Shop VT 2013: Your Local Holiday Gift Guide Day Three



We are back with day 3 of Shop VT 2013, your local holiday gift guide, brought to you by us and Try Vermont First!

Today we have one stop shops, gifts for the parent, stocking stuffer ideas, and gifts for your furry friends with a chance to win them all! Be sure to check out day 1 and day 2 if you missed them for more great local gift ideas!

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1) Kids City

Kids City, located in South Burlington, is a locally owned and operated kid’s store marked by excellent customer service and quality merchandise. Books, toys, baby items, shoes and apparel, furniture- it has it all! They know how crazy holiday shopping can be; the lines, the crowds, and wondering if this is really the best deal. They want to keep shopping fun and stress free, so they are offering their best deals of the season BEFORE Black Friday. The “Beat Black Friday” sale will take place on November 22 and 23rd (Friday and Saturday) and will include 20% off all toys, games, books and puzzles. Oh, and did we mention the FREE gift wrapping yet?? Or the fact that you can use any built up reward points at this sale?? If you want to get in on some early pre-sale shopping, be sure to sign up for their newsletter! They also participate in “Shop Small Saturday” on November 30th with American Express, that gives its members (who register) $25 to spend at local stores. So many great ways to shop and save this holiday season at Kids City! LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@kidscityvt)! Giveaway is a $50 gift card (Valued at $50) 




A Little Something 

A Little Something was created in 2010 as a storefront in Shelburne, Vermont and has grown to become a destination gift store and boutique, yet retained its status as a favorite neighborhood gift shop. It is easily accessible (right off of Shelburne Rd.) with tons of close, convenient and free parking. They have items for every generation– kids, teens, young adults, mom, aunties grandmas, and every girl friend you’ve ever known. They work only with small and/or local companies and keep everything creative, unique and affordable! You can find one of a kind jewelry pieces, perfumes, handbags, scarves, and more! LIKE A Little Something on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@alittlesomethingvt)! Giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to use on jewelry (Valued at $50)



Creative Habitat

Are you looking to give unique and creative gifts this year? Look no further than Creative Habitat’s Homemade for the Holidays! Browse their listings of projects that they recommend to create wonderful gifts for your friends and family, choose a few, head to Creative Habitat to purchase all the supplies, and then follow the step by step instructions that they provide. Couldn’t be easier! Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty or artsy, they created this list of projects with the desire to bring out the inner artist in all of us. Not up for making your own gifts? You can still find an endless supply of fabulous gifts for everyone on your shopping list at Creative Habitat! Craft supplies, beautiful home decor, frames, games, and so much more. Oh, and they have their first huge sale of the holiday season going on NOW until November 23! LIKE Creative Habitat on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest! Giveaway is a $25 gift card (Valued at $25)

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2) Onion River Kids

Onion River Kids is located on Historic Langdon Street in beautiful downtown Montpelier, Vermont and is part of the Onion River Sports family. They opened the store in 2008 after they ran out of room in their kid’s space at Onion River Sports. They carry clothing, shoes, backpacks, kid carriers and jogging strollers, toys, camping gear and much more for kids from infants thru elementary school. You can pick up some Darn Tough Vermont Ski Socks (and support another great local business!), an adorable Knit Wit’s hat, a fun Liberty Water Bottle, an awesome Legoman headlamp, and so much more! LIKE Onion River Kids on Facebook! Giveaway is a black diamond gizmo head lamp in orange (Valued at $19.95) 




The Shoe Horn Boutique

The Shoe Horn is Montpelier, Vermont’s source for fashion and comfort – from head to toe. They began 8 years ago as an offshoot of their parent store, Onion River Sports and have doubled in size since it’s inception!  They carry fabulous footwear, clothing and accessories that fits the Vermont lifestyle and cold winters while still being stylish. They have many beautiful pieces such as the Frye Boot Company Vintage Stud handbag, the Ugg Coquette slipper in chestnut, the Ibex conductive merino wool glove liner, and Eileen Fisher High Collar Knee-length Zip Coat in Weather Resistant Down. LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest! Giveaway is a Pistil Designs Osa hat and Tizzy mitten gift set (Valued at $57)


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1) Duct Tape Parenting

Looking for a gift for the parents on your shopping list? How about a parenting book with a five-star Amazon rating written by a local VT author? Duct Tape Parenting lays out a less is more approach to raising respectful, responsible, and resilient kids. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world. You can purchase your copy online or at one of these great local bookstores: Phoenix Books, Bear Pond Books, Flying Pig Bookstore, Bridgeside Books, and Brown Dog Books and Gifts.   LIKE Vicki Hoefle on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Pinterest! Giveaway is one Duct Tape Parenting Book (Valued at $19.95)



2) Skinny Pancake

Every parent deserves a night out without kids and our next two giveaways will help them accomplish this. Get the parents in your life a gift certificate to the Skinny Pancake for a nice meal out! The Skinny Pancake constructs everything they do to be as local and sustainable as possible while still making it affordable for the every day budget. They seek to run a healthy business that brings people together to enjoy great food, music and merriment in our community. And there food is definitely great! They have two brick and mortar locations- one in Burlington and one in Montpelier. Both locations always have great music and events going on that you can enjoy along with your food. You can buy gift certificates online or at the restaurant. LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!  Giveaway is a $25 gift certificate (Valued at $25)



