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.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and American Express to share some of Joy’s favorite small makers. Take a look at what Joy is shopping — we totally love her picks!

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.