Monday, 3 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Independent Business Edition


When it comes to buying presents, I usually go where I can find the best deals. Whether that is 3 for 2 in Boots or 20% off on ASOS, I love a bargain. And who can blame me? Christmas can be super expensive and, like most stay-at-home-mums with a minimum wage part-time job, I am on a budget. But this year, I have decided that I want to make a conscious effort to support more local and independent businesses. With all the information surfacing about the effect of fast fashion, it is easy to imagine how much waste Christmas produces too. So, I decided to stop buying an excessive amount of gifts and just give each person one nice, thoughtful gift which they will hopefully cherish a lot more than another Lynx Africa set. 

I may have already bought one of these bottles as a gift for someone but I am very tempted to also pick one up for myself (they do an adorable cherry print one!). But these bottles are great. They keep your water cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours and they are so much better for the environment than purchasing plastic bottles every time you get thirsty - they are way cuter than plastic bottles too.

Ella Masters Studio
I feel like almost every British blogger follows Ella Masters and, like me, probably spends way too much time scrolling through her shop wanting to buy everything on there. She recently painted a postcard every day for a year and is now selling a select few - and I just want them all tbh. I love the motivational quote postcards she creates but also her portraits are amazing. She also does pet portraits which is pretty much what every dog mum wants in their life.



Rather excitingly, I am actually an ambassador for this awesome company but it deffo would have made the list even if I wasn't. Voice International is made up of a team of Ugandan women who make beautiful, high quality jewellery. They use materials local to them such as ankole which is an animal byproduct and turn it into beautiful necklaces, earrings, and rings. I love this company because it champions female talent.

Creighton's Chocolaterie is a UK-based, all-female brand that I discovered in my local gift shop - Boka. I fell in love with their fun packaging and even more fun flavours. They have all the Christmas bases covered too. You can get a trifle flavoured chocolate bar (you're already sold, right?) and even a boozy Christmas cake one. They also do vegan chocolate boxes for you saintly people who are looking to make it to the top of the Nice List this year. 

This is another brand I discovered in Boka and fell in love with. They make all sorts of interesting things including glittery socks, velvet makeup bags, and little fabric brooches and pins. Is there anything more extra (or festive) than glittery socks with a big butterfly pinned to it? I need that level of fancy in my life.


Choccywoccydooda
So, I had to round this post up with possibly the best gift you could give someone this year - a chocolate covered marshmallow lolly the size of your head. I actually got this as a gift a few years back and I am still thinking about it to this day - it was just that delicious. So, do the right thing and over your friends one of these bad boys and become everyone's favourite person ever.

I hope this post got you in the festive spirit and, if not, reread this and take a shot every time I say 'independent business'. You will very quickly be filled with a great deal of festive cheer.

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6 comments

  1. I love Chilly Bottles - they are essential to me when I teach violin and so much nicer than a plastic bottle! I love your idea of being more thoughtful this Christmas with your gifts. Thanks for introducing me to some cool brands too!

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    1. They make some lovely bottles! I am so tempted to buy one for myself too, haha

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  2. Amazing photos babe. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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  3. I absolutely love Chilly's bottles and there are so many great ideas here!

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. They do a cherry print one which is so cute!

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