The holiday season is fast-approaching and with everything going on this year I think its so important to not only consider staying home and shopping online for gifts, but to also support small businesses! You really can't beat a handmade, hand designed or created items! There is something so special about supporting someone's dream while being able to buy unique gifts you cant get at your local big-box stores!

Here are a list of small businesses that you can buy some gifts from this season or just some things to treat yourself! Some of these shops I have purchased from myself and loved and others were recommended by some of you!

Kampus Kustoms

For the college pal or sports lover in your life!

Kampus Kustoms is owned by Kristina in Chicago and was recommended to me by one of you! She started selling these amazing and unique college tees that she customizes from her thrift finds! I think we can all benefit from a sustainable clothing option and how cute are these for game day?! The best part might be that you can send her a shirt you already have and she can customize it for you! Beyond bleach and tie-dye, Kristin can completely redesign your piece from adding zippers, adding a cute custom cut, or redesigning a flannel! Check her out on Instagram @kampuskustoms to order one or her designs or chat with her about a custom piece for you or a friend!! I might just have to get a custom Texas Tech one for myself!

Meet the owner, Kristina!

"I started my business as a senior in college (last August) when I attended the University of Kentucky. I have always loved to thrift clothing since the pieces are usually super unique and can't be found anywhere else. I started my first corporate job after college in January and was laid off in March at the beginning of the pandemic so I thought I would focus my time and energy onto my business that I started at school. I have always loved sports and in a family of all girls my dad made sure we were always educated about our favorite teams (Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks) I am currently in the suburbs of Chicago!" -Kristina

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