This Christmas I’m trying to buy as many presents as I can from local and independent sellers as opposed to the mega-big retailers that I usually buy from. I want to buy more thoughtful and good quality items. And, I think it’s so great to make an independent seller happy by giving them a sale. And, more often than not their products are so awesome and not something you’d usually find on the high street.
I’m including a few bits from Not on The Highstreet on here, even though of course this is a pretty big retailer but they’re still independent shops and designers on there and it could be their only retail avenue. I’ve headed to local stores and cafes around Nottingham and included some Etsy stuff too! I’ve already bought my Christmas cards from an awesome Notts based designer called Deborah Panesar and picked up some yummy chutney from the Bakehouse in Sherwood for a Christmas hamper I’m putting together.
In this section, my not so baby sister is my inspiration because she would love all of these girly, pampering and cute treats. (So would I, to be fair!)
First up and perfect for travelling and afternoon naps is the beautiful Wilful North silk eye mask. I also absolutely love small earrings at the moment and these Aro Huggie Earrings are super striking. From a super cute site called Gifts for a Girl I’ve got the funky Neat + Tidy Manicure Set and super cute Headphone Pouch. I actually have a different style of one of these already and it’s perfect for keeping headphones from getting tangled with keys, umbrellas and everything else in your bag. Finally, from a lovely local chick this Cordelia Hearts slogan tee is seriously cute, on trend and cool and they’re all customisable. She will literally put whatever you want on a tee!
As well as visiting local markets and food fairs to seek out yummy treats and homemade chocolates I’ve been searching for some food related gifts that are kind of cool. I love this amazing Swedish deep green plate, it’s perfect for bread in the middle of a table at a dinner party or a gorgeous big salad. If you know a foodie that wears their heart on their sleeve then this Nutmeg & Arlo Tea pin is so cute.
I love prints and adding art to my home so this 40 of your 5 a day print would look really cool on a landing, in a hallway or even in the kitchen itself. Finally, if you’re planning a hamper like I am for my parents, popping in something like this boozy gin marmalade will be a winner if your family or friends love gin!
If you know us, you’ll know tattoos are a theme in our household. I spotted these amazing Stuart Gardiner Head Chef oven gloves in Delicious magazine recently and just thought they were so cool. I’ve also actually got this Thirteen Supply Co Print up in my dining room and I just think it’s really cool. Finally, if you know someone who gets tattooed a lot this Little Green Soap Company Chamomile Balm is a really thoughtful gift that is soothing and helps tattoos heal naturally.
This year I’ve noticed so many more independent interior stores and cute gift brands pop up on Instagram and these are a couple of my favourite that I’ve spotted. First up, the Sunny plant pot from Pow Pots is so cool. They’re all handpainted in the UK and are available in bespoke colours and in 4 sizes and 10 different designs. They’re also suitable for indoors and outdoors so if you know a keen gardener they’d be great for them too! Another individual and customisable gem from Instagram are the wire words from Grey Fox Designs – you can have whatever words you like and they’re mountable onto walls. A bathroom-related interior gem is this Nudie Rudie bath mat from Sage & Clare, a bit pricey but oh so stylish and finally, a great little stocking filler are these Fight like a girl pencils.
There we have 17 ideas for gifts and presents that are all from independent artists and sellers! Happy Christmas shopping…