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4 Reasons to Shop Small Presented by American Express

The holidays may have come and gone, but we learned a bit about ourselves in the midst of shopping mall madness and Christmas decoration overload. The simple truth: sometimes the best gifts are found while shopping at small businesses. We love the unexpected, one-of-a-kind finds from small makers and artisans.


The Walnut Animal Society makes handmade stuffed animals that are meant to be “friends forever” with your little one. Plus, you can build a whole wardrobe for your new furry friend.

Jewelry from Coral & Stone has us completely obsessed and swooning. Amp up any outfit or your go-to LBD with a bright-colored statement necklace or drop earrings.

When we first saw Kindah Khalidy’s colorful clutches, we just knew… gotta have one! These bright bags are perfect for date night or everyday.

With the New Year in full swing, maybe you’ve started making a list of resolutions. Are you thinking a minor home makover, perhaps? Well, spruce up your walls with wallpaper by Juju Papers. It’s a gift that will keep on giving all year long.

So, what about you all? What are your favorite small businesses to shop throughout the year? Let us know in the comments below!

This post is in partnership with American Express — committed to connecting small merchants to more customers through the Shop Small®movement.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*