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Shop Local with These 10 Holiday Gifts From Small Businesses

From handmade pottery to cutting boards, smudge sticks and a customized Xbox gaming station, local vendors are delivering quaint and clever products that make uniquely special gifts.

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From handmade pottery to cutting boards, smudge sticks and a customized Xbox gaming station, local vendors are delivering quaint and clever products that make uniquely special gifts.

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Handmade Stoneware Teacup and Saucer

Kari Ceramics builds love and care into all its handmade pottery products. These 12-oz. wheel-thrown cups are large, lightweight and comfortable to hold, thanks to a thoughtfully shaped handle that includes a thumb-rest. The rim of the cup and outer edge of the saucer are glazed to ensure a smooth eating and drinking experience. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe!

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Smudge Sticks

Made of white sage, also known as “sacred sage,” these smudge sticks from Alternative Imagination are used to clear energy, restore balance and achieve spiritual purification in your home. White sage is an evergreen perennial native to the southwestern U.S. that has appeared for centuries in Native American rituals of cleansing and healing.

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Game of Thrones Cutting Board

This custom cutting board from NakedWoodWorks makes a clever and timely gift for your GOT-loving friends and family. Made from solid walnut, the board is conditioned with a food-safe oil that strengthens and preserves it. The carved side is meant to be displayed, while the opposite side is where all the chopping happens. All NWW products are cut, glued and sanded by hand in its Oklahoma-based shop.

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Reusable K Cups

The reusable brewers from iParts Plus More are made with BPA-free food-grade stainless steel mesh and compatible with most Keurig machines. Dishwasher safe, they’re designed to reduce plastic waste from traditional K cups and lower your overall carbon footprint. The company offers a no-questions asked one-year return policy as well as lifetime customer support for all purchases.

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Swedish Dishcloths

These dishcloths from Swedish Wholesale combine the benefits of a traditional hand tea-towel with the super absorbency of a cellulose sponge.

The company claims the cloths absorb more than 20 times their weight. They are designed to be soft to the touch yet gritty enough to scrub baked-on residue. The dishcloths are dishwasher friendly and machine washable for repeated use and reduced waste. Swedish Wholesale offers a no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee on all purchases.

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Custom Cutting Board

This custom maple cutting board from Schafer Art Studio is food safe and makes a treasured gift for holidays, events and celebrations.

Schafer’s wooden serving boards are inspired by the rich colors of the Pacific Ocean and layered with hand-painted, food-safe epoxy resin. The color choices of deep blue, ocean green, and white foam are meant to evoke peacefulness and calmness in the minds of recipients. Boards should be hand washed with water and a gentle dish soap.

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Protective Laptop Shoulder Bag

This award-winning bag from tomtoc offers superior protection for laptops and tablets through patent-pending CornerArmors built into the bottom corners. A soft interior and waterproof exterior offers 360-degree protection from scratches, knocks, bumps or accidental droppings. This model contains a main compartment for laptop or tablet, plus two sealed pockets for your charger, adapter, mouse, cables, phone, wallet, etc.

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Universal Cell Phone Lanyard

This universal smartphone lanyard strap from Gear Beast keeps your phone secure and accessible at all times. It’s the perfect solution for sports fans, concert goers, teachers, students, hikers, seniors, travelers or anyone who wants easy access to their cell phone without the danger of losing it. The 17-in. silicone neck strap is comfortable, safe and lightweight. 

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DIY Slime Kit

This jumbo slime-making kit from Zen Laboratory includes 18 colored slimes, three cutting/shaping utensils, two plastic straws, 12 vials of colored glitter, two bags of sugar paper, three bags of beads and six bags of foam balls. Basically, you have everything you need for a wonderfully disgusting slime-making party! 

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more amazingly slimy, the jumbo version of the kit now comes with a special powder that allows the slime to glow in the dark. Product is safe for boys and girls ages three to 12.

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Waterproof Xbox One X/S Portable Gaming Station

Any parent out there knows the fury of a child whose Xbox has stopped working. Whether it’s too much dust or a drop too much of water, this gaming station from Case Club protects your child’s Xbox One from whatever threatens it. It includes a built-in monitor, internal speakers, HDMI cable, power cord, military-grade foam, and hook and loop straps. The gaming station is form-fitted for Xbox One S or X, but not the original Xbox One. 

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