Shop Like You Give a Damn: Cruelty-Free Christmas for the Kiddos

Where oh where has this year gone? Santa Claus is making is final rounds already and perhaps you haven’t even started your shopping yet? Guilty as charged! Be sure to check out our three previous Shop Like You Give A Damn Gift Guides for some smashing gift ideas for the Vegan foodie, trendsetter, or mister in your life.

For our final installment of the Vegan Holiday Gift Guide Series, we’re offering up some thoughtful gifts for the little ones in your home… and yes, this also means the fur babies get some love too!

Just when you think that actress Jessica Alba couldn’t be more perfect… she topped herself and co-created eco-friendly (and affordable) The Honest Company.

Gift new parents with the New Baby Arrival Kit that includes natural and non-toxic baby basics like Shampoo, Bodywash, Healing Balm, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes, and Diapers too!

Honest Diapers


The Honest Company New Baby Arrival Kit ($45.95)


Cute and compassionate, the Mini-Moos will make any kiddo or grownup smile. The perfect baby shower or gift for a mini-me! Olsen Haus produces quality, stylish, cruelty-free vegan shoes and vegan accessories with standards of fair trade and ethical business practices.

Mini Moos baby shoes


Olsen Haus Mini Moos ($40)



Hipster kiddos won't feel ironic about not knowing who Blondie is. This toddler tee from Junk Food is an affordable $17 to boot. #SuriInBrooklyn

Blondie kids tee


Junk Food Toddler Blondie Tee ($17)



Every Suri needs some Rubber Duck SnowJoggers... do I even need to tell you that they leave small duck prints in the snow?

Rubber duck snow joggers


Rubber Duck Snow Joggers ($65)


Your babe will be bad to the bone in this pretty pedal pusher. Check out those chrome fenders! #roadster

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle


Schwinn Pink Roadster Tricyle ($79)


Teach 'em right when they are young! A $20 Nooworks tee is a heckuva lot cheaper than a Harvard education, folks.

Nooworks Eat right tee Nooworks Eat Right Tee ($20)

As a single mum to my two furry children, I proudly showcase their little mugs on my mantle thanks to Old Made Good. The resemblance is uncanny and always ensures a smile. This is a thoughtful gift for the animal lover in your life. (or for yourself!)

OldMadeGood portraits


Old Made Good Pet in a Suit Portrait ($85)


Sometimes your pup may crave a doughnut... a gourmet one, at that. Here's your chance to win over your little furry friend. ($12.95) And, nobody will judge you if you take a bite too. (just a little)

Gourmet Dog Dougnuts


Baxter Bailey & Company Gourmet Doughnuts ($12.95)



Have your pup support his furry friends with this adorable tee.10% of the proceeds go to the Tiny Tim Fund.

Tiny Tim Signature Dog Tee


Tiny Tim Signature Dog Tee ($15)


Have a Happy Holiday Stella Shoppers!

I can’t wait to spend another compassionate and cruelty-free year with you in 2013.

XOXO Marcia

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Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

Nashville Boutique Sale & Event Gift Guide - Dec. 13-16

It's crunch time Stella Shoppers. We're closing in on those final days of shopping. Are you feeling the pressure? Between Marcia's rockin' gift guides (Foodie, Trendsetter and Gents) all of the fabulous holiday markets happening this weekend, and the Stella Shops Boutique, you should be able to finish that shopping with relative ease. While we're talking about all our local shopping awesomeness, take a minute to take the Yelp Shops Local Pledge! Did you know for every $100 you spend at an independent retailer, $45 stays local? Think before you buy. Those dollars add up and they help our community and our economy. Our network of local retailers is what makes Nashville so unique, so let's keep it that way. Our friends at Yelp (namely, our Sustainable Style Editor, Marcia) are hosting several Shop Local events between now and Christmas. The first one is this Sunday at Gaslamp and Gaslamp Too. Check in on your Yelp mobile app with #YelpShopsLocal to earn a $10 gift card with every $100 purchase. A few of our favorite retailers will be offering specials at their booths on Sunday and treats will be served while you shop.

Nest Interiors Booth #T271 - 15-20% off entire booth

Anita Schmadtke Designs #T285 - 15-20% off entire booth

Dirt by Jason Parker Counce Designs #T309 - 15-20% off entire booth

Retropolitan #T714 - 15-20% off entire booth

If you've ever wanted to be a part of a Cash Mob, Sunday is your big chance! Marcia and her merry band of Yelpers (that's you!) will meet outside Zanie’s Comedy Club (2025 8th Avenue South) at 12pm to surprise one local, and deserving business with a “Cash” mob event. You'll head to the small business in that neighborhood spend a little cash and spread some holiday cheer! And don't worry, you don't need to spend much. Read all the details here!

Other Yelp Shops Local events will be held on Dec. 19 in The Gulch and Dec. 20 in East Nashville. Plus there are tons of pop-up specials at some of our favorite shops from East Nashville to Franklin, so check out the Yelp Shops Local Page for all the details!!

And in case that's not enough, Yelp's got you covered after the holidays with their Holiday Hangover Pass. Yelp Nashville has teamed up with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to offer a discounted shopping pass from January 1st – 31st. A $10 donation to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will unlock discount opportunities at a large list of participating businesses from Franklin to East Nashville as a finale to the Yelp Shops Local initiative.


whats-in-store - Our promotion with whats-in-store continues! Use promo code stellashops to take 20% off your purchase. Make sure you place those orders by Dec. 17 to guarantee arrival before Christmas and if you're here in Nashville, you can pick your order up at the whats-in-store Design Studio through Dec. 21. I've been smitten with whats-in-store this season. How about these necklaces and earrings?

