The holiday season is in full effect, and the celebrations are right around the corner. That means there are plenty of small businesses to support to make the act of giving even sweeter. Not sure where to start looking for the best discounts and deals this season? How about starting with some offerings by the 2021 Bulldog 100 businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni?
Here are a few of the 2021 Bulldog 100 businesses that can make your season bright:
Agora Vintage, Airee Edwards (AB ’99) and Russell Edwards (JD ’10)
Feeling like gifting that special someone with something designer under the tree this year? Agora Vintage specializes in the trade of authentic designer items and estate jewelry by labels such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermès.
Books for Keeps, Leslie Hale (MPA ’13)
Give back this holiday season with Books for Keeps, an Athens-based nonprofit organization that provides low-income families with books. You can help by donating books or volunteering to assist with book distribution. Learn more here.
Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., Brad Hardy (BSA ’96) and Ken Hardy (BSA ’93)
Hardy’s Peanuts Inc. is offering cases of Party Peanuts for a delicious and edible gift to give someone during the holidays.
Puppy Haven, Michael Dermer (BBA ’10, MACC ’11) and David Sirzyk (BBA ’10)
The holidays aren’t only for humans. Get your dog a gift with holiday bark bags from Puppy Haven that will be sure to get their tail wagging. Each bag contains fun holiday treats, chews, toys and more with pickup beginning Dec. 15 at one of their four locations. Each bag benefits the Atlanta Humane Society.
Rev Coffee Roasters, Jenn Bimerle (AB ’02)
There’s nothing like starting the day off with a cup of coffee, especially as the temperature cools. Rev Coffee Roasters is offering a special 2020 holiday coffee blend that shoppers can purchase here.
Rheos Nautical Eyewear, Jake Berton (BBA ’08) and Rebecca Berton (ABJ ’11, AB ’11)
Find the perfect holiday shades with Rheos Nautical Eyewear’s holiday collections. The shop is also offering 30% of any purchase with the code ‘GIFT30.’
SculptHouse, Katherine Mason (ABJ ’12)
ScultpHouse offers holiday gift guides, scented Nest candles and diffusers and a special edition collection of sneakers in collaboration with Esseutesse. Also, if you buy a Mou boot, you get a free gift.
Southern Baked Pie Company, Amanda Wilbanks (BBA ’09)
The holidays aren’t complete without pie. Southern Baked Pie Company is offering holiday pies, such as cranberry-apple crumble, that can be shipped right to your door. You can also get the holidays catered or pick up a pie from one of their three locations in Buckhead, Alpharetta or Gainesville.
Southern Straws Cheese Straws, Margaret Amos (BBA ’83) and Neal Amos (BBA ’14)
Add some cheese straws to your holiday spread with Southern Straws Cheese Straws. The bakery offers custom holiday boxes with cheese straws that come in original, spicy, mild or a variety of flavors. If you’re sending the box to someone, you can also include a card with a message.
Sole Boutique and Dish Boutique, Laura Lanier (AB ’00)
Need to shop for a wife, daughter, sister or girlfriend? Sole Boutique offers a variety of clothing, accessories and home fragrances for that perfect gift.
Svaha, Jaya Iyers (MS ’03)
Want to get a stylish gift for a genius in your life? Svaha is offering STEM-related gift boxes, a buy one, get one free sale and more discounts on adult and children’s clothing as well as jewelry.
The Hipster Hound, Nicholas Rintye (M ’17) and Tonya Rintye (ABJ ’94)
The Hipster Hound is offering in-store holiday specials at their Savannah, Georgia, store with discounts on select dog beds, holiday toys and dog apparel.
Looking to gift the Bulldog spirit to someone while making a difference? Our Bulldog Boxes (four sizes) and UGA face masks are exclusive to the UGA Bookstore and a portion of each purchase supports scholarships for UGA students.