea was little! From Nancy:

“Urban Dollhouse is a store for children and adult collectors who are looking for a fresh new way to decorate  their dream dollhouse. We carry beautiful wood dollhouses in many styles, miniature modern furnishings and accessories, beautiful handmade doll families, miniature food, and a selection of lovely gift items.”

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Miniature petite dejuener breakfast tray ($15) –  A favorite of my clients. Cuteness overload, whether or not you own a dollhouse.

Gummy bear stretchy chokers ($12) – Trendy and adorable. These look great and are super comfy to wear. We also carry stretchy chokers with sparkly jewel pendants for a more sophisticated look.

I had to include some of Nancy’s dollhouse furnishings too – they are SO cool:

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Nancy has a brick-and-mortar store right here in Westchester – you should check it out if you live in the area. And if you call Nancy and mention Donuts, Dresses and Dirt she will deduct 10% from your order. She can get phone orders out in the mail immediately for the holidays.

Melanie Biehle Art + Design

Melanie is one of my oldest – and best – blogging friends. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her work and vision evolve over the years, and am excited to share her latest designs:

“Melanie Biehle is an abstract painter and textile print and surface pattern designer. She finds inspiration through the adventure of travel, the architecture and energy of cities, and the fluidity, movement, and meditative qualities of oceans and lakes. Her work is influenced by street art, 60’s romantic comedies, mid-century modern abstract and geometric textiles, Southern California surf culture, and a splash of tarot and crystal mysticism.”

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Graphic Statement Mug ($15) – A fun stocking stuffer for your design-loving coffee drinker or a stylish small gift for an office party.

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Healing Earth ($150) – Original oil and pastel painting on paper for your friend who spends a lot of time getting Reiki in the desert.

The Ladies ($23 and up, depending on size/framing options) – Bright and stylish fine art print for your fashionista friend.

Madre Beads

Another dear friend from my earliest blogging days, Lacy is just the best. About Madre Beads:

“Playful jewelry, diffuser accessories, and other fun things for mamas and kiddos, handmade in the heartland. Our necklaces are made from non-toxic teething-grade wood beads and soft, stretchy t-shirt yarn, ideal for babies to pull, suck, and chew. We love that our necklaces don’t resemble typical teething jewelry, in fact over HALF of our customers don’t have little ones.”

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The Cora Necklace ($28) – Our best-seller! Beautiful, adjustable-length necklace. Simple yet stylish.

The Maker Madre Sweatshirt ($45) – Perfect cozy must-have item for all the creative mamas out there!

Use the code donuts15 before Christmas for 15% off your order!

Good In Store

MJ is a longtime friend and collaborator, and I love what she’s doing these days – she’s such a talent!

“I’m MJ, graphic designer and entrepreneur. I began Pars Caeli, almost five years ago to explore creative projects and expand my design work. In 2014, I branched out into physical products with my first product with The Land of Nod! Lunchtime LOL Notes, was and is a bit hit, and I’ve since created a lifestyle brand, Good in Store, that shouts out the goodness and generosity of the human spirit. My work is sold here on the site as well as in a few select retailers. My mission is to spread an awareness of the goodness all around and to give a nod to kindness through our soft, cozy clothing and paper products.”good in store good words calendar take care of one another sweatshirt

Take Care of One Another Sweatshirt ($39) – Our new sweatshirts are the softest thing you’ll want to put on for the winter. What I most love is that they are cozy with style, and the words they share seem to have particular meaning this year.

Good Words: An Illustrated Year of Happy, 2017 Monthly Desk Calendar ($12.50) – This is a great gift for anyone on your list. Happy motivation for every month that can sit neatly on a teacher’s desk or on a loved one’s nightstand. It’s a great stocking stuffer, too.

Noah LIVES in his “Do Good” tee shirt in the summer – so much so that when it got a permanent stain on it I had to order another one for him, stat. Which I was happy to do, since a portion of every Do Good print/tee sale goes to support The Sweet Pea Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established in the memory of Grace Elizabeth Letherman, that assists sick and hospitalized children and their families.

Onyx & Blush

It’s challenging to find a well-curated jewelry line – no less one that offers a wide variety of prices and styles too. Onyx & Blush is that line. From Amy:

“Onyx & Blush brings today’s hottest jewelry and accessory trends straight from NYC directly to your front door. From the must-have piece of the season to the stunning designer piece of a lifetime, Onyx & Blush has it all for the modern, chic woman – and her little girls!” 

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 Classic Pave Circle Necklaces ($40 each) – The pave circle disc necklaces are our best sellers and make a great gift for anyone on your list!  They can be worn alone as a classic piece or layered with a longer necklace for a trendy look.  With a variety of sizes, colors and prices, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your recipient.

Baroque Pearl with Side Embellishment ($295) – For something with a little more wow factor, check out the pieces from our Occasions Line.  This baroque pearl necklace with side embellishment will be your compliment grabber of the season, and year round!  

This is literally just a fraction of the selection Onyx & Blush offers – check out the website for much more, and enter DONUTS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order through Wednesday, December 14th!

Pretty Funny Vintage

Favorite. Store. Ever. From Stephanie:

“Pretty Funny Vintage features hand-picked vintage finds in furniture, lighting, textiles, jewelry and clothing, as well as a whole slew of new-fangled curious goods. Come find us in the big yellow Victorian house at 80 South Broadway in Tarrytown, NY.”

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Cashmere Toppers & Ponchos ($145 and $265) – Tops among our favorite gifts this season are our 2-ply 100% cashmere toppers & ponchos, just as soft and warm as can be. The toppers are 20″ at the longest point and are hip length at the shortest, available in an assortment of solid colors. These beauties are warm and cozy, yet lightweight enough to be worn all year round – indoors and out (no more air conditioning chills or asking someone to turn the heat up!). Our ponchos boast a length of 27″ at the longest point and are also hip length at the shortest, available in an assortment of solid colors with contrasting piping along the outer edges. Longer and in an ever-so-slightly heavier weight cashmere than the toppers, these gorgeous wraps are the perfect add-on to any outfit that needs some warmth and style.

Cashmere/Wool Blend Socks ($20 for baby/toddler, $30 for adult, $36 for over the knee) – A more affordable cashmere alternative are our cashmere/wool blend socks by lisa b. These socks are available in an array of designs, colors and sizes. Everyone loves warm feet during the winter months!

Mention the word “Donut” for 10% off one entire purchase at Pretty Funny Vintage (in-store only).


Joya is a remarkable artist, and I was thrilled that she agreed to be part of my gift guide:

“Rajovilla is a collection of wearable art, featuring original watercolor designs by artist, Joya Logue, on fashionable clutches. Inspired by her Indian heritage, these one of a kind clutches with unique textiles and handmade tassels are the perfect addition to your wardrobe accessories.”

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Rajovilla Watercolor Clutch ($120-140) – This designer clutch features my original watercolor painting inspired by my Indian heritage, professionally printed onto linen-cotton using eco-friendly inks. Each clutch is handmade by me, down to the tassel, in my studio in small quantities.

Art prints (start at $16) – Fine art print reproduced from an original watercolor painting by Joya Logue.

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Stationery Set ($26) – Set of six flat note cards with envelopes, reproduced from an original watercolor painting by Joya Logue. 

Gift tags ($10 – $12) – Set of six gift tags with natural bamboo cord, reproduced from an original watercolor painting by Joya Logue. 

Gift wrap is free on all items; check out Joya’s website for much more!

What will you be getting?

Thanks ladies! xo

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