Updated: Dec 15, 2020
This is something I've been wanting to do for years. Leave it to being stuck at home, between projects, and in the middle of a pandemic, to get to work. As an entrepenuer, small businesses have a special place in my heart. Prior to freelance life, I worked for an agency that administered small business financing to many of the same locally owned shops and businesses that I love today. It wouldn't feel right to create a gift guide that didn't showcase at least some of the amazing products and services the Tri-Cities has to offer.
While public health restrictions contine to keep many of us at home, it was important to me to focus this guide on locally owned businesses who need our support the most. Each item in the Shop the Tri Gift Guide(s) was thoughtly selected with the people I love in mind. In fact, the whole family (well 3 out of 4 of us) got in on the fun and hand picked a few of the gift ideas. One of us, I won't mention any names, even treated themself to a few early birthday gifts! #sagittariusseason
1. To-Go Pottery Kit | Polka Dot Pottery | Shop online or build your own to-go pottery kit in-store. The perfect gift for the little artist in your life. Paints are non-toxic and water-based, and will wash right out if it gets anywhere on your clothes or home!
2. Greenies Paddleboards, Kayak, Bike, Rentals | Greenies | Give the gift of outdoors. Located at the Parkway in Richland, Greenies has all things needed for your next outdoor adventure from hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. Book your next adventure with their conveinent gear rental online or visit in-store for more gift ideas for the little adventure seeker in your life.
3. Stick + Stone Gift Card | Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood Fired Pizza | At-home pizza and game night anyone? Kids can build their own pizza while Mom and Dad enjoy not having to cook dinner!
4. Paintable Wood Ornament | Gesa Carousel of Dreams | This paintable wood ornament makes the perfect stocking stuffer and proceeds help support the Carousel of Dreams mission to provide lasting memories and a fun experience for families throughout the Tri-Cities. Visit the online marketplace for more gift idea and ways to support the carousel during government mandated closures.
5. OOF Youth Hooded Sweatshirt | Swanky Babies | Local online childrens boutique Swanky Babies carries a variety of unique baby, children's, and maternity items like this Roblox inspired OOF Hoodie, perfect for the gamer dude or girl in your life. Available in youth sizes XS to XL.
6. Cookie Box | Our Cookie House | Cookie made fresh from the local "Cookie Lady." Our Cookie House offers a wide variety of cookie flavors and cookie box options to choose from. See website for details and to place an order for the cookie monster in your life!
7. Christmas Activity Cookies Kit | TSP Bakery | Kids (and grownups) will enjoy the stress-free fun of TSP Bakery's Christmas Actvitiy Cookie Kits. Choose from a variety of cookie shapes. Gluten Free options available.
8. Fairchild Cinemas Gift Card | Fairchild Cinemas | Bring the movie theatre to you with a gift card, good for popcorn, candy, and future ticket purchases. Open Friday and Saturday for popcorn, candy, and gift card sales.
9. Boredum Busters Bags | The Reach Museum | Bring the fun and learning experience of the Reach Museum home with their Boredun Buster bags. Each bag contains supplies and instructions for ten fun and educational activities, plus ideas for exploring further.
There you have it, 9 thoughfully curated (by the Cassidy's) gift suggestions from local businesses and shops for the little babes in your life. Be sure to check out the other guides for her, for him, and for the little babes. Feel free to share, tag, like, follow the brands listed above, etc. Supporting local through engagement is always free!
P.S. Kids can print off a copy of the Shop the Tri: For Big Kids guide and circle their picks for parents (and Santa) below!