(Yes, they do go together.)
Welcome to my 2008 holiday shopping list made up of shops and stores that are owned and/or operated by the wonderful readers of this blog! (I've added a couple charities to the mix as well!) Check out their goods... buy them as gifts... and support each other in the process! Times are tight, so let's all band together.
WARNING: Some of the stuff you are about to see is WAY cute. Keep reading at your own risk.
LOVE these. Embittermints are breath mints with cheeky expressions like BUZZ OFF, BITE ME, and YO MAMA carved into them. In addition to being sold at a number of stores, they're also sold on the Embittermints website. They're a fun gift (the perfect stocking stuffer) and a great conversation piece. Embittermints... so mean, so minty.
Get The Bean
Get The Bean is an online store that sells coffee, herbal teas, chai teas and more. A portion of the proceeds from sales are donated to various cancer charities, as the founder, Meghan, is a cancer survivor. To learn more, visit Get The Bean's website, blog, or Meghan's blog. And who doesn't love coffee or tea as a Christmas gift?
Bella Fitness Training
Attention Nashville! How would you like a personal trainer to come to your house and work you out? If so, then Stephanie and Bella Fitness Training is for you. Get some friends together for Bridal Boot Camp or attend a Bikini Boot Camp class. Not only are Stephanie's prices incredibly affordable, but she also gives incentives in the form of Bella Bucks if you stick with the program. Personal training sessions or packages would make a great gift for anyone!
Attention New Yorkers! Have you ever wanted to learn aerial acrobatics and be like all those cool people in Cirque Du Soleil? Well, at ImaginAerial you can do just that. They offer lessons in silks acts (think trapeze, but prettier) and you can buy your friends and family gift certificates. I'm told anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do it (you don't have to be Super Woman. Hell, you don't even have to be able to do a pull-up!), and I'm totally doing it after the new year.
The Pampered Chef