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My Favorite Small Businesses to Shop This Season

Gift Guide

Small Business Saturday has such a sweet new meaning this year. Even though I’ve technically always worked for small businesses, running my own–making the decisions, taking on the risks, learning to trust my instincts, celebrating with literally every single order that comes in–has been a whole new ball game. I’m more amazed than ever by the people who do this, and do it well. I have never learned more in a year’s time, and feel like I’ve only barely scratched the surface of what Maylis can be!

Perhaps one of my biggest lessons has been how very much individual customers matter and are seen and known by a small business. I LOVE recognizing names from comments here or on Instagram, thinking back on any past interactions, packing up shoes with a real person’s face in mind, and then, best of all, seeing pictures of women in Maylis. My favorite moments are when I simply spot the shoes on someone in their Stories or posts–no need for a tag or hashtag or anything like that. Just real, amazing women wearing our shoes in their everyday lives. It may sound like a small thing, but to me, it’s a little bit of everything. I know the businesses below feel the same way!

For the Closet

– Classic, Italian-made shoes from Maylis, of course :) We now have gift cards available as well, which I am so excited to offer in time for the holidays!
– Perfectly oversized button-downs from AYR
– The most exquisite (but oh so wearable) knitwear from Kilte
– The chicest bags from J. Lowery
– My all-time favorite pajamas: the Long-Short Weekend Set from Lake
– An ultra-feminine hair bow from Lillou
– Crisp, cotton dresses from All in the Detail (the Clara is a staple in my closet)
– A silk scarf from Swells of Splendor (love this Provence-inspired one)

For the Jewelry Box

– Gorgeous earrings from Nicola Bathie (my favorites are these daisy studs, these butterflies, these pearly flowers, and these showstoppers)
– An engraved locket from Everyday Heirlooms
– “Candy necklaces” (such a fun trend!) from Theodosia Jewelry

For the Home

– The BEST Christmas candle: No. 52 from Candlefish in Charleston
– My favorite botanical prints by M Studio
– A pair of coupe glasses in a gorgeous color (we used Amber Smoke in our latest Maylis shoot, seen here) from Estelle Colored Glassware
– Embroidered bath towels from Weezie (they absolutely live up to the hype)
– The cozy blanket your whole family will try to call dibs on during movie night
– An exquisite, hand-painted picture frame
– A charming desk calendar from Simply Jessica Marie
– A set of block print cosmetic bags from Lovely Lady Linens
– The prettiest modern ginger jars in a rainbow of colors and designs from Lo Home
– An heirloom-worthy Christmas Memories journal from Promptly

For Littles

– Dreamily soft pima cotton Christmas pieces from The Proper Peony (Azelie has this nightgown and baby girl has this hat and sleep gown ready for a sister matching moment)
– Sweet embroidered ornaments from Namesake Celebrations
– My absolute favorite source of kids clothing for boys: Baybala
– Done-for-you boutique stocking stuffers from Persnickety Curated Gifts (I can’t imagine how much time these saved me this year!)
– Darling printed turtlenecks from Little English to wear on their own or layer
– For the littlest loves, anything from Solly

For Him

Bamboo lounge pants from Lake (Dave prefers these to their pima pants)
– Handsome Chelsea boots from Tecovas
– The Southern-made hot sauce that’s on every gift guide, for good reason
– Golf-inspired candles (plus a cheeky striker to, ahem, match)
– A matchbook art print from one of his favorite places






  1. Dana says:

    Since 2020, I’ve tried to shop from small businesses as much as possible for the holidays! These are some good new ones for me :)


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