Buy local and support micro businesses this Christmas
Here’s my usual round up of suggestions on sourcing your Christmas gifts this year. If you can, please try and buy local, from small or micro businesses, and keep it sustainable. Don’t get yourself into debt by buying things you can’t afford. The festive season should be joyous. No stress please.
With that in mind, here’s my top 10 list (in no particular order):
Upcycled bags from festival banners and bicycle inner tubes. Each item is completely unique with different linings or trim. If you’re having problems finding something for the man in your life this could be the answer.
Handcrafted ales made in a microbrewery. Natural ingredients, nothing artificial. They have a 6 pack taster for under £20. Nice.
What can I say? I am converted to their wonderful Italian wine. My favourites are the sparking Durello, rose Animanera and (wow) Soave Vulcano Zambon. But don’t let me sway you, have a chat with owner Gaby and get your Christmas bubbles.
Lucy is a Cambridge based textile artist who takes inspiration from Polish folk art. She designs the fabric herself and then makes this up into cushions, bags and pouches. Lush and vibrant.
For quirky upcycled homewares, look no further than Knapp House Design. From vases and table lamps through to mirrors, chair and side tables there’s always something exciting popping up on their page. All very affordable too which is a bonus.
For the dog mother or father in your life, how about a photoshoot for their pooch? Photographer Richard is genius at capturing that doggy pose.
The best loose-leaf tea I’ve tasted and I’m a bit of a connoisseur. Hand blended by Karston, there’s a great range of flavours. Excellent stocking fillers.
Handmade jewellery with a hint of bohemian style. Ranges for both men and women.
Suffolk based maker Sally creates gorgeous felt hats and fleecy handwarmers. Unbelievably cosy.
Artist Karen now runs workshops in acrylics from her studio at Stapleford Granary. Single classes or 8-week courses depending on your budget. Great fun for someone wanting to dip their toes into the artistic water.
Finally, there is always the option of a Trash Chic preloved clothing voucher. Email me (Jane) firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.