December 6th, 2014
It’s that time of the year again! Before you run to the closest department store and check off your list of gifts, consider buying holiday gifts from Deaf-owned businesses. Here are some ideas to get you started!
For the life partner
Get your favorite photos plastered on a purse, camera strap, buttons, and more. A great and creative way to carry photos of loved ones! Gina Pasini, owner of Charmeleonized Ones, also paints silhouettes on canvases. You can’t go wrong with photos on your partner’s favorite things.
For the offspring
The wonderful illustrator, Maureen Klusza, creates cool drawings of names finger-spelled in ASL and is open to other illustration requests. Perfect for your kid’s bedroom door!
For the fur-kid
Your four-legged friends deserve something sweet this time of the year, too! Cynthia Murray and her husband make yummy treats for your dogs and cats in flavors like mint, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The best thing? All ingredients are organic, natural, and non-GMO!
For the grandparent
Jon Savage Gallery
Turn a portrait of yourself or even your grandparent(s) from their younger years into pop art! Jon Savage will paint a portrait on a canvas with bright colors. It’s a gift that’s guaranteed to please!
For the gadget geek
In A Flash Laser
We bet you know someone that’s always on a gadget. Why not make that gadget fun to look at? Get a phone case, laptop, tablet, and more engraved for a personal touch!
For the fashionista
Wear love in your language with Mara Ladines’s clothing designs. Your friends who want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time will undoubtedly love anything from Mara. She also sells her signature “ILY” on tote bags, buttons, car decals, and more!
For the artist
Dahl Spiritual Art
Janna Dahl creates these detailed and colorful paintings that’s sure to mesmerize. Many of her paintings include the ILY handshape or the shape of an eye, but somehow Janna manages to make them seem unique and different! Her painting would be uplifting in anyone’s home.
For the foodie
Russ and Melody Stein’s Napoletana pizzas have won the hearts of reviewers on Zagat and Yelp and will certainly be a favorite of any foodie. So, get them a gift certificate! If you’re not in San Francisco, it’s just an extra reason to visit!
For the accessory lover
A group of artisans create a variety of homemade jewelry and they are gorgeous! Anyone who loves jewelry would definitely appreciate wearing something that’s one-of-a-kind and handmade.
For the smart aleck
Smart Alex, Inc.
Top off your wrapped holiday gift with a funny card by Smart Alex. Your smart-alecky friends will love it!
The list doesn’t end here. There are so many more Deaf-owned businesses that you can buy from, too! Check out Holiday Hop, which is an initiative to spotlight Deaf-owned businesses by T.S. Writing Services and Your Desk’s Assistant. Holiday Hop is featuring a Deaf-owned business along with a giveaway or offer everyday from December 1 to 14, so hop over to their website and Facebook page to join in on the fun!
We would like to support this effort by gifting you Denver the Keychain if you buy from any Deaf-owned business in the month of December. Click here to get your Denver the Keychain gift!
If you have another holiday gift idea by a Deaf-owned business, leave it in the comments below! Stay warm and cozy through this season.