Being stuck at home might make it seem impossible to support your favorite Boston-based small businesses, but that’s not the case. You don’t have to be within delivery distance of a restaurant in order to support your go-to establishments.

Regardless of where you are in the US, there are four ways (minimum, I’m sure there are more that I didn’t think of!) to support small business owners during this strange time.

Send a loved one a surprise gift box

Everyone loves an unexpected gift. And a box full of multiple gifts? Even better! Even though we can’t get out to shop inside most stores these days, there is still a way to curate a special surprise for your loved ones …. or yourself.

Here are two great options from Boston-based small businesses:

  • Olives & Grace, located in the South End, carries a wide variety of items from local makers. You can select individual items or go with one of their curated gift boxes, which can be shipped domestically.
  • Tatte, which I miss dearly, has the most DELICIOUS food. Everything they make is heaven-sent. If you’re local to Boston you can get their food delivered. Thankfully, they also have gift box options for non-locals that you can have shipped all over the US.

Try your hand at a craft kit

If you follow me on Instagram or happen to know me IRL, you know I have been a crafting QUEEN lately. Give me a craft kit and I will thrive!

Seriously, though, craft kits are a great way to dip your toes into a new hobby. I’ve tried my hand at all sorts of new craft kits lately, two of which are from Boston-based brands.

  • My first craft kit was the Shit That I Knit Quarantine Kit. This kit was my introduction to knitting and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve made eight cowls, one scarf and two hats.
  • Two different craft kits from Sailormade also caught my eye. I’ve made several of the Whatknot necklaces, which are sadly currently sold out. The Decoupage Oyster Shell Kit is currently sitting on my desk and plan to make that over Memorial Day Weekend.

Attend a virtual workshop

Not totally sick of Zoom yet? Then sign yourself up for a virtual workshop and try something new. This is like a craft kit on steroids! I’ve actually not had a chance to try either of these workshops, but I am going to sign up for Paige’s when her next option goes live.

  • If you want to bring the outdoors in, Alice’s Table is a great option for a virtual flower arranging class. Once you sign up for an event, you’ll get flowers sent to your house to use on the masterclass.
  • I attended an IRL workshop run by Paige Lindsey at Niche last year and loved it. She’s now offering virtual watercolor workshops. She rotates the types of flowers each week, so keep an eye out for a flower that tickles your fancy.

Expand your plant family

Couldn’t get away without promoting a plant-based option here. Whether this is your 50th plant or your first, Niche has all sorts of planters, care items and plants available for local delivery and domestic shipping. Check out their online shop and bring a little greenery inside.

As I find more way to support Boston-based small businesses (and small businesses around the glob), I’ll make sure to share them in an additional post. If you have any recommendations, please make sure to share them with me as well!

Cover photo by Michael Browning on Unsplash

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