3) Vermont Nanny Connection

So who is going to watch the kids while their parents head out to dinner? Vermont Nanny Connection has you covered! Give the gift of childcare this holiday season so the parents on your list can get that much needed time alone. Vermont Nanny Connection places full-time, part-time, and temporary nannies, mother’s helpers, and sitters on a permanent or short-term basis. They are a proud member of the International Nanny Association and provide experienced, reliable, and caring nannies or sitters. Contact Vermont Nanny Connection today to learn more! LIKE them on Facebook! Giveaway is four hours of sitting for a family with 2 children (Valued at $76)




4) Bitybean Baby Carrier

Another great gift for the parents on your list is the Bitybean baby carrier. Bitybean was founded in 2012 and is a socially conscious Vermont company dedicated to the mission of helping families get out and explore their world together! Their ultra compact carrier is smaller and lighter than any soft sided carrier on the market and can be tucked away in any pocket, bag, or purse. It can be used for front or back carry for infants and toddlers 3 months and up and weighing 8 to 40 lbs. Bitybean provides comfortable closeness, without all the bulk! Bitybean has seen great success since it’s inception and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them fund the next level of their growth. So buy buying this carrier for someone on your shopping list you are also helping a local Vermont business continue to grow and expand! LIKE Bitybean on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Giveaway is one Bitybean Carrier (Valued at $59)


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1) Cure for a Bad Hair Day

The Cure (For The Bad Hair Day) was born out of owner Meg Madden’s personal need to manage her heavy, slippery, unruly mane.  As an artist, active outdoorsy type and busy Mama, she needed to keep her hair out of her face but was plagued by the woes of what she now refers to as “the ordinary hair elastic”. The Cure hair ties, crafted from soft, stretchy colored (non-latex) elastic, are gentle on even the finest hair but strong enough to manage the thickest, most unruly locks out there.  No more slipping, pulling, or tugging. Available in over 100 stunning colors, they are as pretty as they are practical and even double as fun layering bracelets. Tame fly away hairs with no slip headbands. Fill stockings with The Cure’s hair ties and keep everyone looking pretty this holiday. Visit The Cure on Etsy and start shopping today. You can LIKE The Cure on Facebook! Giveaway is a 3 grab bag samplers of 10 ties each (Valued at $30)



2) Vermont Soap

Vermont Soap  manufactures certified organic soaps, cleaners, moisturizers, bath accessories and more.  They offer many different gift sets that start at under $6. The Reactive Body Beauty Crate is for bodies that are more sensitive to smells, to what touches their skin, and to lights, sounds, and disruptions in daily routine. The Reactive Body Beauty Crate includes an unscented bar of soap,  toothsalt and toothbrush sanitizer,  shea body butter and more. Stock your own home, and your stockings with soaps and more from Vermont Soap. LIKE Vermont Soap on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Giveaway is a Reactive Body Beauty Crate (Valued at $78)




3) Handmade by Amy L. Burns

Handmade by Amy L. Burns is a beautiful Etsy shop full of one of a kind handcrafted journals, notebooks, and guest books, using a combination of new, recycled, and upcycled materials in her books and/or shipping materials. Her hand bound books make excellent gifts and she gladly takes custom orders! You can customize the cover art, cover paper, page paper, or even provide your own vintage cover. Her books are perfect to use as guest books, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and journals. LIKE Amy L. Burns on Facebook! Giveaway is a Coptic Bound Mini Journal (Valued at $20)



ArielsHoneyCollage4) Ariel’s Honey Infusions

Ariel’s Honey Infusions Ariel Krolick runs a garden business in Huntington and sees how important bees are to our communities. She has combined her loves for Organic Herbs that have medicinal values with sustainable harvested raw Vermont honey to create Ariel’s Honey Infusions. Each infusion is made by hand using local honey and local herbs. They are great in hot drinks, paired with foods, and are helpful during cold and allergies seasons. Try Organic Elderberry, Vanilla Lavendar, Hot Pepper, and more. Buy Ariel’s Infusions for the sweetest people on your list! You can purchase Ariel’s Infusions online in 5 oz, 10 oz, and 20 oz jars. LIKE Ariel’s Honey Infusions on Facebook and follow them on PinterestGiveaway is a 5 oz jar of Ariel’s Honey Infusions (Valued at $8.25)


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Vermont Paw

VermontPaw is a Northeast Kingdom company that focuses on the safety and comfortability of products for dogs and cats alike.  They believe that every pet has a unique personality that should be worn and shown every day.  They proudly make all of their products by hand with the strongest and most durable supplies to be found that are made right here in the United States.  Vermont Paw guarantees 100% satisfaction in their products, every time & with every product. Vermont Paw offers a full range of id tags, collars, leashes, harnesses and other accessories to meet every pet’s personality. Don’t forget to put something special under the tree for your pet this holiday. Check out their Red & Black Buffalo Plaid collar – their best seller- the fabric is from Vermont’s finest, Johnson Woolen Mills. Shop for your pet’s needs on Vermont Paw’s website. LIKE Vermont Paw on Facebook! Giveaway is a Jass Adjustable Collar (Valued at $24)

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  1. I love this idea…I hope you do it again. Great way to get info out about small business, especially with small business Saturday coming up 🙂

  2. Thanks for the opportunity for so many great prizes!!! I would love the Kids City gift card- they have so much to choose from!!! Love that store 🙂

  3. This giveaway is giving me so many locations for shopping for Christmas. This is the year I vowed to shop local and have been receiving a lot of ideas thru this giveaway

  4. Wow! Everything looks so good. Such a brilliant idea to focus on these local options. I’d love some babysitting time from Vermont Nanny!! 🙂

  5. You continue to bring it with the great giveaways! There’s a lot I’d love to win, but A Little Something and Skinny Pancake top the list, but then again, my pup DOES need a new collar. 🙂


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