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As a small business owner herself, Sophia Bush knows the importance of giving back to lesser-known businesses during the holiday season. Which is why, this year, Sophia has not only teamed up with Amazon Launchpad but sat down with USA Today to shed light on the importance of supporting small businesses when shopping for holiday gifts.
"As a female entrepreneur, I know how much exposure does for a small business, [which is why] I think it’s important for all of us to be thoughtful about where we spend our money and with whom."
"[The] reason I was excited to work with Amazon Launchpad on this gift guide is [because] that their program does more than just showcase products in their storefront, it also helps these startups and small brands overcome some of the biggest challenges associated with launching new products," Sophia adds.
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Amazon Launchpad spotlights several small-business-owned – from "delicious Sichuan pantry staples, inspired by the flavors of Chef Jing Gao’s hometown, Chengdu, [which use] all-natural ingredients," to a water bottle that reminds you to drink. "This gift guide is just one of the ways brands are supported in the program, and I’m thrilled to play a part in their success."
Filled with a handful of innovative products and long-time favorites, Sophia also found herself "inspired by [the] stories" of a handful of newfound finds, too.
So, whether you want to "integrate small businesses into your daily life" or simply "drive awareness" to lesser-known brands, Sophia Bush's Amazon Launchpad store has it all. Here are the eight can't-miss items to "boost awareness" and check off all of your holiday shopping.
1. A vinyl turntable
One of the best holiday gifts you can give is this vintage turntable; with a protective cover and easy-to-control multiple control panels, it's perfect for listening to your favorite records. According to reviewers, it not only sounds great, but it looks great too. Nearly 6,000 reviewers give it 4.3 stars on Amazon.
2. An insulated whiskey glass
Keep your hands warm and glass cold with the help of this best-selling holiday gift—an insulated whiskey glass. This whiskey glass features an insulated second layer on its outside that makes a world of difference. Available in 11 different variations, you can opt for a single glass or paired offering, depending on your specific needs, but either way, over 1,500 reviewers are calling it their "lifetime drinking glass."
3. A shower speaker
Designed with a stronger, more robust sound, this compact BlueTooth speaker gets the seal of approval from nearly 17,000 reviewers. Perfect for showers or pools, this speaker provides up to 10 hours of use and takes only three hours to re-charge. Deemed "a must-buy" by a handful of reviewers, this device seamlessly hooks up to any Wi-Fi-compatible smartphone or device.
4. A Bluetooth meat thermometer
With over 15,000 reviews, it's not hard to understand why this meat thermometer is on Sophia Bush's holiday gift guide. This wireless thermometer can reach 165-feet and comes equipped with two sensors and one meat probe, and easily hooks up to any smartphone. One reviewer claims this thermometer "literally changed [her] life," while another adds, the meat app (on her smartphone) is a gamechanger.
5. A coffee grinder
Master mornings with the help of this manual coffee grinder that provides 18 settings that provide complete control and precision over the coarseness of your coffee. A staple in over 19,000 reviewers' kitchen armory, so many love how "great [the machine] it is for travel" and how noticeably different their coffee and espresso tastes.
6. A savory sweet sauce
Liven up dishes with the help of this 100% all-natural Fly by Jing sauce. Sourced from the heart of Sichuan, this sauce features soybean oil, soy sauce, dried chili peppers and brown sugar and boxed in a single six-ounce jar or a double pack. Deemed a newfound "staple" in kitchens, over 2,700 reviewers raved over this sweet and savory sauce's jam-packed flavors, which "elevate" everything from dumplings to noodles.
7. An outdoor pizza oven
This season, reach for this portable outdoor pizza oven that will gather loved ones and friends regularly. Featuring a built-in thermometer, this portable oven claims to heat up to 932-degrees in just 60 seconds, creating the ideal balance among a thin base and perfect puffed-up pie. Factor in the 5-star rating and reviewers praising this "the best pizza oven," we're confident this is the best holiday gift to invest in this season.
8. A holiday gift for your pet
Naturally, we saved the best holiday gift from Sophia's list for last: a gift for your furry friend. This bone-shaped gaming device stimulates cats and dogs, hooks up to your smartphone, and is suitable for indoor and outdoor play. With 12 built-in emotionally driven systems (including teasing and chasing), it's no wonder reviewers say their "puppy loves this thing."
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