Updated: Dec 8, 2021
Last year I wrote a blog that was essentially a Christmas Gift Guide of small businesses. I thought I would do it again and include some businesses I love and others that have come with high praise from you (I took to Instagram and the Doing it for the Kids Facebook page to get suggestions). I’ve tried to include as many as possible. I know it is easy to go to Amazon or other big online retailers to do your shopping. I get it, we’re all busy, getting out to the shops can be a drag, and having to trail numerous websites to find what you are looking for can feel like a bit too much effort after as long day so the aim of the guide is to take some of that pain away but the aim of the guide is to showcase small businesses and hopefully when you’re shopping this Christmas you can look through this and find that perfect gift.
I thought I would start with some companies that I love personally.
Tandem Green www.tandemgreen.com great place for cards and gifts for kids including writing and drawing sets and outdoor activity spinners
The Cake Spa www.thecakespa.co.uk amazing cakes and biscuits. Currently taking pre-orders for festive biscuit/cookie decorating kits
This is Silk www.thisissilk.com selling beautiful silk products including pillowcases, the 2020 must have accessory face masks, eye masks, hair wraps and my favourite silk cleansing cloths. The cloths have revolutionised my skincare routine and have improved my skin greatly. They are always adding new products and colourways to their range so check them out.
Simply Noir www.simplynoir.co.uk a beautifully curated market place for black owned businesses. Showcasing nearly 40 brands selling everything from items for the home to things to feed your belly.
Love EMVY www.loveemvy.com Sell leather and vegan bags, purses, wallets and accessories, some of which can be personalised. I have a couple of things from them myself which I love. If you head over to their website and sign up, you will get 10% off your first order.
My final company suggestion is specifically for those of you who have friends that work from home. A subscription to the fabulous, The Homeworker magazine www.thehomeworker.com which is always filled with brilliant interviews and great advice for managing self-employed and/or life working from home
So, those are some companies I love and here are some you love.
Beauty and wellbeing
Bampton House Natural skincare products | Natural body products
B'Opera - Opera for Babies and Young Children
Ticketyboo - Gifts, Homeware & Jewellery
Stamped with love Bespoke Gifts for Extraordinary People
Clothing ( adults)
Cotswold Knit Luxury knitwear
Rock the Tee Cool slogan tees designed and made with love
Ash & Co. Workshops Mini Maker Kits
Smallkind Your Sustainable Lifestyle Store
Food and Drink
Accessories (bags, jewelrey etc)
Twilight London -Stackable Cartilage, Helix and Huggie Earrings
Rufus Country Luxury Leather Handbags
Lisa Gibson Design Harris tweed handbags