It’s time again for one of my favorite things we do all year – the Holiday Gift Guide! Our team has been in the Christmas spirit since August as we’ve worked to pull together this year’s Gift Guide, and we’re thrilled to share it with you today.

This year’s Gift Guide includes small and woman-owned businesses, ethically made products, companies with give-back models, and cause- or faith-based companies. As you’re planning your holiday shopping, our hope is that you’ll shop small and support these incredible people! 

We had the best time in early October at our Holiday Gift Guide LIVE! Event, and we captured all the fun through a podcast recording and YouTube video. In listening or watching, you’ll learn even more about these amazing brands and their products… plus these brands have exclusive discounts mentioned ONLY in the podcast + video content, so you’ll want to be sure and write those down too!

Happy shopping, friends, and merry (early) Christmas! 


Mercy House Global

Mercy House Global is a non-profit that exists to empower the most vulnerable artisans around the world with dignified work through job creation. In addition to supporting these artisans, Mercy House Global takes the proceeds from the sales of the product to support three maternity homes in Kenya. They offer an entire candle + spa line made by artisans who have found refuge in the USA, and the candles are made using 100% soy wax and natural fragrance oils. 

Christmas Cheer Candle (if sold out, shop other candles from Mercy House here)

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Elevate is a non-profit that creates life-changing opportunities through artisan-made leather goods, with a priority on ethical and sustainable product production. Proceeds from every purchase are invested into families living in vulnerable communities, kick-starting their dreams through small business training, mentorship, and low-to-no interest loans.

Natalie Hat Tote | Nomad Crossbody | Luggage Tag (new!)

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Ramble & Company

Ramble & Company is an apparel brand with a mission to inspire and empower women to feel confident and capable in who they are and who they are created to be. Ramble & Company is able to do this through its monthly apparel launches, women-focused community gatherings, and the Ramble On Show podcast. Ramble & Company wants women to know that they’re worthy and not alone. 

“Texas Forever” Vintage Tee | Printed Ringer Tee, Armadillo | Smiley Green Hat

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Starfish Project

At Starfish Project, survivors of human trafficking and exploitation experience freedom, establish independence, and develop careers by creating beautiful, on-trend jewelry. With each and every purchase, you partner with Starfish Project to help women escape brothels in Asia and begin new lives as jewelry makers, accountants, photographers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. 100% of every purchase is reinvested into Starfish Project’s social mission to restore hope to exploited women. 

Give Hope Bracelet

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Revell is a division of Baker Publishing Group. Baker Publishing Group provides high-quality writings that serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers. Their titles cover a wide spectrum of categories from numerous bestselling and award-winning authors, such as New York Times bestselling author and podcaster Annie F. Downs. The latest from Annie, Chase the Fun, is a 100-day journey filled with hope and humor, insightful writing, and provocative questions to help you chase the fun right where you are. Because when you chase fun, joy follows.

“Chase The Fun” by Annie F. Downs | Shop Specials for The Happy Hour Listeners

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Dwell Differently

Dwell Differently wants to help all of us be transformed by God’s word through Scripture memorization. Join Dwell Differently’s monthly membership and memorize one verse every month with your family. Dwell Differently turns the first letter of each word into a beautiful Scripture design. Your monthly memorization toolkit includes temporary tattoos with the design, plus keychain and beautiful print for displaying on your desk or in your home. And be sure to check out their brand new necklaces featuring the work of the women at Starfish Project, another one of our Holiday Gift Guide vendors this year! 

Monthly Memberships | Everlasting Love + Anxious No More Necklaces

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From Scratch Farm

From Scratch Farm was established in Boerne, Texas in 2013. Owner and maker Amy Bierstedt has developed natural, non-toxic home, bath, and body products with the goal of providing goods that are better for your home, your health, your family, and our planet. Amy’s all-purpose salve was the reason she started her business, developing it for her son’s skin condition. She found that friends and family were seeing amazing results with it too! The simple formula of soothing beeswax and essential oils has helped customers soothe and care for dry skin, cracked heels, eczema, rashes, burns, diaper rash, cuticle care, and more.

All-Purpose Salve

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Vickery Trading 

Vickery Trading Company equips refugee women for long-term success through its 21-month program, which includes vocational training, personal development training (digital literacy, ESL, mental health services, trauma-informed yoga, etc.), and fair wages. Vickery Trading Company produces clothing and accessories for women and children, as well as home goods supporting the women in our program. 

Forat Dress in Rustic Woods | Children's Collection | Loungewear | Ribbon Scrunchie

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Freeleaf is a fair trade company that provides dignified employment and holistic care to survivors of exploitation and abuse. Freeleaf creates uniquely hand-knotted home decor and accessories in order to create a world where women are {k}not for sale.

Unbound Planter | Flourish Plant Hanger

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Mended is a social impact business working with survivors of modern-day slavery to hand block textiles for the global conscious customer. Mended works with 18 survivor artisans in South Asia in hopes that this meaningful, sustainable work can play a role in their restoration. The company believes that the process of a hand-carved wooden block being dipped into dye and then hand-stamped over and over on each individual textile makes each piece unique and imperfectly perfect. 

Tea Towels

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Our Spare Change

Our Spare Change exists to create beautiful jewelry, by hand, that empowers both the wearer and the maker. No matter how your story develops, Our Spare Change believes your story is meant to be told for a reason. Created to spark connections and spread a little extra light, Our Spare Change’s metals are tailored to hold memories that encourage you to wear your heart on more than just your sleeve. The skinny cuff bracelets are hand-cut, hammered, stamped and polished, giving them a beautifully unique and antique look that ages well as a perfect staple piece for everyday wear. They come in brass, silver or 14k gold and can be ordered online with a custom word or phrase.

Skinny Cuff Bracelet

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Dear Heart

Dear Heart’s products are designed with the intention of opening doors for conversations about Jesus. Dear Heart believes its products can truly change the world one conversation at a time. The team’s prayer is that they can bring hope to the lost, revival to the weary, and courage for the believer. Dear Heart’s one-of-a-kind leather banners are handcrafted in a workshop in Texas and made of vegetable-tanned leather with lettering burned in. Dear Heart has a custom listing on its website where you can personalize your own banner!

Leather Banners

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The Happy Hour Shop

Check out our merch shop too! We just launched a new “Faithful” sweatshirt that is so cozy for this time of year, plus lots of tees, books, hats/beanies and hoodies. 

Special thanks to our generous Swag Bag Sponsors! Our Gift Guide LIVE! attendees went home with goodies from 11 brands, including The Shop Forward, Empowered Goods, Grace Notes Subscription, Great Cloud Ministries, and Sojourn Studio. We're also very grateful to SA Winos, Duck City Sweets and Marissa Fisk Catering for the food and beverages enjoyed by our event attendees!


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