Today's gift guide shout out goes to @brambleandblossomuk who locally hand-make organic skincare, candles and diffusers. . We all love a candle or a relaxing body product at Xmas and there's nothing better than knowing it is locally and ethically made. 💗 . Check out the Directory for a full list of Designers, Makers, Producers and stores to source all your local gifts.
It's @smallbizsatuk and we are all for having a little reminder to shop small 😊 . Of course most of us will use big Retailers or National or even International businesses and it's not about completely avoiding them or feeling guilty for using them. My advice to make it your business to know the independent businesses in your area, be curious online and seek out the independents with interesting products and then when you're looking for something, see if you can find it there first. In my experience the independents will always have the most interesting products and often you're getting one to one customer service from the business owner themselves. . So as today is Small Business Saturday, of course go shopping with the independents, there is no better time to do it than when you have gifts to buy. But also why not a walk down your high street or use a site like ours or Etsy or Not on the High Street and look for at least 2 new businesses you didn't already know and find out what they have to offer. There is a world of small and beautiful out there waiting to be found! 😃 💗 . 📷 by @mbishopphotography/ @collabcreativeuk Please credit if you share.
Next up in our gift guide is the super talented brush painter and designer of beautiful prints & gifts @jenroffe. . Just a small sample of her work, including maps of local towns Tring & Berko. Also loving her collab baubles with @franklydecor 😍. . Any of her work would make wonderful, thoughtful and stylish gifts so head to our site to find out more.🖤 . As always check out the website for a full life of local businesses for gifting.
Well it wouldn't be Xmas without a little festive romance would it?! 😁 I like to think there are some boys (and girls) out there going a little pink right now at the thought of a Xmas proposal they might be planning...😉 . So if you do happen to put a ring on it over Xmas check out @rosalynsemporium . She has just about THE most romantic business. Couples make their own wedding rings with her instruction and guidance from the same piece of base metal. You end up with a ring as beautiful, individual and unique as these ☝️💍. Two parts of the same piece - I am all the 😍 for this idea, it is just sooo beautiful. . Happy romancing! 🥰
Next up in our Xmas gift guide is @luckylobsterart . Jo's characterful, colourful lino cut prints would bring cheer to any house. I love this latest print so much that I have my own (will share in Stories later) ! Picked it up yesterday and have been smiling at it ever since! 😀❤ Buy gifts that are locally made, creative and unique for your loved ones and they'll be so impressed! . Visit the Directory for a full list of local based businesses for Xmas shopping inspiration.
Hands up who's feeling festive? I'm seeing lots of Xmas trees both on here and IRL (social media speak for real life! 😆) The festive season is well and truly on it's way! . It's such an exciting time for the kids, but I find it's hard to find the right activities to build them up and capture the magic, without making it all about the commercial stuff. @peterleymanorfarm always have this nailed for me and we loved their Elves Enchanted Forest this year.🌲❤. . Have a look at our cheeky pics from our visit a couple of weeks ago to get a feel for the magic you can expect to enjoy with your little ones. They are running this every weekend right up to Xmas and prices start at £6.50, so it's well worth a try. Oh and have I mentioned there is mulled wine! I'm going back just for that! . 📷 by @mbishopphotography Please credit if you share #gifted