The holiday season, for all its focus on family and friends, can also be a time of overwhelming commercialism. For those in the military community, Christmas offers a unique opportunity to support veteran and military owned businesses by choosing to focus their gift buying on a handmade holiday. AHRN.com has compiled a list of 4 small business to give your gift buying a jump start!
Throughout country, military spouses and veterans are taking the leap into entrepreneurship. You can search websites like Rosie’s Network and the Veteran’s Business Directory to discover businesses both local and online. Also, check out your local installation’s Holiday Bazaar. If you are looking to shop online, consider these four stellar examples of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship!
Beautiful bags built from surplus military materials and hand pieced by military spouses across the country make a gorgeous and meaningful gift. Founders Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse sought to battle the employment challenges they and other military spouses faced by developing R. Riveter, a company that allowed for both flexibility and advancement. Duffel bags, tent halves and wool blankets are re-purposed and combined hand dyed leather for a handbag of impeccable quality.
Decorating the broad range of homes that military families live in can be a challenge. The Expressionista Boutique makes it a little bit easier with charming pieces handmade of fabulous quality. Owner Angela Herbert says her goal is to create “a collection of classic handcrafted pieces that can transform any house into a home.”
Nine Line Apparel
Nine Line Apparel itself was co-founded in 2012 by two brothers and US Army Veterans; CPT Tyler Merritt and CPT Daniel Merritt. Their vision was simple, to create a high quality clothing brand to be enjoyed by Patriotic Americans around the globe. In the past few years, their brand has grown, and they have decided to give back to the community they once served. In addition to men’s, women’s and youth apparel, tactical gear and outdoor supplies, Nine Line offers the Zombie Bag (pictured above): the ULTIMATE go-bag for those who would like to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse.
The Leaning Rest
Founded in 2010, The Leaning Rest “celebrates the lighter side of the military, ’cause if you weren’t laughing, you would be crying.” With themed apparel and patent prints, there is a little something for everyone.
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What’s your favorite place to shop during the holidays?