I wanted to do something a little different this month, and share some fab indie biz. It’s fairly officially Christmas shopping season, and it’s a great opportunity to support small business; shop indie; and spread a little love to those that may be struggling; as there are no craft fairs or the like this year!
So here are a range of some of the handmade products from some of my friends online! If you have a small business, get in touch and I’ll happily add you to the list! Please don’t link spam; if you have a gift guide similar to this one, do tell everyone about it in the comments below!
I have tried to add categories to this; though if you see something is missing but know a small biz that would be a great fit; do let me know!
Do click the links if you want to see more, and shop indie whenever you can, this Christmas….
Christmas themed gifts and cards:
Catkin Crafts – Need to buy some Christmas cards – buy handmade; and with personalised options, you can really send something extra special this year!
BettysMumKnits – It’s always someone’s first Christmas, and how adorable are these festive hand knitted Santa baby beanie hats!
Rachel Pettitt Designs – I love buying new decorations; even more so when they’ve been beautifully handmade; check out Rachel’s gorgeous Christmas trees, they’d look great in anyone’s home!
Food and Drink:
Delta Choc don’t have an online shop yet; but you can order some of their lovely chocolates via the website by sending a message!
K.O. Cakes – You can find the talented Keith and Odette; on both FB and Instagram, if you love Christmas cookies and cake; but baking isn’t your thing, hand it over to the experts and have it delivered!
Home and garden:
SIAR Photography – Gary is a photographer based on the West Coast of Ireland. Selling contemporary prints of the Irish landscape & culture, he’s even added a small range of notebooks, cards, tote bags and more for your Christmas shopping needs!
Davenports Handmade Ian makes beautifully unique hand made bowls, jewellery boxes, pens and other wooden items.
Elbri Crafts make stunning painted wooden and slate ornaments; decorations and games; as well as beautiful Christmas cards and other goodies.
Who doesn’t love getting books for Christmas? It’s one of my favourite things about winter; being able to curl up with a drink and a good read. Here are some of my amazing writer friends, with something for all ages!
Victoria McDonald Writes fun kids books, which is always a treat in a stocking!
Katie Burton Has recently released this wonderful collection of festive short stories, perfect for anyone who loves Christmas!
Misa Buckley is blogging her NaNo journey and has published works available too!
Clothing and accessories:
The great thing about handmade clothing and accessories; is knowing you have something truly unique. If you shop indie for your Christmas gifts, you’ll be giving to two people at once – the gift of something special AND the gift of support to a small business!
Covenaunts – You know it’s only going to get colder; darker and more dreary. Brighten up someone’s winter with some gorgeous knits! Anne makes delightful colourful custom vintage knitwear and other products.
Adventure Accessories If outdoor pursuits are your thing, this is what you need – boot cuffs, hats, ear and wrist warmers! Plus lots more for the adventurer in your life!
Create-England – If heading to the shops is more the kind of adventure you have in mind; what about a stylish and gorgeous new bag?! Andy is incredibly talented and has a wide range of lovely items which would make wonderful gifts!
Lets not forget party season! Whether you’re at home, or heading out add a bit of sparkle with some statement handmade jewellery!
Planet Rainbowfish – These pretty drop earrings are fun and festive! If that wasn’t enough click for tons of colourful; geeky and supportive fun; for everyone – I love the ranges for spoonies and LGBTQ+ and allies!
Juniper Berry – So eco, so clever and so gorgeous; Jen makes lovely jewellery made and upcycled from all natural or found materials and hand painted!
Cathys Crafty Designs – gold sparkly goodness totally perfect for adding a touch of glam to any look! There is of course lots of fun sparkly goodness to suit everyone’s taste.
LHO Creations – I love natural materials, and these wooden bead and bow earrings are stunning! Shop here for a range of fab clothing, jewellery and accessories!
Tilly and the Moose has a range of handmade jewellery and cards, like this gorgeous butterfly necklace!
I don’t know about you; but I’m thinking a lot more about sustainable and eco products when it comes to beauty, and self care. So here are some fab indie makers:
Dancing Barefoot – Selling a range of makeup; skincare and washable wipes as well as starter kits for going plastic free; making a change is becoming SO easy!
Tweazles Soapery – Want to start next year with a truly body and environment friendly routine? Start simple with absolutely gorgeous handmade soaps and candles without any of the yucky stuff!
Crafty Gifts for Creatives:
Got a knitter in your life? A quilting queen or sewing bee junkie? A friend who is crazy for crochet?
Truro Fabrics – Good friends, yes, and a wonderful shop! Local to me, for ALL of your sewing needs, be it fabrics, patterns or haberdashery; plus a gorgeous range of Christmas projects! They also sell yarn and other wool craft supplies in store as well as an in house interiors dept!
Check out this Christmas Stocking project from when I worked with Truro Fabrics
One Creative Cat – Check out this etsy stor for beautiful hand-dyed yarns in so many stunning colours, to entice any knitting or crochet addict, and LOTS more handmade accessories!
Sew and Quilt – Based in beautiful Penzance this adorable little shop and website has an amazing range of everything you could need for your quilting projects!
Small handmade stocking fillers:
If you’re just seeking something small, for a secret Santa or a stocking, it’s the perfect chance to shop indie! Those smaller items make a much bigger difference to someone with an independent small business – check out some of these gorgeous gifts!
Abi Stevens Illustration – Abi has a fab range of pins, stickers and prints for chronic warrior folks, including gift sets, which make awesome presents! She also sells awesome jewellery, Christmas supplies, and more!
A Canvas a Day – Handmade keyrings and other small artworks and jewellery pieces, using felt and fibre arts!
The Owl and the Dragon – You really will have sweet dreams with this fun liquorice allsorts eye mask! They have loads more fun handmade items from cards, decorations and small gifts, perfect for Christmas.
MayBlossiming – I love all the fun and colour in this store! Super cute prints, pins, cards notebooks and badges with great graphics! I am especially fond of the I <3 Toast print…
I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your Christmas shopping! I know I certainly have. Head on over to any of my friends, and remember; If you can’t shop small, a like; a retweet; a comment or a share goes a long way to get them seen by someone else!
When you shop with a small business; you make a real person do a happy dance – so spread some happiness this season!