November 20, 2018
Last year I made a conscious decision to buy (where possible) all my Christmas gifts only from Independent Shops or Makers and managed to find some real gems. Having been featured ourselves on a couple of Small Business Gift Guides we wanted to pay it forward and shine a little light on some of our favourite independents. So, grab a cuppa and settle in.
Feature Image by Rebecca Strickson
If you live in or near York then Snowhome will need no introduction. Now in it's 16th year of trading it is always a great stop for gifts for those' hard to buy for' people. Selling a fabulous mix of design-led gifts, home accessories, furniture and lighting there is always something unique to find. Owner, Angus is a passionate advocate of small businesses and regularly sources Snow Home's stock from emerging designers and smaller manufacturers which in turn creates a wonderful and interesting shopping experience. Shop in store or online.
Create Gift Love
Ok, all of my female friends please skip this section if you don't want to know what I've bought you this year. I discovered Create Gift Love over on Instagram and immediately ordered one of their personalised coin purses for myself. Arriving quickly and beautifully packaged, I just love it. As well as Leather purses they also design and make a brilliant wide range of personalised gifts and accessories. Based in the New Forest, UK I can not recommend them highly enough.
All That Jarz
Another Instagram find, All That Jarz is the perfect example of doing one thing and doing it well. Taking the humble Mason Jar and transforming them with paint and decoupage. Owner Wendy Steedman has made a successful business whilst juggling her two children. So reasonably priced and created with care if you're looking for a little bit different then All That Jarz is definitely worth a look. And if you're based in Surrey and fancy trying your hand at making your own Wendy has recently started decorating workshops. Find her over on Instagram (and by the way her Stories are hilarious).
I've reached an age where I don't have many little ones in my life to buy presents for BUT if I did then Magnificent Stanley would be top of my list. Designed and made in Lewes, East Sussex owner Becky creates the most adorable tees, sweatshirts and children's accessories using the softest cotton and a wide selection of gorgeous Liberty London fabrics. Her website is a feast of cuteness overload and with lots of personalised items available to order it really is a one stop shop for quality children's wear.
Lola Pearl Vintage
If you have or know someone who has a love of Vintage prettiness then Lola Pearl Vintage is a must. This gorgeous online store offers up a real mix of decorative items, French furniture, textiles and lighting all with a large dose of 1920's Bohemia. There is something for every budget and taste all tastefully curated in what is a riot of French Boudoir Chic.
Image from The Sleepy Girl Store
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