Meb Boden of Meb\u2019s Kitchenwares in South Woodstock has seen firsthand the effects that the pandemic has had on her craft business, driving her and her husband to expand online.\u00a0\u00a0\u201cBefore COVID, most of my business was at craft shows from early summer into mid-December. Last year, the month of December brought in about 40 percent of my income and I\u2019m expecting the same this year,\u201d she said. \u201cI see the holidays as a great time to support our local and small businesses, especially handmade artisan ventures.\u201d\u00a0 For many local businesses, holiday sales are a big chunk of their yearly revenue. At Blackkat Leather in Chester and Fascia\u2019s Chocolates in Waterbury, the winter holidays account for over 30 percent of annual business.\u00a0\u00a0\u201cFor me, this end of the year revenue helps to get me through the slow winter months to come in January, February and March,\u201d said Drew Archer of Blackkat Leather. \u201cIt\u2019s important to support small local businesses as much as possible \u2014 year-round if you can \u2014 as rent and expenses can cripple us after a few slow months.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0Aside from supporting crafters, locally-made products make for more interesting gifts, business owners say.\u00a0\u00a0\u201cSupporting small businesses gives people the chance to give a gift that is most likely very unique and often handcrafted by local artists, which is becoming a rarity in today\u2019s world,\u201d said Archer.\u00a0\u201cOur loyal customers return to us year after year for the quality and traditional products we make with passion,\u201d added Fascia\u2019s Chocolates president Carmen Romeo.\u00a0With the holidays upon us, we took a look at a handful Connecticut businesses making products right here in the Constitution State. For more businesses, check out your local chamber of commerce\u00a0or local Connecticut Etsy shops. Products: Artisan-crafted wooden kitchenware Working in their woodworking studio at home, Meb Boden and Tom Vaiciulisas of Meb's Kitchenwares are usually in sync, choosing wood together based on grain and figure for their projects from a curly maple spoon to cutting boards and more, often finishing each other\u2019s work. They make whimsical items that make cooking and entertaining functional and enjoyable.\u00a0\u201cSome families come back every year to add to their collection,\u201d said Boden \u201cThe special thing I\u2019m offering this year is gift certificates for spoon-making classes in our new off-grid workshop so people can share a memorable experience together and have a keepsake that they\u2019ve made themselves.\u201d\u00a0 Products: Hand-made leather goods Producing hand-crafted and hand-stitched leather goods locally, Blackkat Leather designs and makes items keeping quality, sustainability, and functionality as its guiding principles. Gift ideas here range from smalls such as belts, coasters and wallets to larger items like handbags, totes, briefcases and duffle bags. Products: Chocolate candy Now in its third generation, the Fascia family has been handcrafting chocolates since 1964. This holiday season Fascia's Chocolates offer a wide variety of confections, including caramels, creams, meltaways, gourmet truffles, cordial cherries and more, all packaged in gift boxes and snack-size packages. Holiday specialties include peppermint bark, pecan fudge logs, caramel apples and molded novelties commemorating the season. \u00a0 Products: health\/beauty Owner Jalisa Blaine sought an alternative to high-priced lotions she found in stores and her homemade, all-natural and whipped body butter was just the thing. After making it for herself, she made it for friends and it took off as a business. Among JujuBee's Honey Butter scents are Sweet Unwind, Weather Weather and Paradise. Products: Wool blankets All the holiday gifts on this list are made in Connecticut, but these blankets were grown here too. The wool comes from Connecticut Sheep in a project run by The Connecticut Blanket to support local sheep farmers. Typically, about 2,000 pounds of wool are collected (enough to make 325 blankets and scarves). Due to pandemic-related complications over wool collection logistics last year, only 196 blankets and 62 scarves will be made available this year. Products: Coffee and Tea Founded in 1985, Willoughby\u2019s Coffee & Tea distinguished itself as a coffee roaster with a simple goal: to make serious coffee, skillfully roasted to be fresh. A popular holiday gift is the coffee sampler. Products: Active and lounge wear, shoes and accessories Cari Capri creates eco-friendly fashion, athleisure wear, resort clothing, sneakers, vegan leather sneakers, leggings in a variety of patterns and women\u2019s accessories. \u00a0 Products: Dairy goods Arethusa Farm offers cheeses and dairy products all year round; a popular gift item is the cheese sampler. \u201cSupporting our dairy stores also means that you are supporting local Connecticut farms. It is because of our customers that we can keep our doors open and continue to be stewards of the land,\u201d said owner Tony Yurgaitis.\u00a0 Besides award-winning cheeses, Arethusa Farm also has its seasonal eggnog available now in a collectible glass bottle and its peppermint ice cream will be served up in December.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 Products: Handmade pottery Lisa York makes modern pottery with a rustic feel at her studio, Lisa York Arts. Her pottery is inspired by her travels and time outdoors in nature. Products: jewelry With a passion for treasure hunting and rescuing vintage jewelry pieces that dates back to her art school time, Peggy Mcfarland creates jewelry with a focus on vintage and repurposed designs. Chunky charms and rescued items like keys are some of the things that make their way into her designs at Square Peg's Vintage.