The rad folks over at Prospect Goods (piñatas and party supplies specialists!) asked me to put together a little round-up of my favorite shops for this holiday season. If you are looking for a sweet gift for a special someone I suggest putting these small businesses on your radar!

Today we catch up with talented Kendra Aronson. She's a writer, editor, photographer, and designer, but she took a little time out of her busy schedule to share her Top Favorite Shopping gems with us:


"The most delicious small-batch granola made with top notch ingredients and heaps of love. Fortunately I don't have any food allergies, but this granola is made with gluten-free oats, no added sugar, and no peanuts/peanut oil so it makes it the perfect gift for sensitive tummies."


"A handmade jewelry line designed by Melody Shirazi based in Oakland, California. With a background in graphic design, photography, and innovative jewelry making, Melody crafts delicate, timeless pieces of raw stone, sterling and brass centered around historical design and traditional metal working processes. Her Spring/Summer 2014 line is incredible, I own many pieces and get so many compliments on my earrings and necklaces. In particular I'm super in love with the Paso necklace!"


" a gem; a lovely little vintage + junker shop located in the quaint town of San Luis Obispo. All items are carefully curated and handpicked from flea markets and estate sales along the California coastline. It's my go-to shop for vintage furniture, one-of-a-kind tchotchkes, and unique clothing. The owner, Stephanie, finds the best stuff and has the most reasonable prices!"


"An awesome foodie shop specializing in cookbooks, locally-made edibles, made-in-house pantry provisions, and curated hostess gifts. I feel so inspired by all their products!"