Dec 19, 2020 | Local Love, Notes

Circa’s Shop Small Gift Guides

In 2020, our ultimate Christmas wish is for social distance and this virus to be gone (cue Montgomery Gentry’s song!) But, whatever the new year brings, we know what we don’t want to see gone—the small businesses that create the products we love in the communities we live in.

It’s been a tough year for all of us. With that in mind and small business in our hearts, we’ve curated a series of gift guides featuring some of our small business clients and a handful of local businesses in each of our four studio cities.  

Gifts for Book Lovers

We’re big readers at Circa, and we love our local bookshops: Parnassus in Nashville, Bookbug in Kalamazoo, and M. Judson in Greenville. Here are our top recommended reads of the year (handpicked faves from our staff’s quarterly book club selections).

Herding Tigers by Todd Henry

For the Creative Professional

Herding Tigers

By Todd Henry

“Doing the work and leading the work are very different things. When you make the transition from maker to manager, you give ownership of projects to your team even though you could do them yourself better and faster.”

Our entire team is reading this book as our Q4 book club pick. Henry offers great advice for all creatives wherever they are in their career.

Gifts for a Happy Home Office

Ah, 2020, the year we all mastered this work from home life, right? Working from the comfort of our home is relative. For some of us, work-from-home quickly became work-from-couch, and even for those of us who managed to create a decent home office (that didn’t destroy our posture), chances are it could use an upgrade.

These comfort-focused gift options are perfect for anyone in a work-from-home rut!

Gift an Experience

Virtual classes and in-person activities make great gifts for do-ers, adventure-seekers, and try-something-newers.

The Humane Society

HIIT by Heidi


HIIT X Heidi, our Nashville fitness fave, now offers an eight-week workout program so you can get in shape with Heidi Egloff no matter where you live.

Send a Gift Card

If you’re struggling to shop this year, digital gift cards are a great way to shop local from a safe social distance. We’ve hand-picked some of our fave local places with easy, e-gift card options that you can buy, personalize, and schedule for e-delivery from the comfort of your couch.

The Humane Society

Twenty Sided Store


Twenty Sided Store is a Brooklyn-based one-stop gaming shop, and their online store makes a 20S GC perfect for gamers everywhere.

Gifts That Give Back

Generosity abounds at the holidays, and with the added challenges of this year, charitable gifting is an especially thoughtful gesture. With so many important causes in our communities, no matter who you’re shopping for, odds are there’s a cause close to home that’s near and dear to their heart.

Here are some of Circa’s favorite local non-profits and online shops with charitable benefits we love.

The Humane Society

The Humane Society

Fighting Animal Cruelty Wherever it’s found

The Humane Society of the United States is one of the largest and most recognized organizations working to prevent animal cruelty—pets, farming, science, and wildlife—and our local chapters rely on public donations to fund all of their services.

Gift Your Local Humane Society Chapter: 

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