Since we’re often broke and traveling over the holidays, my boyfriend and I decided not to buy presents for each other this year. Instead, we decided to start a new tradition: Each year, we’ll pick out an ornament together that holds some special significance for the year we just shared. (I know, right? Gag me with a spoon, we’re that couple now.) Anyway, since this is our fourth Christmas together, we had a bit of catching up to do! So for this Small Business Saturday Gift Guide post, I wanted to share the lovely ornaments we picked out and the great little shops where we found them.
1st Christmas: Trumpet
To represent the first year we spent together, we knew we had to get a trumpet ornament. Jonathan and I, after months of a somewhat ambiguous on-again, off-again romance, finally decided to make it official after a really wonderful day together at the Honk! Festival, a festival of activist street bands in Davis Square.
To be fair, I don’t know if OrnamentShop.com
classifies as a “small business” – but that’s where we got this trumpet ornament! They are able to do some customization, depending on the ornament you choose. For ours, they put “2011” – the year we started dating – on the bell of the trumpet!
2nd Christmas: Apples
For our second year together, we decided to get these really lovely apple ornaments. We chose apples because for our 1-year anniversary, we went apple-picking! We ate cider donuts, got chased by bees, and narrowly escaped a pretty epic car crash on the way home. (It was more fun than it sounds, I promise.) We also got fancy later that night and went out to eat at Top of the Hub, but apple-picking was the best part of the day, in my opinion. 🙂
These apple ornaments come from an adorable Etsy shop called Little Conkers
, out of Horsham, England. The shop owner, Clare, is a homemaker and mother of three who spends her free time crocheting and creating patterns for her shop. She sells sewing and crocheting patterns that are designed with hectic lives and affordability in mind. These are a few of my favorite items from her shop:
3rd Christmas: North Carolina
In our third year together, Jonathan was accepted into an MFA program and we made the move from Boston, MA to Wilmington, NC. Prior to this move, we hadn’t been living together, so between moving in together and moving down south, it was quite the adjustment. Despite the fact that we’re not NC-lifers, we wanted to get this ornament to signify our first home together!
This piece comes from the Lauren Sumner Pottery
Etsy shop, right here in North Carolina! Lauren rediscovered her love for pottery while attending school to become a licensed art teacher. She opened her Etsy shop in 2009 and has been hooked since! She makes lots of different home goods and jewelry. Here are a few things from her shop that I absolutely love
4th Christmas: Bearfacebear
Shortly after moving in together – (and after a lot of begging on my end) – we got our little baby beagle, Igby! In the last year that we’ve had him, he’s become such a huge part of our lives. Like, we’re those annoying dog parents now and the worst part is that we don’t even care. Anyway, Igby has a lot of nicknames, but one that we call him very often is Bearfacebear. Why? Because he’s such a bear. I don’t know how else to explain it.
This wooden beagle ornament came from an Etsy shop called Redco Industries
, based in Connecticut. They have a whole bunch of different customizable ornaments to choose from and they even take custom orders for new designs. So if you’re looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, send the owner Rob a message! Here are a few of my favorites from Redco Industries:
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, I highly recommend checking out these shops. Finding ornaments that relate to special memories makes for an incredibly thoughtful gift! I’m looking forward to seeing what our next ornament will be. 🙂
Do you have any Christmas ornament traditions in your home? Tell us about them in the comments below.
*I was not compensated for this post and all products photographed were purchased by me. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.