Macabebe Necklace ($50)

Kimberly Necklace ($65)

Mulu Necklace ($45)

Nichols Earrings ($22)

There are tons of other fabulously affordable options at that are perfect for accessorizing those holiday party outfits or for finishing up your holiday shopping.

Beamhaus - This new design collective, based here in Nashville, has released a collection of luxury leather cases for iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air that get better looking the more you carry them. I am lusting over these pieces and that iPad case needs to be mine. Those MacBook Air cases would make amazing clutches. With nothing priced over $150, this limited-edition collection makes the perfect gift.

Sold Out! Just kidding...this is the one I've got my eye on. Beamhaus iPad Portfolio ($100)

Beamhaus MacBook Air 11" Portfolio or a chic decide. ($150)

Beamhaus iPhone 5 Case ($60)...hi to Zarna of Zarna's Runway (she's the hand model here.)


Local Honey - It's the seven days of Christmas at Local Honey now through Dec. 16.

East Nashville

Here's the deal. You should be shopping in East Nashville. Between the new Shoppes on Fatherland, Five Points Collaborative, the Five Points area itself and Old Made Good, all of your shopping should be covered.

Shoppes on Fatherland - 11th and Fatherland. STATE, Pretty Pretty Pop Pop, Baxter & Bailey Co. (for the pooches!), Thrive, High Garden Tea, Pistols & Petals, Moxie, Wildernest and more. Just go there already!

Five Points Collaborative - 1108 Woodland Street just off of Five Points. Goodbuy Girls, Alegria, Moss, plus Arts and Invention Gallery and Wonders on Woodland. They've got you covered for women's apparel and accessories, interiors, antiques and more.

And don't forget the Hip Zipper for awesome vintage finds and The Green Wagon where you'll find some of our favorite soaps, lotions, lip balms and other locally made and sustainable goodies.

Old Made Good - This has been one of my favorite gift spots for years. This limited edition Herb Williams print would be a pretty awesome gift. Have it signed by Herb on Friday night!

Herb Williams Old Made Good

Toys to OMG

Old Made GoodThis pretty much explains why I love these ladies so much, right?

Edgehill Village

Tweed - Edgehill Village events are always the best. Thursday evening from 5-8, head to Edgehill for a Roasty Toasty Evening hosted by Tweed from 5-8pm. There will be plenty of snacks and design goodies from our friends at Nest Interiors and Anita Schmadtke Designs.

Tweed Roasty Toasty evening

Franklin/Cool Springs

Brooklyn South - This brand new vintage shop is located at 6264 Nolensville Pike. I'm anxious to check this shop out, so this may be the weekend for me. Their bio says they are "a family owned vintage boutique filled with an eclectic array of hand selected and one of a kind items including refurbished, vintage and mid-century furniture, as well as home goods and custom jewelry." Sounds like another great addition to Nashville's vintage community.

Brooklyn South

House of Stella - House of Stella is packed to the brim with fabulous jewelry, delicious smelling candles, tons of fun apparel and those Jeffrey Campbell shoes. House of Stella can definitely be your one stop shop.

Jondie - One of our favorite stops in downtown Franklin. You'll find plenty of affordable and on trend accessories, apparel and shoes. I always manage to walk out with a new bottle of Nyx nail polish.

Johnnie Q - For badass accessories, Johnnie Q is your place. Brooklyn stocks some seriously covetable pieces here.

Green Hills

Billy Reid - Happy holidays from Billy Reid. Take 40% off select items.

Billy Reid Holiday Sale

The Cosmetic Market - The next best thing to a Bliss Spa is the Bliss Wax Bar in The Cosmetic Market. Take advantage of their free brow wax offer now through Dec. 31. Their 12 Days of Christmas starts on Thursday so make sure you receive their emails so you know what special item is on sale each day.

cosmetic market brow was

Cosmetic Market 12 Days of Christmas

The Cotton Mill - There are just a few weeks left to shop The Cotton Mill. Everything is now marked down 60-80% off.

The Cotton Mill

Levy's - Levy's 12 Days of Christmas starts Thursday. Visit them Saturday for Ties & Pies.

Levys 12 Days of Christmas

Levys Pies and ties

Monkee's - Another 12 Days of Christmas promotion starts Thursday. Check your email every day for another deal from Monkee's.

Monkees 12 Days of Christmas

Specs Optical - Need some new sunnies or a brand new pair of glasses. Specs has some amazing designer frames on sale from 50-70% off through the holidays!

Sylvan Park

Fabu - Another of my favorite gift spots. I can always find the perfect present at Fabu. Shop and Sip Thursdays every Thursday through December 20.

Fabu Shop and Sip

The Stone Fox - Head to the Stone Fox on Saturday for their Holiday Market from 10am-4pm. Our friends from The Trunk will be there and so will Third Man Records, plus lots of other cool vendors.

Stone Fox Holiday Market

West End

UAL - There's a new markdown every day at UAL. Thursday's deal is 50% off select merchandise. I hit the jackpot here on Sunday. Men's cashmere sweater vests for $30, cashmere sweaters for $50 and men's merino wool sweaters for $19 are just a few of the amazing deals for men. I also managed to score a pair of gorgeous Stella McCartney pants and a pair of Marni pants for $45 each! Should we talk about the shoes? I had three pairs at the register in 15 minutes and none of the were over $60. Shoes and women's pants were 50% off on Sunday so that's why I scored so well. Check UAL's Facebook page daily to get the details on each day special.

UAL 12 Days of Christmas

How is that for a sale and event gift guide? Don't be overwhelmed. Just get out there and SHOP LOCAL!

Happy Shopping!