November’s Top 13: Favorite Brands for Wholehearted Holiday Giving

November 13, 2021 | By Noise 13

It’s that time of year; season changing, plans for more family time and the opportunity for gift giving! With so much of the pandemic forcing commerce online, small businesses, who were not equipped to pivot as easily as the big guys, have been suffering. 

You have the power to change that! 

That’s why this month’s Top 13 is devoted to the businesses who are not backed by billionaires, whose proceeds go to supporting their shop rent, more supplies, paying fair wages and supporting healthy work environments, and those who invest in their community. We have been so fortunate to work with and for a number of these organizations 

This list is a tribute to them and a shout out to all makers, creators, artists and business people out there who put their whole selves into their work. 

In a hurry? Here’s your easy reference list or jump to the descriptions below. 

Eat & Drink

Anova – Culinary Tools

Wine Country Botanicals – Wine Country Inspired Gift Bundles

Socola Chocolatier – yep, Chocolates! 

Sipsong Spirits – Gin & Teas

Villa Italia – Wine

Instacart – Grocery Delivery Gift Card 


Fiat Lux – Jewelry

H20 Plus – Face & Body Products

OM – Body Products & Edibles


Makers Market – Handmade Goodies

Picture Plays – Frames & Gallery Walls

Aquaroo – Baby Carriers

Donation on Behalf of…

Creativity Explored – Artwork or Donation “In the Name Of” 

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation – Donation “In the Name Of” 


“Bundle Up” for Holiday Chill

Our friends at Wine Country Botanicals offer a gorgeous array of options from candles to body lotion, bringing inspiring blends of wine country to your front door. These bundles are perfectly curated for the wine lover in your group. @winecountrybotanicals

“Pinkies Up” or “Punk Rock” – They’ve got your Glamour

Gorgeous things come in small packages. Put a little sparkle on your list with any of these “ready to ship” items from our friends at Fiat Lux! Stay tuned for their incredible website redesign, launching in the new year! @fiatluxsf

Food Nerds Deserve New Toys Too

Stock(pot) up on incredible pro cooking tools from our friends at Anova! Plus, if you buy great tools for your loved ones to cook, then… don’t you benefit too? Yum! @anovaculinary

Baby on Board

Loved ones with little ones on your list? These carriers from Aquaroo are expertly crafted to maximize comfort for baby and back. They’re optimized for the park, the pool and just about anywhere you want to take your kiddo. Get on the list for pre-order. @aquaroo_baby

Donation in the Name of “Mom”

We adore everything that happens under the roof of Creativity Explored! Learn more about how to purchase handmade, original art or donate directly to this incredible organization. Donate in a loved one’s name for a heart warming gift that’s good for the whole community! @creativityexplored

Annnd we love our friends at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, who drive innovation and excellence in both patient care and the evolution of medicine, for all. Has there ever been a more heart-healthy holiday gift? @sfghfoundation

Handmade for Home

Gifts from the Makers Market nearly guarantee that your loved ones don’t receive duplicate gifts! No mass production items here. Handmade pieces make excellent heritage gifts that can last for generations. Make them a part of your list and be sure to wow! @makersmarket

OM-G! We Love to Soak

Get your THC or CBD infused bath salts from the artisans at OM for the most relaxing, pain-relieving bath of your life. If that special someone on your list doesn’t have a tub? Not to worry, there’s plenty of options for them on the OM site ready to pamper the holiday-worn body, mind and soul. @getomliving

Shaken, Stirred or Steeped?

Gin lovers will go crazy for the forage and foliage inspired blends at Sipsong Spirits. These artisanal gins aren’t the only way to enjoy their flavors. They offer “gin herbal tea” for those who want to get sippy without getting tipsy. @sipsongspirits

Varietals are the Spice of Life

Intimidated by Italian wines? Us too, sometimes. With so many varietals to choose from, our friends at Villa Italia have cut through the confusion. Their curated list makes choosing the perfect option, like Scarpone wines, an easy win for your gift list. Pro tip: stock up on a few bottles for host gifts and wow them all! @villaitaliawine

Beauty by the Bundle

Gift sets from the luminous H2O+ Beauty are the perfect way to appreciate your special someone. These curated sets will leave you feeling fresh, bright and sparkly, even when standing next to your most “well lit” family member, this season. @h2oplus

Get Sweet on your Sweetie

We know they exist, but who hates chocolate? These delicacies from Socola Chocolate are sure to impress in any setting. Our favorite, the truffles, are both tantalizingly delicate and flavorfully curious, built to surprise and delight at any gathering. Of course, we won’t judge if you keep them for yourselves! @socolachocs

Your Claim to Frame

You’ve snapped about a million incredible pics of your loved ones and they deserve a proper display. Picture Plays makes it beyond easy to frame it up and ship. Just upload your photos and preview frame options until you find the one that’s juuuuuust right. @pictureplays

Gift the Gift of “Backup”

The holidays can be hectic. Let someone else do the shopping! Gift cards from Instacart make an incredible option for the doers and planners in your life. Does Aunt Becky ALWAYS host? Make it easier on her this year and let Instacart do the shopping for them. Practical gifts can often be the sexiest. @instacart


What’s that? Oh, you counted? There are MORE than 13 items here? Well, you caught us. When it comes to great gifts from our awesome clients, we couldn’t be held back. We hope this list inspires you to shop small, support local, and give from the heart. 

Happy Holidays!!!

As always, if you are looking to refresh your organization’s brand, we are here to help! For over 20 years Noise 13 has partnered with incredible companies to help bring their mission and values to life. Reach out at, we’d love to look towards the future with you!