I am here today to bring you the ultimate Christmas shopping gift guide! This year more than ever we need to support our small businesses and I am here today to shout about my all time faves… my go to amazing independents who pull it out of the bag each time! This year Amazon and the supermarkets have clearly had their fair share of profits… so it is up to us this Christmas to shop small, support local, be there for our community. You really do not know how much support at this time would mean to a small business like mine! So if you are stuck for gift ideas… look no further!
Fox and Feather:
I’ve shopped with Fox and Feather since the very beginning, and most of my wardrobe is from there! I am not a big shopper, so I tend to pop in a few times a year and that’s it… I really do go for it! I can guarantee I will head into this shop and want to buy the whole shop! An amazing independent clothing and lifestyle shop on Gloucester Road, I defy anyone to walk into their and not want everything!
The most gorgeous Beauty Salon in the Somerset countryside, Kelly and the Team at The Barn specialise in cutting-edge treatments and holistic therapies with the calm and healing of the natural world. The endless list of tempting treatments make the perfect voucher gift and the online shop is filled with amazing skincare, make up and all the treats we love! With each product you get current and knowledgable advice on how to use in order to reap the benefits of your new skin care regime. Highly recommended… Kelly has sorted my skin out on many an occasion.. I can recommend all of her products including eye masks which are the dream for any florist up at 4am!
Well I have ticked off skincare, so next is haircare! Lukas runs the most brilliant hair salon in Paintworks. His attention to detail is insane and you always walk out feeling a million dollars and more! The product range they stock is amazing too… natural, organic O Way products not only smell great, they are nourishing for your hair, the super cool bottles make them the perfect Christmas stocking filler too!
Who doesn’t love jewellery?! Stunning bespoke designs from Devon based Milly Maunder, either simple layering rings or gorgeous granulated ear cuffs, her whole online shop is just incredible! Because jewellery is always a good idea, and again buying a unique piece of jewellery from an independent designer like Milly makes those pieces even more special.
Jim creates pottery from his studio in Bristol and all of his work is thrown, turned and glazed by hand. He tends to make one off items or small batches, so everything is quite unique. Inspired by 60s and 70s pottery, Scandinavian design and classic British design… Jim can post out nationwide safely! Jim’s mugs as we call them, are the perfect gift for anyone, lots of my friends and family luckily now own them! Jim also makes beautiful planters too, suitable for indoor houseplants.
The Bristol Cheesemonger is a specialist cheesemongers focusing on local, seasonal British cheeses. Working closely with artisan, South west and British producers they research, locate, sell and deliver delicious cheeses from across the United Kingdom. You can even order cheese subscriptions, which would be the perfect Christmas gift to have a variety of cheeses delivered each month!
Meticulous Ink create bespoke design, and stationery printed the old fashioned way – using beautiful papers, time, patience, and a deep rooted passion for being meticulous. At the very back of the studio they usually teach our lettering and calligraphy workshops. The space is calm and friendly, full of creative inspiration and tactile, analogue trinkets. You can find Meticulous Ink on the northern end of Walcot Street in Bath where they stock everything a stationery enthusiast would love for Christmas! I attended a calligraphy workshop and a modern lettering workshop, which were both loads of fun and taught me some really cool skills to use in my business and card writing!
Pop and Punch:
For anything small person related… try Pop and Punch who stock so many gorgeous children’s decor, lifestyle and homeware products! Look at these cute stockings… I’d be up for putting my pressies in here, let alone kids presents!
So happy shopping all and enjoy browsing through your ultimate Christmas gift guide… I for one am supporting my local, independents this year, I hope this has provided a little bit of inspiration if needed! Of course flowers are always a good idea, and I will be delivering locally up until the 23rd, but if anyone needs a local florist elsewhere do ask I have lots of amazing florist friends throughout the country. So please ring through to an independent florist rather than a nasty old relay service!