Celebrate 12 Days of Starters, Nov. 24 through Dec. 5

CO.STARTERS celebrates starters this holiday season by urging everyone to shop small! Give the gift of small and shop local anywhere from the convenience of your couch while you leverage your holiday gift purchases to support starters and the communities they—and you!—call home.

Starting on Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday, we are highlighting one starter a day from our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide on our social channels. You can see a new starter every day on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Or check back right here, where featured starters will be added daily.

It was hard to select just twelve. In our first five years of CO.STARTERS national and global expansion, our member locations have supported thousands of starters. Each of the 80+ small business listed in the full Gift Guide represents an individual with an idea and a supportive community that helped them bring it to life.

This collection of our top picks represents the variety and ingenuity of the CO.STARTERS community, and gives just a small look at the people behind the products. We hope you will read through their websites and learn more about their stories as you purchase. 

Happy shopping and sharing!

Watch this space and our social channels for #12daysofstarters, beginning Nov. 24 on Small Business Saturday!


Benji Bars

Because her child with Type 1 diabetes needed healthy granola bars, a mom created Benji Bars through trial and error, then decided to share them with her community and around the country. Supported by Nasha Lending, Greenville, South Carolina



Give the gift of beer! Use the BrewFund app to choose a taproom anywhere—near you or near your friend—and give someone a pint, flight, or even a growler and a t-shirt. Supported by Accel Now, Johnson City, Tennessee


Effortless Art Products

Crayons that are inclusive and easy to use for all! They were created to bring independence to little and big colorers alike, through an innovative gripping design. It gets better though. Not only do these crayons help develop fine motor skills in little ones, they are environmentally conscious in design! Supported by Innovation Collaborative in Erie, Pennsylvania


Garner Blue

Working from her home studio, Lisa Garner hand-dyes indigo textiles and accessories using patterns based on river rocks and wooden blocks to cassette tapes and laser-cut forms to create patterns on natural fibers. Supported by The CO, Jackson, Tennessee


CPR Wrap

This disposable CPR template can be placed over a child or adult who needs CPR, showing step-by-step instructions and hand placements, with a one-way valve mouth barrier. The idea for CPR Wrap was born when the founders son stopped breathing—she knew CPR but she froze. Supported by Launch Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee


ECam and Co.

Handmade wine bottle soy candles. Elizabeth Cameron uses pure essential oils blended with phthalate-free fragrance oils, 100% pure soy wax, 100% cotton braided wick and recycled glass. Supported by Create Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama


Cat People Press

Greeting cards, prints, and stickers celebrating our complicated relationships with cats. Everything starts with analog watercolor illustration, with a cat or two nearby. Cat People Press values caring for the environment, using the highest quality recycled materials and sustainable practices. Supported by Artlink, Fort Wayne, Indiana